Sunday, July 8, 2007

Bedard Fans Fifteen; Cabrera Hoists Marlins

National League Chi Cubs 7 Pittsburgh 1 - Ted Lilly (8-4) put an end to the Pirates' 4-game win streak, allowing just one seventh inning run on 8 hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. The Cubs got back to within 4 1/2 of AL Central leading Milwaukee, who lost on the road to the lowly Nationals. The Cubs have been on fire of late, going 12-3 recently while the Brewers have maintained, with a 9-6 record over the same span. Atlanta 5 San Diego 8 - Mike Cameron slugged a 3-run homer and Kevin Kouzmanoff knocked in 3 with a sac fly and 2-run single in the seventh to lead the Padres to a 2-game lead in the N West, as the Dodgers lost their second straight to Florida. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 25th save. Florida 7 LA Dodgers 2 - Miguel Cabrera (right) quietly continued his sensational season, slugging his 18th home run, going 2-3 to improve his batting average to .324 and driving in a pair of runs to give him 61. Cabrera is 7th in the NL in batting, tied for 5th in homers and is 6th in the league in RBI. Arizona 4 Cincinnati 5 - The D-Backs continued their mid-season slide, losing their 4th straight and 10th of their last 13, dropping a close one to suddenly-surging Cincinnati. The Reds, who fired manager Jerry Narron after an 11-7 loss to St. Louis on July 1, have won 4 of 5 under interim manager Pete Mackanin. Arizona is in 3rd place in the NL West, 3 1/2 back of San Diego. Philadelphia 3 Colorado 6 - Ryan Spilborghs found his name at the top of the Rockies' lineup card on Saturday and came through with a 3-4 effort, including his 5th home run and 3 RBI to lead Colorado to their 5th straight win.
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The Rockies are still in the NL West hunt, 5 1/2 behind San Diego, though the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are still in their way. Philly, which has had every opportunity to make a move in the NL East, lost for the 4th time in 5 tries, and remain stuck in 3rd, 5 1/2 behind the Mets and 2 back of Atlanta. The loss put them back under .500, at 43-44, while the Rockies got over the even mark at 44-43. Other NL Scores Milwaukee 4 Washington 5 NY Mets 5 Houston 3, 17 innings - J. Reyes, SB (44) San Francisco 7 St. Louis 6 American League Baltimore 3 Texas 0 - Erik Bedard (right) struck out 15 Rangers, boosting his major league-leading total to 149 and improved to 7-4 on the season. Bedard allowed only 2 hits and did not walk a batter, facing the minimum 27, as both hits were quickly erased by double plays. One of the few bright spots for the O's, Bedard tied a franchise record held by Mike Mussina, who struck out 15 on 3 different occasions. Cleveland 9 Toronto 4 - The Indians banged out 14 hits - 7 for extra bases, including 4 homers - to remain locked in with Detroit atop the AL Central. The Tigers - Boston 2 Detroit 3, 13 innings - remain .002 percentage points ahead of Cleveland. With two out in the 13th, Ivan Rodriguez singled home Gary Sheffield with the game winner. Other AL Scores LA Angels 2 NY Yankees 1, 13 innings - M. Cairo, 3 Errors Minnesota 1 Chi White Sox 3 - M. Buehrle (W, 6-4), 8 IP, 6 H, 0 ER Seattle 4 Oakland 0 - F. Hernandez (W, 5-4), 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER Tampa Bay 7 Kansas City 8

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