Friday, July 20, 2007

Bonds Tags Two; Escobar Blanks D-Rays

American League Detroit 4 Minnesota 3, 10 innings - Detroit won their third straight one-run game over the Twins, relegating Minnesota to third place, 9 games back. Brandon Inge doubled home Timo Perez in the top of the 11th and Todd Jones worked a scoreless bottom frame for his 26th save. LA Angels 3 Tampa Bay 0 - Kelvim Escobar (11-3, right) blanked the Devil Rays on 9 hits over 7 2/3, for his 5th straight win over a span of 8 starts. The Angles increased their suddenly slim lead over idle Seattle to 2 games in the AL West. Other AL Scores Chi White Sox 4 Boston 2 - Red Sox have lost 3 straight Toronto 3 NY Yankees 2 - Yankees remain 7 behind Boston Cleveland 7 Texas 5 - Indians trail Detroit by 2 games National League San Francisco 8 Chi Cubs 9 - Even though the Cubs won the game, there was little doubt that this was all about Barry Bonds and his quest for the all-time home run mark. Bonds (right) blasted a pair of homers sandwiched around a two-run single for a six RBI day. He hit #552 - a solo shot - in the 2nd inning, singled in the 3rd and popped a three-run shot, #553, in the seventh. The last homer got the Giants within a run, but they failed to score after that. The Giants have lost 7 of their last 8 and dropped 3 of 4 to the Cubs. Bonds had sat out the last three games - except for a pinch-hit line-out on Tuesday - before getting off an 0-21 schneid with his 3-3 effort Thursday and is now just two short of tying Hank Aaron with 755 homers. The Giants play their next 3 games at Milwaukee, before returning home to play Atlanta, two teams for which Aaron played. It's expected that if Bonds hits one homer in Milwaukee, he will be benched so he can tie and break the record at home. Like it or not, history is about to be made. Arizona 1 Milwaukee 10 - The Brewers turned to rookie Yovani Gallardo to retain their 3 1/2-game lead on the Cubs, and the Mexican native turned in an impressive performance, allowing 3 hits and no earned runs over 6 innings, extending his personal scoreless streak to 13 innings. The Brewers gave him plenty of support, especially Tony Graffanino, who doubled and homered in four at-bats, driving in 3 and scoring 3 times. Colorado 4 Washington 5, 10 innings - The surging Rockies could have moved into a tie for third place in the NL West, but squandered a 4-1 lead, dropping a key game at Washington. Colorado remains 5 1/2 back of San Diego and LA and a game behind Arizona. Philadelphia 0 San Diego 1 - Chris Young outdueled Phillies ace Cole Hamels over 7 innings to improve to 9-3. Both starters gave up just 2 hits apiece, though Hamels' both came in the 3rd inning when Geoff Blum singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on Brian Giles' double. Trevor Hoffman picked up his 7th save. The win put San Diego percentage points ahead of the Dodgers, who were blasted by the Mets. NY Mets 13 LA Dodgers 9 - The Mets made more of their opportunities as the Dodgers actually outhit them, 19-16, and retained their 2 1/3-game lead over Atlanta. Other NL Scores Cincinnati 7 Florida 5 - Reds, 4th straight win; R. Freel, 3-4, HR (3), 3 RBI, SB (15) St. Louis 1 Atlanta 10 - A. Jones, HR (19), 3 RBI (65)

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