Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lester Beats Cancer, Indians; Rockies Rally Past Padres

American League Boston 6 Cleveland 2 - Jon Lester (right) returned to the mound for the first time in nearly a year, picking up where he left off after being diagnosed and beating lymphoma - with a win. Lester's rookie season was cut short by the disease last season, but last night he returned triumphant in life and in the game he loves. Lester was solid, allowing just 5 hits and 2 earned runs over 6 innings - both of the runs coming via Grady Sizemore's 3rd inning home run. His teammates stake him to a 5 run lead with 4 in the 1st and another run in the 2nd. Lester walked 3 and struck out 6, a performance that will surely keep him in the Boston rotation. NY Yankees 9 Kansas City 2 - While the Sox were celebrating Lester's return, the Yankees were busy winning for the 9th time in 11 games since the All-Star break. Every hitter in the lineup had at least one hit, and Alex Rodriguez reached 100 RBI with a run-scoring single in the 9th inning. And it's only July. Roger Clemens earned career win #351, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits over 7 innings of work. The Yankees remain 7 1/2 behind the first-place Red Sox. Detroit 9 Chi White Sox 6 - Four different Tigers - Curtis Granderson, Ivan Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez and Placido Polanco - each had 3 hits, but Granderson drove in four runs and scored twice with a single, double, and his 17th home run of the season - a solo shot which led off the game. The Tigers increased their AL Central lead over Cleveland to 2 games. Minnesota 4 Toronto 6 - All of the runs in this contest came via the long ball. Frank Thomas hit a pair of 2-run jobs off starter Johan Santana and Justin Morneau drove in three with his 27th and 28th. Reed Johnson and Alex Rios knocked solo shots for the Blue Jays while Torii Hunter added his 21st - another solo job - in the 9th inning. Other AL Scores Seattle 7 Texas 8 - S. Sosa, 2-4, HR (15), 5 RBI (69) Oakland 12 LA Angels 6 - M. Ellis, 3-5, 2 HR (11), 3 RBI (45) National League San Diego 5 Colorado 7 - Colorado scored five times in the 8th inning to overtake the Padres and remain 5 1/2 behind Los Angeles in the NL West. Matt Holliday (right) stroked a 3-run homer - his 17th - to tie the game, followed by Brad Hawpe delivering a two-run blow for the winning margin. LA Dodgers 10 Houston 2 - Jeff Kent went 4-4 with a pair of doubles, drove in 2 runs and scored another as the Dodgers pulled 2 games clear of the Padres. The Dodgers have the best road record in the National League, at 27-20, and have owned Central division foes, compiling a 16-7 record against them. Milwaukee 1 Cincinnati 2, 12 innings - To the delight of Cubs' fans everywhere, Javier Valentin stroked a pinch-hit run-scoring single in the bottom of the 12th, giving the Reds the win over first-place Milwaukee. The main beneficiary of the Reds' success, however, was the second place Cubs, which picked up 1/2 game on the Brewers and are now just 3 games back and only 2 behind in the loss column. Chicago begins a 3-game set at St. Louis Tuesday night. Other NL Scores Florida 3 Arizona 4 Atlanta 4 San Francisco 2

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