Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Anderson brings home 10 in Angels romp; Beltran powers Mets

American League NY Yankees 9 LA Angels 18 - The season's best, in the category of best individual single game performance, goes to Garret Anderson, who had four hits in six at-bats, all for extra bases - 2 doubles, a 3-run homer and a grand slam - and drove in 10 runs, outscoring the entire Yankees' team by a run. His teammates added another 8 runs in the debacle, pushing New York 6 games behind AL East-leading Boston and 2 1/2 behind Seattle in the wild card standings. Alex Rodriguez did his best to keep the his team in the game with a pair of homers and 3 RBI, but the night belonged to Anderson and the Angels. Yankee starter Mike Mussina (8-9) was absolutely shelled, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits in his shortest outing of the season, 1 2/3 innings. Seattle 7 Minnesota 2 - In not-as-dramtic fashion, the Mariners continued to dog the Angels with their 5th straight win. Ichiro Suzuki went 3-6 and stole his 35th base. Seattle is 13-5 in August and trails Los Angeles by 2 games. Cleveland 1 Detroit 2 - Two swings did in Fausto Carmona and the first-place Indians. Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen knocked back-to-back homers in the 5th inning, while starter Jair Jurrjens, a rookie from Curacao, allowed the Tribe just one hit - Jhonny Peralta's 6th inning home run - over 6 2/3 innings. From there, the Tigers' stingy bullpen, revitalized with the return of Joel Zumaya and Francisco Rodney, put in a no-hit effort, with Todd Jones working the 9th for his 32nd save. Other AL Scores Texas 2 Baltimore 6 Oakland 6 Toronto 4 Boston 8 Tampa Bay 6 Kansas City 2 Chi White Sox 5 National League San Diego 6 NY Mets 7 - It was moving night in the National League, as most of the divisional and wild card contenders were in action against each other. The Mets came away winners when Luis Castillo singled home Marlon Anderson with the game-winner off closer Trevor Hoffman, who suffered his 4th blown save of the season. Carlos Beltran singled, doubled, and homered in 3 at-bats, driving in 5 runs for the Mets. Beltran has 6 homers in his last 10 games and is hitting .351 (13-37) and has 18 RBI since returning from a stint on the DL August 10. LA Dodgers 4 Philadelphia 5 - The Phillies kept pace, but remain 5 back of the Mets, though they did get some help from their division rivals. With the Mets defeating the Padres, Philly moved into a tie atop the wild card standings with San Diego. Florida 2 St. Louis 5 - In the Central, the Cardinals remained 3 back of both the Cubs and Brewers, scoring 4 times in the 8th inning for the come-from-behind win. Milwaukee 7 Arizona 4 - The Brewers used Gabe Gross's grand slam in a 5-run 7th inning to snap a 2-2 tie and overwhelm the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, beating them for the second straight night. Chi Cubs 5 San Francisco 1 - The Cubs waited until their final at-bat to ruin the night for San Francisco fans. Giants' starter Tim Lincecum protected a 1-0 lead until the ninth, when the Cubs finally broke through on Derrek Lee's RBI single. After Lincecum was lifted, it got worse, as Cliff Floyd and Jason Kendall drove in two runs each for the win. Other NL Scores Atlanta 7 Cincinnati 8 Washington 11 Houston 6 Pittsburgh 2 Colorado 9

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