Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Bonds, A-Rod, Glavine, No, No, Almost

American League Chi White Sox 3 NY Yankees 16 - The Bombers lived up to their nickname, blasting 8 balls out of the yard, tying a franchise record set in 1939 by Joe DiMaggio and his teammates. Hideki Matsui knocked out a pair, driving in 3 runs and scoring 4 times. Alex Rodriguez, sitting on 499 career homers was not part of the hit parade. A-Rod went 0-5 and is in an 0-17 slump as he seeks the milestone. The other six homers were hit by Robbie Cano, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Jorge Posada, Johnny Damon and Shelly Duncan. The Yankees drew to within 3 games of losing Cleveland in the wild card race, which seems to be the most likely way the Yankees might reach the playoffs this season. New York also trails Seattle by 1 1/2 in the wild card chase and is 7 behind Boston in the AL East. LA Angels 8 Seattle 0 - Payback is a... well, you know the rest. Just one night after being blanked 2-0 by the Mariners, John Lackey (right, 13-6) stepped to the mound and returned the favor with a complete-game, 7 hit shutout. The win increased the Angels' bulge over the Mariners to 4 games. Other AL Scores Texas 3 Cleveland 1 Baltimore 5 Boston 3 Toronto 2 Tampa Bay 0 Kansas City 3 Minnesota 5 Detroit 3 Oakland 7 National League Arizona 4 San Diego 0 - Brandon Webb worked over the Padres hitters for seven innings, allowing just 3 hits while improving to 10-8 and getting the D-Backs into sole possession of first place in the NL West as the Dodgers were being handled by Nick Lowry and the SF Giants. Colorado 6 Florida 3 - Earlier in the evening, the Rockies continued their push toward the top of the division with their 3rd straight win and 5th in their last 7. Matt Holliday
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continued his torrid hitting, going 3-4 and scoring twice. Garrett Atkins provided the big blow, a 3-run double in the third. Philadelphia 3 Chi Cubs 7 - In the 2nd game of the battle between second-place clubs, the Cubs got even with the Phillies, and remained 1 game behind Milwaukee in the NL Central race. In the East, the Phillies and Mets were both losers, so Atlanta moved to within 3 1/2 of the lead, just 1/2 back of the Phillies. NY Mets 2 Milwaukee 4, 13 innings - Tom Glavine pitched well enough to get his 500th win, allowing just 2 hits and 1 earned over 6 innings, but the bullpen gave up the tying run in the 8th and the game winner on Geoff Jenkins' (right) 14th home run in the 13th. Houston 4 Atlanta 12 - The Braves were the main beneficiaries of the Mets and Phillies' largess, picking up a game on each of them. Kelly Johnson went 4-4, including a pair of homers and 5 RBI. Other NL Scores St. Louis 6 Pittsburgh 4 Cincinnati 3 Washington 6 San Francisco 3 LA Dodgers 1 - B. Bonds, 0-2, booed lustily in LA

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