Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Cardinals on the move; Ordonez raps Indians

American League Baltimore 12 NY Yankees 0 - On the night honoring Yankee legend Phil Rizutto, who passed away earlier in the day at the age of 89, the Bombers came up firing blanks. Daniel Cabrera (9-12) limited them to just 2 hits over 6 2/3 innings, while issuing 6 walks and striking out 5. Aubry Huff hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning and added another RBI with a 6th inning single. Tampa Bay 1 Boston 2 - The Red Sox took advantage of the Yankees' ineptitude at the plate, rallying in the 9th inning to steal a game from the Devil Rays. Trailing 1-0 with one out, Mike Lowell homered to deep left. After a Kevin Youkilis strikeout, Jason Varitek hit a ground rule double and Coco Crisp drove in the game winner with a single to right. Both runs came off Al Reyes, spoiling an excellent effort by Scott Kazmir and a pair of Tampa relievers, who had held the Sox in check throughout. The Red Sox improved their AL East lead to 5 games over New York. Detroit 6 Cleveland 2, 10 innings - Magglio Ordonez went 3-5 and drove in four runs, including a 3-run homer in the top of the 10th to help the Tigers take a 1-game lead in the contentious AL Central. The teams take to the field for the second and final game in this short series Wednesday night. Ordonez leads the majors with a .359 batting average and has 108 RBI, just 6 behind AL leader Alex Rodriguez. Chi White Sox 3 Oakland 4 - Jack Cust drove in 3 of Oakland's 4 runs with a pair of solo homers and a sac fly. Cust has 20 home runs and 63 RBI. Other AL Scores LA Angels 1 Toronto 4 - R. Halladay, W (14-5), 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER ,1 BB, 2 K Kansas City 3 Texas 5 Minnesota 11 Seattle 3 - T. Hunter, 3-4, 4 R National League St. Louis 12 Milwaukee 4 - The Cardinals have hung around in the NL Central race just long enough to get themselves into a contending position. Opening a critical 7-game stretch in which they play the top two teams in the division, the Cards took the first of their three-game series with division-leader Milwaukee, banging out 19 hits in the rout. Jim Edmonds rapped out four hits in six trips to the plate and drove in four runs. Prince Fielder hit is league-leading 37th home run in the first inning. The Cardinals are now just 4 1/2 behind the Brewers and 3 games back of 2nd-place Chicago, winning their third straight. The Cardinals are 16-15 since the All-Star break, but the Brewers have gone 13-18 over the same span. NY Mets 5 Pittsburgh 4 - Carlos Beltran knocked his 21st home run and he and Moises Alou each had 2 RBI as the Mets kept their slim edge over Philly and Atlanta in the NL East. New York leads the Phillies by 3 games and the Braves by 3 1/2. Arizona 5 Florida 14 - Miguel Cabrera blasted his 29th home run and drove in 3 runs (86) to lead the romp over Arizona. Colorado 0 San Diego 8 - Greg Maddux (8-9) scattered 8 hits over 5 2/3 innings and the Padres scored 6 runs in the second inning, picking up a game on losing Arizona. The Padres are 2 back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West. Colorado is in 3rd place, 5 back. Other NL Scores Philadelphia 3 Washington 2 San Francisco 4 Atlanta 5 Cincinnati 6 Chi Cubs 5 - Cubs, 3rd straight loss Houston 7 LA Dodgers 4 - LA loses 4th straight, 8th of last 10

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