Friday, August 3, 2007

Clemens clobbered; Peavy NL K king

American League Chi White Sox 13 NY Yankees 9 - The Sox hammered Roger Clemens for 8 runs in the second inning, so the Yankees answered with 8 of their own off Chicago starter Jon Garland in the bottom frame. Unfortunately for the Yanks, Jermaine Dye was just getting started. After his double in the 2nd started the scoring, he crunched a 2-run homer in the 4th and a solo shot in the 8th, finishing with a 4-5 night, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. The Yankees fell 8 behind Boston and 3 back of Cleveland in the wild card race. Texas 0 Cleveland 5 - The Indians liked what Jake Westbrook (2-6, right) did on Thursday, hurling 6 innings of shutoff ball on 5 hits. His best performance of the season may be a sign that he is coming around to last season's form, when he posted 15 wins. This season, injury kept him sidelined for most of May and June, and when he returned, he was largely ineffective, posting 4 losses and 3 no decisions in his 7 starts. The win over Texas was his first since an April 27 victory over Baltimore. The Indians snapped a 4-game skid and now trail Detroit by just 1/2 game. LA Angels 6 Oakland 4 - Vladimir Guerrero socked a pair of homers, the second one a 3-run shot in the fifth that broke a 1-1 tie, leading the Angels with 4 RBI. LA improved its lead on Seattle to 3 1/2 games in the West. Other AL Scores Baltimore 4 Boston 7 National League NY Mets 12 Milwaukee 4 - David Wright (right) went 4-5 with a double and his 19th home run and scored 3 times as the Mets pressed their edge in the NL East. The Mets pulverized the Brewers in the final 2 games of this series after dropping the opener, 4-2. In the finale, the New Yorkers pounded out 18 hits, 10 of them off Brewers starter Chris Capuano (5-8), who lasted 6 innings and allowed 5 earned. The Cubs lost to the Phillies, leaving the standings unchanged in both divisions, except that Atlanta fell 1/2-game behind the Phillies, 4 1/2 games out. Houston 12 Atlanta 11, 14 innings - Jason Lane and Mike Lamb each drove in 4 runs as the Astros stole one from Atlanta. Lane whacked a three-run homer in the 3rd inning and scored the winning run 11 frames later, while Lamb's grand salami in the 8th inning tied the game at 9. Arizona 0 San Diego 11 - Jake Peavy (right) fanned 10, allowing just 3 hits over 7 innings for his 11th win against 5 losses. The Padres tightened the race in the wild NL West, drawing to within 1 1/2 of the division-leading Diamondbacks, with the Dodgers sandwiched in between, one game out. Peavy's 154 strikeouts lead the league. Colorado 4 Florida 3 - The Rockies stayed in the race with a come-from-behind win over the Marlins. Once again, Matt Holliday was smack in the middle of the action. His double in the 8th plated Kazuo Matsui with the tying run, and he scored on Garrett Atkins' sac fly one out later. Holliday is batting at a brisk .337 pace and his 86 RBI have him just 2 behind league leader Prince Fielder. Other NL Scores St. Louis 4 Pittsburgh 5, 11 innings Philadelphia 10 Chi Cubs 6 Cincinnati 3 Washington 7 - A. Dunn, HR (28) Houston 12 Atlanta 11, 14 innings San Francisco 4 LA Dodgers 2

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