Thursday, August 23, 2007

Don't mess with Texas; Pujols homers for 5th straight game

American League Texas 30 Baltimore 3 - You know when the Dodgers score 15 runs (see below), that there are some tired arms in the legions of major league pitching staffs, but Texas actually doubled that against the O's. Actually losing 3-0 after 3 innings, the Rangers took the lead with 5 in the 4th and were just getting started on a record-setting night. Texas scored 9 times in the 6th inning, 10 in the 8th and 6 more in the 9th inning to total 30 runs, an American League record. Every batter had at least one hit, including grand slams by Marlon Byrd and Travis Metcalf (right) and 4-fo-6, 2 home run, 7 RBI efforts by the 8 and 9 hitters, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez. According to published reports the Rangers are the first team to score 30 or more runs since 1897, 110 years ago. Here's the box score. It's mind-blowing. Texas 9 Baltimore 7 - Texas continued the thumping by taking the nightcap.Trevor Metcalf completed an impressive night by knocking in four more runs with a single and double in 3 at-bats, to give him a line of 3-4 with 8 RBI in the twin bill. NY Yankees 8 LA Angels 2 - The Yankees got a game back against both the Red Sox in the Al East and the Mariners in the wild card race with a win over the Angels. Andy Pettitte was effective over 7 innings, allowing just one earned run on 5 hits and Jorge Posada went 3-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs and two RBI. The Yankees trail Boston by 5 and Seattle by 1 1/2. Cleveland 11 Detroit 8 - Franklin GutiƩrrez bopped a 3-run homer to lead a 16-hit Indian uprising over Detroit, increasing their lead in the division to 1 1/2 games. Tiger starter, Justin Verlander (13-5) lasted only 4 innings, allowing 7 runs on 10 hits. Other AL Scores Oakland 4 Toronto 1 Seattle 4 Minnesota 8 Kansas City 7 Chi White Sox 6 Boston 1 Tampa Bay 2 National League Florida 4 St. Louis 6 - The Cardinals are closing in on the NL Central leaders and Albert Pujols (right) has gotten hot at the right time. Pujols homered in his fifth straight game, a two-run shot in the 1st inning that got the Cards headed towards another win - their 10th in the last 14 games. Jim Edmonds unknotted a 4-4 tie with another 2-run blast in the 7th for the winning margin. In addition to the home run streak, Pujols has hit safely in 9 straight and is 14-for-36 (.389) over that span. His homer in Wednesday's game was his 30th. Milwaukee 2 Arizona 3 - Brandon Webb's 42-inning scoreless streak ended in the first inning, but he still pitched well enough to notch his 6th straight win for the first-place Diamondbacks. Webb (14-8) gave a single runs in the 1st and the 6th on five hits as he worked through the 7th inning. Jose Valverde picked up his MLB-best 38th save with a scoreless 9th. Arizona maintained their 3-game edge over the Padres in the NL West. Chi Cubs 4 San Francisco 2, 10 innings - Chicago took over sole possession of first place in the volatile NL Central when the Cubs scored a pair of unearned runs in the 10th inning, taking the second straight in their 3-game series with the Giants. Starter Rich Hill struck out 10 over 7 innings but did not receive a decision. The Cubs lead Milwaukee by one game and the Cardinals by 3. LA Dodgers 15 Philadelphia 3 - The Dodgers won for the 5th time in their last 7 games and set a season high for runs, hammering the depleted Phillies pitching staff into submission. Matt Kemp was 4-6 with 3 runs and 2 RBI, and Rafael Furcal scored 4 runs while going 3-5. The Dodgers are still 6 games back of Arizona in the division, in third place. San Diego 7 NY Mets 5 - Jake Peavy (14-5) worked only 6 innings, but he struck out 11 and allowed just 2 earned runs on two hits and five walks. The Mets scored 3 times in the ninth inning to make the game closer, but Trevor Hoffman nailed down the final two outs for his 32nd save. The Padres crept back to within 3 games of Arizona in the division and lead the Phillies by 1 game in the wild card race. Other NL Scores Atlanta 2 Cincinnati 4 Washington 2 Houston 3 Pittsburgh 11 Colorado 2

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