Monday, August 27, 2007

Escobar stifles Blue Jays; Holliday weekend

American League Boston 11 Chi White Sox 1 - In the season's worst series drubbing, Boston soiled the White Sox by a combined score of 46-7 over the four games at Comisky. Sunday's victim was Javier Vazquez who managed to strike out 10 over 6 innings, but gave up 7 runs on 6 hits. Meanwhile, Boston's Julian Tavarez pitched his best game of the season, allowing just 2 hits and one earned run over 6, leaving the final three innings to the bullpen, which gave up just one more hit to the pathetic Chicago offense. The Red Sox scored in double-digits in each of the four games and after a day off Monday, head to New York to square off with the Yankees in a three game set. The White Sox hope to regain a little lost confidence when Tampa Bay comes calling for a single game on Monday.
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NY Yankees 4 Detroit 5 - All scores came via the home run in this one, with Curtis Granderson leading off the Tigers' first with an inside-the-park job. Marcus Thames and Carlos Guillen added two-run shots for Detroit. Jason Giambi hit a solo shot for New York and Robinson Cano belted a three-run homer in the 4th inning. The Yankees dropped another game further behind Boston - now 7 1/2 back - and must realistically be thinking more about the wild card race than catching the Red Sox, even with the Sox coming to Yankee Stadium this week. Cleveland 5 Kansas City 3, 11 innings - Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez singled home a run each in the 11th and Joe Borowski set down the Royals in the bottom of the inning for his 37th save, tying Seattle's J.J. Putz for tops in the AL. Minnesota 11 Baltimore 3 - The Twins won their 5th straight, sweeping a four-game series in Baltimore and remain just 5 1/2 behind Cleveland in the division. Toronto 1 LA Angels 3 - There are six or seven pitchers vying for the AL Cy Young award, but the most deserving of the bunch may be Kelvim Esccobar (right), who improved to 15-6 with another in a series of dominating performances on Sunday. Escobar allowed one earned off of 6 hits while striking out 5 without walking a batter over 8 innings. The win gave the Angels an additional game up on Seattle, who lost at Texas. The Mariners host the Angels in a pivotal three-game series beginning Monday. LA leads the division by 2 games over Seattle. Other AL Scores Oakland 4 Tampa Bay 7 Seattle 3 Texas 5 National League Washington 5 Colorado 10 - Matt Holliday (right) had an enjoyable weekend at Washington's expense. On Friday night, his 9th inning solo home run ignited a 5-run rally for a 6-5 Rockies win. In Saturday's 5-1 win, he joined Carlos Lee and Ryan Howard in the National League 100-RBI club, and on Sunday, he knocked in three more with a 2-run homer (his 24th), a single and a double in 4 at-bats, hoisting himself to the NL batting lead at .338. The Rockies won all three games, and stayed tied with the Dodgers in third place in the NL West, 6 1/2 behind Arizona. San Diego 2 Philadelphia 14 - Don't count the Phillies out just yet. After losing the first two games in their series with the Padres, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth let their bats do the talking. Howard pounded his 34th home run - a 3-run blast - and drove in another, going 3-4 and scoring 3 times. Werth went 5-5 - all singles - drove in 4 runs and raised his batting average from .270 to .294. With the Mets losing, the Phillies trail the division-leaders by 6 games with the New Yorkers coming for a four-game visit starting Monday. San Diego continues to lead Philly by 3 games in the wild card race. Chi Cubs 4 Arizona 5 - Arizona took 2 of 3 from Chicago and lead the Padres by 3 games in the West. San Diego will play host to the Diamondbacks in a four-game series starting Monday. The Cubs - still up 1 1/2 in the Central, head back to the Windy City for a three-game series with Milwaukee on Tuesday. Atlanta 1 St. Louis 4 - The Cardinals are still a game under .500 but only 2 back of Chicago in the division. Adam Wainwright (12-9) turned in 7 solid innings, allowing one earned on 6 hits. Wainwright has been St. Louis' most consistent starter, leading the club in wins, ERA and strikeouts. The Cards, who have the best record within the division at 30-22, head to Houston on Tuesday for a 3-game series. Florida 3 Cincinnati 9 - Don't look now, but the Reds have won six straight and are 6 1/2 back in the NL Central. Cincy scored 6 times in the first inning and cruised to the 3-game sweep of the fading Marlins. Other NL Scores Pittsburgh 4 Houston 5 Milwaukee 4 San Francisco 5 - Brewers, 4 straight losses LA Dodgers 6 NY Mets 2

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