Monday, August 6, 2007

Glavine gets 300th; Yankee Surge

National League NY Mets 8 Chi Cubs 3 - This was vintage Tom Glavine. The lefty nibbled at the corners, kept hitters off balance and held the Chicago Cubs scoreless until his team could get on the board. The Mets scored one in the second inning. Glavine pressed on. After the score ballooned to 5-0, the Mets scoring twice in each of the 5th and 6th innings, Glavine (right) finally relented, allowing a single run in the bottom of the 6th. On a hot, steamy night in Chicago, Glavine was clearly tiring as he started the 7th. After getting Mark DeRosa to ground out, Angel Pagan doubled to left and manager Willie Randolph made the move to the bullpen. Glavine had thrown 100 pitches, 58 for strikes, but, for the 300th time, had done his job. The bullpen faltered a bit, allowing an extra run, but Carlos Delgado, who drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and a ground out, kept things going in the 8th with one of his RBI doubles and Paul LoDuca plated another. Jorge Sosa and Billy Wagner did mop up work in the 8th and 9th, and Glavine was the latest 300-game winner in major league history. The win made Glavine 10-8 on the season and kept the Mets 4 1/2 clear of Atlanta in the NL East. Officially, the 41-year-old worked 6 1/3 innings, allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs, walking one and striking out 1. His career record stands at 300-197, 242 of those with the Atlanta Braves, 58 with the Mets. Philadelphia 8 Milwaukee 6, 11 innings - The Brewers don't have any excuses for this one. The Phillies scored 5 times in the 9th to erase a 6-1 Milwaukee lead, then finished the comeback when Wes Helms doubled home a pair in the top of the 11th. Milwaukee's bullpen imploded, with Francisco Cordero blowing a save opportunity for the sixth time this season and rookie Manny Parra giving up the game-winning runs in the 11th. The Brewers haven't been playing well of late, 6-10 since July 20, and have Tom Glavine and the Mets to thank for keeping the Cubs from taking over first place in the NL Central. Chicago trails the Brewers by 1 game. Arizona 3 LA Dodgers 0 - Brandon Webb (right) has been untouchable lately. After throwing two consecutive 7-inning scoreless stints, he worked over the Dodgers on seven hits without walking a batter for his first complete game shutout of the season, stretching his scoreless streak to 24 innings. Webb (11-8, 2.92) is one of the reasons the Diamondbacks have taken over the NL West by 1 1/2 games, sending the Dodgers 4 back after sweeping them this weekend. Arizona is 16-7 since the All-Star break. St. Louis 3 Washington 6 - In the two ships passing in the night department, the Nationals have won 6 straight, swept the reigning world champion Cardinals over the weekend, sending them to their 5th straight loss. Other NL Scores Colorado 5 Atlanta 6, 10 innings Houston 5 Florida 6 San Francisco 4 San Diego 5 - Padres, 4-game win streak American League Kansas City 5 NY Yankees 8 - The Yankees, left for dead less than a month ago, are suddenly on the verge of taking over the wild card lead. While they haven't made up ground on Boston, still trailing by 7 games in the division, but are tied with Seattle, 1/2-game behind Detroit for the wild card. The Tigers have been especially awful of late, just 2-11 since July 24, when they dropped a double-header to the White Sox. Chi White Sox 3 Detroit 1 - Detroit lost their 5th straight on Sunday, as Chicago swept a three-game series in Detroit. Baltimore 11 Tampa Bay 3 - Erik Bedard (right) won his 8th straight, punching out 11 on strikes to boost his major league leading strikeout total to 192. The O's are out of all contention, though Bedard has been a rare bright spot. Cleveland 0 Minnesota 1 - In a matchup of rookie pitchers, Minnesota's Scott Baker (6-4) gave up just 4 hits over 8 innings and Joe Nathan worked a scoreless ninth for his 26th save, as the Twins beat Fausto Carmona and the Indians to creep to within 4 1/2 games of the AL Central lead. Minnesota's taken two of three from the Indians, with the series conclusion today. Other AL Scores Texas 1 Toronto 4 LA Angels 4 Oakland 3 Boston 9 Seattle 2 - J. Beckett, W (14-5); Sox, 15-9 since All-Star break

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