Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Howard's end; Flying Angels sink Mariners

American League LA Angels 10 Seattle 6 - After a disastrous first inning in which starter Ervin Santana gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks and got just one batter out before being pulled, the LA Angels regrouped and came away with an important win. Vladimir Guerrero (right) was 4-5, and drove in 3 runs, two of them in the key 4-run 8th inning. The win puts the Angels 4 games to the good over Seattle in the division and LA can complete the 3-game sweep tonight in Seattle.LA has won 3 straight and 7 of their last 10. What's worse for the Mariners is that not only are they disadvantaged in the division, but the loss helped New York to within a game in the wild card standings. Boston 3 NY Yankees 5 - Johnny Damon got a measure of revenge over his former team with a 2-run, 7th-inning homer that proved to be the winning margin in the opener of the 3-game series. The Yankees trail the Red Sox by 7 games in the AL East. Minnesota 5 Cleveland 6 - The Indians have suddenly opened up a healthy advantage in the Central, whacking the Twins for the second straight night and boosting their lead in the division to 3 1/2 over Detroit and 7 1/2 over Minny. Jake Westbrook (5-7) won for the 4th time in his last 6 starts, scattering 10 hits and 3 runs over 6 2/3 innings. Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore homered for the Tribe. Other AL Scores Tampa Bay 15 Baltimore 8 Detroit 3 Kansas City 6 - Tigers, 16 hits, 13 LOB Chi White Sox 3 Texas 4 Toronto 5 Oakland 4 National League NY Mets 2 Philadelphia 4, 10 innings - After Jimmy Rollins solo homer in the 8th inning, Aaron Rowand's 50-foot dribbler down the third base line brought home Shane Victorino with the tying run. Two innings later, Ryan Howard blasted his 35th home run of the season into the left field stands and the Phillies were within 4 games of the first place Mets. Philly's dramatics overshadowed an impressive pitching performance by Tom Glavine, who blanked the Phillies for the first seven innings. The Phillies have won the first two of this crucial 4-game series, which continues tonight, with Jamie Moyer going for the Phils against the Mets' Oliver Perez. Milwaukee 3 Chi Cubs 5 - The Cubs sent the reeling Brewers down to third place in the Central division, scoring 4 times in the 7th inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage. The Brewers' bullpen has been a major factor in their fall from first place. They've lost 5 straight and 11 of their last 14. Since the All-Star break, the Brewers are 16-27, with a horrific 7-17 record in the month of August. They've nearly completely flamed out after leading the division for most of the first half. The Cubs and Brewers have two more in this series, Wednesday and Thursday. St. Louis 7 Houston 0 - Milwaukee's loss was the Cardinals' gain, as St. Louis took over 2nd place in the division and trail the Cubs by just two games. Bradon Looper (11-10) hurled 7 innings of shutout ball against the punchless Astros and Chris Duncan went 3-5 with a 3-run, 1st-inning homer. The Cardinals finally got back to the .500 level, for the first time since they were 6-6 on April 16. They are 64-64. Arizona 4 San Diego 6 - The Padres took their second straight from the Diamondbacks and now trail Arizona by only a game, as they scored 4 times in the 7th to chase Brandon Webb, snapping his 6-game win streak. The Padres find themselves in a very sweet spot with two more games against Arizona in their 4-game series. They have the same number of losses as the D-Backs, but have played two games less, and they also lead the wild card standings by 3 games over Philly and 3 1/2 over the Dodgers. Besides that, they send Greg Maddux, who last week became the only pitcher ever to win 10 or more games in 20 consecutive seasons, to the mound on Wednesday and Chris Young and his 2.12 ERA on Thursday. The Padres are looking mighty solid. Other NL Scores Cincinnati 4 Pittsburgh 6 Cincinnati 2 Pittsburgh 3 Atlanta 3 Florida 4, 11 innings Washington 3 LA Dodgers 4 Colorado 1 San Francisco 3 - Giants, 6 straight wins

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