Friday, August 24, 2007

Ichiro stokes Mariner hopes; Dunn homer finishes Braves

American League Cleveland 3 Detroit 1, 10 innings - Starters Jake Westbrook and Nate Robertson each put up zeros for 8 innings and Cleveland finally broke through against Joel Zumaya in the 10th to put down the Tigers for the 2nd consecutive night and take the pivotal series, two games to one. The win gave Cleveland a 2 1/2 game lead over Detroit in the AL Central and dumped the Tigers five games behind surprising Seattle in the wild card race. The effort by Westbrook was his 4th solid outing in his last five starts, th eonly loss coming against the Yankees. Over that span, he's allowed just 6 runs in 36 innings, for a superb ERA of 1.50. If he continues to pitch at that level, the Indians will be hard to beat down the stretch. Seattle 9 Texas 4 - The Mariners scored 7 times in the 6th inning, keyed by Ichiro Suzuki's (right) bases-loaded double. Suzuki went 3-5 and drove in 3 runs, raising his batting average to .352, just .001 behind Detroit's Magglio Ordonez for the major league batting lead. Suzuki is just 15 hits shy of the 200 mark, a number he's hit in all six of his previous seasons with the Mariners. The Mariners, 14-6 during August, have closed to within one game of the LA Angels, who have led the division nearly the entire season. After 3 more games at Texas, Seattle heads home for a three-game series with the Angels. Other AL Scores
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Minnesota 5 Baltimore 2 Toronto 5 LA Angels 4 Oakland 12 Tampa Bay 2 - M. Piazza, 4-5, HR (5), 5 RBI National League San Diego 9 NY Mets 8, 10 innings - In a game both Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner blew save opportunities, Adrian Gonzalez had the final say with his 20th home run of the season, a game-winning solo shot that gave the Padres a two-game edge over Philly in the wild card standings and put them 3 games behind Arizona in the NL West. The Mets maintained their 5-game bulge in the East as both the Phillies and Braves were losers on Thursday. Atlanta 7 Cincinnati 9, 12 innings - Adam Dunn (right) launched his 35th moon shot into the right field stands, sending Atlanta to their 3rd straight defeat and taking the series 3 games to 1. The Braves have lost 6 of their last 8 and are in danger of falling out of both the divisional and wild card races. They currently trail the Mets by 6 games and San Diego by 3 in the wild card. Other NL Scores LA Dodgers 5 Philadelphia 2 Pittsburgh 5 Colorado 1 Chi Cubs 1 San Francisco 4 - Cubs hold 1/2-game lead in NL Central Washington 7 Houston 6 Florida 11 St. Louis 3

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