Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ortiz powers Red Sox; Bradley knocks in 6 for Padres

American League Boston 11 Chi White Sox 3 Boston 10 Chi White Sox 1 - The Red Sox took both ends of their double-header with the stumbling White Sox and when the Yankees lost to Detroit late in the evening, found themselves with a cushy 6 1/2-game bulge over New York. With a key 3-game series next week at New York, the Sox seem to have little to worry about in the division. In the opener, Mike Lowell went 3-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. The second game was all David Ortiz (right), as the slugger went 4-5 with a pair of homers, 3 RBI and 3 runs. NY Yankees 6 Detroit 9, 10 innings - Roger Clemens was shelled for 6 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings, Magglio Ordonez went 4-6 with a 2-run homer, raising his league-leading batting average to .357. Carlos Guillen ended the late-night affair - delayed 3 hours due to rain - with a 3 run blast in the bottom of the 10th inning. Detroit's win moved them to within 1 1/2 of Cleveland in the AL Central division as Cleveland lost at KC. Alex Rodriguez pounded his 43rd home run and increased his stunning RBI total to 123. Ordonez continues in hot pursuit, culling 2 more RBI with his 25th homer, to give him 115. Toronto 0 LA Angels 3 - The Angels kept their slim 1-game advantage in the West, getting 6 shutout innings from Jered Weaver. Seattle 4 Texas 2 - Ichiro Suzuki went 3-5, with an RBI and a run scored to keep the Mariners hot on LA's heels. The Mariners host the Angels for three games beginning on Monday. Other AL Scores Minnesota 7 Baltimore 4 Oakland 2 Tampa Bay 12 Cleveland 1 Kansas City 2 National League San Diego 14 Philadelphia 3 - The Padres cemented their lead in the wild card race with a win over their closest pursuer and now lead the Phillies and Atlanta by 3 games. With Arizona losing, the Padres also closed to within 2 games of first place in the NL West. Milton Bradley (right) smoked a couple of 2-run homers and doubled in two more runs, giving him 6 RBI on the night. The Padres pounded out 22 hits against the exhausted Philadelphia pitching staff. Jose Mesa worked the 9th, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits. Chi Cubs 6 Arizona 2 - In the battle of division leaders, round one went to the Cubs, who led all the way. Jacques Jones stroked 3 singles and a double, scoring a run and driving in another. The two teams meet for the second of their 3-game set on Saturday. Chicago leads Milwaukee by 1 1/2 in the Central. LA Dodgers 2 NY Mets 5 - The Mets continued to roll along, atop the NL East, with their 8th win in their last 11 games. David Wright knocked his 23rd home run and Oliver Perez (12-8) pitched 7 innings of shutout ball, allowing just 3 hits while fanning 6. The Mets got to Dodger starter Brad Penny (14-4), who failed to get win #15 for his second straight start. After an incredible 13-1 start, Penny is 1-3 over his last 6 starts, stretching back to July 31. Milwaukee 6 San Francisco 11 - Barry Bonds hit his 27th home run, and career #761, as the Giants won for the 7th time in their last ten games. Other NL Scores Florida 3 Cincinnati 5 Pittsburgh 8 Houston 3, 15 innings Atlanta 7 St. Louis 2 Washington 5 Colorado 6

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