Sunday, August 12, 2007

A-Rod cracks a pair; Webb blank streak at 33

American League NY Yankees 11 Cleveland 2 - Alex Rodriguez (right) is having what some might describe as a "dream season." On Saturday, A-Rod, already leading the universe in home runs and RBI, belted another pair of 2-run moon shots, giving him 39 while boosting his RBI total to 114. Even better, the Yankees knocked off the AL Central leader for the second straight day and can sweep the Indians with a win on Sunday. Rodriguez is on pace to hit 54 homers and drive in about 155 runs, clearly an MVP-type season. If he gets hot down the stretch, he could challenge the American League single-season home run mark, still held by Roger Maris, who hit 61 in 1961. The Yankees also remained tied for the wild card lead with Seattle and continue to trail Boston by 5 games in their division. Boston 6 Baltimore 2 - Josh Beckett joined the Angels' John Lackey as the AL's only 15-game winners, getting to within 1 out of a complete game before being lifted with 2 out in the ninth. Beckett allowed 8 hits and 2 earned run, struck out 8 and lowered his ERA to 3.24. Seattle 7 Chi White Sox 6 - The Mariners nearly blew a 5-run lead as Josh Fields hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth off closer J.J. Putz, who, nevertheless, picked up his 34th save. Seattle trails the Angels by 3 1/2 in the AL West. Other AL Scores Oakland 2 Detroit 5 Toronto 1 Kansas City 4 Tampa Bay 3 Texas 0 Minnesota 3 LA Angels 4 National League Washington 0 Arizona 1 - Brandon Webb (right) pitched his second straight complete game shutout, extending his scoreless streak to 33 innings. Webb (12-8), gave up just 5 hits and one walk, while fanning 10. The Diamondbacks scored the game's only run on Justin Upton's 4th inning triple, which plated Erik Byrnes. With their 4th straight win, Arizona increased its lead in the division to 4 games over the losing Padres. LA Dodgers 1 St. Louis 6 - Rick Ankiel continues to impress with his power. The pitcher-turned-outfielder smacked a pair of homers to help St. Louis knock off the Dodgers, who are quickly slipping out of contention for both the division and the wild card. The Dodgers (60-56) are 6 behind Arizona and trail San Diego, the wild card leader, by 2 games. Ankiel added a single to go 3-4, drove in 3 runs and scored 3 times. Milwaukee 7 Houston 4 - The Brewers may be waking up at just the right time. Fending off injuries and a month-long slump - they've gone 13-16 since the All-Star break - Milwaukee won their second straight and opened up a tiny bit of breathing room in the NL Central as the Cubs lost at Colorado. The Brewers have a 1 1/2 game edge in the division. Rookie Ryan Braun went 2-5 with his 22nd home run and 4 RBI. He's hitting .346. Slugger Prince Fielder whacked his NL-best 36th home run in the 9th. Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 5 - With the Mets losing for the third straight day, the NL East race got a little more interesting. The Braves closed to within 2 1/2 of New York, with Philly 3 back. The rubber game of this critical 3-game series is the featured game on ESPN, tonight at 8:00 pm. Other NL Scores Pittsburgh 13 San Francisco 3 San Diego 3 Cincinnati 8 Florida 7 NY Mets 5

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