Monday, August 20, 2007

Santana's 17 sets team record; Beltran does yard work

American League Detroit 3 NY Yankees 9 - The Yankees took 3 of 4 from the visiting Tigers and closed to within 4 games of Boston in the AL East. Wilson Betemit, spelling Derek Jeter at shortstop, drove in a pair of runs with a single in the 7th, giving the Yankees a 6-3 lead, and doubled home two more in the 8th. Betemit was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the trading deadline. LA Angels 3 Boston 1 - The Angels salvaged a spilt in their 4-game trip to Boston, capitalizing on the 7-hit, 1-run pitching of Joe Saunders, who worked 7 1/3 innings and improved to 7-1.
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Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 31st save, striking out two in a hitless 9th. Chi White Sox 5 Seattle 11 - Jose Guillen hit a 2-run homer in the first inning, drove in two more with a single in the 2nd and knocked in his 5th RBI of the game with a sac fly in the 5th. Ichiro Suzuki went 3-5, drove in 2 and scored 3 times, boosting his average to .347, good for 2nd in the AL behind Magglio Ordonez at .351. Texas 0 Minnesota 1 - Johan Santana (right) set a Twins franchise record by setting down 17 Rangers on strikes, getting at least one K on every Texas starter, and fanning Michael Young, the 2005 AL batting champ, 3 times. Santana (13-9) allowed just 2 hits over 8 innings, both to Sammy Sosa. The 9th inning was finished by Joe Nathan, who picked up his 27th save, fanning Brad Wilkerson and Young to end the game. Cleveland 3 Tampa Bay 4, 12 innings - With Cleveland losing at Tampa Bay, the races in all three divisions and the wild card tightened up on Sunday. The Yankees trail Boston by 4 in the AL East, Cleveland is 1 1/2 up on Detroit and the Angels hold a slim 2-game lead over Seattle in the West. The Mariners have a 1/2-game edge over New York in the wild card hunt. The Tigers have fallen 3 1/2 off the wild card pace. Minnesota continues to hang around, 6 back of Cleveland in the Central. Other AL Scores Baltimore 2 Toronto 3, 10 innings Kansas City 1 Oakland 6 National League NY Mets 8 Washington 2 - Carlos Beltran (right) socked a pair of 2-run homers as the Mets completed the 3-game sweep at Washington. The win boosted the Mets to a 5-game edge over Philadelphia and 5 1/2 over Atlanta in the East division. Beltran has 5 homers in 9 games since returning from the DL on August 10 and has 24 on the year. Cincinnati 7 Milwaukee 6 - With the Cubs and Cardinals idled by rain, a win could have given the Brewers a share of 1st place in the NL Central. Instead, Jose Valentin's ground-rule double in the 8th off reliever Scott Linebrink turned a 6-5 Milwaukee lead into a 7-6 loss. The Brewers pounded out 4 homers, including Prince Fielder's league-leading 38th, but it was hardly enough, as Adam Dunn sent #34 into the stands and the Brewers lost for the 10th time in their last 13 outings and fell a full game behind the Cubs. Houston 3 San Diego 5 - Greg Maddux stopped the Astros on 2 hits and one earned run over 6 innings as the Padres picked up a game on the Diamondbacks and are now 4 behind in the West. The Dodgers regained 3rd place, taking 2 of 3 from the Rockies. LA is 6 1/2 back, Colorado, 7. Other NL Scores Arizona 2 Atlanta 6 San Francisco 6 Florida 5 Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 8 Colorado 3 LA Dodgers 4

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