Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wakefield gets 15th win for Sox; Teixeira pounds D-Backs

Boston 6 Tampa Bay 0 - Tim Wakefield (right) continued his dominance over the Devil Rays, improving his career record over them to 19-2, while boosting his season record to 15-10 with a 4-hit shutout effort over 7 innings on Monday. Wakefield, who has earned a decision in each of his 25 starts this season, won for the 8th time in his last ten outings. Boston regained a 5-game bulge over the Yankees in the AL East when New York lost to the Angels later in the evening. NY Yankees 6 LA Angels 7, 10 innings - Little-used Ryan Budde, sporting a 1-11 at-bat record this season, got his second hit - and first career double - at an opportune moment. His 10th inning walk-off two-bagger sent Howie Kendrick home with the winning run in a compelling matchup of AL contenders. Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning with a two-run - his 40th - home run, but the Angels countered with 3 of their own in the 7th. Jorge Posada tied the game at 6 with a two-run shot in the eighth. The win kept the Angels 2 games clear of the pressing Mariners, who won their 4th straight. Seattle also moved 1 1/2-games ahead of the Yankees in the wild card race. Seattle 9 Minnesota 4 - Raul Ibanez homered twice, drove in 3 runs and scored 3 times as the Mariners routed the Twins in the first of their 3-game series. Other AL Scores Oakland 6 Toronto 4 Kansas City 3 Chi White Sox 4 National League Atlanta 14 Cincinnati 4 - Mark Teixeira single-handedly pounded the Reds with a pair of 3-run homers and 6 RBI, smacking one in the 2nd and the other in the 4th inning. Teixeira also doubled and walked, scoring four times in the rout. The Braves tied the idle Phillies for 2nd place in the NL East, five games back of the Mets. Atlanta is also one game behind San Diego in the wild card hunt. Milwaukee 9 Arizona 0 - The Brewers offense exploded early, scoring 3 runs in each of the 1st, 2nd and 4th innings. Prince Fielder (right) pounded his league-leading 39th home run and a double, racking up 4 RBI, tying him with the Rockies' Matt Holliday for third place at 96. Meanwhile, rookie hurler Yavani Gallardo (5-6) was working 6 innings of shutout ball, allowing just 5 hits and a walk while punching out 6 on strikes. Gallardo also added to the offensive onslaught with a solo homer in the 2nd inning - his first in the majors. St. Louis 6 Chi Cubs 4 - A couple of recent additions have paid off handsomely for manager Tony LaRussa's Cardinals. Joel Piniero reeled off his third straight win and Rick Ankiel hit his 4th homer in 10 games to lead the Cards to a crucial win over the Cubs. Scott Rolen continued his hot hitting (10-26) with a single, two doubles and 3 RBI and Albert Pujols chipped in with a solo homer - his 28th. The Cardinals salvaged the win in Chicago after losing two straight to the Cubs and having Sunday's game rained out. Overall, it was a great week to be a Cardinal, as the Redbirds took 4 of six from Milwaukee and Chicago, having swept the Brewers earlier in the week. St. Louis trails both the Cubs and Brewers by 3 games in the division even though they are 3 games under .500. The schedule looks positive for the Cards, as their next four 3-game series are against Florida (6 straight losses), Atlanta, Houston and Cincinnati. The Cubs have San Francisco (5 straight wins), Arizona, Milwaukee and Houston upcoming, while the Brewers have Arizona, San Fran, Chicago and Pittsburgh. It's winner-takes-all in the Central, as none of the teams has any hope of taking the wild card spot. Other NL Scores San Francisco 8 Florida 7 Washington 7 Houston 0 Pittsburgh 4 Colorado 2, 11 innings

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