Saturday, August 18, 2007

Webb's streak at 42 innings; Bad Vlad bounces Boston

American League Detroit 1 NY Yankees 6 - Jason Giambi powered a pair of homers as the Yankees continued the hunt for at least a wild card spot. They trail the Red Sox by 5 games in the division and Seattle by just 1/2 in the wild card, with Detroit another game back. The Tigers are only 1/2-game out of first place in the AL Central. Cleveland 2 Tampa Bay 1 - The Indians took back first place in the division as Paul Byrd (11-5) scattered 8 hits over 6 innings, allowing one lonely Tampa Bay run while striking out 5. Cleveland knocked out 12 hits, including 3 doubles and a triple, but could only muster 2 runs. LA Angels 4 Boston 8 - David Ortiz pounded his 20th home run as the Sox took the first game of the double header between AL Eat and West leaders. LA Angels 7 Boston 5 - Eric Gagne cost the Red Sox a win, giving up three runs in the 9th, the final blow delivered by Vladimir Guerrero (right) who doubled home the tying and winning runs with his 40th double and 95th and 96th RBI. Vlad was bad, falling just a homer short of the cycle, going 3-5 with 3 RBI. Other AL Scores Baltimore 2 Toronto 5 Texas 1 Minnesota 2, 10 innings Kansas City 9 Oakland 2 Chi White Sox 4 Seattle 5 National League Arizona 4 Atlanta 0 - Brandon Webb (13-8) tossed his third consecutive shutout, running his scoreless innings streak to 42, tying Rube Foster for the 12th-longest streak in MLB history. Webb (right) baffled Atlanta's batters on 2 hits, while striking out 6 and issuing just one walk. Webb still has a way to go to reach Orel Hershiser's record of 59 straight scoreless innings, set in 1988, but the win boosted Arizona's lead in the NL West to 4 games over losing San Diego. The Diamondbacks are streaking through August into baseball's final month. Friday was their third straight win and 10th in their last 13 games. St. Louis 1 Chi Cubs 2 - The Cubs are once again in first place in the NL Central, and they got there by beating the team that helped jettison the formerly first-place Brewers. The Cardinals disposed of Milwaukee by sweeping their three-game series before heading to Chicago, and were rudely welcomed by Rich Hill (7-7) who allowed just 3 hits over seven innings. The Cardinals' only run came on Albert Pujols' 26th home run - a solo shot in the 6th, which gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Jacques Jones countered with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the inning, after which neither team could score. The Cubs have a 1/2-game advantage over Milwaukee and lead the Cardinals by 3, though the Cards and Cubs still have three games left in their head-to-head series. Cincinnati 8 Milwaukee 3 - Adam Dunn smacked his 33rd home run and the Reds knocked the Brewers out of first place, handing them their 5th straight loss. NY Mets 6 Washington 2 - Tom Glavine notched career win #301 and Moises Alou homered for the 4th time in his last 5 games as the Mets maintained their NL East lead. Jose Reyes boosted his major league leading stolen base total to 62 with a pair of swipes. Philadelphia 11 Pittsburgh 8 - Pat Burrell singled, doubled and homered, driving in 3 runs and scoring twice as the Phillies outlasted the Pirates in the first of a 3-game series. The Phillies kept pace with the Mets, who are 3 in front, and separated themselves from the Braves, who lost to Arizona. Other NL Scores San Francisco 3 Florida 0 Houston 3 San Diego 1 Colorado 4 LA Dodgers 6

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