Sunday, September 16, 2007

Beckett, Bosox Bash Bombers; Phillies Flying

American League NY Yankees 1 Boston 10 - Derek Jeter's first-inning home run was all the Yankees could muster off Boston's Josh Beckett (right), who dominated from the mound, allowing just 3 hits over seven innings to improve his record to 19-6. The win dropped the Yankees back to 5 1/2 behind the Sox in the AL East standings and all but ended hopes for a division title in New York. The Yankees, however, have a grip on the post-season, leading the wild card chase by 2 1/2 over Detroit. The series ends tonight at Fenway with Roger Clemens taking the mound against Boston's Curt Schilling. Detroit 4 Minnesota 3 - The Tigers picked up a game in the wild card, scoring all of their runs in the first inning, highlighted by Ivan Rodriguez's three-run triple. Detroit continues to trail Cleveland in the Central by 5 1/2 games. The Indians' magic number is 9. Other AL Scores Baltimore 3 Toronto 8 Texas 3 Oakland 7 Kansas City 0 Cleveland 6 LA Angels 2 Chi White Sox 1 - Angels magic number is 7 Tampa Bay 6 Seattle 2 National League Philadelphia 5 NY Mets 3 - The Phillies took their second straight from the Mets and have won three in a row to pull to within 4 1/2 games of the NL East lead. Jimmy Rollins drove in the go-ahead runs with an 8th inning double as Philly rallied from an early 3-1 deficit. The Philadelphia bullpen came up with one of its better performances, blanking New York on 1 hit over the final four innings. San Diego still leads Philly by 1 1/2 in the wild card standings. Chi Cubs 3 St. Louis 2 Chi Cubs 3 St. Louis 4 - The Cardinals finally snapped their nine-game losing streak, but the Cubs maintained a 1-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central. In the opener, Alfonso Soriano smacked an 8th-inning two-run homer for the win. In the 2nd game, St. Louis scored all of their runs in the 4th inning to negate a 3-0 Chicago lead. Cincinnati 3 Milwaukee 5 - Prince Fielder (right) socked his 46th home run to lead the Brewers over Cincy. Fielder leads the NL in home runs; his closest pursuer is Cincy's Adam Dunn with 39. Arizona 2 LA Dodgers 6 - Los Angeles took their second straight from the Diamondbacks in their crucial 3-game series which concludes today. Luis Gonzalez stroked a 3-run homer in the first inning and Derek Lowe (12-12) made it stand up, allowing 1 run on 4 hits over 7 innings. The Dodgers trail Arizona by 3 1/2 and are 1 1/2 behind San Diego both in the division standings and wild card race. San Francisco 0 San Diego 6 - Brett Tomko (3-10) blanked the Giants on four hits over the first 6 innings and four Padres pitchers finished the whitewash as San Diego snuck to within 2 games of the D-Backs in the West. Other NL Scores Atlanta 4 Washington 7 Pittsburgh 7 Houston 9 Florida 10 Colorado 2

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