Sunday, September 2, 2007

Boston rookie no-hits O's; Mets top Braves again

American League Baltimore 0 Boston 10 - Less than a week ago, Clay Buchholz was pitching for Pawtucket in the International League. On Saturday night, he became the toast of the American League. Buchholz (right), in just his second major league start, twirled a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games and were also recent victims of a 30-3 whipping by the Texas Rangers, so the rookie picked the right night and the right team for his best stuff. The rookie, now 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, wasn't overpowering, but changed speeds well and followed the game plan of catcher Jason Varitek nearly flawlessly, striking out 9 and walking 3 batters. Buchholz was called up on Saturday when teams were allowed to expand their rosters. According to manager Terry Francona, he'll probably stick with the big club for a while. Tampa Bay 6 NY Yankees 9 - Alex Rodriguez socked his major league-leading 45th home run in the first inning - a 2-run job - and added a 2-run double in the 4th to pad his MLB-best RBI total to 129. He also singled, going 3-4 for the night. New York continues to chase Boston in the East, 5 games back, but they now have a 2-game edge in the wild card standings as Seattle has lost 8 straight. Chi White Sox 0 Cleveland 7 - While the Mariners have been a picture of collapse, the Indians have been exactly the opposite, winning 9 in a row and opening up a 5 1/2-game lead on Detroit in the Central. Paul Byrd blanked Chicago with a his second 4-hit complete-game shutout in less than a month. Bryd (14-5) matched his effort of August 6 at Minnesota, when he shut out the Twins, 4-0. Other AL Scores Kansas City 4 Minnesota 6 Seattle 1 Toronto 2 Texas 7 LA Angels 6 Detroit 6 Oakland 1 National League NY Mets 5 Atlanta 1 - A couple of guys named Carlos led the Mets to their second straight win over the fading Braves. Carlos Beltran (right) went 3-4 with a solo homer - his 26th - and scored three times, and Carlos Delgado homered for the 2nd straight game (21), driving in 2 runs. The Mets increased their lead over Philly to 3 games and dropped the Braves to 6 1/2 back. The Mets will try for the sweep on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. Pittsburgh 3 Milwaukee 12 - Kevin Mench singled, doubled and homered in 3 at-bats, scored four times and drove in 3 runs as the Brewers banged out 15 hits to remain 1 1/2 back of Chicago in the NL Central. Cincinnati 3 St. Louis 11 - The Cardinals made it back to the .500 mark again, and stayed 2 games behind the Cubs. Former pitcher Rick Ankiel went 3-4, drove in 3 runs, scored twice and is batting .354. LA Dodgers 0 San Diego 7 - Jake Peavy struck out 9 and blanked the Dodgers on 2 hits over 7 innings to improve his record to 16-5 and drop his ERA to 2.10, best in the majors. The Padres remained .001 ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West race. Colorado 7 Arizona 13 - Arizona scored 12 runs in the first three innings and never looked back. Tony Clark stroked a 3-run homer in the second inning and drove in two more with a single in the third to help keep the D-Backs even with the Padres. Other NL Scores Houston 3 Chi Cubs 4 Philadelphia 6 Florida 12 San Francisco 1 Washington 4

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