Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Indians down Detroit in 11; Howard Power Raises Hope in Philly

American League Detroit 5 Cleveland 6, 11 innings - Casey Blake's solo homer in the bottom of the 11th finished off a come-from-behind victory for the Indians over 2nd place Detroit, reducing Cleveland's magic number to 7 and reestablishing a 5 1/2 game lead over the Tigers. The win came on the opener of a 3-game series with the Tigers, the final meeting between the two top teams in the AL Central. Baltimore 5 NY Yankees 8 - Hideki Matsui hit his 24th home run, a solo shot in the 3rd inning that gave the Yankees the lead for good as New York closed to within 3 1/2 games of first place Boston in the East. The Yankees also opened up a 3 1/2 game lead on Detroit in the wild card race as the Tigers fell at Cleveland. Tampa Bay 7 LA Angels 10 - Chone Figgins (right) spearheaded an 18-hit onslaught by the Angels with a triple and two singles in five at-bats as the Angles reduced their magic number to 5. Figgins, who usually bats leadoff in the lineup, drove in a pair of runs and boosted his batting average to .347 over 105 games, a career high. Other AL Scores Boston 1 Toronto 6 Chi White Sox 11 Kansas City 3 Texas 4 Minnesota 5 Seattle 4 Oakland 0 National League Philadelphia 13 St. Louis 11 - Ryan Howard (right) blasted his 39th and 40th home runs of the season, the latter a grand slam, and drove in five runs as the Phillies nearly blew an 11-run lead but held on for the win. With the Mets losing at Washington, Philly is now just 2 1/2 games behind the NL East leaders, with less than a dozen games left in the regular season. While the Mets were losing their 4th straight, the Phillies are on a 5-game win streak and remain 1 1/2 back of San Diego in the wild card race. Pittsburgh 0 San Diego 3 - The Padres amped up the pressure on Arizona in the West, as rookie Jack Cassel got his first major league win, scattering 8 hits over 6 innings in just his second career start. The Padres are just one game behind the Diamondbacks. Both teams have 67 losses, but Arizona has played two more games than the Padres. The D-Backs have 11 games left to play, San Diego has 13 remaining. Milwaukee 6 Houston 0 - Rookie Yovani Gallardo (9-4) blanked the Astros on 7 hits over 8 innings, keeping pace with the Cubs, who lead the Brewers by one game in the Central division. The Cubs have a bit of an upper hand in the division, as they have already played two more games than the Brewers and have a lighter schedule down the stretch. As in the West, both teams have identical numbers in the loss column, 72. Other NL Scores Florida 6 Atlanta 11 NY Mets 4 Washington 12 Cincinnati 6 Chi Cubs 7 San Francisco 8 Arizona 5

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