Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Lo Duca drives in 7 for Mets; Hafner leads Indians

American League Toronto 3 Boston 5 - Josh Beckett allowed 3 runs on 5 hits over 8 innings to boost his record to 17-6, the first 17-game winner in the majors. Boston maintained its 7 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East and cut their magic number for clinching the division title to 17. Cleveland 7 Minnesota 5, 11 innings - Want to know why the Cleveland Indians are in first place by a whopping 7 games in the AL Central? Two words: Travis Hafner. At Minnesota on Tuesday, Hafner got the Indians started with a solo home run in the first inning, tied the game at 5-5 with a 2-run shot in the ninth - his 21st - and drove in the game winner two innings later with a sac fly. His four RBI gave him 84 on the season. The Indians have won 9 of their last 10. Seattle 3 NY Yankees 12 - The Yankees took another step closer to the post-season with a big win over the Mariners. The win put the Yankees 2 games ahead of Seattle in the wild card standings with the rubber game of their 3-game series on Wednesday. Alex Rodriguez crunched his 46th home run, Jorge Posada went 4-4 with a pair of homers and Chien-Ming Wang joined Josh Beckett as the AL's only 17-game winners. Other AL Scores Chi White Sox 3 Detroit 1 Baltimore 8 Tampa Bay 4 Kansas City 8 Texas 9 Oakland 3 LA Angels 4 National League NY Mets 11 Cincinnati 7 - Paul Lo Duca smashed a pair of 3-run homers and drove in another run with a single in the 6th inning to lead the Mets with 7 RBI. Lo Duca (right) homered in the 2nd to give the Mets a 3-0 lead and again in the 8th to put the game out of reach. New York maintained its 5 game lead over the Phillies in the NL East. LA Dodgers 6 Chi Cubs 2 - Brad Penny (15-4) allowed just one earned run over seven innings as the Dodgers stayed in the NL West race - 3 games back - and hurt Chicago in the Central. The Cubs' lead is down to just 1/2 game over the Brewers and 1 game over the resurgent Cardinals. The Cubs aren't exactly counting down their magic number just yet. They've lost two straight to the Dodgers with 2 left in their series before heading out for three games in Pittsburgh. On Monday of next week, they play a single game with St. Louis - in Chicago - then travel to St. Louis over the weekend for a three-game set with the Cards that may determine the division winner. The Cubs will have to win it on the road, as their final six games are at Florida and Cincinnati. Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 6 - Joel Pineiro (5-2) worked out of trouble continually, but limited the Pirates to just 2 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks over 5 2/3 innings. The Cardinals kept the pressure on the Cubs, just one game behind in the NL Central. San Diego 1 Arizona 9 - Doug Davis (14-11) allowed the Padres just one run on 5 hits over 7 innings to help the Diamondbacks back into a virtual tie with San Diego in the West. San Francisco 5 Colorado 6 - Don't forget the Rockies, who won their 3rd straight and are just four games out in the division. The Rockies chipped away at a 5-1 deficit, tying the game in the 8th on Kazuo Matsui's RBI single and winning it on Brad Hawpe's one-out single in the 9th. Other NL Scores Florida 3 Washington 4 Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 2 Houston 3 Milwaukee 5

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