Friday, September 28, 2007

Mets collapse complete, Phillies tie for first; Rockies win 11th straight

National League St. Louis 3 NY Mets 0 - The Mets could only muster 2 singles and a David Wright double off Cardinals' starter Joel Piniero (6-4), who shut New York out for 8 innings, striking out 6. Closer Jason Isringhausen worked a perfect ninth for his 31st save, but the loss - the 10th in their last 14 games - dropped the Mets into a tie for first place with the Philadelphia Phillies, after owning the division lead outright since May 16. It was the 4th straight loss by the Mets, who were swept by the Nationals before last night's power outage. It's not like the games have been close, either. New York has been outscored 35-19 in the past four games and will close out the season at home against the red hot, last place Florida Marlins, who are fresh off a sweep of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Atlanta 4 Philadelphia 6 - Trying hard not to peek at the scoreboard, the Phillies accomplished what three weeks ago was nearly unthinkable: earning a share of first place in the NL East with the slumping Mets. Roughing up Braves' starter John Smoltz, Ryan Howard (right) blasted a two-run, first inning home run (44), staking the Phillies to an early 4-0 lead. Later in the game Howard also set a new mark for strikeouts in a season with his 196th and 197th whiffs, breaking the previous record (195) set in 2004 by Adam Dunn of the Cincinnati Reds. Nonetheless, the Phillies were celebrating on the field after the game Brett Myers quelled a ninth inning rally by the Braves. The loss eliminated Atlanta from post-season consideration for the second straight season. Chi Cubs 4 Florida 7 - Despite being swept by the Marlins, the Cubs maintained a two-game edge in the NL Central, thanks to Milwaukee losing their second straight. Chicago will try to clinch the division in a season-ending three-game series at Cincinnati beginning Friday. They need one win or one more Milwaukee loss to clinch at least a tie, 2 to win outright. San Diego 9 Milwaukee 5 - The Padres took an early 4-0 lead and never looked back, retaining their single-game edge in the wild card standings over Philly and Colorado, while remaining one game behind Arizona in the NL West. The Padres and Brewers finish the season together in Milwaukee this weekend. Arizona 8 Pittsburgh 0 - The Diamondbacks got everything they needed from starting pitcher Micah Owings (8-8) (right), who shut out the Pirates on 4 hits over 6 1/3 innings and also went 4-4 at the plate with 3 doubles, driving in 3 runs. Owings, who is batting .339 on the season presents a rare double threat for the Diamondbacks, who kept their slim one-game lead in the NL West, snapping a 3-game losing streak. Colorado 10 LA Dodgers 4 - The D-Backs won't be able to rest on their laurels as they head into Colorado for the season's final series beginning Friday. The Rockies won their 11th straight and are just 2 games back in the division and one game behind San Diego in the wild card standings. Garrett Atkins went 4-4 with his 25th home run, driving in a pair of runs and scoring three times, and Brad Hawpe was 3-5, with his 29th homer and 4 RBI. The Rockies swept the Dodgers for the 2nd time in a week, winning 7 straight from the faltering Los Angelinos. Other NL Scores Houston 4 Cincinnati 3 American League NY Yankees 3 Tampa Bay 1 - Manager Joe Torre rested most of his regulars, but the subs managed to get a win over punchless Tampa Bay and draw to within 2 games of Boston in the AL East.
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Golf, Fish Walleye , Fall Duck Hunting at Resort Lake Manitoba Narrows Home Cottage Lot.
The Yanks close out the season with a 3-game set in Baltimore, while the Red Sox try to clinch the division title at Fenway against the Twins. Minnesota 5 Boston 4 - The magic number for the Red Sox remained at two, as ace Josh Beckett (20-7) lost for the first time since August 29. If the Sox are gripping a bit right now, it's understandable. The Yankees have been breathing down their backs for the better part of two months and with the division title in sight, there's more than the usual anxiety in Beantown. Despite having the best record in baseball (currently tied with Cleveland at 94-65), the Red Sox are just 4-7 since September 14. Other AL Scores Toronto 5 Baltimore 8 Kansas City 0 Chi White Sox 10 Cleveland 2 Seattle 4

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