Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Peavy wins 17th; Angels Magic Number is 10

American League LA Angels 10 Baltimore 5 - The Angels have the largest lead in the major leagues, at 9 1/2 games over Seattle, and last night reduced their magic number to 10 with a thumping of the hapless O's. Vladimir Guerrero (right) led a 14-hit Angels attack with a pair of 2-run homers, giving him 24 on the season and increasing his RBI total to 114, third best in the AL. How bad are the Orioles? They've won just 3 times in their last 20 games. That's how bad. Tampa Bay 10 Boston 16 - The Red Sox fell behind Tampa 8-1 in the 4th inning, but rallied past the Devil Rays to even their series at 1-1 and stay 5 games ahead of the Yankees in the division. Mike Lowell went 4-5 and scored 4 times and Kevin Youkilis banged a 3-run double off the left field wall to highlight a 6-run 6th inning. NY Yankees 9 Toronto 2 - With a showdown looming in Boston, the Yankees are the hottest team in the majors, winning their 6th straight and 10th of their last 13. Jason Giambi socked a grand slam to lead the offense as the Yankees improved their wild card lead to 4 games over Detroit. Other AL Scores Cleveland 8 Chi White Sox 3 - Indians have 6 1/2-gm. lead in Central Texas 13 Detroit 6 Texas 1 Detroit 4 Minnesota 6 Kansas City 3 Oakland 7 Seattle 4 National League San Diego 9 LA Dodgers 4 - The Padres moved on everybody Tuesday night, beating their closest pursuer as the D-Backs and Phillies also lost. The win put them 2 1/2 behind Arizona in the division and 2 1/2 ahead of Philly in the wild card race. Jake Peavy (left) became the NL's first 17-game winner, allowing 2 earned runs on five hits over 7 innings. Peavy is looking more and more like the easy choice for the NL Cy Young award, leading the league in wins (17-6), ERA (2.44) and strikeouts (215). Tuesday's win was his 8th in his last nine decisions. St. Louis 2 Cincinnati 7 - Adam Dunn cracked a pair of homers, driving in 5 runs as the Reds dumped the Cardinals. Dunn hit a solo shot in the first inning and banged a grand slam in the 3rd, both of Cardinals' starter Mark Mulder, who lasted only 4 innings in his second start after coming off the disabled list. Mulder's line for the two games is pretty disappointing: 8 IP, 15 hits, 11 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, and an ERA of 12.38. Given every opportunity to get past the .500 mark and take over the NL Central lead, the Cards have lost five straight and are 4 games behind Milwaukee in the division. Milwaukee 6 Pittsburgh 1 - The Brewers took back first place in the Central, grabbing a 1-game lead over the Cubs. Colorado 8 Philadelphia 2 - Matt Holliday (right) took over the RBI leadership in the NL, banging a couple of home runs and driving in 3. Ryan Howard, who had the lead going into the game, went 0-4. Holliday has 116 RBI; Howard, 115. Other NL Scores Washington 8 Florida 13 Atlanta 13 NY Mets 5 Chi Cubs 4 Houston 5, 11 innings Arizona 1 San Francisco 2

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