Monday, September 17, 2007

Peavy wins 18th; Thome Knocks 500th; Yankees beat Boston

American League NY Yankees 4 Boston 3 - The Yankees took two of three in Boston yet remain 4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox with just two weeks left in the regular season. Derek Jeter's 3-run blast in the 8th inning snapped a 1-1 tie and provided the winning runs as Java Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera gave up a run each in the 8th and 9th innings. The win may not have gotten the Yankees much closer to the AL East prize, but it did keep them 2 1/2 games to the good over Detroit in the wild card race. LA Angels 7 Chi White Sox 9 - Jim Thome (right) cracked his 500th career home run - a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth - to give the White Sox a win over Los Angeles. It was Thome's only hit of the game and his 28th home run this season. Thome, who spent 12 years in Cleveland and three more with the Phillies, is in his second season with the White Sox. His career high came in 2002, when he hit 52 home runs for the Indians. Detroit 6 Minnesota 4 - The Tigers won their 5th straight as they head to Cleveland to begin a pivotal three-game series on Monday. Detroit trails the Indians by 4 1/2 games in the AL Central and are 2 1/2 behind the Yankees in the wild card race. With their pitching staff mostly intact, the Tigers will try to make a statement this week and pick up valuable ground. Texas 11 Oakland 9 - Michael Young singled, doubled and hit a grand slam in 4 at-bats, driving in a career-high seven runs for the Rangers. Other AL Scores Kansas City 4 Cleveland 3 Baltimore 8 Toronto 6, 12 innings Tampa Bay 9 Seattle 2 National League Philadelphia 10 NY Mets 6 - The Phillies swept the Mets in New York with their 8th straight win over the division leaders to pull to within 3 1/2 games of first place. Greg Dobbs hit a pinch hit grand slam in a fitting conclusion to the season series, won 12-6 by Philadelphia. Philly remains 1 1/2 games behind San Diego in the wild card. Arizona 6 LA Dodgers 1 - Arizona avoided being swept in LA and kept their 2-game lead in the NL West intact. Middle reliever and spot starter Edgar Gonzalez (8-2) worked 5 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits to lead the effort. The Diamondbacks have 12 games remaining with 3-game series at home against the Giants and Dodgers this week. They close the season with a pair of 3-game sets at Pittsburgh and Colorado. San Francisco 1 San Diego 5 - Jake Peavy (right) improved to 18-6, allowing 4 hits and one earned run in 7 1/3 innings while fanning 10. The Padres won their 3rd straight to remain 2 games behind Arizona and 1 1/2 ahead of Philly in the wild card race. Peavy leads the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts, and is the obvious choice for the NL Cy Young award. Barry Bonds did not play, and has hit just one home run and driven in a mere two runs in his last 13 games. Maybe, for the good of the game, we're seeing (or not seeing) the end of Bonds' career, as he quietly winds down by the San Francisco Bay. Florida 0 Colorado 13 - The Rockies probably won't make it to the post-season, but Matt Holliday is having a season to remember. Holliday (right) went 4-5 with his 32nd home run - a two-run shot - 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.
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He leads the league with 122 RBI and is within a percentage point of the batting lead at .334. Holliday also leads the league in doubles (47) and is 4th in runs scored with 107. Chi Cubs 4 St. Louis 2 - The Cubs remained a game ahead of Milwaukee with just 12 games left in the season, but they'll have to deal with the Reds 6 times, including the final three at Cincy. The Reds hold a 7-5 lead in the season series between the two clubs. The Brewers may have a tough time catching the Cubs as they have 14 games left and no days off the rest of the way. After 3 games at Houston, they travel to Atlanta for a 4-game series, then return home for 3 with the Cardinals and finish with four against the Padres. Other NL Scores Atlanta 3 Washington 0 Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 5 Pittsburgh 3 Houston 15

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