Sunday, September 9, 2007

A-Rod Blasts 50th, 51st; Glavine, Maddux get wins

American League NY Yankees 11 Kansas City 5 - The Yankees won again on Saturday, getting to within 5 1/2 games of 1st place Boston in the division while maintaining their 3-game edge over Detroit in the wild card race. Alex Rodriguez blasted his 50th and 51st home runs of the season and boosted his RBI total to 138. A-Rod (right) is having a remarkable season, approaching career highs in home runs (57, 2002), RBI (142, 2002) and batting average (currently .317, career high .321, 2005). Meanwhile, the final showdown between the Red Sox and Yankees looms, with a 3-game series set for this coming weekend at Boston. The Yankees hold an 8-7 edge in the season series, including wins in the last four straight. They are 2-4 at Fenway, however. Seattle 6 Detroit 12 - The Tigers have found some late-season life, and hope to run down the Yankees in the wild card race. Ivan Rodriguez went 4-5 with a solo home run and 2 RBI, and Placido Polanco had 3 hits in 4 at-bats, driving in 4 runs. Detroit has taken two straight from Seattle and will attempt the sweep on Sunday afternoon. Cleveland 6 LA Angels 1 - C. C. Sabathia (17-7) pitched a complete-game 5-hitter, allowing only one earned run as the Indians got a win over the AL West-leading Angels, who had taken the first two in this series. Cleveland will be looking for the split tonight as the 4-game set concludes. Other AL Scores Minnesota 7 Chi White Sox 8 Boston 5 Baltimore 11 Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 5 Oakland 3 Texas 7 National League Houston 1 NY Mets 3 - Tom Glavine (right) (13-6) gave up 3 hits and one earned run over 7 innings as the Mets won their 80th game and maintained a 6-game lead in the NL East. The win was New York's 6th in their last 7 games. Following this afternoon's finale against Houston, the Mets host Atlanta for three games, take a day off, then greet the Phillies for three in what should determine the NL East champion. New York's magic number for clinching the division is 16. Chi Cubs 5 Pittsburgh 1 - Carlos Zambrano finally came through with a worthwhile performance, holding the Pirates to one run on 2 hits over 6 innings for his 15th win against 12 losses and keeping the Cubs even with Milwaukee in the NL Central. Zambrano, who struck out 8, walked 5, and was finally relieved in the 7th, when he started off the inning by allowing a single and a pair of walks to load the bases. Carlos Marmol got out of the jam, allowing just a sac fly for the one run, which was charged to Zambrano. Milwaukee 4 Cincinnati 3 - Prince Fielder socked his 43rd home run, as the Brewers rallied past Cincinnati, scoring single runs in the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th innings after falling behind 3-0. St. Louis 8 Arizona 9 - The Diamondbacks used 8 pitchers and allowed just one Cardinal hit after the 5th inning, staying 2 clear of San Diego in the NL West standings. Jose Valverde earned his 44th save with a perfect 9th inning of work. Other NL Scores LA Dodgers 6 San Francisco 2 Washington 2 Atlanta 9 San Diego 3 Colorado 1 - G. Maddux, W (13-6), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER

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