Sunday, September 23, 2007

Soriano's 2 HR lead Cubs; Yanks win in 10

American League Toronto 11 NY Yankees 12, 10 innings - It wasn't pretty, but it was a win, and the Yankees took another step towards the post-season as Detroit - their closest pursuer in the wild card chase - lost to Kansas City. That makes the magic number for the Yankees to clinch a playoff spot three. They remained 2 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East, but unless the Red Sox collapse against Oakland and Minnesota this coming week, they will win the division. In Saturday's win, Alex Rodriguez (right) went 4-4 and added 3 RBI to his MLB-best total to give him 146 on the season. Melky Cabrera, batting in the leadoff spot, came through with an outstanding performance, driving in five runs, including the game-winner on a 3-7 night. Toronto and New York combined for 35 hits in the slugfest. Boston 8 Tampa Bay 6 - The Red Sox clinched at least the wild card, but have their sights set on the AL East title with their magic number now at 6. They have one game remaining with the Devil Rays and close out the season at home with two games against Oakland and four with Minnesota. Seattle 3 LA Angels 2 - The Angels lost for the second straight day to Seattle, and remain 1 win away from clinching the AL West. Other AL Scores Chi White Sox 8 Minnesota 3 Kansas City 7 Detroit 4 Oakland 9 Cleveland 3 - Indians' magic number is 1 Baltimore 11 Texas 9 National League Pittsburgh 5 Chi Cubs 9 - Alfonso Soriano (right) doubled and hit a pair of home runs, driving in five runs in a big win for Chicago. With their third straight win and Milwaukee losing at Atlanta, the Cubs have a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central. Their magic number is 6. Soriano is riding an 8-game hitting streak in which he's hit six home runs and driven in 11, while batting .441 (15-34). Colorado 6 San Diego 2 - A day after hitting a game-winning home run, Brad Hawpe powered the Rockies to the seventh straight win and second in a row over the Padres with 2 RBI in a 4-4 effort. The Rockies may make the playoffs if they win out, though their efforts may be stymied in the wild card race by Philadelphia, now just 1/2-game back of San Diego in that race. The Rockies conclude their series with San Diego on Sunday, then finish the season with 3 games at LA and 3 in Colorado against Arizona. LA Dodgers 2 Arizona 6 - Brandon Webb (17-10) officially ended the Dodgers' season on Saturday, holding LA to 2 runs over 6 1/3 innings. The Dodgers are now 9 games behind the Diamondbacks in the division and 6 1/2 back of San Diego in the wild card. One more win by either San Diego or Philly will mathematically eliminate Los Angeles, who have lost 7 straight. Philadelphia 4 Washington 1, 10 innings - The Phillies got three runs in the top of the 10th to remain 1 1/2 back of New York in the NL East, and gained to within 1/2-game of the Padres in the wild card race. Chase Utley led the attack with a 3-5 effort, including his 21st home run and 2 RBI for an even 100. Other NL Scores NY Mets 7 Florida 2 Milwaukee 3 Atlanta 4, 11 innings Houston 4 St. Louis 7 Cincinnati 0 San Francisco 2

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