Thursday, September 20, 2007

Yanks within 1 1/2 of Boston; Rockies' Holliday on a tear

American League Baltimore 1 NY Yankees 2 - The gap is closing fast in the AL East as the Yankees won their 4th straight as the Red Sox lost their 4th in a row. Andy Pettitte (14-8) held Baltimore to 1 run on 7 hits over 7 1/3 innings for his 200th career win, and Mariano Rivera survived a shaky 9th, ending the game with the bases loaded for his 30th save. The win drew the Yankees to within 1 1/2 games of Boston, with only a handful of games remaining. Boston has 9 games left on the schedule; the Yankees, 10. The Yankees also have a 5 1/2 game lead in the wild card standings as Detroit lost their 3rd in a row. Boston 1 Toronto 6 - Boston's bullpen blew another one. Already down 2-1 in the 8th, Mike Timlin loaded the bases with Blue Jays with a pair of walks and a hit batsman, and Jonathan Papelbon served up the gopher ball to Russ Adams who deposited it into the right field stands for his second home run of the season and first career grand slam. Adams has singled in a run in the 3rd and finished with 5 RBI. Detroit 2 Cleveland 4 - The Indians completed their three-game sweep of 2nd place Detroit, tied California for the best record in the majors (90-62), and reduced their magic number to 3. C. C. Sabathia (right) gave up 2 runs over 7 innings and improved to 18-7. Tiger slugger Magglio Ordonez went 0-4, allowing Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki to assume first place in the batting average race at .354. Other AL Scores Seattle 9 Oakland 5 Tampa Bay 1 LA Angels 2 - Angels magic number is 3 Texas 2 Minnesota 4 Chi White Sox 7 Kansas City 0 National League NY Mets 8 Washington 4 - The Mets may have been hearing footsteps, because they finally woke up and snapped a five-game losing streak, opening up a 2 1/2-game lead on Philadelphia in the NL East. David Wright went 2-4 with 3 RBI to spearhead the offense and keep the Mets on track to capture the division flag. Philadelphia 1 St. Louis 2, 10 innings - The Phillies mustered only 4 hits and 1 earned run against Cardinal starter Adam Wainwright, who worked 8 innings without a decision, and Yadier Molina knocked in Miguel Cairo with the game winner in the 10th, snapping Philly's 6-game win streak. Cincinnati 2 Chi Cubs 3 - The Cubs regained first place in the NL Central, as Ted Lilly worked 7 innings, allowing the Reds just 2 runs and Bob Howry (6-7) pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th for the win. LA Dodgers 5 Colorado 6 - The Rockies moved into sole possession of third place in the division, 5 1/2 behind Arizona and 4 1/2 back of San Diego in the wild card race. Matt Holliday (right) continued his late season assault, blasting a pair of solo home runs (35), adding to his league-leading RBI total (128). Holliday also leads the league in hitting at .340. Over the last 11 games, Holliday is batting .463 (19-41) with 10 homers and 18 RBI. Pittsburgh 3 San Diego 5 - Scott Hairston is making the most of his playing time, blasting a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for San Diego won their sixth straight. Hairston came over from Arizona in a July trade and is hitting .364 with 5 home runs for the Padres. San Diego remained 1 game back of Arizona in the West and opened up a 2 1/2-game lead on Philadelphia in the wild card race. Other NL Scores Florida 1 Atlanta 5 Milwaukee 4 Houston 5, 10 innings - P. Fielder HR (47), leads NL San Francisco 4 Arizona 6 - J. Valverde, S (46), leads majors

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