Monday, October 1, 2007

Mets lose, Phillies are in! Rockies, Padres to decide wild card Monday

National League Florida 8 NY Mets 1 - The Mets' September swoon was completed on Sunday. After losing their grip on first place on Friday, the Mets won and Philly lost on Saturday, resulting in a dead-even tie heading into the final day of the season. It didn't take long for the Mets to implode on Sunday, though, as Tom Glavine (right) gave up 7 earned runs in the first 1/3 of an inning. Glavine's only recorded out was getting leadoff hitter Hanley Ramirez on a fielder's choice at second on Dan Uggla's grounder. After that, the Marlins recorded four straight hits, then a walk and then Glavine hit opposing pitcher Dontrelle Willis with a pitch, forcing in another run before being relieved by Jorge Sosa, who gave up a two-run double by Dan Uggla before getting out of the inning. That took the life completely out of the team and the fans, and six Florida pitchers did the rest, allowing only a first-inning run by the Mets and just five hits for the game. The Mets implosion began on September 12, when they held a 7-game lead in the division. From that point forward, they lost 12 of their final 17 games and six of their last seven, ending up in second place, one game behind the Phillies. Washington 1 Philadelphia 6 - With the Mets in an early hole, the Phillies only had to glance occasionally at the scoreboard to see that they had their post-season fate in their own hands. Ryan Howard (right) drove in 3 runs with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning and his 47th home run in the 8th while starter Jamie Moyer gave up just one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings. The Phillies went 13-4 from September 13 onward to run down the Mets and capture the NL East crown, their first in 14 years. San Diego 6 Milwaukee 11 - The Padres knew that all they needed was a win to clinch the wild card spot, but after getting off to a hot 3-0 start in the first inning, the bats went cold and the Brewers - already eliminated from the post-season - were swinging freely against Brett Tomko and four relievers, scoring in every inning from the 4th through the 8th. San Diego was denied and hours later learned that they would have to face the Colorado Rockies in a one-game playoff, Monday at Coors Field in Denver. Arizona 3 Colorado 4 - Hands down, the Rockies win this season's drama award. On Sunday, needing a win to force a playoff with the Padres for the wild card spot, Colorado broke a 1-1 tie with a 3-run 8th inning rally. The Diamondbacks, however, scored a pair of runs in the ninth off closer Manny Corpas, before Stephen Drew grounded back to the pitcher, who fired to first for the final out. Matt Holliday (right) went 1-3, but didn't drive in any runs, relinquishing his lead to Philly's Ryan Howard, who drove in three with a single and his 47th home run on Sunday. Howard has 136, Holliday, 135, but Holliday's at-bats on Monday will count for the regular season. Holliday already leads the league in batting average (.340), hits (214) and doubles (50) and has 36 homers. He will win the batting title as long as he doesn't go 0-5 on Monday. Starting pitchers for the 7:37 pm ET game are Jake Peavy for San Diego and Josh Fogg for Colorado. Other NL Scores Atlanta 0 Houston 3 St. Louis 6 Pittsburgh 5 Chi Cubs 4 Cincinnati 8 San Francisco 11 LA Dodgers 2 American League AL Scores Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 5 NY Yankees 10 Baltimore 4 Detroit 13 Chi White Sox 3 Minnesota 3 Boston 2 Cleveland 4 Kansas City 2 Texas 2 Seattle 4 LA Angels 2 Oakland 3

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