Sunday, May 4, 2008

Garland Pitches Halos Past O's; Guzman's 6 RBI Leads Nats

Players of the Day from Saturday, May 3, 2008 American League Jon Garland allowed just 3 hits and one walk over 8 innings, at one point setting down 13 in a row as the Angels beat Baltimore, 3-1, keeping a 1-game lead over Oakland in the West. Garland faced 26, just 2 over the minimum number of batters faced, striking out one, while getting 13 on fly balls and 9 on ground outs. The only run came when Luke Scott singled home Aubrey Huff from second with two outs and then was gunned down by Gary Matthews Jr. trying to stretch for second base. 4-3 on the year, Saturday's performance was Garland's best thus far as an Angels starter, having come over from the White Sox after the 2007 season. Notes: While Garland's 8 innings were superb, closer Francisco Rodriguez deserves some credit, picking up his major league-leading 12th save with a perfect ninth inning. National League Cristian Guzman drove in 6 of the Nationals' 9 runs as they held off the pesky Pirates, 9-8, in Washington, D.C.
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Guzman went 4-for-5, with a pair of singles, a two-run homer in the first inning and a bases loaded double in the 6th which snapped a 5-all tie. Notes: Two other NL players had 6 RBI days on Saturday. Arizona's Augie Ojeda made the most of his opportunity to play in place of regular second baseman Orlando Hudson, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a single. Ojeda's heroics helped Brandon Webb to his 7th win without a loss, the best record in the majors, as Arizona downed the Mets, 10-4. James Loney knocked a bases-loaded double in the first inning and added a three-run homer in the 6th, propelling the LA Dodgers to their 8th straight win, 12-7 over Colorado.

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