Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Markakis Rakes for O's'; Utley Drives in 6 in Philly's 20-run Outburst
Players of the Day from Monday, May 27, 2008 American League First, Nick Markakis kept the O's and Yankees deadlocked at 0-0, rifling a strike to the plate to nail Johnny Damon in the third inning. Later, in the sixth, he broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run, and in the seventh, he singled home another run and later scored on Aubrey Huff's 3-run homer. The Orioles snapped their five game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the Yankees. With the win, Baltimore escaped last place, for now. They are just 1/2 game better than the Yankees, but the two teams play twice more on Tuesday and Wednesday. Notes: At the other end of the AL East standings, the Tampa Bay Rays retained the top spot over Boston by 1/2 game, downing the Rangers, 7-3, while the Red Sox were beating Seattle, 5-3. The Rays have won 4 straight, and, at 31-20, have the best record in the majors. National League The Phillies took it to the Rockies, 20-5, on Monday, with Chase Utley leading the charge with 6 RBI. Utley smacked his 16th home run in the first inning, tying him for the NL lead with Lance Berkman and Dan Uggla. The three-run shot complemented his two RBI singles and a ground out that drove in another run. Utley also scored twice and stole his fifth base of the season. Notes: Two other players registered big numbers for the Phillies. Pedro Feliz went 4-fot-6 and drove in 4 runs. Catcher Chris Coste singled, doubled and homered in 6 at-bats, also collecting 4 RBI.