Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Garza Stops Jays on 5 Hits; Zambrano Chills Brewers

Players of the Day from Tuesday, July 29, 2008 American League The Rays upped their lead in the AL East as Matt Garza twirled a 5-hit shutout at Toronto, topping the Blue Jays by a 3-0 score.
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Garza (9-6) outdueled Toronto's Roy Halladay (12-8), who allowed three runs on six hits over 8 innings, striking out 9. Garza fanned 5 and walked just one batter, allowing only one runner to second base as the Rays' infield turned three double plays. Notes: In Boston, the Angels took their second straight from the Red Sox, 6-2, as John Lackey (9-2) pitched a no-hitter for 8 1/3 innings before yielding a two-run homer to Kevin Youkilis in the 9th. The Sox have dropped 4 of their last 5 and will try to avoid being swept on Wednesday night. The Angels swept Boston in Anahiem just prior to the All Star break. Still, the Red Sox remain in close pursuit of the Rays, just 2 games behind. The Yankees lost their second straight at Baltimore, 7-6, as Aubrey Huff went 4-for-5, including his 32nd double and 22 home run, a solo shot. Huff drove in 4 runs, upping his season total to 71. In the Central, the Twins crept to within 1/2 game of the White Sox with a 8-5 win in Minnesota, topping the Sox for the second straight day. Jason Morneau delivered the key blow, a bases-loaded double in the 5th which plated 3 and gave the Twins a 5-4 lead. Morneau has 82 RBI on the season. National League Carlos Zambrano improved to 12-4, and the Cubs extended their NL Central lead to 3 games with a 7-1 win over Milwaukee. Zambrano gave up 5 hits and no runs over 8 innings, striking out 9 Brewers while walking just 2. The win was the second straight for the Cubs over Milwaukee, who are now 3 games behind in the standings, with St. Louis 4 back. The Brewers can make amends, as they host the Cubs on Wednesday and Thursday. Notes: In the East, the Mets topped Florida, 4-1, while the Phillies beat Washington, 2-1. New York holds a 1/2 game lead over Philly with the Marlins 2 games behind. Arizona and the Dodgers both won on exceptional pitching to keep the Diamondbacks one game to the good over LA. Jason Johnson stopped the Giants on 5 hits over 6 innings, leading the Dodgers to a 2-0 home win. In San Diego, Doug Davis allowed 2 hits while fanning 8 over 7 2/3 in a 3-0 Arizona win.

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