Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ortiz, Red Sox Hang On for 19-17 Win; Fielder Keeps Brewers Going

Players of the Day from Tuesday, August 13, 2008 American League David Ortiz belted a pair of three run homers - both in an 8-run first inning - and also doubled, walked twice, scored four times and drive in 6 runs as the Red Sox outlasted the Rangers, 19-17 in the season's highest scoring game.
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Ortiz was not alone on the hit parade. Teammate Kevin Youkilis also cranked out a pair of homers and drove in five runs. For the Rangers, Marlon Byrd went 5-for-6, drove in 3 runs and scored 4 times. Notes: The Red Sox gained on the Rays, 2-1 losers to the A's, as did the Yankees, who topped Minnesota 9-6 in 12 innings. Boston is now 3 behind, the Yanks, 8 back. Meanwhile, the White Sox were blanking KC, 9-0, to retake first place in the Central by 1/2 game over the Twins. The Tigers continue to spike themselves, losing yet again to Toronto, 6-4, to fall 8 1/2 games off the pace. National League Prince Fielder socked a 3-run homer (27) in the 4th inning to snap a 1-1 tie and lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-3 win at San Diego, their 7th straight. Milwaukee's winning ways have gotten them to within 3 games of the Central division-leading Cubs, who were idled by rain in Atlanta. St. Louis lost to Florida, 4-3, to drop 7 games off the pace. Notes: The Mets were also winners in the NL East, squeaking past the Nationals, 4-3, to pull to within 1 game of the Phillies, who lost for the second straight day in LA, by the identical, 4-3, score. The Marlins are 1 1/2 back. In the West, LA remained 1 game behind Arizona, as Randy Johnson continued his streak to 300 wins, with #294. Johnson stopped the Rockies on 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings in the D-Backs 4-2 win. Johnson has won 6 of the last 7 times he's taken the mound.

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