Sunday, May 3, 2009

Blaylock Drives Rangers; Marquis, Spilborghs Star for Rockies

Players of the Day for Saturday, May 2, 2009 American League Hank Blalock whacked a three-run homer in the third inning and doubled home another run in the 4th as the Texas Rangers got all of their runs in a 3-run 3rd and 6-run 4th inning, holding off the White Sox for a 9-6 win. Blalock delivered with his 7th home run of the season and his 4 RBI gave him 18. The win helped the Rangers (11-12) hold onto second place in the wide-open AL West, where they trail the Mariners by 2 1/2 games. The Angels and A's are just one game behind Texas. National League Jason Marquis (left) worked every out and Ryan Spilborghs (right) provided most of the offense as the Colorado Rockies cruised to a 5-1 win at San Francisco. Marquis (4-1) had his best outing of the season, with a complete-game decision in which he allowed just 5 hits and a walk. The sole San Francisco run came on the only extra-base hit of the game - Pedro Sandolval's second-inning solo homer. Marquis struck out 4, got 14 gournd outs and 9 by fly balls. When the Rockies were batting, Ryan Spilborghs was doing most of the damage from the leadoff spot, hitting a solo homer in his first at-bat, drawing a walk and scoring in the third, belting a two-run homer in the fifth inning and singling and stealing second in the 9th, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs.

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