Saturday, May 2, 2009

Slam Dance: Longoria, Theriot Blast Off

Players of the Day for Friday, May 1, 2009 American League Four-run homers were the order of the day in both leagues on Friday's menu. In Tampa, Evan Longoria launched a 5th inning, bases-loaded round-tripper in a 6-run Rays' uprising, highlighting a 6-2 beat down of the Boston Red Sox. It was the second straight win over Boston, who came into Tampa riding an 11-game win streak, but Longoria and his teammates have made sure to slow Boston's momentum. The grand slam was Longoria's only hit in three at-bats, but it extended his recent hitting and RBI streak to five straight games. The Tampa third baseman has driven in 12 runs over that span and is hitting .364 for the year. He has 7 homers and his 28 RBI leads the AL. National League The Cubs usually get their long balls from Alfonso Soriano or Aramis Ramirez, but with the bases stuffed in the 6th inning Friday night, light-hitting shortstop, Ryan Theriot steeped to the plate and promptly belted his first home run of the season and just the 8th of his 5-year major league career. His bomb - his only hit in 5 at-bats - turned a 5-2 Florida lead into a 6-5 Cubs advantage. Chicago added a pair of runs in the 7th and Florida got one in the 9th for an 8-6 Chicago victory. The win evened Chicago's record at 11-11, 5 games back in the NL Central. For the Marlins, the loss was their 8th in their last 11 games. Despite that horrible run, they remain 2 games to the good over Philadelphia in the NL East.

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