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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, May 5
Philadelphia at Arizona (9:40 p.m.) Rookie phenom Max Scherzer makes his first major league start for the Diamondbacks. In his first appearance, he struck out seven in 4 1-3 perfect innings against Houston on Tuesday night. He'll face the Phillies' 45-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer.

STARS
Saturday
-Cristian Guzman, Nationals, went 4-for-5 and matched a career high with six RBIs, and Washington held off Pittsburgh 9-8.
-Johnny Damon, Yankees, homered and doubled twice - his first game with three extra-base hits since Aug. 19, 2006, at Boston - in New York's 6-1 win over Seattle.
-Augie Ojeda, Diamondbacks, starting in place of the injured Orlando Hudson, drove in a career-high six runs in Arizona's 10-4 win over New York.
-James Loney, Dodgers, homered and drove in six runs and Los Angeles beat Colorado 12-7 to extend its winning streak to eight.
-Adrian Gonzalez, Padres, went 3-for-5 with his seventh homer of the year to help San Diego beat Florida 7-2.

PICK SIX
Cristian Guzman of the Nationals and Augie Ojeda of the Diamondbacks set career highs with six RBIs apiece. James Loney of the Dodgers also had six RBIs in Los Angeles' 12-7 win at Colorado, but it wasn't a career high. Loney hit two home runs and drove in nine runs at Colorado on Sept. 28, 2006.

LUCKY SEVEN
Arizona's Brandon Webb gave up a season-high four runs in six innings, but got help from his offense in a 10-4 win over the Mets. Webb (7-0) became the majors' first seven-game winner, and matched Randy Johnson in 2000 for the fastest start by a Diamondbacks pitcher.

CRAZY EIGHTS
The Dodgers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 12-7 rout of Colorado. Five of the wins have come against the Rockies, who essentially ended the Dodgers' playoff hopes last September by winning the last seven meetings between the teams.

NEW KILLER B'S?
Pitcher Brandon Backe and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn hit consecutive home runs in a five-run fifth inning in Houston's 6-2 win over Milwaukee. Backe and Bourn - not exactly the Astros' vaunted ``Killer B's'' - came in with five career home runs combined in 316 at-bats.

VOICES CARRY
tting four in the first three innings of Friday night's 5-1 loss. ``We're doing a lot of things we can't do. One is not fielding. One is not making the pitch when we have to. It's just something you can't do. That's not winning baseball,'' McLaren said. ``We can't hit for them. It's up to them. We put them out there. If they can't hit, we'll look for other options.''

REDEEMED
Giants closer Brian Wilson didn't have to wait long for a chance to protect a one-run lead. A night after allowing a two-run homer to Pat Burrell with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Wilson retired three straight after walking Burrell in a 3-2, 10-inning win over the Phillies. It was Wilson's 10th save in 12 chances.

SNAPPED
White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye ended an 0-for-15 skid with a home run in the seventh inning of a 5-2 loss to Toronto. It snapped a streak of 24 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings by Blue Jays pitchers.

AILING
y at Massachusetts General Hospital, one day after hitting a solo homer to spark a victory. ... Giants starter Matt Cain gave up two runs and three hits, striking out a season-high eight in seven-plus innings against the Phillies, before leaving with a tight right hamstring. He expects to be ready for his next start.

SPEAKING
``Everything he said, he hit the nail right on the head. We're not playing well and we have to pick it up.'' - Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez after manager John McLaren's tirade could be heard outside the clubhouse following a 6-1 loss to the Yankees.

SEASONS
May 5
1904 - Cy Young of the Red Sox pitched a perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics, beating Rube Waddell 3-0. Having pitched nine hitless innings in two previous efforts, he ran his string of hitless innings to 18.
1917 - Ernie Koob of the St. Louis Browns pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 win in St. Louis.
1925 - Manager Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers hit three homers, a double and two singles against the St. Louis Browns.
1925 - Shortstop Everett Scott of the New York Yankees was benched, ending his streak of 1,307 consecutive games played that started while playing for the Boston Red Sox. Scott, who gave way to Pee Wee Wanninger, had the longest playing streak before Lou Gehrig.
1962 - Bo Belinsky of the California Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 with a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium. Belinsky struck out nine and walked four.
1978 - Pete Rose became the 14th player with 3,000 hits when he singled against Montreal's Steve Rogers at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.
1980 - National League president Chub Feeney suspended Pittsburgh's Bill Madlock for 15 days and fined him $5,000 for shoving his glove in the face of home plate umpire Gerry Crawford.
1999 - Colorado became the first team in 35 years and the third this century to score in every inning in a 13-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. The last time a team scored in all nine innings was also at Wrigley Field, when St. Louis beat the Cubs on Sept. 13, 1964.
2001 - Sammy Sosa homered and had four RBIs, and Julian Tavarez pitched seven solid innings as the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 20-1 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs scored eight runs in each of the last two innings.
2004 - Mike Piazza set a major league mark for homers as a catcher, hitting No. 352, in the New York Mets' 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
2004 - Roger Clemens moved past Steve Carlton for second place on the career strikeout list with his 4,137th in Houston's 6-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Today's birthdays: Chris Duncan 27; Mike Redmond 37.
 

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