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Saturday, 19 May 2007 19:14
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 NEW YORK (AP) -Tom Glavine closed within five wins of 300, while the New York Yankees lost yet another pitcher to injury.
David Wright hit a pair of two-run homers off reliever Mike Myers after Darrell Rasner broke his index finger in the first inning, and the Mets held off their fading Big Apple rivals 10-7 on Saturday for their second consecutive victory in the Subway Series.
The Yankees (18-23) lost for the seventh time in nine games and matched their low-water mark in a dismal season. The NL East-leading Mets have won nine of 11 overall.
Super sub Endy Chavez had four hits, one day after delivering the go-ahead homer. Staked to a six-run lead, Glavine (5-1) lasted six-plus innings for his 295th career victory.
All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano made three errors for the Yankees. He also homered, grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on and struck out with runners at the corners in the ninth.
Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit consecutive solo homers in the eighth for the Yankees.
Rasner (1-3) was struck on his pitching hand by Chavez's comebacker in the first, breaking a finger and making him the latest Yankees starter to go down with an injury.
Cubs 11, White Sox 6
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrek Lee, who'd missed the previous five games with neck spasms, punctuated a six-run eighth inning with a pinch-hit grand slam to lead the Cubs to a second straight comeback win over the White Sox.
Paul Konerko homered leading off the top of the eighth Saturday against Bob Howry (1-3) to put the White Sox up 6-5.
In the bottom of the inning, White Sox reliever David Aardsma (2-1) gave up a leadoff triple to Ryan Theriot. Alfonso Soriano lined an RBI single to tie the game, and scored the go-ahead run as Aramis Ramirez hit another triple.
Aardsma loaded the bases and was relieved by lefty Boone Logan. Lee was sent in as a pinch-hitter and drove a pitch over the wall in right center to send the Cubs fans among a crowd of 41,101 at Wrigley Field into a tizzy.
Red Sox 13, Braves 3, 1st game
Braves 14, Red Sox 0, 2nd game
BOSTON (AP) - John Smoltz earned his 199th victory and Atlanta had 12 extra-base hits - one off the franchise record - as the Braves handed Boston its worst shutout loss in 17 years to split a day-night doubleheader.
The Red Sox took the opener as Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-2) won his fifth straight decision and Mike Lowell hit a grand slam.
Smoltz (6-2) allowed three hits and one walk in seven innings. He won for the first time since turning 40 last Tuesday. Smoltz remained unscored upon in all 20 2-3 innings he's pitched at Fenway Park. He struck out seven to move into 17th place on the career list with 2,833, one more than Mickey Lolich.
Boston's worst previous shutout loss was 16-0 to Minnesota on May 25, 1990.
The Braves won for the second time in seven games behind a 17-hit outburst. Kelly Johnson had a double, triple and homer and five RBIs. He lined out to right in the ninth inning, missing a chance to his for the cycle.
Smoltz got support from the start as Chipper Jones hit a solo homer, his 12th of the year, in the first. Boston's Devern Hansack, called up from Triple-A Pawtucket before the second game, dropped to 0-1 with the loss.
Julio Lugo, Kevin Youkilis and Wily Mo Pena also homered for the Red Sox in the opener. Anthony Lerew (0-2) was the loser.
Twins 5, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Scott Baker pitched into the ninth inning in his first major league appearance this season and Minnesota won its 12th straight interleague game.
Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer off Dave Bush (3-4) in the second as the Twins beat their regional rival for the fifth time in a row.
The Brewers have lost seven of nine. Before the slump, they had the best record in the majors at 24-10.
Baker (1-0), who made the team out of spring training last season but faltered this March, earned his first victory since Aug. 17. He gave up six hits, leaving after Bill Hall's solo home run with one out in the ninth. J.J. Hardy hit his NL-leading 14th homer in the first, matching the home run total of his first two seasons.
Marlins 7, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Dontrelle Willis allowed two runs in seven innings, Jeremy Hermida and Aaron Boone homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth Florida beat Tampa Bay.
Willis (6-3) stopped a personal two-game losing streak. He gave up five hits, three walks and struck out seven.
Hermida hit a two-run homer off Jae Seo (2-4) to give the Marlins a 5-1 lead. Boone, who hit a grand slam in Florida's 8-4 win on Friday, then connected for his third homer of the season on the next pitch. Hanley Ramirez also homered for the Marlins.
Elijah Dukes and Jonny Gomes homered for the Devil Rays.
Blue Jays 13, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Matt Stairs hit a grand slam, Lyle Overbay drove in four runs with a triple and homer and Toronto routed Philadelphia.
Troy Glaus also homered for the Blue Jays, who tagged Jamie Moyer for seven runs.
Stairs hit his 10th career grand slam during a six-run eighth inning against reliever Clay Condrey. It was the third home run of the year for Stairs, who went 3-for-5.
Shaun Marcum pitched six strong innings in his second start this year after 13 relief appearances. Marcum (2-2) allowed two runs, four hits and struck out six. He ran his hitless streak as a starter to 10 innings, before Chase Utley homered leading off the bottom of the fifth.
Moyer (4-3) allowed eight hits in 3 1-3 innings in his second consecutive subpar outing and his worst start since joining the Phillies last August.
Astros 6, Rangers 1
HOUSTON (AP) - Lance Berkman hit a two-run single after an umpire's missed call in the sixth inning, and Houston went on to beat Texas.
The Astros won for the seventh time in 10 home games. Texas has lost nine of 12.
Houston led 3-1 with two outs in the sixth when third-base umpire Tim Timmons called Mike Lamb safe even though third baseman Travis Metcalf clearly touched the bag to clearly force out Lamb. Texas manager Ron Washington argued, to no avail. Berkman and Carlos Leff followed with singles to make it 6-1.
John Koronka (0-1) gave up three runs in five innings to take the loss.
Wandy Rodriguez (2-3) allowed four hits and struck out seven in six innings.
Tigers 8, Cardinals 7
DETROIT (AP) - Ivan Rodriguez's three-run homer in the third inning gave Detroit a six-run lead, and some strong defensive plays helped the Tigers hold on to beat St. Louis.
Gary Sheffield hit a solo homer in the seventh, helping Detroit win the first two games of a three-game series between last year's World Series teams. The homer was the 463rd of Sheffield's career, moving him past Jose Canseco for 30th on baseball's all-time list.
Tigers closer Todd Jones got Scott Rolen to pop up to third with the bases loaded in the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.
Nate Robertson (4-3) allowed two runs, six hits and four walks for the victory.
Anthony Reyes (0-7) had another rough outing, giving up seven runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Cardinals.
Reds 10, Indians 5
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer against his former team and extended his hitting streak to 21 games, leading Cincinnati over Cleveland.
David Ross also hit a three-run homer as the Reds won for the second time in eight games.
Travis Hafner homered for Cleveland, which lost for the fourth time in 19 games at Jacobs Field.
Matt Belisle (4-3) allowed four runs in 5 2-3 innings for his first win since April 28. David Weathers worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth and pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
Jeremy Sowers (0-4) remained winless in eight starts this season. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings, leaving the lefty with a 7.13 ERA.
Orioles 3, Nationals 2, 11 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jay Payton's two-run double in the 11th inning and Baltimore rallied to beat Washington.
The Orioles trailed most of the game before tying it in the eighth on pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly to center.
Ramon Hernandez started the winning rally in the 11th with a leadoff walk off former Orioles right-hander Winston Abreu (0-1). Melvin Mora blooped a single to left and Payton lined a double into the left-field corner to score pinch-runner Freddie Bynum and Mora.
Orioles closer Chris Ray allowed a run in the bottom of the 11th on Tony Batista's RBI single. Ray retired Brian Schneider on a grounder to first for his 10th save. John Parrish (2-0) got the win with 1 1-3 innings of relief.
Rockies 6, Royals 4
DENVER (AP) - Brad Hawpe and Garrett Atkins hit home runs off Gil Meche - the first earned runs the right-hander allowed on the road this season - as Colorado beat Kansas City.
Todd Helton also homered and scored three runs for the Rockies, who received an impressive start from Taylor Buchholz (2-2). The right-hander gave up an unearned run and scattered five hits over seven innings to win for the first time since April 18.
Meche (3-2) lasted five innings in his shortest outing of the season. He gave up eight hits and five runs while striking out three, and saw his ERA rise from 1.91 to 2.44.
Ryan Shealy hit a three-run homer off Ramon Ramirez with two outs in the ninth. Brian Fuentes came on and got pinch-hitter Esteban German to ground out for his 11th save.
Angels 6, Dodgers 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Napoli homered and scored the go-ahead run on a double play, Robb Quinlan drove in two more with a bloop double and the Angels won their second straight in the Freeway Series.
The Angels have won nine of their last 11 to move a season-high eight games over .500. They have also beaten the Dodgers in 13 of the last 16 meetings at Angel Stadium, including Friday night's 9-1 rout.
Jered Weaver (3-3) pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits, including a solo homer by Jeff Kent. He struck out six and walked two.
Mark Hendrickson (2-1) allowed six runs - five earned - and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings with three strikeouts and two walks.
Athletics 4, Giants 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Dan Haren allowed three hits over seven dominant innings, and Jack Cust hit a three-run homer in Oakland's second straight victory in the Bay Bridge Series.
While Barry Bonds played in his ninth straight game without hitting a homer, Cust added his eighth homer in 13 games since joining the A's.
Haren (4-2) retired 15 straight batters after a rocky first inning, giving up his only runs on Bengie Molina's two-run homer in the seventh. Alan Embree pitched the ninth for his first save with the A's.
Matt Cain (2-4) nearly matched Haren after Cust's shot in the first inning, striking out nine and yielding just six hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Bonds went 1-for-3 with a single, but the slugger hasn't added to his 745 career homers since May 8 against the New York Mets.
Mariners 7, Padres 4
SEATTLE (AP) - Jose Guillen homered and drove in four runs against Greg Maddux, and Seattle beat San Diego.
Guillen hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the second against the four-time Cy Young award winner. The homer was just the second allowed by Maddux and the first in 45 2-3 innings.
Adrian Beltre added a solo home run off Maddux in the third inning.
Horacio Ramirez (4-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings to improve to 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts at Safeco Field. He's 0-2 with a 13.17 ERA in his three starts away from home.
The Mariners chased Maddux (3-3) after just 3 2-3 innings. He allowed 12 hits and seven runs.

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