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Saturday, 23 June 2007 19:12
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 ATLANTA (AP) -Justin Verlander pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start and the Detroit Tigers beat light-hitting Atlanta 2-1 Saturday, leading frustrated Braves manager Bobby Cox to pick up a record-tying ejection.
Cox was thrown out of the game in the ninth inning by plate umpire Chad Fairchild. Cox's ejection gave him 131 for his career, tying the record set by John McGraw.
Cox came on the field as Fairchild tossed Atlanta's Brian McCann for arguing a called third strike from Todd Jones, who got three outs to earn his 18th save in 22 chances.
Cox already has the record for most ejections by a manager, since 14 of McGraw's came as a player.
Carlos Guillen homered for the Tigers, who have won six straight games.
Verlander (9-2) gave up a fourth-inning homer to Chipper Jones but did not allow another baserunner past second. Verlander struck out 11 while giving up only four hits and two walks.
Atlanta's Kyle Davies (3-7) gave up three hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings before leaving with a strained left oblique. The Braves have lost four straight and eight of 11.
Guillen led off the fourth with his 12th homer to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Giants 6, Yankees 5, 13 innings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Nate Schierholtz ended San Francisco's season-long eight-game losing streak with a two-out RBI single in the 13th inning.
The Giants had to rally from an early three-run deficit and overcome Alex Rodriguez's game-tying home run in the ninth inning before getting their first win since June 12.
Ryan Klesko started the winning rally with a single against Scott Proctor (1-4). With two outs, Schierholtz blooped a single in front of center fielder Melky Cabrera. The Giants poured out of the dugout and mobbed Schierholtz on the infield.
Vinnie Chulk (2-2), San Francisco's seventh pitcher, threw a hitless inning for the win.
That helped the Giants hand the Yankees their fourth loss in five games and overcome another big game from Rodriguez, who had four hits and hit his major league-leading 28th homer in the ninth inning against Brad Hennessey.
Cubs 2, White Sox 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Ryan Theriot's suicide squeeze against Bobby Jenks in the ninth inning drove in the go-ahead run and lifted the Cubs over the struggling White Sox.
Theriot laid down a bunt between the mound and the plate as pinch-runner Angel Pagan broke toward home. Jenks (2-3) fielded the ball but had no play at the plate as the White Sox suffered their 21st loss in 26 games.
Michael Wuertz (1-2) got the last out of the eighth after walking a batter and picked up the win. Bob Howry pitched the ninth for his first save in four chances.
Alfonso Soriano led off the game with a homer for the second straight day, and the White Sox tied it in the bottom of the first when Scott Podsednik scored on Jim Thome's groundout.
Mets 1, Athletics 0
NEW YORK (AP) - David Wright dropped an RBI double in front of diving right fielder Travis Buck in the ninth inning, helping the NL East leaders win consecutive games for the first time since May 27 and 29.
Orlando Hernandez and Oakland starter Joe Blanton matched zeros most of the way in a tight game that included an equipment-throwing tirade by New York catcher Paul Lo Duca.
Ramon Castro opened the ninth with a double off Santiago Casilla (2-1). Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked, and Wright drove in Castro with a looper to right field.
Billy Wagner (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.
Rangers 7, Astros 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jamey Wright overcame shaky control to win for the first time in almost a year, and Michael Young had four RBIs for Texas.
Gerald Laird hit his fifth homer of the season in the eighth for Texas, which has won a season-high four straight. The Rangers also have won seven of nine - all against National League opponents.
Wright (1-1) walked six in 5 2-3 innings, but the Astros only managed three hits off him as he earned his first victory with the Rangers.
Roy Oswalt (7-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out two and walked four.
Devil Rays 4, Dodgers 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Dioner Navarro snapped out of a 2-for-32 slump with his first homer since last Sept. 4, a tiebreaking solo shot off Randy Wolf in the seventh inning.
Wolf (8-6) gave up four runs and 10 hits over 6 2-3 innings.
The Dodgers, who stranded 15 runners in the game, loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth, but were kept off the scoreboard each time. Casey Fossum (5-6) retired Tony Abreu on a flyball to end a bases-loaded threat in the seventh.
Gary Glover worked a scoreless eighth, and Al Reyes stranded runners on first and third in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
Blue Jays 11, Rockies 6
TORONTO (AP) - Frank Thomas hit his 498th career home run and Matt Stairs matched a career high with four hits for the Blue Jays.
Stairs went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs and scored twice. It was the third four-hit game of his career and first since June 14, 2000, at Minnesota. Thomas finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs and a walk.
Aaron Cook (4-5) gave up six earned runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings to lose his fourth straight decision.
Right-hander Brian Wolfe (2-0) pitched one inning for his second win in as many days.
Troy Tulowitzki homered for the third straight day for Colorado.
The Blue Jays finished with a season-high 17 hits.
Twins 11, Marlins 1
MIAMI (AP) - Joe Mauer and Jason Bartlett drove in three runs apiece, and Minnesota totaled 17 hits.
For one game, at least, the Twins managed fine without Justin Morneau, who remained in the hospital for a second night after bruising his right lung in a home-plate collision Friday. The 2006 American League MVP was expected to be released Sunday and fly home with the team.
Carlos Silva (5-8) limited Florida to four hits and one run in seven innings.
Four Marlins combined to throw 183 pitches, and Josh Johnson (0-2) struggled for the second start in a row after missing the first 2 1/2 months of the season with an elbow injury. The right-hander allowed eight hits and seven runs in three innings.
Brewers 7, Royals 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Corey Hart had three hits and scored two runs to help the Brewers earn their fifth straight win.
Hart went 3-for-3 and is batting .422 (19-for-45) in his last 10 games with five homers and 14 RBIs. He had three hits and four RBIs in Milwaukee's 11-6 win over the Royals on Friday night.
Since getting no-hit by Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 12, Milwaukee has gone 9-1.
Brian Bannister (4-4), who won his previous four starts, allowed six runs and six hits in five innings for the Royals, who have lost four straight.
Dave Bush (5-6) gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings to get the win.
Indians 4, Nationals 3
WASHINGTON (AP) - Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer to straightaway center field in the top of the ninth for Cleveland.
Martinez hit Chad Cordero's pitch over the 410-foot mark, ending 17 innings of offensive doldrums for the Indians against the Nationals pitching staff. Cleveland scored only one run in Friday night's loss and appeared on course to do the same on Saturday until the big three-run ninth.
Tom Mastny (5-2) pitched the eighth inning to get the victory, and Joe Borowski was credited with his 21st save despite a shaky ninth.
The Nationals loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but Felipe Lopez grounded into a game-ending double play.
Angels 10, Pirates 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kelvim Escobar breezed to his ninth victory, Vladimir Guerrero homered and the Los Angeles Angels increased their division lead to a season-high eight games over Oakland.
The Angels, vying for their third AL West title in four years, are off to the best start in franchise history at 48-27 and are 21 games over .500 for the first time since finishing 95-67 in 2005.
Escobar (9-3) sent the Pirates to their fourth straight loss, allowing a run and five hits in eight innings, striking out four. He is only two wins shy of last season's total.
Ian Snell (6-5) gave up five runs and 10 hits over six innings in his first career start against the Angels, making the right-hander 0-3 with a 4.05 ERA in his last six road starts.
Mariners 9, Reds 1
SEATTLE (AP) - Raul Ibanez hit his fourth career grand slam in the first inning and Jarrod Washburn took a shutout into the eighth for the Mariners.
Washburn (6-6) scattered seven hits, losing the shutout with two out in the eighth when Brandon Phillips lined a homer over the scoreboard in left.
Cincinnati starter Kyle Lohse (3-10) gave up eight runs and six hits in six innings.
Richie Sexson homered twice and Ben Broussard hit a two-run shot for Seattle.
Ibanez left the game in the bottom of the fifth when Jason Ellison pinch-hit. Ibanez appeared to grimace after grounding into a double play, and the Mariners said he felt tightness in his right hamstring and would be re-evaluated on Sunday.
Diamondbacks 7, Orioles 4
PHOENIX (AP) - Eric Byrnes homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from four runs down.
Miguel Montero's line drive, two-run single to right made it 4-2 in the fourth, and Brynes' homer off the second deck in left field got Arizona within one an inning later.
Rob Bell (0-1) allowed three runs on four hits in one inning, yielding an infield single to Conor Jackson and Mark Reynolds' triple off the center field wall in the sixth, scoring both runners to give Arizona a 5-4 lead.
Juan Cruz (3-1), who came on in relief of Livan Hernandez, gave up two hits and struck out four in two innings. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 27 opportunities.
Padres 6, Red Sox 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Chris Young pitched one-hit ball for seven innings, Khalil Greene homered twice off Tim Wakefield and Josh Bard hit a contested homer to lead the Padres.
Young and relievers Heath Bell and Justin Hampson combined on a four-hitter, and Boston's three-game winning streak ended.
Third base umpire Brian Knight, a fill-in, had a rough night. Two of his calls were overturned, including one that gave Bard an opposite-field, two-run homer against his old team and led to Boston manager Terry Francona being ejected.
Greene followed with a shot into the left-field seats to chase Wakefield (7-8), who allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Young (7-3) pitched brilliantly in his first start since being ejected after exchanging punches with Chicago's Derrek Lee a week earlier at Wrigley Field. The 6-foot-10 right-hander dropped his home ERA to 0.94, the best in the majors, and struck out 11 to miss his career high by one. He dropped his overall ERA to 2.08.
 

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