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Thursday, 16 August 2007 20:28
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Aug. 17
Arizona at Atlanta (7:35 p.m. EDT). Brandon Webb has thrown 33 straight scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks.

STARS
Thursday
-Kurt Suzuki, Athletics, hit a game-winning home run in the 10th inning to lift Oakland over the Chicago White Sox 8-5.
-Yadier Molina, Cardinals, hit a pair of homers as St. Louis blanked Milwaukee 8-0.
-Mark DeRosa, Cubs, went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and the Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati 12-4.
-Derek Lowe, Dodgers, allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings to win for the first time in almost two months and the Los Angeles Dodgers topped Houston 6-2.

TIGHT NL CENTRAL
hits in a 12-4 win over Cincinnati to move to a half-game behind the Brewers going into a four-game home series against the Cardinals.

NO BONDS, NO PROBLEM
Even with Barry Bonds on the bench, San Francisco put on quite a power display. The Giants homered in each of the first four innings off Chuck James, scored in every inning until the eighth and went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 Thursday night, salvaging the finale of a three-game series. Bonds got the night off after hitting his 759th career homer on Wednesday.

COMEBACK
The New York Mets fell 10-7 to Pittsburgh on Thursday and lost a game after having a lead of at least five runs for the first time since April 30, 2004, at San Diego, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jason Bay had three run-scoring singles and Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer to help the Pirates rally from deficits of 5-0 and 7-3. The Mets would have swept a road series for the first time since May with a win. They haven't swept a series in Pittsburgh since Sept. 2001.

ROAD WOES
Wandy Rodriguez allowed five hits and four runs, two earned, in five innings and was the losing pitcher in Houston's 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. The 28-year-old left-hander is 6-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 12 starts at home and 1-9 with a 7.80 ERA in 12 starts on the road.

STREAKS
Kelvim Escobar allowed one run in seven innings to pick up the win in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-3 win over Toronto on Thursday. Escobar has now worked at least six innings in each of his past eight starts. ... The Blue Jays extended their run of consecutive games with a double to 23 in the loss, the longest active streak in the AL. ... Hanley Ramirez extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games in Florida's 5-4 loss to Arizona. That's the longest active streak in the major leagues. ... Cole Hamels pitched 6 2-3 innings to pick up his 14th win of the season in Philadelphia's 4-2 victory over Washington. He has now pitched into the seventh inning in his last six starts.

SPEAKING
``Maybe with an aluminum bat in my hand, but not wood.'' - Kurt Suzuki, when asked the last time he had hit a ball as far as his game-winning, three-run home run in the 10th inning that lifted the Oakland Athletics to an 8-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Aug. 17
1904 - Jesse Tannehill of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-0.
1920 - Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman died from a beaning by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees on Aug. 16. It was the only on-field fatality in major league history.
1933 - Lou Gehrig played in his 1,308th straight game to break Everett Scott's record of 1,307.
1944 - Johnny Lindell of the New York Yankees hit four consecutive doubles in a 10-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Lindell drove in two runs and scored twice.
1972 - Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies won his 15th consecutive game with a 9-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
1990 - Carlton Fisk broke Johnny Bench's major league record for catchers with his 328th homer as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 for a split of a doubleheader.
1992 - Kevin Gross pitched a no-hitter as Los Angeles beat San Francisco 2-0 at Dodgers Stadium.
1999 - Jesse Orosco set a major league record by pitching in his 1,072nd game, breaking a tie with Dennis Eckersley atop the career list. The 42-year-old Orosco took the mound with two outs in the seventh inning of Baltimore's victory over Minnesota.
2001 - Jeff Frye became the second Toronto player to hit for the cycle as the Blue Jays beat Texas 11-3. Frye tripled in the second inning, doubled in the fifth, homered in the sixth and hit a shot to the right-center field gap in the seventh. With the game in hand, he held up at first.
2002 - Alex Rodriguez became the sixth player in major league history to have five straight 40-homer seasons.
2004 - Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton, 19, became the first teenager in more than six years to homer in a major league game, helping Tampa Bay snap a six-game losing streak with an 8-3 victory over Anaheim.
Today's birthdays: Dustin Pedroia 24; Brett Myers 27; Chad Qualls 29; Mike Maroth 30; Jorge Posada 36.
Aug. 18
1915 - Boston opened Braves Field with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
1956 - The Cincinnati Reds hit eight home runs and the Milwaukee Braves added two to set a National League record for home runs by two clubs in a nine-inning night game. Bob Thurman's three homers and double led the Reds in the 13-4 rout.
1960 - Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves pitched a no-hitter, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0. Burdette faced the minimum 27 batters. Tony Gonzalez reached first in the fifth after being hit by a pitch and was wiped out in a double play.
1965 - Hank Aaron of Milwaukee hit Curt Simmons' pitch on top of the pavilion roof at Sportman's Park in St. Louis for an apparent home run. However, umpire Chris Pelekoudas called him out for being out of the batter's box when he connected. Nevertheless, the Braves won the game 5-3.
1982 - The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in a 21-inning game played over two days. It was the second longest game in Cubs history.
1982 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies made his 13,941st plate appearance in a 5-3 triumph over the Houston Astros to move into first place on the career list ahead of Hank Aaron.
1995 - Tom Henke became the seventh pitcher to reach 300 career saves, surviving a rally by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-3 victory.
2000 - Darin Erstad of Anaheim made a spectacular, game-saving catch in the 10th inning and followed it with a homer in the 11th as the Angels defeated the New York Yankees 9-8.
2006 - Alfonso Soriano became the third player in major league history to have at least four seasons of 30 homers and 30 stolen bases, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4.
2006 - Jered Weaver joined Whitey Ford as the only rookies in AL history to win their first nine decisions, holding Seattle to three singles over seven innings in the Los Angeles Angels' 3-0 victory. Weaver is just the fifth pitcher in major league history to begin his career 9-0 as a starter.
 

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