SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Sept. 13
Colorado at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EDT). Jeff Francis tries for his 16th win in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders.

STARS
Wednesday
-David Ortiz, Red Sox, hit two homers, including a game-winning two-run shot in the ninth inning to push Boston past Tampa Bay 5-4.
-Todd Linden, Marlins, singled home the winning run in the 12th inning to lift Florida over Washington 5-4.
-Garret Anderson, Angels, homered and had five RBIs in an 18-6 victory over Baltimore.
-Shawn Green, Mets, hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to help New York hold off Atlanta 4-3.

TRIPLE PLAY
ril 21.

WINNING 17 AGAIN
Justin Verlander struck out seven and allowed one run to pick up his 17th victory in Detroit's 5-1 win over Texas on Wednesday. Verlander (17-5) became the first Detroit pitcher to win at least 17 games in consecutive seasons since Jack Morris in 1986-87. He has won four straight starts, combining to allow just three runs.

HAPPY HOLLIDAY
Matt Holliday lined into a triple play, then hit a three-run homer his next time up Wednesday night to start Colorado on a 12-0 rout over Philadelphia. Holliday, who homered twice Tuesday night, connected for the fourth straight game and leads the NL with 119 RBIs. The win was the Rockies' most-lopsided road shutout in team history.

WOEFUL BIRDS
The Los Angeles Angels pounded Baltimore 18-6 on Wednesday and have outscored the Orioles 28-11 in the first two games of the three-game series. Baltimore issued 13 walks and committed three errors. The loss was the Orioles' 18th in their last 21 games, a streak that started on Aug. 22 when the team announced manager Dave Trembley would return in 2008. Baltimore has been outscored 196-96 during that span.

CARDS SLIPPING
Cincinnati defeated St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday to hand the Cardinals their season-high sixth straight loss and prevent them from gaining ground in the NL Central. Anthony Reyes (2-14) went 3 1-3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs with two walks and a strikeout in his first start since Aug. 31.

STREAKING
Mike Mussina pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning in his return to the rotation and the New York Yankees won their seventh straight game, beating Toronto 4-1 on Wednesday. Mussina improved to 22-11 in 40 career starts against the Blue Jays, who have lost five in a row. ... Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 17 games in the New York Mets' 4-3 win over Atlanta, tying David Wright for the longest streak by a Met this season.

SPEAKING
``Every time Thome hits a home run, it makes it easy for me to come and talk about the game. Not many players in the clubhouse have seen a milestone like that.'' - Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, on slugger Jim Thome hitting his 499th career homer in a 7-4 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

SEASONS
Sept. 13
1925 - Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader to give the Dodgers a 10-1 win.
1932 - The New York Yankees beat Cleveland 9-3 and clinched the American League pennant. Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win flags in both leagues.
1936 - Bob Feller, 17, beat the Philadelphia A's 5-2 on two hits. The Cleveland youngster fanned 17 batters for an American League record.
1965 - Willie Mays hit his 500th career home run off Houston's Don Nottebart in a 5-1 San Francisco victory.
1971 - Frank Robinson hit his 500th career home run off Detroit's Fred Scherman. The ninth-inning shot gave the Baltimore Orioles a split in a doubleheader against the Tigers.
1978 - The New York Yankees beat the Tigers 7-3 at Detroit to move into sole possession of first place for the first time after being 14 games out on July 19.
1986 - Texas hit a club record seven home runs, including two each by Darrell Porter and Ruben Sierra, as the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 14-1. The Rangers rocked starter Bert Blyleven for five home runs, raising his season total to 44 and breaking an American League record.
1995 - Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, the middle infield of the Detroit Tigers, set an American League record when they played in their 1,915th game together.
2004 - Eric Chavez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, leading Oakland to a wild 7-6 win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed in the ninth after Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair and hit two fans. Texas reliever Doug Brocail was screaming at a male fan and had to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor. Francisco then tossed a chair at a fan in a lower box to the left of the Rangers' bullpen along the right-field line. The chair hit a man in the head and broke a woman's nose.
2006 - Gary Matthews Jr. hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats of Texas' 11-3 victory at Detroit.
Today's birthdays: Rickie Weeks 25; Daisuke Matsuzaka 27; Wade Miller 31.

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