Boston Keeps Pace Atop Division With Wins Over Baltimore

September 6: Baltimore 3, Boston 2

The Red Sox were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth when Bobby Grich led off with a game-tying dong against Jonathan Papelbon. Two batters later, Manny Machado put the O’s up for good with another solo tater against Papelbon. Boston’s bullpen has been the team’s one vulnerable area. Papelbon was supposed to be their shut-down reliever, but his 3.51 ERA is far from dominant.

It wasn’t much consolation after the loss, but Boston starter Smoky Joe Wood pulled his season ERA under 3.00, joining only Johan Santana and Walter Johnson in that rarified range among qualified pitchers.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 012 - 3  6  3
BOS 000 001 100 - 2 10  0
HR: B. Grich (15), M. Machado (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Stewart  7.0  2  1  0  0  0  
S.J. Wood   7.1  1  1  0  3  2 

BAL 74-65, BOS 79-60

wmsSeptember 7: Boston 7, Baltimore 3

The Boston is rotation is so good that the bullpen does not get exposed all that often. Roger Clemens reeled off a complete-game job in this one, and the Sox batters swarmed the bases all afternoon. Wade Boggs, Tris Speaker, and Ted Williams each connected for three base hits.

                  R  H BB
BAL 100 010 100 - 3  8  3
BOS 001 132 00x - 7 17  1
HR: C. Ripken (9), M. Ramirez (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   4.1  5  4  1  1  1  
R. Clemens  9.0  3  3  1  3  6 

BAL 74-66, BOS 80-60

September 8: Boston 5, Baltimore 2

Baltimore starter Jim Palmer gave up a couple of early runs and then spun out in the fourth. He walked two and gave up four singles in the frame before being lifted. Baltimore twirlers never could get Speaker out in the game. He reached on a walk, two singles, and a double. Pedro Martinez was fantastic yet again, and joined his rotation mate Wood in the small group of starting pitchers with an ERA under 3.00.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 010 010 - 2  5  4
BOS 011 300 00x - 5 12  4
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Palmer    3.1  5  5  0  3  2  
P. Martinez  7.0  1  1  0  4  3 

BAL 74-67, BOS 81-60
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Minnesota Claims Series Against Oakland

September 3: Oakland 10, Minnesota 3

Lots of A’s were hitterish in this one. Rickey Henderson led the pack with four hits that included a double and a triple, plus two swipes of second base and four runs scored.

                   R  H BB
OAK 301 001 203 - 10 16  3
MN  001 010 001 -  3  7  5

HR: J. Foxx (24), J. Mauer (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito     7.2  2  2  1  5  3  
D. Leonard  6.0  5  4  1  1  1 

OAK 76-60, MN 72-64

pascualSeptember 4: Minnesota 4, Oakland 1

Camilo Pascual held the A’s bats in check much better the next day. Joe Mauer was perfect at the plate with three walks and one triple, but collected no RBI nor runs scored. Sam Rice started the bottom of the fifth with a walk that was followed by doubles by Stan Spence and Rod Carew.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 000 100 - 1 6  5
MN  001 020 01x - 4 7  6
HR: M. Cochrane (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  4.0  3  3  0  5  2  
C. Pascual  7.0  1  1  1  3  4 

OAK 76-61, MN 73-64

September 5: Minnesota 3, Oakland 2

Minnesota boarded the singles train to take the rubber match. All 13 of their hits were of the one-base variety.

Both teams are still holding on to pennant hopes. The A’s are three games back and the Twins five.

                  R  H BB
OAK 000 010 010 - 2  8  2
MN  000 200 10x - 3 13  0

HR: M. McGwire (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.0  3  3  0  0  4  
J. Santana  5.1  1  1  1  0  3 

OAK 76-62, MN 74-64

Texas Crushes KC In Short Series

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September 3: Texas 10, Kansas City 6

The Royals might have been looking ahead a bit to their huge home-and-home series coming up with the Mariners. For whatever reason, they were pretty dreadful at home in a two-game series with Texas. Kevin Appier got smacked around in the first game and Alex Rodriguez took over sole ownership of the league home run lead. Five Rangers and one Royal had three hit-games: Mike Hargrove, Alex Rodriguez, Rusty Greer, Adrian Beltre, Ivan Rodriguez, and George Brett.

                   R  H BB
TEX 202 040 020 - 10 18  5
KC  101 001 201 -  6 12  2 

HR: A. Rodriguez (34), A. Beltre (16), G. Brett (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Matlack  6.0  5  3  0  2  2  
K. Appier   4.1  7  7  1  4  4 

TEX 63-74, KC 72-65

September 4: Texas 11, Kansas City 0

The next day was even worse for KC as Texas again put up 18 hits and the KC offense shriveled up against a shutout by Gaylord Perry. Ivan Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre had three hits for a second straight game, and Beltre crushed two more homers to make it three dongs in the two games. KC heads to Seattle trailing the first-place Mariners by two games.

                   R  H BB
TEX 021 330 110 - 11 18  1
KC  000 000 000 -  0  6  4
HR: R. Palmeiro (23), A. Beltre-2 (18)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry       9.0  0  0  0  4  3  
B. Saberhagen  4.0  8  8  2  1  5 

TEX 64-74, KC 72-66

 

Detroit Takes 2 of 3 v New York

September 3: New York 7, Detroit 2

The Yanks crushed three solo homers against Justin Verlander, including Babe Ruth’s 33rd that brought him into a three-way tie with Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez for the league lead.

                  R  H BB
NY  002 110 012 - 7 10  3
DET 100 000 010 - 2  5  5
HR: C. Keller (18), B. Ruth (33), R. Cano (14)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Pennock    7.1  2  2  0  5  4  
J. Verlander  7.0  4  4  3  1 10 

NY 71-65, DET 64-72

September 4: Detroit 10, New York 9

Ty Cobb punched three singles plus took a walk. It looked like Detroit was going to punt their lead in a sloppy top of the ninth that included a lead-off walk, three singles allowed, and an Al Kaline error. Mike Henneman induced a Rickey Henderson fly-out to end the game with Detroit still clinging to a lead.

                   R  H BB
NY  004 000 023 -  9 12  7
DET 320 100 22x - 10 13  5

HR: A. Kaline (10), A. Trammell (12)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt       4.0  5  5  0  3  0  
H. Newhouser  6.2  4  4  0  5  2 

NY 71-66, DET 65-72

miggy.jpgSeptember 5: Detroit 5, New York 3

Both teams scored two quick runs in the first inning before the starters settled in and traded zeroes for the next five innings. In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers staged a two-out rally with a Harry Heilmann triple, Miguel Cabrera double, and Hank Greenberg single that plated the game and series-winning runs.

                  R  H BB
NY  200 000 010 - 3  8  4
DET 200 000 21x - 5 10  3

HR: B. Veach (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   6.2  4  4  0  3  2  
G. Uhle    7.1  3  2  0  2  2 

NY 71-67, DET 66-72

Seattle Crushes Houston To Slip Back Into First

September 3: Seattle 5, Houston 0

Erik Hanson was filthy for Seattle and J.J. Putz and Shigetoshi Hasegawa followed his seven shutout innings with one shutout frame each. Phil Bradley led off the game with a dinger.

                  R H BB
SEA 200 012 000 - 5 9  6
HOU 000 000 000 - 0 3  2

HR: P. Bradley (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson     7.0  0  0  0  1  5  
J.R. Richard  5.0  5  4  1  6  3 

SEA 72-64, HOU 58-78

MAC EDGAR MARTINEZ G2CSNAP08 1C S BBA USA ORSeptember 4: Seattle 6, Houston 1

Freddy Garcia turned in another strong start for Seattle the next day that kept the Houston bats quiet. Edgar Martinez smacked two singles and a round-tripper.

                  R  H BB
SEA 200 003 001 - 6 13  3
HOU 000 001 000 - 1  6  1

HR: E. Martinez (12), N. Cruz (3), M. Alou (27)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   6.0  1  1  1  1  5  
M. Cuellar  5.2  5  5  2  2  2 

SEA 73-64, HOU 58-79

September 5: Seattle 6, Houston 5

Houston put up a better fight in the finale, but in a way that just made the eventual loss even more disappointing. Cesar Cedeno, Morgan Esnberg, Johnny Edwards, and Jose Cruz all reached in a row in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Houston a 4-2 lead.

Seattle scratched across the tying run in the top of the seventh and then went up for good in the eighth on consecutive hits by Kyle Seager, Dan Wilson, Phil Bradley, and Martinez.

The Astros have dropped 11 of 13 and are giving the Angels some stiff competition for last place.

The Mariners climbed back into first place with the sweep, just one game ahead of KC as we await the results of the Royals two-game set with Texas. Then Seattle and Kansas City meet for six straight crucial games between September 6-11.

                  R  H BB
SEA 002 000 121 - 6 12  5
HOU 010 300 001 - 5  8  1
HR: A. Rodriguez (25), A. Davis (13), C. Correa (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  7.0  4  4  1  1  6  
N. Ryan       6.1  3  3  1  5  9 

SEA 74-64, HOU 58-80

Cleveland Outdoes Boston in 2 of 3

Addie_Joss_five_frames,_1911September 3: Cleveland 3, Boston 2

The opener hinged on the fifth inning when Cleveland managed to get to Pedro Martinez for a John Romano triple, Tris Speaker double, and singles from Nap Lajoie and Joe Jackson. Addie Joss was strong in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 030 000 - 3 10  1
BOS 101 000 000 - 2  5  3
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss      9.0  2  1  0  3  2  
P. Martinez  7.0  3  3  0  0 10 

CLE 66-70, BOS 78-58

September 4: Cleveland 3, Boston 2

The Naps took game two by an identical score. Recently named pitcher of the month Cy Young looked to be continuing his August dominance into September as he took the hill in the top of the ninth with a 2-1 lead, but Hal Trosky, Lou Boudreau, and Victor Martinez all punched hits against him to make the score 3-2 in Cleveland’s favor.

Carlos Carrasco was impressive in his Rhubarb debut.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 100 002 - 3 10  0
BOS 000 000 200 - 2  7  3

HR: L. Doby (13), B. Doerr (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  6.2  2  2  1  1  8  
C. Young     9.0  3  3  1  0  4 

CLE 67-70, BOS 78-59

September 5: Boston 5, Cleveland 3

Boston’s Lefty Grove did not allow a hit or a walk through the first six innings, but after Jackson singled in the top of the seventh things unraveled a bit for Grove. Derek Lowe came in and limited the damage nicely to hold Cleveland to two runs in the frame and Boston held on to avoid getting swept.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 000 210 - 3  6  3
BOS 010 220 00x - 5 11  2
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  4.2  5  3  0  2  0  
L. Grove      6.2  2  2  0  2  1 

CLE 67-71, BOS 79-59

Toronto Staves Off Anaheim

September 3: Toronto 8, Anaheim 5

 

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The Angels jumped Shaun Marcum for four runs right out of the gate, but the Toronto bats stormed back for the win. Shawn Green swatted two singles plus his 24th homer. Green is tied for 10th most dongs in the league despite usually sitting against lefty starters and not having enough PAs to qualify for rate stats.

 

                  R  H BB
ANA 400 010 000 - 5  9  3
TOR 022 220 00x - 8 10  7

HR: J. Fregosi (12), S. Green (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   3.0  6  6  1  3  1  
S. Marcum   6.0  5  5  1  2  6 

ANA 58-80, TOR 60-76

September 4: Anaheim 11, Toronto 6

The two staff aces squared off and both melted down. Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, and Jose Bautista all took Jered Weaver deep in his four innings, but Ray Halladay got beat up even worse in just 1.2 innings pitched. A Tony Fernandez error in the second inning paved the way for a Torii Hunter grand slam.

Alomar collected half of Toronto’s eight hits.

                   R  H BB
ANA 450 001 100 - 11 16  1
TOR 004 020 000 -  6  8  7
HR: T. Hunter (11), R. Alomar (4),
P. Molitor (1), J. Bautista (20)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver    4.0  6  6  3  4  2  
R. Halladay  1.2  9  5  1  1  1 

ANA 59-80, TOR 60-77

September 5: Toronto 3, Anaheim 1

Kelvim Escobar and Jimmy Key turned in a better duel the next day. Homers from Josh Donaldson and Ernie Whitt were the difference.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 010 000 - 1 7  4
TOR 010 200 00x - 3 4  6
HR: J. Donaldson (1), E. Whitt (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  5.2  3  3  2  5  5  
J. Key      7.0  1  0  0  4  5 

ANA 59-81, TOR 61-77