Yanks, M’s gaining ground

Mariners winLike it was stated yesterday, don’t look now but a couple teams are making up serious ground in their respective division races.

Mariners 6, Orioles 5: Seattle managed to build a four-run lead, let the entire thing slip away in two innings, then regained the edge with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. Closer J.J. Putz, who was featured in this week’s SI, came in and retired three batters in a row. The win moved the M’s (53-39) to only 1 1/2 games back of the Angels in the A.L. West.

Devil Rays 7, Angels 2: Anaheim’s slide is now at three in a row as they continue to lose ground in the West. Bartolo Colon (who spawned one of the best baseball headlines ever), has only 1 win in his last 9 starts. On the flip side, although the Rays have won two in a row, they have exactly as many losses as they did on this day a year ago (56).

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1: Well, the division lead in the East is down to seven games. You tell me that is insurmountable by the Bombers, I’ll tell you you’re stupid. The Yanks got a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh by (guess who?) A-Rod to help them to their fifth straight. Oh yea, the Red Sox just lost a series to the Royals.

Cubs 12, Giants 1: I’ll guess the N.L. can have some love, even though the entire league is a joke. Once again, Bonds was a no-show at Wrigley. Despite the lack of boos, the Cubbies managed to win again, with Carlos “why in the hell would not re-sign me” Zambrano becoming the first N.L. pitcher to reach 12 wins. (In case you’re wondering, there are three 12-game winners in the A.L., and four pitchers with 11 wins.) A day after losing the game for Chicago, Jason Kendall was on the bench as Koyie Hill drove in five runs. The Cubs are still 3.5 back of Milwaukee.

More scores…

American League

Tigers 3, Twins 2

A’s 6, Rangers 0

Royals 6, Red Sox 5

White Sox 5, Indians 1

National League

Rockies 5, Pirates 3

Reds 5, Braves 4

Nationals 7, Astros 6

Dodgers 5, Phillies 4

Cardinals 6, Marlins 0

Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 2

Padres 5, Mets 4


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