26
Jul
07

flashes of brilliance

A-Rod hits 499If you’re still on the sinking ship that thinks the Yankees can’t make the playoffs, you might want to bail now.

New York closed its gap to 6.5 games in the A.L. East with a record-setting win Wednesday night.

Alex Rodriguez, the MLB leader in home runs and RBI, joined exclusive company with his 499th home run against Kansas City starter Gil Meche.

Earlier, Mets 52-year-old starter Tom Glavine went 6 innings and picked up the victory against the Pirates for career win No. 299.

Yankees 7, Royals 1: The win streak is now at 6. The division lead is cut to 6.5. The Yanks are cruising. Hideki Matsui (and of course A-Rod) added a home run to back 5 2/3 innings of one-run work by Mike Mussina.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 1: Speaking of streaking, the Cubs are headed through the quad. Five two-out runs and a 7-inning, 1 ER effort from Ted Lilly led to Chicago’s 21st win in 28 games. The Brew Crews lead is down to 2 games. Outlook of holding on: cloudy.

Mariners 6, Rangers 7: On the flip side are the Mariners. The members of the team shaved their heads in a sign of unity and hoped to change their luck. The result? A lot less hair and a sixth-straight loss. Seattle closer J.J. Putz blew a save! after converting his first 29 of the season.

Reds 7, Brewers 3: The reason the Cubs made up ground was Jeff Suppan’s first loss against the Reds — ever. The rest of the Brewers didn’t help much, not getting on the board until Craig Counsell’s home run in the sixth. What do you think Prince Fielder will do when the Brew Crew blows the division lead?

More scores…

American League

Twins 1, Blue Jays 13

A’s 6, Angels 7

Red Sox 0, Indians 1

Devil Rays 1, Orioles 6

Tigers 13, White Sox 9

National League

Padres 2, Rockies 10

Nationals 5, Phillies 7

Pirates 3, Mets 6

Dodgers 1, Astros 2

Marlins 0, D-Backs 7

Braves 1, Giants 2

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