Major League Baseball roundup: September 1, 2007

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Red Sox rookie throws no-hitter

  • Red Sox 10, Orioles 0: In just his second major-league start ever, and just hours after being called up from the minor leagues, Boston rookie Clay Buchholz (2-0) threw a complete game no-hitter, and the Red Sox won, 10-0. Buchholz becomes just the 21st rookie to throw a no-hitter, and only the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter by his second career start, since 1900. He struck out nine batters and walked three in the game. Kevin Youkilis went 2-4 for Boston, with a home run and 3 RBI. Garrett Olson gave up four runs in 5 1/3 for the loss. The win ends a four game losing streak for Boston (81-55), keeping their lead in the AL East at 5 games.

Other games

  • Indians 7, White Sox 0: Paul Byrd (14-5) threw a complete-game four-hitter en route to a 7-0 victory. Byrd was aided by two-run homers by Franklin Gutierrez (10) and Kelly Shoppach (6). Javier Vazquez (11-8) threw 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in the loss. The Indians have won 8 straight games, and lead the Tigers in the AL Central by 5.5 games. The White Sox (78-57) have lost 5 straight games, and 10 of their last 11.
  • Yankees 9, Devil Rays 6: Alex Rodriguez went 3-4, with a home run and a double, and 4 RBI before being removed in the eighth inning. Yankees starter Ian Kennedy (1-0) got the win in his first major-league game, pitching 7 innings and giving up one earned run. Devil Rays starter Edwin Jackson (4-13) was rocked for seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Mariano Rivera pitched his 23rd save, retiring all four batters he faced, and striking out the side in the 9th inning. The Yankees improve to 76-60, and extended their lead to 2 games over Seattle in the AL Wild Card race.
  • Tigers 6, Athletics 1: Curtis Granderson went 4-5, with a solo home run, a double, 2 RBI, and three runs for the Tigers. Oakland's Mike Piazza hit his 6th home run of the year, a solo shot in the 4th for the Athletics' only run. Justin Verlander (15-5) pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out 10 batters for the win. Dan Haren struggled, giving up five earned runs and eleven hits in 6 innings for the loss. The win keeps the Tigers 5.5 games behind the Indians in the AL Central race, and 3 games behind the Yankees for the Wild Card spot.
  • Mets 5, Braves 1: The Mets' Carlos Delgado, Lastings Milledge, and Carlos Beltran all hit solo home runs in the win. Mike Pelfrey (1-7) notched his first win of the year, giving up just one hit and one run in six innings of work. Braves starter Chuck James (9-10) gave up three earned runs en route to the loss. Pedro Feliciano pitched two perfect innings, striking out the last five batters he faced. The Mets (75-60) hold a 3 game lead over the Phillies, and a 6.5 game lead over the Braves (69-67), in the NL East.
  • Marlins 12, Phillies 6: The Marlins scored seven runs in the first inning, setting the pace for a 12-6 win. Marlins hitters Jeremy Hermida, Mike Jacobs, and Cody Ross each drove in two runs. Byung-Hyun Kim (8-6) pitched five innings and gave up four runs for the win, while Phillies pitcher J.D. Durbin (6-4) didn't record a single out, leaving the game in the first inning after giving up seven runs, all earned. Kevin Gregg pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings for his 27th save. With the Mets' win, the Phillies fall to 3 games back in the NL East race.
  • Blue Jays 2, Mariners 1: In the 7th inning, Gregg Zaun scored the first run of the game on a solo home run. The Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki shot back in the 8th inning, singling in the tying run, but Troy Glaus knocked in the deciding run in the bottom of the 8th, with a single to center field that scored Alex Rios. Dustin McGowan (9-8) pitched 8 innings for the win, while relief pitcher Sean Green got the loss. Closer Jeremy Accardo got the save, his 27th. The Mariners drop to 73-61, dropping them to 2 games behind the Yankees in the AL Wild Card race.
  • Cubs 4, Astros 3: Powered by a 6th inning two-run homer by Aramis Ramirez, his 19th of the season, the Cubs beat the Astros 4-3. Jason Marquis (11-8) pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win, while Astros pitcher Troy Patton gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings for the loss. Ryan Dempster gave up a solo home run in the 9th inning, but held on for his 24th save. The Cubs lead the NL Central by 1.5 games over the Brewers, and 2 games over the Cardinals.
  • Brewers 12, Pirates 3: Kevin Mench went 3-3, with a single, double and home run, scoring four runs and driving in three, in a decisive win. Dave Bush (11-9) pitched 6 innings, giving up four hits and one earned run for the win. Shane Youman (3-5) pitched just two innings, giving up eight earned runs for the loss. The Brewers (68-67) stay 1.5 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central race.
  • Cardinals 11, Reds 3: Cardinals' Rick Ankiel went 3-4 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Adam Wainwright pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) for the win, while Reds' Phil Dumatrait pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) for the loss. The Cardinals improve to 66-66, and are two games back in the NL Central race.
  • Padres 7, Dodgers 0. Padres center fielder Mike Cameron hit a grand slam off the Dodgers' Derek Lowe as part of a six-run fifth inning. Padres pitchers Jake Peavy, Cla Meredith, and Joe Thatcher combined for a two-hit shutout, with eleven strikeouts and just one walk. The Dodgers' Juan Pierre was responsible for both of the hits allowed, a single and a double. Peavy (16-5) received the win, while Lowe (11-12) pitched 4 1/3 innings in the loss. The Padres (75-60) are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks (76-61) at the top of the NL West standings, while the Dodgers (70-65) are five games back.
  • Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 7. Both starting pitchers (Elmer Dessens for Colorado, Dana Eveland for Arizona) left the game before the fourth inning. Diamondbacks first baseman Tony Clark knocked a three-run homer to cap a seven-run 2nd inning and a two-run single to cap a four-run 3rd inning. Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki knocked in two of the Rockies' seven runs with a double in the 3rd. Diamondbacks pitcher Edgar Gonzalez (7-2) took the win, pitching 3 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball in relief, while Dessens (2-2) took the loss, lasting just 1 1/3 inning while giving up seven runs. With the win, Arizona (76-61) remains tied with the San Diego Padres (75-50) at the top of the NL West standings.
  • Rangers 7, Angels 6: Marlon Byrd finished 3-5 with a home run, a double, and 3 runs for the Rangers. The Angels brought the game within one run after Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer in the 9th inning, but C.J. Wilson closed the game out, receiving his 9th save of the year. Edinson Volquez (1-0) pitched five innings for the win, while Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar made it through just 2 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs for the loss. The Angels (80-55) enjoy a 6.5 game lead over Seattle in the AL West standings.
  • Twins 6, Royals 4: The Twins rode a four-run, two-out fifth inning en route to a 6-4 victory. Mike Redmond hit a two-run double off Brandon Duckworth to score the eventual game-winning runs. Carlos Silva (11-13) pitched 6 innings for the win, while Duckworth (2-4) pitched 4 1/3 innings in the loss, giving up all six runs. Joe Nathan pitched his 29th save of the season.
  • Nationals 4, Giants 1: The Nationals' Jesus Flores went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI in the win. Nationals pitcher Joel Hanrahan (4-2) pitched six innings, giving up just one hit (a solo home run to Pedro Feliz. Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (1-3) was credited with the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up three runs. Chad Cordero pitched a hitless 9th for the save, his 29th.