Sat, Sep 11, 2004 - Page 18 News List

Royals rally for 26 runs

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The Royals also matched an AL record by putting 13 consecutive batters on base


Mariners rookie Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer and a pair of doubles off Wakefield (11-9).

Blue Jays 5, Angels 4

At Anaheim, Carlos Delgado capped a five-run third inning with a two-run homer, dropping Anaheim two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Kennedy homered for the Angels.

Ted Lilly (10-10) allowed four runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, barely preserving a five-run lead, and won for just the third time in 13 starts.

Jarrod Washburn (11-6) allowed five runs and five hits in six innings.

Jeff Bagwell, Brad Ausmus and Lance Berkman drove in two runs each and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Thursday night for their 13th victory in 14 games and a doubleheader split.

In the first game, Oliver Perez ended Houston's 12-game winning streak by striking out a career-high 14 in a 3-1 victory -- the Astros' only loss since Aug. 26.

Josh Fogg (9-10) didn't offer nearly the challenge Perez did, giving Houston a gift run with a balk while allowing eight runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

It was a quick return to form for the Astros, who averaged nine-plus runs per game during their franchise-record tying winning streak. The Astros won their 16th in 18 games and 21st in 25 games and are tied with the Giants for the NL wild-card lead.

Houston reliever Mike Gallo (1-0) got his second career win.

Daryle Ward hit a two-run homer, but the Pirates still lost their 22nd in 29 games.

In the opener, Perez (10-8) allowed just three hits and an unearned run in eight innings, joining Bob Veale as the only pitchers in the Pirates' 118-season history with 200 strikeouts.

Jeff Kent's one-out single in the fourth was Houston's final hit. Carlos Hernandez (1-2) walked four in 5 2-3 innings.

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 38th save.

Mets 4, Marlins 0

In Miami, Kris Benson pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning, Eric Valent homered and New York ended three streaks by beating Florida.

The Mets snapped an 11-game losing skid while stopping the Marlins' franchise record-tying nine-game winning streak. New York also ended a run of 10 consecutive losses to Florida.

Benson (11-11), who skipped his last turn with a sore shoulder, lasted six-plus innings. He improved to 3-3 with a 6.43 ERA since joining New York.

Mike Piazza and Cliff Floyd got the day off, but Valent connected against Ismael Valdez (12-8). The Mets took a lead for the first time in 60 innings when Mike Cameron doubled in the second and scored on a single by Jason Phillips.

With the area recovering from Hurricane Frances and bracing for Hurricane Ivan, announced attendance was 13,102, but the actual crowd on a sunny, 87-degree afternoon numbered perhaps 4,000.

Following their first defeat since Aug. 26, the Marlins headed to Wrigley Field for a crucial four-game series. Florida and the Chicago Cubs, meeting for the first time since last year's NL championship series, are among five teams in a tight race for the NL wild card.

Phillies 9, Braves 4

In Atlanta, the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a blown lead and a bizarre home run, beating Atlanta with Jim Thome's two-run double and another stellar performance by the bullpen.

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