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

AP , DETROIT, MICHIGANAP, PITTSBURGH

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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