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Bears enjoy runfest, extend winning streak to four

RUNS GALORE La New continued their good form with the bat as they smacked the Whales for 17 runs, including eight in the third and four RBIs from fielder Huang Long-yi

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

San Francisco Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel stretches to grab a ground ball from the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kenny Lofton in the third inning of their game on Friday in San Francisco.

PHOTO: AP

CPBLExploding with 17 runs and 22 hits against a generous Chinatrust Whales pitching staff, the La New Bears cruised to a 17-6 victory over the Whales in Sinjhuang on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to four in a row.

It was the second straight game in which the league leaders had scored in double-digits, upping their run total in this week's two games to a whopping 29 against a Whales team that had swept the Brother Elephants in their four-game series last week, including two shutouts.

The Bears blew a narrow 2-1 lead wide open with eight runs in the top of the third where they sent 13 batters to the plate against two different Whales pitchers to pound out seven hits, while drawing a pair of walks.

They would connect for three more runs by the end of the sixth inning to claim a commanding 13-1 advantage before the Whales jumped on reserve reliever Hsu Chih-chang for four meaningless runs in seventh in the eventual rout.

Five different Bears batters enjoyed multi-RBI and multi-hit games on the night, led by outfielder Huang Long-yi's 3-for-6 effort with four RBIs.

Former major leaguer Chen Chin-fong also added to his league-leading RBI total of 61 by three to open a 15-RBI lead over the fellow teammate Lin Chih-sheng and Sinon Bulls great Chang "Prince of the Forest" Tai-shan, with 49 RBIs apiece.

Lefty ace Wu Si-yo breezed through five frames on 73 pitches in a three-hit gem for his 13th win of the season, beating Whales starter Du Chang-wei, who was pulled after loading up the bases with no outs in third in his fifth setback of the year.

Lions 4, Cobras 0

Riding the left arm of American starter Jerome Robertson, the President Lions blanked the Macoto Cobras in a 4-0 shutout at Tainan on Thursday night to avenge Tuesday's tough 4-3 loss in their series-opener.

Chiou Chang-rong's second-inning double off Robertson turned out to be the only base hit that the southpaw out of the University of Washington yielded over eight magnificent innings of work, stretching his number of innings without allowing a run to 21-and-counting.

The only run that Robertson has allowed during his past 24 innings of start over a three-game span was a third-inning run to the Whales in their August 5th contest.

Since then, Robertson has won three in a row to account for all of the Lions' wins in the month of August thus far.

For the third straight start, Macoto standout Lin "Little Chick" En-yu has allowed three or fewer earned runs in six or more innings of work, all resulting in losses as a lack of run support (the Cobras offense scored just one lone run in those three losses) easily costing him all three very winnable games.

Lin saw his earned run average dropped to a miniscule 1.86, good enough for second-best in the league while his five strikeouts in the game further padded his league-best total of 152 to 157, nearly 50 percent more than the next best pitcher.

Doing the damage offensively for the Lions were first baseman Kao Guo-ching and catcher Kao Chih-kang, whose combined 4-for-6 batting with three RBIs represented the bulk of the Lions' run production.

American League

AP, BOSTON

Derek Jeter hit a bases-clearing double in New York's seven-run seventh inning as the Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 14-11 and complete a sweep of Friday's day-night doubleheader.

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