Fri, Aug 25, 2006 - Page 23 News List

Wang clinches 15th win as Yankees pummel Mariners

AP , SEATTLEAP, SAN DIEGO

American LeagueWang Chien-ming (王建民) allowed seven hits in seven innings for his 15th victory, and Robinson Cano drove in three runs to lead New York over Seattle for its sixth win in seven games -- all on the road. The Yankees won 9-2.

Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada and Jason Giambi each added two RBIs.

Wang (15-5) has lost just once in nine starts since July 8, and is tied with Justin Verlander and Johan Santana for the second in wins in the majors -- one behind Roy Halladay.

Felix Hernandez (10-12) lost his third straight start by allowing nine hits and seven runs in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest start of the season. The Yankees blew open the game with a five-run fourth. Damon had a two-run single, Giambi a two-run double and Posada a run-scoring single to make it 7-0.

White Sox 7, Tigers 5

Jim Thome limped off the field in the second inning with a hamstring injury in the Chicago White Sox's 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

The White Sox lost the first two matchups in the four-game series with the American League Central leaders, but bounced back with Joe Crede's two home runs and Jermaine Dye's three-run homer.

Chicago trails the Tigers by 6.5 games in the division and has a half-game lead over Minnesota in the wild-card race.

Freddy Garcia (12-8) allowed five runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings. Thornton and Mike MacDougal combined for 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief before Bobby Jenks worked the ninth for his 36th save in 38 opportunities.

Rookie Zach Miner (7-5) gave up six runs, four hits and two walks in 1 1-3 innings, his shortest outing and third straight loss.

National League

Geoff Blum had four hits and three RBIs and the San Diego Padres beat Los Angeles 7-2 to pull within one game of the division-leading Dodgers.

Mike Cameron had three hits, including his 19th homer, and 40-year-old Woody Williams (7-4) threw seven solid innings to win his third straight start.

Astros 7, Reds 3

In Cincinnati, Aubrey Huff's bases-loaded single highlighted Houston's seventh-inning rally, and Houston avoided a sweep to Cincinnati.

Willy Taveras bunted for a single that extended his hitting streak to a club-record 26 games, and Adam Everett homered and drove in a pair of runs for the fading Astros, who won for only the third time in 12 games.

The Reds lost their cool during the Astros' six-run rally in the seventh that turned on an ejection.

Trying to hold Cincinnati's 2-1 lead, reliever Todd Coffey (6-5) gave up a single by Chris Burke that tied it, then intentionally walked Lance Berkman to load the bases. Coffey later became upset when plate umpire Wally Bell called a pitch to Morgan Ensberg a ball. Coffey took a couple of steps toward the plate, screamed and waved his arm before he was ejected.

Roy Oswalt (10-8), who missed his last start because of a bruised pitching hand, improved to 16-1 career against Cincinnati.

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