Mon, Jul 09, 2007 - Page 18 News List

Beltran leads Mets over Astros

AMAZING CATCH Having played for Houston before, the New York slugger knew the field and ran up the hill in center field to haul in a long drive as he fell down

AP , HOUSTON, TEXASAP, NEW YORK

Jason Simontacchi (6-6) allowed eight hits and three runs -- on three solo homers -- in six innings for his fourth victory in six starts. He walked one and struck out five.

Prince Fielder hit two homers, adding to his National League lead, and Ryan Braun also connected for Milwaukee, which has homered in 16 straight games. It's their longest such streak since 1996.

Johnny Estrada hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth off Chad Cordero to pull the Brewers within one. A Brewer reached second base, but Cordero retired two batters on groundouts for his 15th save in 21 chances.

Giants 7, Cardinals 6

At St. Louis, Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 and stayed put at 751 homers, but San Francisco still beat St Louis.

San Francisco benefitted from three unearned runs on shortstop Aaron Miles' trio of seventh-inning mistakes.

St Louis' Skip Schumaker hit a tying solo home run in the sixth, the first longball allowed in six starts by Giants rookie Tim Lincecum (4-2). But the typically reliable Cardinals defense fell apart on a pair of throwing errors and a fielding error by Miles.

Fill-in first baseman Miguel Cairo made two errors on one play in the 13th inning, allowing the Los Angeles Angels to edge the New York Yankees 2-1 after a spirited pitchers' duel between Roger Clemens and John Lackey on Saturday.

Cairo, subbing at first for ailing Andy Phillips, made three of New York's five errors, its most in nearly five years. Cairo singled in the bottom of the 13th and reached third, but Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) struck out Melky Cabrera and retired Derek Jeter on a close forceout with runners at the corners.

Fittingly, Clemens was in top form on Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. The Rocket, who will turn 45 next month, was older than five of the former players in attendance.

Clemens went pitch-for-pitch with Lackey, who matched his career high with 11 strikeouts.

Howie Kendrick doubled off Luis Vizcaino (4-2) to start the 13th before Jose Molina hit a grounder to the right of Cairo.

He made a diving stop and then made an errant toss behind Vizcaino, allowing Kendrick to score.

Orioles 3, Rangers 0

At Arlington, Texas, Erik Bedard struck out 15 to tie a franchise record and allowed two hits in his first career shutout to lead Baltimore.

Bedard (7-4) faced the minimum 27 hitters. Desi Relaford singled with one out in the first and Sammy Sosa singled leading off the eighth, but Bedard induced double-play grounders to erase each runner.

Bedard, who did not walk a batter, leads the big leagues with 149 strikeouts.

Jay Gibbons homered for Baltimore, which posted its fourth shutout of the season.

Tigers 3, Red Sox 2

At Detroit, Ivan Rodriguez's two-out RBI single in the 13th inning gave Detroit the win.

David Ortiz homered, doubled and walked four times -- he was walked three times intentionally -- for Boston, but the Red Sox left 12 runners on base and didn't score after two first-inning runs.

While the Tigers avoided their 1,000th defeat to the Red Sox, they did lose All-Star second baseman Placido Polanco in the eighth inning to a strained rib cage muscle.

Carlos Guillen took a called third strike in the 13th, but Rodriguez lined a 1-0 pitch into the right-center field gap and the ball glanced off the glove of a diving Coco Crisp as Sheffield trotted home.

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