Mon, May 19, 2008 - Page 19 News List

MAJOR LEAGUES: Ludwick's second homer finally downs the Rays


Casey Kotchman of the Los Angeles Angels, front, is tagged out at second base by Taiwan’s Hu Chin-lung of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of their game in Anaheim, California, on Saturday.


Ryan Ludwick hit his second home run of the game off Dan Wheeler in the 10th inning, allowing the St. Louis Cardinals to recover after squandering a four-run cushion in a 9-8 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

Albert Pujols also homered and had two RBIs a day after his 42-game streak of reaching base ended, helping the Cardinals win for only the third time in 11 games. The American League East-leaders lost for just the second time in 10 games.

Ludwick hit the first pitch from Wheeler (0-3) with one out in the 10th an estimated 123m over the wall in left-center for the second winning homer of his career. He has four career two-homer games, including two this season.

Mets 7, Yankees 4

In New York, Johan Santana (5-2) pitched into the eighth inning and the New York Mets got home runs from Jose Reyes and David Wright to top the Yankees in the opener of a rain-shortened Subway Series.

Billy Wagner got four outs for his ninth save in nine chances — one day after manager Willie Randolph held a closed-door meeting in response to remarks by the closer that some perceived as critical of his teammates.

Dodgers 6, Angels 3

In Anaheim, California, Blake DeWitt hit a two-run homer in the second inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers handed the Angels’ Ervin Santana his first loss of the season.

Park Chan-ho made his first start for the Dodgers in almost seven years, limiting the Angels to two runs — one earned — over four innings. The 34-year-old gave up three hits, walked two, hit Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch and struck out three.

Because Park pitched just four innings, Kuo Hong-chih (3-1) earned the win by shutting out the Angels for four innings.

Saturday's other results:

• Game 1: Red Sox 5, Brewers 3

• Game 2: Red Sox 7, Brewers 6

• Reds 4, Indians 2

• Athletics 5, Braves 4

• Marlins 7, Royals 3

• Blue Jays 6, Phillies 3

• Rangers 6, Astros 2

• Orioles 6, Nationals 5

• Tigers 3, Diamondbacks 2

• Rockies 3, Twins 2

• Mariners 4, Padres 2

• White Sox 3, Giants 1

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