Sun, May 08, 2011 - Page 19 News List

Cliff Lee strikeout streak not enough for Phillies


New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira bobbles the ball on a hit from the Texas Rangers’ Mitch Moreland in the eighth inning of their game in Arlington, Texas, on Friday.

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Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves won their sixth straight game, beating Philadelphia 5-0 on Friday night despite Cliff Lee’s 16 strikeouts for the Phillies.

Shane Victorino singled to start the seventh for the first hit off Lowe, and Placido Polanco followed with a double. The right-hander then came out of the game with an apparent leg or foot injury.

Lowe (3-3) appeared to hurt himself in the top of the seventh after singling and going to second on Chipper Jones’ single.

Brian McCann had a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Alex Gonzalez had three hits and an RBI for the Braves.

Lee (2-3) set the major league high for strikeouts this season, coming within one of the franchise record. The big league mark for a nine-inning game is 20.


In San Francisco, Freddy Sanchez singled home the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Giants a victory over Colorado on a night when San Francisco celebrated Willie Mays’ 80th birthday.

Sanchez’s line drive up the middle against Felipe Paulino (0-2) sent the Giants pouring out of the dugout and delighted a roaring crowd that came to toast Mays on a chilly, breezy night alongside San Francisco Bay.

Cody Ross led off the ninth with a double down the right-field line. Paulino struck out Aaron Rowand before Sanchez capped San Francisco’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit.

Brian Wilson (1-1) pitched the ninth for the win.


In New York, Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 30 games, but Jason Pridie’s three-run homer in the sixth inning carried the Mets past Los Angeles in the opener of a weekend series between baseball’s most financially troubled teams.

With the Mets trailing 3-2 on Friday, Pridie homered off a bullpen roof in right-center against Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) following an intentional walk to Ike Davis.

Jose Reyes tripled twice in a game for the second time this season and then doubled in the ninth. Davis homered for the Mets, who won for the third time in eight games following a six-game winning streak.

Ryota Igarashi (2-0) got one out to win in relief of Jonathon Niese, and Taylor Buchholz, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez each followed with an inning of shutout relief. A day after throwing 42 pitches, Rodriguez got his eighth save in nine chances.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Reds 5, Cubs 4

‧ Astros 3, Pirates 2

‧ Cardinals 6, Brewers 0

‧ Nationals 3, Marlins 2 (10)

‧ Padres 4, D’Backs 3 (11)



Curtis Granderson hit two homers, rookie Ivan Nova limited the Texas Rangers to two singles up to the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees ended their season-worst three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory on Friday night.

Even before Nova (3-2) threw his first pitch, Granderson put the Yankees ahead to stay.

His 433-foot drive into the second level of seats high above the Rangers’ bullpen in right-center made it 2-0 in the first. He hit his AL-leading 10th homer in the seventh, a towering solo shot closer to the right-field line, but still in the upper deck.

Nova struck out one, walked one and gave up an unearned run.


In Kansas City, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven effective innings as the Oakland Athletics ruined Eric Hosmer’s much-anticipated major league debut.

Gonzalez (4-2) settled down after allowing Alex Gordon’s homer in the first, holding Kansas City to two runs and four hits.

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