Baseball Today

Aug 23, 2009 - 4:04 PM San Francisco at Colorado (8:40 p.m. EDT). Jason Marquis (14-8, 3.58 ERA) gets the ball for NL wild card-leading Colorado in the finale of its important four-game set against San Francisco at Coors Field. Barry Zito (8-11, 4.26) is scheduled to start for the Giants.



STARS=

Saturday=

-Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox, homered twice and tied a career high with six RBIs in a 14-1 rout of the New York Yankees.

-Chris Carpenter, Cardinals, struck out six in seven crisp innings, winning 7-0 at San Diego.

-Chase Utley, Phillies, hit a two-run homer during a 4-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

-Carlos Pena, Rays, homered twice and drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning for a 5-4 victory over Texas.

-Mike Cameron, Brewers, homered and drove in three runs in an 11-9 victory at Washington.

-Ervin Santana, Angels, allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings in a 7-3 victory at Toronto. Santana won his fourth straight start.

-Ryan Doumit, Pirates, homered, doubled and drove in three runs to power Pittsburgh to a 12-2 rout of the Cincinnati Reds.

-Jason Kubel, Twins, drove in three runs during an 8-7 victory at Kansas City.

-Ryan Garko, Giants, hit a pair of two-run homers in a 14-11 loss at Colorado.

-Charlie Haeger, Dodgers, allowed three hits in seven-plus innings in a 2-0 win over the Cubs.

-Luis Valbuena, Indians, homered with two outs in the 11th inning to give Cleveland a 4-3 win over Seattle.



ONE BIG WIN=

Ian Stewart and Todd Helton homered in Colorado's seven-run sixth inning and the Rockies rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 14-11 on Saturday night to take a two-game lead in the NL wild-card race. Colorado scored a combined 11 runs in the sixth and seventh to even the important four-game series with San Francisco at a game apiece.



POWERFUL SHOW=

Kevin Youkilis homered twice and tied a career high with six RBIs, and Boston snapped a five-game skid against the Yankees with a 14-1 win. The Red Sox roughed up A.J. Burnett and set a team record with their eighth consecutive multihomer game. David Ortiz and Alex Gonzalez also connected for Boston, which has 39 homers in August with eight games left.



ON A ROLL=

Chris Carpenter pitched seven crisp innings and Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-0 win at San Diego. Carpenter (14-3) won his ninth consecutive decision and moved into a tie for the major league lead in victories. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six. Holliday connected in the first for his sixth homer since he was acquired from Oakland on July 24. He is hitting .400 with 25 RBIs in 27 games with St. Louis.



JUST LIKE 1979=

Ryan Doumit homered, doubled and drove in three runs to give Zach Duke some unaccustomed run support and Pittsburgh pushed Cincinnati into last place in the NL Central with a 12-2 victory. After honoring 22 members of the World Series-winning 1979 Pirates before the game, a team headed for the franchise's 17th consecutive losing season turned back the clock - if only for one night - with '79-like power, pitching and defense to win its fifth in a row.



NOTHING LIKE 1969=

The New York Mets celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1969 World Series championship team, but the presence of former stars such as Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan wasn't enough to spark the current club. New York lost 4-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies and has dropped 13 of 20.



WORTH NOTING=

The Diamondbacks have lost seven straight, their longest skid since dropping seven in a row in June 2006. ... Rookie Tommy Hanson pitched seven innings in Atlanta's 4-3 victory over Florida, improving to 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in four starts this month. ... Milwaukee recovered after blowing a seven-run lead in an 11-9 victory against the Washington Nationals. Casey McGehee singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning. ... Tampa Bay slugger Carlos Pena has three of his 16 career multihomer games this season, and has eight homers over his last 14 games. ... Second baseman David Eckstein and the Padres agreed to a one-year contract extension.



INJURY UPDATE=

Aaron Cook was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, a potential blow to the Rockies' playoff hopes. An All-Star last season, Cook is 10-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 25 starts. ... Reds manager Dusty Baker said third baseman Scott Rolen will be activated off the 15-day disabled list and start Sunday against Pittsburgh.



SPEAKING=

"I was crushed. He was my right hand in college. He's been battling cancer for 10 years. He was always smiling. The only thing that comforts me is I know he's in a better place, but we're going to miss him greatly." - Tampa Bay slugger Carlos Pena after learning early Saturday that his close friend and college teammate, Greg Montalbano, had died of cancer Friday night. Pena homered twice and drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning RBI single in the Rays' 5-4 win over the Rangers on Saturday night.



SEASONS=

Aug. 24=

1905 - The Chicago Cubs beat the Phillies at Philadelphia 2-1 in 20 innings behind the complete game pitching of Ed Reulbach.

1940 - Outfielder Ted Williams pitched the last two innings for the Boston Red Sox against Detroit at Fenway Park. He allowed one run on three hits, but struck out Rudy York on three pitches. The Tigers, behind Tommy Bridges, won 12-1.

1951 - St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck gave over 1,000 fans behind his dugout YES and NO placards, allowing them to have a part in the strategy of the game. The fans flashed the cards when asked by the coaches what the Browns should do and it worked as St. Louis beat the Philadelphia Athletics 5-3.

1971 - Ernie Banks hit the 512th and final home run of his career as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4. Banks' shot came off Jim McGlothin in the first inning.

1975 - Ed Halicki of San Francisco pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the New York Mets to lead the Giants to a sweep of a doubleheader. On the same day, Dave Lopes of Los Angeles stole his 38th consecutive base in the seventh inning against the Expos. Lopes' streak was snapped in the 12th inning by Gary Carter. The Expos won 5-3 in 14 innings.

1989 - After six months of denial, defense and delay, Cincinnati manager Pete Rose was banned for life from baseball by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti for gambling. Rose, baseball's all-time hit leader and holder of 19 major-league records, signed a five-page agreement with Giamatti in which he agreed to a lifetime penalty but did not admit to gambling on baseball.

2001 - Colorado starting pitcher Jason Jennings went 3-for-5 in his major league debut, including a homer and an RBI single, while giving up five hits and striking out eight in a complete game shut out over the Mets, 10-0. The right-hander became the first pitcher in modern history to throw a shutout and hit a homer in his first game.

2003 - Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada hit grand slams as Oakland routed Toronto 17-2.

2006 - Boston beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 to hand rookie Jered Weaver his first loss. Weaver (9-1) was trying to become the third pitcher in major-league history to win his first 10 decisions as a starter.

2007 - Greg Maddux became the first pitcher to win 10 games in 20 consecutive seasons, tossing seven solid innings in the San Diego Padres' 14-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies.

2008 - Francisco Rodriguez earned his 50th save, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to secure the Los Angeles Angels' 5-3 victory over Minnesota.

Today's birthdays: Brett Gardner 26; Kevin Correia 29; Cal Ripken 49.






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