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Detroit evens series with Yankees, St. Louis win again

Detroit evens series with Yankees, St. Louis win again

The Detroit Tigers came back from two runs down to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 and even their playoff series at one game apiece in Major League Baseball on Thursday.
Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead RBI triple off Mike Mussina in the seventh inning to the cap the rally, and send the Tigers home with a split in their American League division series.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres 2-0 to lead their National League series by the same score.
In a game postponed by the threat of rain the night before, a somewhat stunned Yankee Stadium crowd of 56,252 watched the wild-card Tigers end a six-game losing streak since the final week of the regular season.
Justin Verlander, his pitches reaching 100 mph (161 kph), allowed his only runs on Johnny Damon's fourth-inning homer, which put New York ahead 3-1. Detroit's bullpen held down the Yankees' mighty offense: Joel Zumaya topped out at 102 mph (164 kph), Jamie Walker got the win, and Todd Jones pitched the ninth for the save.
The Tigers tied it at 3 on Granderson's fifth-inning sacrifice fly and Carlos Guillen's sixth-inning homer.
New York, an overwhelming favorite with All-Stars at every position, struck out nine times and went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position. Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, including one that ended the first with the bases loaded.
Game 3 on Friday in Detroit matches Randy Johnson and his stiff back against former Yankee Kenny Rogers.
Cardinals 2, Padres 0
At San Diego, even local star David Wells couldn't save the Padres, who appear to be headed for their same old playoffs fate against St. Louis.
Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit RBI singles off Wells in the fourth inning and Jeff Weaver held the light-hitting Padres in check in five scoreless innings.
The two-time NL West champion Padres have now lost nine straight playoff games dating to its World Series sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees in 1998.
Pujols got three more hits after homering in the 5-1 victory in Game 1.
Weaver, dumped by the Los Angeles Angels with a 3-10 record, and four relievers combined on a four-hitter. The Padres have only 10 hits in the first two games and are 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Game 3 is on Saturday at St. Louis. Game 4 would be on Sunday, if necessary, but history suggests otherwise. St. Louis, which barely avoided one of the biggest September collapses ever, improved to 8-0 in the postseason against San Diego. That includes division series sweeps last year and in 1996.
Weaver, making his second postseason start, outpitched Wells, who was making his 17th postseason start and 27th appearance since 1989.
Wells, a World Series winner in 1992 and 1998, lost his third straight playoffs start. Overall, the hefty lefty is 10-5 in the postseason.


Updated : 2021-03-07 07:37 GMT+08:00