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Detroit evens series with Yankees, St. Louis and Mets win again

Detroit evens series with Yankees, St. Louis and Mets 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.
In National League playoffs, the Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres 2-0 and the Mets downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 as St. Louis and New York each took 2-0 series leads.
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.
Mets 4, Dodgers 1
At New York, Tom Glavine, making his 33rd postseason start _ but first since joining the Mets in 2003, tossed six shutout innings and New York scratched out enough runs to beat Los Angeles for a 2-0 lead in their NL playoff series.
Jose Reyes drove in two runs from the leadoff spot, 48-year-old pinch-hitter Julio Franco hustled to beat out a double-play ball for an RBI, and Billy Wagner earned his second consecutive save.
Two days earlier, the NL East champions lost Orlando Hernandez to a calf injury _ leaving him on the sidelines with ace Pedro Martinez all postseason.
But now, they're one win from the NL championship series.
The Mets will go for the sweep Saturday in Los Angeles against Greg Maddux, who has 333 career wins. Steve Trachsel or Oliver Perez will pitch for New York.
The Dodgers dropped to 1-11 in the postseason since winning the 1988 World Series.
They also lost Nomar Garciaparra in the sixth inning because of a leg injury _ he hobbled across first on an infield hit in the fourth. The All-Star first baseman has been playing with a strained left quadriceps.
The 40-year-old Glavine, with 290 major league wins, outpitched a 25-year-old rookie who owns one.
Los Angeles left-hander Kuo Hong-chih shut out the Mets for six innings on Sept. 8 at Shea Stadium in his only big league victory. That was one reason he got the start in this one.
Wilson Betemit homered for the Dodgers off Aaron Heilman in the eighth.


Updated : 2021-04-11 22:06 GMT+08:00