The Washington Times - June 27, 2008, 03:02AM

By TIM WHITMAN
June 27, 2008


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Orioles 11, Cubs 4

Six O’s drove in runs in an impressive offensive showing. Jay Payton led the way, plating three on two hits while Nick Markakis, Aubrey Huff and Guillermo Quiroz contributed two RBI each. Rookie right-hander Radhames Liz appreciated the support as he held the potent Chicago lineup to two earned runs in his five innings of work. Jason Marquis served up seven runs on seven hits and three walks in his four innings and was rewarded with his fourth loss.

Rays 6, Marlins 1

Matt Garza dominated the Marlins over nine outstanding innings to earn his sixth victory of the year. Garza made only one mistake in the game, a solo homer to Hanley Ramirez in the seventh. He fanned 10 Fish on the night. Catcher Shawn Riggans drove in half the Tampa runs and rookie third baseman Evan Longoria belted three extra-base hits including his 14th jack. Marlins’ starter Mark Hendrickson was battered for five earned runs on five his and five walks in his 4 2/3 innings. 

Tigers 3, Cardinals 2

Outfielder Clete Thomas was the hero for the home team with 2 RBI on not one, but two bases loaded walks including the dreaded walk-off walk in the tenth. Curtis Granderson had four hits at the top of the lineup and crossed the plate twice on the RBI walks from Thomas. Gary Sheffield added a solo shot to complete the Tigers scoring. Nate Robinson hurled a solid game, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing no earned runs while scattering 11 hits. Albert Pujols, playing DH, had four hits, and second baseman Aaron Miles had three for St. Louis. Cardinals reliever Mike Parisi issued the losing walk after loading the bases on one hit and two walks.

 

White Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Runs were certainly hard to come by as Chicago squeaked past the hometown Dodgers.  John Danks dominated the L.A. batters for six innings, allowing only four hits and four walks. His bullpen limited the Dodgers to only one more hit in the remaining three innings. 20-year-old Clayton Kershaw only could make it through four innings, allowing both Chicago runs on six hits as he fell to 0-2 on the year.

Athletics 5, Phillies 0

Oft-injured Rich Harden had the second best pitching performance of the day, fanning 11 free-swinging Phillies in his eight innings on the hill. Harden conceded only two hits and one walk to remain unbeaten on the year. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez put one over the wall to help power the A’s offense. Adam Eaton pitched well in the loss, tossing seven innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks.

Twins 4, Padres 3

Justin Morneau connected for his 12th homer of the year, a two-run bomb, and totaled three RBI to help the Twins conquer the Padres. Scott Baker held the San Diego batters to three earned runs in his six innings of work en route to his fourth win. Joe Nathan closed the door with a 1-2-3 inning that included two punchouts for his 21st save. Khalil Greene hit his eighth jack of the year in the second inning off Baker.

Blue Jays 7, Reds 1

N.L. Cy Young Award candidate Edison Volquez proved that he might actually be human, coughing up five earned runs on six hits and three walks in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound. Volquez didn’t even strike out a batter during his uncharacteristically disappointing performance. Scott Rolen, who knocked in three runs in the game, took Volquez deep in the second inning. Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay contributed two RBI apiece in the rout. Jesse Litsch was in rare form, tossing eight innings while giving up only three hits and one run as he fanned six.

Astros 7, Rangers 2

Hunter Pence belted a bases-clearing triple to kick off the scoring and Houston never looked back. Starter Wandy Rodriguez showed no mercy, baffling the Texas sluggers for eight innings and limiting them to one earned run on five hits while striking out nine. In his first start of the year, David Newhan went 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Lance Berkman chipped in with three hits and a ribbie of his own. Rangers ace Kevin Millwood was punished for all seven Houston runs on 12 hits in his five innings of work.

Indians 4, Giants 1

Resurgent Cliff Lee somehow found a way to shut down the powerful San Francisco offense. Lee lasted eight innings, whiffing 11 and giving up only four hits. The performance gives Lee an amazing 11-1 record on the season. Jamey Carroll and Jhonny Peralta provided the offense for the Tribe as they each knocked in two runs. Joe Borowski needed only nine pitches to close out the game.

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