The Washington Times - June 24, 2008, 12:12AM

June 24, 2008



Brewers 4, Braves 1

Ben Sheets was magnificent in his complete-game effort against Atlanta. Sheets conceded only one run on four hits while fanning seven. It took him just 106 pitches to cross the finish line. Outfielder Mike Cameron staked Sheets to an early lead, blasting a two-run bomb off Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes in the second inning. Rickie Weeks smacked three hits at the top of the Milwaukee lineup. Reyes was pulled after just 2 1/3 innings after allowing six hits and two walks that led to four earned runs.


Angels 3, Nationals 2

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starter John Lackey has been dominant since coming off the D.L. He dealt eight strong innings against the Nats, limiting them to two runs on six hits while sitting down six by way of the K. Lackey improved his record to 5-1 and has been so good that his ERA actually rose as a result of his performance. The Halos played a bit of small ball to score runs for Lackey and were led by Erick Aybar and Casey Kotchman, who each had two hits and scored a run. Francisco Rodriguez K’d the side for his league-leading 31st save. Washington couldn’t provide support for their starter yet again as Jason Bergmann tossed seven innings of one-run ball only to end up with a no-decision. He allowed six hits and fanned six. Willie Harris hit his fourth homer of the year and added a triple in the loss.

Mariners 5, Mets 2

22-year-old pitcher Felix Hernandez belted a grand slam off fellow Venezuelan Johan Santana to lead Seattle to victory. Hernandez was cruising against the Mets lineup, holding them to one earned run on two hits in his outing. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game before he could finish the fifth because of a sprained ankle, and didn’t qualify for the win despite leaving with the lead. Santana lasted seven innings and allowed only earned one run as all four runs from the grand slam were unearned thanks to a David Wright error.

Diamondbacks 2, Red Sox 1

Dan Haren and Josh Beckett went toe-to-toe in a match-up of two talented young pitchers. Haren won the battle, tossing seven shutout innings and limiting a hobbled Sox lineup to two hits while striking out five. Beckett certainly held his own, as he was good for eight innings and eight punchouts. He allowed five hits and two earned runs on the way to his fifth loss. Brandon Lyon was very efficient as he notched a five-pitch save, his 16th on the year.

Royals 8, Rockies 4

The Kansas City lineup pounded Colorado “ace” Jeff Francis for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Francis coughed up seven hits and walked three, picking up his seventh loss of the year for his troubles. Royals starter Brian Bannister worked his way around six walks over his seven innings, allowing only three unearned runs while striking out five. Mark Teahen launched a three-run shot early in the game and Jose Guillen added two RBI, including a solo homer, to lead the Royals. Ross Gload left the park for the first time this year off reliever Luis Vizcaino in the eighth.

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