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IOB - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 20, 1999
THE PENNANT RACES
.; Mets still one back as Braves slap Montreal

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AP PHOTO
The Braves' Kevin Miliwod threw a complete game to beat the Expos yesterday,
and kept the Braves a game ahead of the Mets in the NL East.

ATLANTA (AP)- Kevin Millwood
won his career-high 18th game, Freddy
Garcia homered in his first at-bat for
Atlanta and the Braves maintained
their hold on first in the NL East with a
5-1 victory over the Montreal Expos
yesterday.
Millwood (18-7) allowed just seven
hits; the only run was a fifth-inning
homer by Geoff Blum.
Garcia homered to lead off the third
against Ted Lilly (0-1).
The Braves added two in the fourth.
Jose Hernandez hit a run-scoring dou-
ble, while Brian Hunter recieved an
RBI double when Vladimir Guerrero
misplayed a popup.
Hernandez doubled again in the
sixth, scoring Andruw Jones from first,
and Braves added their final run when

Blum botched an attempted pickoff
throw at second. Gerald Williams came
around to score on the two-base error.
Lilly allowed five hits and four runs
in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out seven.
NEw YORK 8, PHILADELPHIA 6: John
Olerud and Mike Piazza hit consecu-
tive home runs and the Mets overcame
a bad inning by Kenny Rogers to beat
the Phillies 8-6 Sunday. Olerud drove
in four runs.
Roger Cedeno also homered for the
Mets, scored three times and stole his
65th base. Octavio Dotel (8-2) retired
four batters to get the win.
Rogers, who left with a strained
hamstring, retired the first 12 batters he
faced before allowing the Phillies to
take the lead in a six-run fifth.
Rogers allowed six hits in the inning,

including a two-run homer by Rico
Brogna and a two-run single by Bobby
Abreu. Armando Benitez got the save.
Facing a two-run deficit, the
Mscored three runs in the fifth off Paul
Byrd (14-10) and reliever Cliff Politte.
PIRATEs 8, CINCINNAtT 5: Brian
Giles hit his 38th and 39th homers to
drive in three runs and the Pirates dealt
Cincinnati's playoff hopes another set-
back, winning 8-5 Sunday behind
Jason Schmidt.
The Reds now sit four games back of,
the Mets in the NL Wildcard race.
Starter Pete Harnisch (14-10) walked
three and hit a batter - breaking Ed
Sprague's left hand -- in three innings.
Al Martin and Mike Benjamin sin-
gled ahead of Kevin Young's walk.
Harnisch then hit Sprague, scoring

Martin. Sprague is out for the season.
Schmidt (13-10) yielded five hits
and three runs, two earned, in seven
innings.
Greg Vaughn doubled and scored on
Ed Taubensee's ground-out in the sec
ond, Giles homered and Young added
another two pitches later.
Pirates reliever Brad Clontz got the
save.
HoUsTON 4, ST. Louis 3: Looks like
Mark McGwire is all warmed up for
Sammy Sosa and Wrigley Field.
Jeff Bagwell's two-run shot in the
seventh helped the Astros avoid a
three-game sweep Sunday with a victo-
ry over the St. Louis Cardinals.
After striking out in the firs
McGwire hit a two-run homer off Chris
.Holt (5-13) in the fourth.

Roll-over Tigers have
Sox thinking pennant

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Bret Saberhagen
gave up just two
hits to the punch-
less Tigers yes-
terday. His team-
mate, Derek
Lowe wants his
teammates to
think of themse-
leves as three
games behind the
Yankees for the
ALEast title,
rather than four-
and-a-half games
up on the A's for
the Wildcard.
AP PHOTO

BOSTON (AP) - Forget about the
wild card. The Red Sox have their
sights on something bigger.
"I don't hear one person talk about
the wild card," said Red Sox pitcher
Derek Lowe, who earned his 14th save
in yesterday's 7-3 victory over Detroit.
"I think when you settle for the wild
card, you sell yourself short."
Nomar Garciaparra homered to help
stop Dave Mlicki's eight-game win
streak, and Trot Nixon also homered
as the Red Sox won their fifth consec-
utive game. The victory kept Boston
three games behind the AL East-lead-
ing Yankees, who beat Cleveland 11-7.
"They're playing with a lot of moxie
right now," Tigers manager Larry
Parrish said of the Red Sox, who
remained 4 1/2 games ahead of
Oakland in the wild-card race. The
Athletics beat Kansas City 12-3.
Tim Wakefield (6-10) walked one
and struck out three in 5 2-3 innings
for only his second win in seven starts
since May 28. He allowed just four
hits, but three were solo homers.
Mlicki (13-1 1) lasted just four
innings, allowing six runs on eight hits
and five walks while striking out three.
The last Detroit pitcher to win eight
consecutive starts was Doyle
Alexander in 1987. The Tigers' record
for victories in consecutive starts is 11,
set by Earl Whitehill in 1930 and
matched by Hal Newhouser in 1947.
Juan Encarnacion homered twice
for the Tigers - the first multi-homer
game of his career - giving him 18
for the season.
Garciaparra went 9-for-12 in the

series, including homers in the last twP
games, to raise his league-leading bat-
ting average to .360. The Red Sox have
won 20 of 25 games.
Detroit, which has lost four straight,
made it 2-0 when Dean Palmer and
Encarnacion hit solo homers in the
second inning. But Boston took a 4-2
lead with four consecutive singles to
lead off the bottom half, including a
two-run base hit by Wilton Veras.
Encarnacion hit his second homer.i
the fourth to make it 4-3. But Boston
answered again in the bottom half
when Jason Varitek doubled and
scored on Garciaparra's 25th homer of
the season.
Nixon added his 15th homer, a solo
shot in the seventh to make it 7-3.
OAKLAND 12, KANSAS CITY 3:
Jason Giambi and Miguel Tejada
both homered and drove in three runs
Sunday as the Oakland Athletic
defeated the Kansas City Royals 12-3:
Gil Heredia (13-7) allowed three,
runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He
struck out five.
Kansas City starter Mac Suzuki last-
ed five innings, allowing three runs
and five hits.
Tejada doubled to lead the sixth
against Chris Fussell (0-5) and took
third on Eric Chavez's groundout.
In the seventh, Jason Giambi had
RBI double, Olmedo Saenz's sing
drove in a run and Fussell left after hit-
ting Tejada to load the bases.
Chavez greeted Scott Service with a
two-run single, Macfarlane hit a sacr-
fice fly and Randy Velarde singled
home a run.

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