The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 27, 1999 - 11
beds win - Mets trail in wildcard race
CINCINNATI (AP) --Pokey Reese
iti a three-run homer in the 12th inning
s the Cincinnati Reds overcame Mark
1Awire's 60th homer and continued
hcir headlong rush toward the playoffs
esterday with a 7-5 victory over the
t& Reds blew a two-run lead in the
int i - Fernando Tatis hit his second
omer to tie it - and fell behind on
dgar Renteria's double in the top of
e 12th before rallying for their 21st
st at-bat victory.
With two aboard and one out, Reese
it his 10th homer off Ricky Bottalico
3-8), prompting the Reds to spill out
f the dugout to form a jubilant cluster
round home plate.
The Reds have won five of six
;4s, positioning themselves for their
irst postseason appearance since 1995.
he Reds moved a game ahead in the
'L wild-card race as the New York
ets lost to Philadelphia 3-2.
The Reds also moved within a half-
ame of Houston in the NL Central as
se Astros lost at Milwaukee 11-3.
At 93-63, the Reds have their most
ictories since the Big Red Machine
lent 102-60 in 1976 on its way to a
d consecutive World Series
McGwire's solo shot in the eighth
inning off Scott Sullivan made him the
third player to hit 400 homers in a
decade. Babe Ruth had 467 in the
1920s and Jimmie Foxx had 415 in the
It also made McGwire the second to
get 60 homers twice. Sammy Sosa
reached the 60-60 mark eight days ear-
lier in Chicago.
The crowd of more than 40,000
politely applauded the homer, which
left the Cardinals down 4-2. Tatis
drained the emotion out of the stadium
with a two-run homer in the ninth off
Graves, who pitched two innings in
Saturday's game, blew a save for the
ninth time in 36 chances. Scott
Williamson (12-7) got the win despite
giving up the go-ahead run in the 12th.
Before McGwire's 373-foot shot
provided an historic footnote, Mike
Cameron put the Reds ahead with a
three-run homer and helped them reach
a nice, round number that was notewor-
thy as well.
His homer off Manny Aybar put the
Reds up 4-1 in the seventh and gave
them 200 for the season, only the sec-
ond time in its history that Cincinnati
has reached the mark. The 1956 Reds
hit 221 homers.
McGwire finished 2-for-5 with a
double, a homer and a fly out to the
waring track in right field. ie's 7-for-
39 career in Cincinnati with four sin-
gles, a double and two homers.
Juan Guzman gave up five hits in
seven innings, including Tatis' solo
homer in the second, as he continued to
make the Reds' July 31 trade with
Baltimore pay off in the stretch run.
Guzman is 3-0 in five starts in
September with a 1.69 ERA.
PHILIDELPHIA 3, NEw YORK 2: The
New York Mets' promising season
declined further into shambles with
their sixth straight loss, 3-2 to the
Mike Piazza hit a two-out double off
Wayne Gomes in the eighth. But Robin
Ventura grounded out to end the
Gomes walked the bases loaded with
one out in the ninth and was relieved by
Steve Montgomery. Montgomery
earned the save when he got Rickey
Henderson to ground into a game-end-
ing double play.
Byrd (15-10) allowed two runs and
five hits in seven innings with two
walks and six strikeouts.
Mets starter Rick Reed (10-5)
allowed three runs and three hits in six
innings, including Rico Brogna's two-
run homer in the fourth.
Brogna hit a two-run homer in the
fourth after Bobby Abreu walked, stole
second and went to third on a throwing
error by Piazza.
MILWAUKEE 11, HOUSTON 3:
Marquis Grissom went 4-for-6 with a
homer and five RBIs, backing
Milwaukee rookie Kyle Peterson as the
Brewers beat the Astros 11-3.
Peterson (3-7) allowed two runs and
seven hits in six innings. He struck out
five and walked two.
Scott Elarton (9-5) allowed five runs
and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings. He
walked one and struck out three before
Chris Holt relieved.
Grissom's three-run double high-
lighted a four-run second inning.
Grissom homered in the fifth and hit an
RBI double in the seventh.
Jeromy Burnitz led the second with a
double and Geoff Jenkins singled. Ron
Belliard's single scored Burnitz for a I-
Brian Banks singled to load the
bases and, with two outs, Grissom
smashed a line that cleared the bases.
Bill Spiers cut it to 4-1 in the third
with an RBI single.
Pokey Reese powered Cincinnati past St. Louis with a dramatic 12th inning
run. With the win the Reds now own a one game in the NL wild card race.
rexas clinches West; Boston up on A's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The
ingers finally won the AL West on
r own, and they did it in grand style.
Rafael Palmeiro's grand slam helped
r the Rangers to a 10-3 victory
he Athletics yesterday, clinching
eir third division title in four years.
Todd Zeile's two-run homer capped a
ur-run fifth and knocked out Kevin
Esteban Loiaza (9-5) allowed one
n, 'four hits and struck out seven in
I the fifth, Gonzalez's triple drove in
irst run, then he scored on a throw-
a ror by Randy Velarde when
almeiro got trapped in a rundown try-
g to steal second. Two pitches later,
eile homered. Jarvis allowed six runs
five earned - and nine hits over 4
This was the second time the
angers clinched a title at home.
BALTIMORE 8, BoSTON 5: The Red
ox made three errors leading to seven
uearned runs and Albert Belle home-.
d s the Orioles defeated Boston 8-5
eir 16th victory in their last 18
asnes. The Red Sox still lead the A's by
ie-and-a-half games in the AL wild-
ird-yace. Jason Johnson (8-7) allowed
three runs - two earned - and five
hits in seven innings. Jesse Orosco got
Tim Wakefield (6-11) retired the first
10 batters before Nomar Garciaparra's
error in the fourth. Belle homered to
make it 2-1.
In the fifth, Charles Johnson singled
and advanced to second when Ryan
Minor reached on John Valentin's
throwing error from third.
Jesus Garcia loaded the bases when
Jose Offerman, who was covering first
on Garcia's bunt, misplayed
One out later, Wakefield hit Brady
Anderson with the bases loaded to
Mike Bordick hit a two-run double
and Calvin Pickering followed with a
two-run single to make it 7-1.
TAMPA BAY6, NEWYORK 5-Tony
Graffanino hit Tampa Bay's team-
record seventh double, capping a two-
run rally in the eighth inning that led
the Devil Rays over the host Yankees 6-
Bubba Trammell homered and dou-
bled twice. Derek Jeter's double made
him the second Yankees shortstop ever
with 100 RBIs.
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