Friday's Babelicious Scoreboard
Ah, the bench-clearing dust-up. Not quite a brawl -- as no punches were thrown -- just lots of trash-talking and frothing at the mouth.
It began for the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning on an Abraham Nunez grounder, when Carlos Ruiz took the legs out from under San Diego Padres second baseman Marcus Giles in a rather filthy attempt to break up the double play.
Umps ruled interference, costing the Phillies a run as Shane Victorino returned to third base and Nunez was called out at first. Giles immediately got into Ruiz's face and everyone ran out onto the field. The end.
Dude, I didn't know Mad Dog could break dance.
Aside from the hard slide and empty threats that seemed to highlight the game, Greg Maddux (10-9, 3.90 ERA) quietly became the first pitcher to win at least ten games in 20 straight seasons with a solid seven-inning start. He passed the great Cy Young (19) and joined legendary hurler behind Don Sutton (21) for most consecutive seasons with 10+ wins.
The veteran righty allowed three runs and seven hits, out-shining fellow geriatric hurler Jamie Moyer. Combined, the two have 570 wins. Moyer (11-10, 5.16 ERA) lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing 8 runs -- 6 earned -- on 10 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Milton Bradley had a huge night at the plate, smoking two separate three-run shots for 6 RBIs while Adrian Gonzalez also hit two bombs for the Pads, who now sit three games ahead of the Phillies in the NL wild-card race.
San Diego catcher Josh Bard had five of the club's season-high 22 hits.
Ryan Howard doubled to left in the first for one of Philadelphia's runs before Aaron Rowand drove him home on a single to center. Howard had an RBI groundout two innings later for the third and final Phillies run.
Red Sox 11, White Sox 3
Red Sox 10, White Sox 1
Twins 7, Orioles 4
Athletics 2, Devil Rays 12
Indians 1, Royals 2
Mariners 4, Rangers 2
Blue Jays 0, Angels 3
Yankees 6, Tigers 9
Marlins 3, Reds 5
Dodgers 2, Mets 5
Pirates 8, Astros 3
Braves 7, Cardinals 2
Nationals 5, Rockies 6
Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 2
Brewers 6, Giants 11