Stealing Signals: Finding New Ways To Lose

Cubs 9, Mets 6 – When you get a four-run lead courtesy of a Carlos Delgado grand slam off Carlos Zambrano, it would help if you didn’t blow it. But the Mets did, and left seven runners on base in the late innings, losing to the North Siders and falling into a tie for the Wild Card.

Braves 10, Phillies 4 – The worst part of this is that the Phils aren’t solid either, begging the Mets to come back into the NL East race, as Brett Myers got knocked around early.

Brewers 4, Pirates 2 – CC Sabathia strikes out 11 over seven innings to bring the Brew Crew back to the verge o fhte playoffs.

Rays 11, Orioles 6 – Tampa comes back from a 6-run deficit to make it a four-game sweep of Baltimore, but they couldn’t clinch the AL East yet because….

Red Sox 5, Indians 4 – Boston opened up a 4-0 lead, let the Indians back in, and pulled it out to stay close to the Rays.

Twins 3, White Sox 2 – The AL Central margin is now a half game, as Minnesota has taken the first two from the South Siders.  Nick Blackburn bested Mark Buehrle, even though he had to struggle through five innings.

Dodgers 12, Padres 4 – L.A.’s clinched a tie for the NL West at the very least, with both Manny Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra homering. Ramirez, Garciaparra, Angel Berroa, and James Loney each drove in two runs.

Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2 – Thanks to St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright pitching out of two bases-loaded jams, Arizona is in “lose again and you’re done” situation.

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