|David Wells grimaces after Kevin Frandsen's single spoiled his perfect-game bid in the sixth inning. (BEN MARGOT/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Wells, Glavine near perfect
Lefties lead LA, Mets; A-Rod hits 50th, 51st
One week after rookie Clay Buchholz pitched a no-hitter for the Red Sox, a couple of veteran lefthanders flirted with gems yesterday in spurring their teams to victories with postseason implications.
In San Francisco, David Wells took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the first, pacing the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Giants, 6-2. LA remains 2 1/2 games behind the San Diego Padres in the NL wild-card race.
In New York, Tom Glavine also was perfect for five innings and David Wright matched his career high with his 27th homer as the Mets topped the fading Houston Astros, 3-1.
Kevin Frandsen's one-out single to left in the sixth broke up Wells's bid. Cody Ransom led off the sixth with a soft single into left-center for the first hit off Glavine.
Wells (7-8), who signed with the Dodgers Aug. 24 after being designated for assignment by the Padres, won for the second time in as many decisions. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter in seven innings, allowing four hits and two runs.
"It's nice to go out there and get the win and be a teammate again," Wells said. "I had a lot of time to think and put things in perspective."
Glavine (13-6) yielded a run and three hits over seven innings in notching his 303d career win.
"I didn't feel great today," Glavine said. "It was just one of those games . . . when you don't feel overly strong. Then you kind of concentrate more on making your pitches and hitting spots and keeping your pitch count to a minimum."
Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 35 opportunities.
Yankees 11, Royals 5 - Alex Rodriguez reached 50 home runs for the first time in five seasons, and promptly added to his total.
A-Rod homered in consecutive at-bats against Brian Bannister to set a record for third basemen in a season, helping visiting New York overpower Kansas City.
The Yankees, who remained three games ahead of Detroit in the wild-card race, are a season-best 18 games above .500.
Cubs 5, Pirates 1 - Carlos Zambrano (15-12) pitched himself out of an extended slump with one of his best starts of the season, allowing two hits and a run over six innings plus as visiting Chicago stayed tied with Milwaukee atop the NL Central.
The Cubs had lost four of five and Zambrano had been 0-5 with an 8.29 ERA over his previous six starts.
Indians 6, Angels 1 - C.C. Sabathia tied Josh Beckett for the major league lead with his 17th win, pitching his fourth complete game of the season to lead visiting Cleveland over Los Angeles.
Padres 3, Rockies 1 - Greg Maddux didn't walk a batter for the eighth straight start (54 1/3 innings), and scattered three hits over six innings to lead visiting San Diego over Colorado. Maddux holds the NL record with 72 1/3 innings without a walk in 2001.
Tigers 12, Mariners 6 - Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth to help host Detroit move ahead of Seattle and into second place in the AL wild-card race.
Brewers 4, Reds 3 - Rickie Weeks tripled to drive in Craig Counsell with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and visiting Milwaukee beat Cincinnati.
Phillies 9, Marlins 1 - Greg Dobbs homered and tripled and knocked in two runs and Chris Coste added a two-run homer as host Philadelphia snapped a two-game skid and stayed three games behind the Padres in the NL wild-card race.
Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 4 - B.J. Upton's pinch-hit two-run homer capped host Tampa Bay's four-run rally in the ninth inning.
White Sox 8, Twins 7 - Jim Thome hit his 497th career home run and added the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh as host Chicago trimmed Minnesota.
Braves 9, Nationals 2 - Jeff Francoeur drove in four runs, including a three-run homer, and host Atlanta scored six unearned runs in touring Washington.
Rangers 7, Athletics 3 - Hank Blalock homered and had three RBIs as host Texas won its fourth straight and pulled within a game of third-place Oakland in the AL West.