The New York Mets recorded a 5-0 shutout win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday in Major League Baseball action.
Mets starting pitcher Orlando Hernandez gave up just four hits over seven innings while striking out seven Pittsburgh batters. The win gives New York a commanding 11-game lead over their National League East rivals. They are also the first NL team to reach the 50-win mark.
Other National League winners on Wednesday include San Diego, the Chicago Cubs, Florida, Atlanta, Colorado, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the American League, the winners include Detroit, the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay, Texas, the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, and the Los Angeles Angels.
San Diego's Khalil Greene hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to lead the Padres to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Chicago Cubs eked out a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros. The Florida Marlins scored eight runs in the fifth inning as they pounded the Washington Nationals 18-9.
The Atlanta Braves trounced the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 14-4. The Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3. The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 in 13 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers eked out a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Detroit Tigers routed the Oakland A's 10-4. The New York Yankees trounced the Cleveland Indians 11-3, avenging their 19-1 loss to the Indians the day before. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays downed the Boston Red Sox 5-2.
The Texas Rangers handily defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3. The Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2. The Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 for its 11th win in 16 games, and the Los Angeles Angels scored a 4-0 shutout win over the Seattle Mariners.