|San Diego Padres' Mark Sweeney (r) beats the ball to second as Detroit Tigers shortstop Tony Giarratano covers the base |
The San Diego Padres have never won a Major League Baseball game in Detroit and that streak continued Thursday as the host Tigers beat the Padres 3-1 in interleague play. San Diego lost all three World Series games played in Detroit in 1984 as well as a three game series this week.
In other games the New York Mets topped the Oakland Athletics, 9-6, and the Atlanta Braves used a strong pitching performance by veteran ace John Smoltz to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-2.
The Cleveland Indians edged the Colorado Rockies, 2-1, the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Kansas City Royals, 9-6, and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Minnesota Twins, 14-7.
Randy Johnson had his finest pitching performance since wearing New York pinstripes as the Yankees completed a three game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-1 victory. Johnson threw a five-hitter, registered 11 strikeouts and won his 253rd career win.
The Philadelphia Phillies needed 13-innings to slip past the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.