Sheffield clubs 500th homer

His first hit for Mets gives him milestone

Jimmy Rollins and former Phillies great Mike Schmidt get emotional during a tribute to broadcaster Harry Kalas, who died of a heart attack this week. Jimmy Rollins and former Phillies great Mike Schmidt get emotional during a tribute to broadcaster Harry Kalas, who died of a heart attack this week. (Drew Hallowell/ Getty Images)
Associated Press / April 18, 2009
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Gary Sheffield joined the 500-homer club, and Luis Castillo drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the ninth inning that gave the Mets a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last night in New York.

Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead in the sixth before Sheffield tied it the next inning off Mitch Stetter, who was facing his first batter in relief of starter Dave Bush.

Sheffield, a nine-time All-Star, was on as a pinch hitter and sent a full-count pitch an estimated 385 feet for his first hit of the season.

"Now that I'm in the club it's like getting your degree. Nobody can take that away from you," Sheffield said.

After squandering a bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth, Carlos Delgado doubled off Seth McClung (0-1) to start the ninth. Delgado scored on Castillo's single to short, when a diving J.J. Hardy couldn't deliver the throw to first in time to get Castillo.

Twins 11, Angels 9 - Jason Kubel completed the ninth cycle in Twins history with a dramatic go-ahead grand slam to cap a seven-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting Minnesota past visiting Los Angeles.

Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save, punctuating a wild night at the Metrodome that started with 7 1/2 innings of more bad baseball by the home team.

Matt Guerrier (1-0) picked up the victory in relief after having a hand in a five-run, two-out rally by the Angels in the seventh that gave them an 8-3 lead.

Yankees 6, Indians 5 - Derek Jeter hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning - New York's fifth home run in the game - and the Yankees got their first win at their new stadium.

Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera, and Robinson Cano also hit solo home runs and Mariano Rivera finished for the save, his third in three tries.

A crowd of 45,101, about 7,200 short of the listed capacity, saw all five of New York's home runs go to right field. Cano become the first player to reach the new stadium's second deck.

Rays 6, White Sox 5 - Ben Zobrist hit a pinch-hit grand slam and Carlos Pena homered for the fifth time in six days to help host Tampa Bay rally past Chicago.

Mariners 6, Tigers 3 - Felix Hernandez survived early struggles and host Seattle used a five-run fifth inning to win for the seventh time in eight games, tying the franchise's best 11-game start at 8-3.

Padres 8, Phillies 7 - Scott Hairston homered and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning, helping visiting San Diego overcome a six-run deficit to beat Philadelphia.

Dodgers 4, Rockies 3 - Mark Loretta capped a four-run seventh inning with a go-ahead RBI single, and host Los Angeles won its sixth straight.

Cubs 8, Cardinals 7 - After striking out three times earlier in the game, Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying host Chicago.

Royals 12, Rangers 3 - Gil Meche (1-0) pitched into the seventh without allowing a run, Mark Teahen went 5 for 6 with a homer, and visiting Kansas City beat Texas.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0 - Jonathan Sanchez (1-1) pitched into the seventh inning, Andres Torres homered, and host San Francisco ended a six-game losing streak.

Athletics 8, Blue Jays 5 - Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning, Bobby Crosby drove in three runs, and visiting Oakland got past Toronto.

Marlins 3, Nationals 2 - Jeremy Hermida hit an RBI infield single in the 10th inning and visiting Florida won its fifth straight and improved to 9-1, the best start in franchise history.

Pirates 3, Braves 0 - Paul Maholm (2-0) combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and host Pittsburgh handed Atlanta its fourth straight loss.

Reds 2, Astros 1 - Ramon Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Jose Valverde to lift visiting Cincinnati past Houston.

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