Mets bombard Braves with 14 hits for 7-4 win

Updated 26 July 2013
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Mets bombard Braves with 14 hits for 7-4 win

NEW YORK: David Wright highlighted a three-run sixth inning with a controversial RBI triple as the New York Mets pounded out 14 hits in a 7-4 victory against Atlanta.
The Mets had a one-run lead when Wright stepped in and drove a 1-2 slider to the left-center field warning track where the ball appeared to hit a gate behind an advertisement in front of a standing-room only section.
Atlanta center fielder Reed Johnson and left fielder Evan Gattis did not chasee the ball, believing it was going to be a ground-rule double. But umpires ruled it a triple and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez engaged in a brief argument before being ejected by third base umpire Chad Fairchild.

Nationals 9 Pirates 7: Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals survived a meltdown and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 to end a six-game losing streak.
Harper crushed a 1-1 pitch from Bryan Morris (4-4) into the left-center seats for his first career walk-off homer, saving the Nats from extra innings and a potentially crushing defeat.
Pittsburgh rallied for four runs in the ninth inning, with Josh Harrison delivering a two-strike, two-out, two-run single off Washington rookie Ian Krol.

White Sox 7 Tigers 4: After being shut down in three straight games by the starting pitchers of the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox finally caught a break.
They staved off a four-game sweep at the hands of the American League Central’s top team by roughing up Tigers ace Justin Verlander in a 7-4 win, the second time this month the Sox knocked around the hard-throwing right-hander.
Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Alexei Ramirez also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Sox (40-59).

Yankees 2 Rangers 0: New York starter Hiroki Kuroda out-dueled Texas left-hander Derek Holland and the Yankees defeated the Rangers 2-0.
The Yankees (54-48) prevented Texas from taking back-to-back series against the club for the first time since 1993.
Texas (56-46), shut out for the sixth time this year, fell to 3 1/2 games back in the American League West race, their largest deficit in the division since 2010.

Padres 10 Brewers 8: Carlos Quentin and Jesus Guzman each hit home runs as the San Diego Padres held off the Milwaukee Brewers for a 10-8 victory.
The Padres belted out eight hits against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (8-9), who never found his rhythm and lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs.

Marlins 5 Rockies 3: The Miami Marlins may be going nowhere in the standings, but they played exceedingly well against the Colorado Rockies, winning for the third time in a four-game series with a 5-3 victory.
The game was scoreless as the teams sat through a 1-hour, 33 minute rain delay in the seventh inning before the Marlins scored a run in the eighth on a wild pitch and added four in the ninth.

Blue Jays 4 Astros 0: Left-hander Mark Buehrle shut out the Houston Astros on two hits and Maicer Izturis drove in two runs as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a seven-game losing streak with 4-0 victory.
In ending the Blue Jays’ longest losing skid of the season, Buehrle (6-7) had a season-high nine strikeouts — his highest total since 2005 when he had 12 in a game — and walked two.
He recorded the ninth shutout and 29th complete game of his career.
Jose Reyes had three hits for the Blue Jays, who won for the first time since to All-Star break.

Cardinals 3 Phillies 1: Lance Lynn bounced back from back-to-back losses to throw seven solid innings and St. Louis finished a sweep of the slumping Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-1 win at sold-out Busch Stadium.
Lynn (12-5) yielded five hits and one run, walking four and fanning six while moving within one of the National League lead in wins.
He retired nine of his last 10 batters before turning it over to the bullpen.
It was the 13th win in 18 games for the Cardinals (62-37), all against sub-.500 teams, and allowed them to expand their NL Central lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates to 2 1/2 games.


Susie Wolff backs Saudi Arabia's Formula E debut to inspire women throughout the Kingdom

Updated 14 December 2018
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Susie Wolff backs Saudi Arabia's Formula E debut to inspire women throughout the Kingdom

  • History-maker backs Ad-Diriyah weekend to inspire more women to get behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia.
  • F1 legend Massa set to make his Formula E debut for Wolff's Venturi team.

LONDON: Susie Wolff knows all about making history in a male-dominated world.
The intrepid Scot became the first female driver in 22 years to take part in a Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting when she drove in a practice session ahead of the 2014 British GP.
As a test and development driver at the Williams F1 team, Wolff repeated the feat at that year’s race in Germany — and in the following season in Spain and Silverstone.
Now, Wolff is treading new ground again after becoming the first female team principal in Formula E, the all-electric car series.
It is apt, then, that Wolff’s debut as boss of the Monaco-based Venturi team will be at this weekend’s history-making inaugural Saudi Arabian E-Prix.
The race, which takes place in the Ad-Diriyah district of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and which also features the debut of the Gen2 car, comes just six months after the lifting of the ban on Saudi women driving.
Wolff said this was a hugely “progressive and positive move,” which will boost “equal opportunities for future generations of girls and women” in the Kingdom.
Now the wife of the boss of the all-conquering Mercedes Formula One team, Toto, Wolff hopes this month’s race will encourage a new generation of female drivers to get behind the wheel.
“Can Saudi Arabia produce a top woman racing driver? The first thing to know is that these things don’t happen overnight,” the 36-year-old, who retired as a racing driver in 2015, told Arab News.
“I think it’s already a big step forward that women in Saudi are allowed to drive.
“Women are driving and can be inspired and become very passionate to take it to the next level and go on to a race track. It always takes only one (person). Sometimes in life you just need to believe it.
“I believe that there are a few Saudi women who are already racing in drifting, so I think that over time, with the right support and the right level of inspiration, that it could be something that could happen in the future.”
In 2016, Wolff — whose racing career encompassed several disciplines such as the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaf (DTM), the German Touring Car series — launched an initiative called Dare to Be Different aimed at inspiring more women into motorsport.
Wolff regrets that she was not able “with the timing to put on a Dare to Be Different event” in Riyadh, but hopes to launch it at next year’s race.
She is, however, thrilled that at least seven female racing drivers will take part in a Formula E test the day after the Saudi race.
Those confirmed for the test include the UAE’s Amna Al-Qubaisi, who started karting at 13 and has competed internationally in Formula Four. Her father Khaled was the first Emirati to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
Wolff’s choice for Venturi, meanwhile, is Switzerland’s Simona de Silvestro, who competed in two Formula E races in 2015 and was a test driver with the Sauber F1 team the year before.
“Saudi Arabia has been very supportive of trying to get Saudi women out on the race track,” she said. “I think it’s going to be fantastic to see women getting the chance to drive in Formula E.
“I was in Riyadh in September, my first time (there). I was very heavily briefed as a woman going, but I was very positively welcomed and was very positively surprised by the enthusiasm to have the race there; the track looks fantastic.
“As the season-opener, it’s going to be very exciting for Formula E to go to a new destination.”
Venturi finished a disappointing seventh in last season’s championship, but have been buoyed by the addition of the former F1 star Felipe Massa.
Wolff is delighted to have someone of the caliber and experience of the Brazilian, who won 11 Grands Prix in a 15-year F1 career, on board.
She said Massa and his teammate Edoardo Mortara can secure “regular top-eight finishes” as she targets slow but steady progress.
“I made it clear from the beginning that this is a three-year-plan,” Wolff explained.
“This year it’s about consistency and being consistently in the points.
“It’s difficult to aim too high in terms of race wins and regular podiums because obviously the level of Formula E is getting tougher and tougher as there are more and more manufacturers.”