• Mets 4, Pirates 0: Times have changed. Now when a Mets game involves of the worst teams in baseball, those watching know which squad it is. Johan Santana threw a three-hit shutout for the Mets' sixth straight win. Carlos Beltran (hot again) and Brian Schneider (he'll take what he can get) each went deep. All six of the wins have come against the lowly Nationals and Pirates, but that doesn't make a difference in the standings. Those show the Mets two games ahead of Philadelphia with a Monday matinee in Western Pennsylvania still to come.

  • Yankees 15, Royals 6: Could Mike Mussina's quest for 20 wins be the only drama left in the Yankees' season? He has 16 now and has never reached the benchmark in his career. That doesn't mean he shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame, but everyone knows how much the Baseball Writers' Association of America loves plateaus like that one. Jason Giambi hit a grand slam as the Yankees found a way to get to ex-Met Brian Bannister. The Yankees are 9 1/2 games out of first place and five games behind the Red Sox in the wild-card standings. They are off Monday before visiting Toronto on Tuesday.

  • Red Bulls 2, Toronto FC 0: Mike Magee scored for the second straight week. Then Gabriel Cicher got sent off in the 46th minute. No matter. The Red Bulls held their own and got a late strike from Juan Pablo Angel in the 89th minute to seal it.