Minnesota Twins 2 Chicago Cubs 0- Anthony Swarzak allowed four hits in seven innings, leading the Twins to a two-run victory over the Chicago Cubs. Swarzak was then sent back to AAA Rochester after the game. Jason Kubel hit a home run in the second inning, and Joe Mauer provided the other run of the game with an RBI single that drove in Nick Punto.
Chicago White Sox 7 Milwaukee Brewers 1- Jose Contreras pitched eight innings, allowing just two hits en route to Chicago’s 29th victory of the season. Milwaukee scored their only run of the game off Scott Linebrink in the 9th inning when Casey McGehee’s two-out single drove in J.J. Hardy. Ramon Castro hit his first long ball of the year in the 5th inning.
Tampa Bay Rays 8 Washington Nationals 3- In the 4th inning, Carlos Pena went deep for the 20th time this season. Two innings later, a seven-run inning, during which Ben Zobrist and Gabe Gross hit home runs, allowed the Rays to pull away for their 33rd victory of the season. Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine surrendered three runs in six hits in 7.1 innings pitched. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 12th home run of the year in the first inning.
New York Mets 6 New York Yankees 2- No crazy finish in the Big Apple folks. Luis Castillo, who dropped the pop fly that cost the Mets a victory, went 2-for-5 and committed no errors. Omir Santos drove in three runs for the Mets, two of which came from a dinger to left field in the second inning. Gary Sheffield also went deep for the Mets in the 7th inning.
St. Louis Cardinals 3 Cleveland Indians 1- Albert Pujols homered not once, but twice to help lead the Cardinals to a two-run victory over the Indians. Pujols’ first dinger was his 1,600th career hit in 1,301 career games as well as the first run of the game. His second blast restored the Cardinals’ one-run lead. Skip Schumaker scored the other St. Louis run on a wild pitch.
Baltimore Orioles 8 Atlanta Braves 4- Behind six runs in the seventh inning, the Baltimore Orioles improved to 26-36 on the season with an 8-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Brian Roberts went 4-for-5 with 1 run and 2 RBIs. Adam Jones hit his 12th home run of the year in the 1st inning.
Florida Marlins 6 Toronto Blue Jays 5- Cody Ross hit his 10th home run of the season and doubled twice in his first visit to Toronto. Jeremy Hermida also went yard for Florida.
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 Detroit Tigers 3- The day after their hockey team defeated their opponent’s hockey team, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Detroit Tigers behind a grand slam from Freddy Sanchez as well as a solo shot by Adam LaRoche. Pirates starter Zach Duke surrendered solo home runs to Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn, but it was enough for him to earn his 4th win in his last five games.
Colorado Rockies 5 Seattle Mariners 3- The Mariners scored two in the top half of the 8th inning to tie the game…only to surrender two in the bottom half to lose the game. Jose Lopez went yard in the 8th inning to level the score at three. However, two Colorado sacrifice flies helped the Rockies improve their record to 30-32.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9 San Diego Padres 1- Torii Hunter went deep not once, not twice, but THREE times en route to the eight-run victory over the Padres; it was Hunter’s first career three-homer game. Kendry Morales and Jeff Mathis also homered for the Angels, who improved their record to 31-29.
Kansas City Royals 7 Cincinnati Reds 4- Behind a three-hit, three-RBI day from Willie Bloomquist, the Kansas City Royals improved their winning streak to two, a feat that they have not accomplished since May 17-19. Billy Butler went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs for Kansas City.
Houston Astros 6 Arizona Diamondbacks 4- Miguel Tejada singled to drive in Michael Bourn; it was Tejada’s 2000th career hit. Lance Berkman then blasted a 1-0 pitch from Jon Garland to right field; it was Berkman’s 300th career home run. This all happened in the 6th inning, during which the Astros scored three runs. Another three runs in the 8th inning lifted the Astros to their 28th victory of the season. Roy Oswalt allowed one run on five hits in seven innings; Chris Young hit his 6th home run of the year in the 4th inning off Oswalt.
Boston Red Sox 11 Philadelphia Phillies 6- Daisuke Matsuzaka had a pretty rough outing, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in four innings. Nevertheless, his Red Sox bailed him out with a five-run victory over the defending World Series champions. Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury went deep for the Red Sox as they improved their record to 38-24.
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Texas Rangers 1- A power outage delayed the game for 101 minutes and helped the Dodgers end the Rangers’ shutout streak. Behind Matt Kemp’s two-run blast in the 7th inning, the Dodgers managed to avoid their first three-game losing streak with a two-run victory over Texas. Andruw Jones provided the only Ranger run with a home run in the 6th inning.
San Francisco Giants 5 Oakland Athletics 2- The Giants scored just in time to give Randy Johnson his 301st career win. A Bengie Molina blast in the first inning and a three-run 7th inning was enough for the Giants to win their 33rd game of the season. Randy Johnson surrendered two earned runs on four hits in seven innings; one of the runs was scored on a Kurt Suzuki solo shot in the 4th inning.
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