Chicago Cubs 8 Cleveland Indians 7- For the second day in a row, the Chicago Cubs came back from a multi-run deficit to win in walk-off fashion. Down 7-0 heading into the 5th inning, the Cubs scored one in the 5th, one in the 6th, four in the 8th, one in the 9th, and one in the 10th to improve their record to 32-31. Derrek Lee homered twice while Reed Johnson went deep once for Chicago.
Atlanta Braves 8 Boston Red Sox 2- Kenshin Kawakami got the better of fellow countryman Daisuke Matsuzaka in a battle of Japanese starting pitchers. Nate McLouth went deep on the very first pitch of the game, helping the Braves improve to 32-34. Kawakami allowed just two earned runs on two hits in six innings of work on the mound; the two Boston runs were scored in the 6th inning off a two-run blast from Jason Bay.
Washington Nationals 2 Toronto Blue Jays 1- The Blue Jays left 13 men on base and ended up on the short end of an eleven-inning marathon against the Nationals, who have won their 19th game of the season. Adam Dunn’s bases-loaded single in the 11th inning lifted Washington to their third consecutive victory; the Nationals have not had a three-game winning streak since May 7-9.
St. Louis Cardinals 10 Kansas City Royals 5- Ryan Ludwick hit a grand slam as he helped the Cardinals improve their record go 37-31. Rick Ankiel and Khalil Greene also went deep for St. Louis. Cardinals starter Brad Thompson allowed four earned runs on five hits in seven innings as he went on to take his second win of the season.
Baltimore Orioles 7 Philadelphia Phillies 2- Baltimore starter Rich Hill gave up a 2-RBI double to Jayson Werth in the 1st inning. Nevertheless, his offense, as well as Hill himself, provided the necessary offense to get him his third victory of the season. Hill’s RBI single in the 2nd inning drove in the winning run of the game as he gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Nolan Reimold went deep for Baltimore in the 9th inning.
Minnesota Twins 5 Houston Astros 2- Kevin Slowey became the second pitcher in the MLB to win ten games this season. Slowey allowed just one earned run on three hits in six innings of work on the mound. Houston’s Jeff Keppinger hit the only long ball of the game in the 8th inning.
Cincinnati Reds 4 Chicago White Sox 3- Brandon Phillips hit a two-run blast and drove in another run to lift the Reds to their 34th victory of the season. Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo allowed just two earned runs on two hits in 6.2 innings; the two runs came in the 4th inning when Chris Getz blasted a two-run home run to right field. Paul Konerko hit a long ball in the 9th inning to bring the Sox to within one run, but it wasn’t enough as Francisco Cordero went on to record his 17th save of the season.
New York Mets 5 Tampa Bay Rays 3- Brian Schneider’s three-run blast in the 2nd inning helped the Mets win their 34th game of the season. New York starter Fernando Nieve allowed just one earned run on three hits in six innings as he went on to take his second victory of the season. Tampa Bay’s Andy Sonnanstine allowed four earned runs on seven hits in six innings; he was issued his 7th loss of the year.
New York Yankees 5 Florida Marlins 1- Andy Pettitte pitched seven innings, allowing one earned run on three hits as he improved to 7-3 as a starting pitcher; the only Florida run was scored when Cody Ross hit a solo shot to left field. Melky Cabrera hit his 7th home run of the year in the third inning to help the Yankees win their 38th game of the season.
Colorado Rockies 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 3- Jason Marquis pitched all but 1/3 of an inning to lift the Rockies to their 14th win in their last 15 games. Marquis struck out seven while allowing just three earned runs on eight hits. Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe both went deep for the Rockies as they improved to 34-33 on the season.
Detroit Tigers 10 Milwaukee Brewers 4- Marcus Thames hit two two-run home runs to lead his Tigers to their 36th victory of the season. Miguel Cabrera and Curtis Granderson also went deep for the Tigers. The game was actually delayed for 123 minutes in the 4th inning because of rain. Mother Nature eventually cut the game short with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Seattle Mariners 4 Arizona Diamondbacks 3- Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, the Mariners hit a 4 spot on the scoreboard and improved their record to 33-34. Russell Branyan hit a solo shot to start the Seattle rally. Then, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a pinch-hit two-run blast to tie the game at 3. Rob Johnson’s RBI triple to left field scored Chris Woodward and completed the comeback.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 4- James Loney and Rafael Furcal hit long balls to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead after 5 innings. However, the Angels came back with three in the 6th inning to tie the game. Juan Rivera’s solo shot in the bottom of the 8th inning lifted the Angels to their 36th victory of the season.
San Francisco Giants 6 Texas Rangers 4- Randy Johnson failed to get his 302nd victory, but his Giants managed to get their 35th victory of the season behind Fred Lewis’ go-ahead two-run blast to right field. Travis Ishikawa and Aaron Rowand also went deep for the Giants.
Oakland Athletics 7 San Diego Padres 5- Trailing 5-3 heading into the 8th inning, the A’s scored 3 in the 8th and added an insurance run in the 9th to pull even with the Padres in terms of records; both teams are now 29-37 on the year. Trailing 5-4 in the 8th, Oakland’s Orlando Cabrera’s 2-RBI double gave the Athletics a lead that they would never give up.
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