Milwaukee Brewers 7 San Francisco Giants 6- The Giants score two runs in the top of the 9th to go up by two…only to let the Brew Crew score three in the bottom half of that inning. Prince Fielder, who also hit a three-run blast for Milwaukee, drove in the winning run to complete the comeback as the Brewers improved to 40-34 on the year. Pablo Sandoval went deep for the Giants twice, but it wasn’t enough as San Francisco fell to 39-34 on the year. Brian Wilson blew his fourth save of the season and was issued his fourth loss of the year.
Philadelphia Phillies 10 Toronto Blue Jays 0- Phillies starter J.A. Happ pitched a complete game five-hitter to lift the Phillies to their 38th victory of the season; Happ recorded four strikeouts on the night as he improved to 5-0 as a starter. Jayson Werth went deep twice for the Phillies.
St. Louis Cardinals 5 Minnesota Twins 3- Albert Pujols hit two two-run home runs in his first two at-bats to lead the Cardinals to a two-run victory over the Twins. With this victory, St. Louis improved to 41-35 on the year while the Twins fell back to .500. Minnesota scored all three of their runs off the bat of Brendan Harris, whose three-run single in the 2nd inning gave the Twins a 3-2 lead.
Chicago White Sox 8 Chicago Cubs 7- It was a back-and-forth Windy City matchup, but the White Sox emerged victorious over the Cubs thanks to a Gordon Beckham walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th inning. Scott Podsednik, who went 4-for-5 on the night, added a home run to his 3-RBI day.
Boston Red Sox 1 Atlanta Braves 0- Tim Wakefield allowed just three hits in six scoreless innings of baseball en route to his 10th victory of the season. He landed in the Boston record book not after winning, but starting; Wakefield is now tied with Roger Clemens for most career starts by a Red Sox pitcher. The lone run of the game was scored when Mark Kotsay’s RBI single drove in Kevin Youkilis in the 6th inning.
Baltimore Orioles 6 Washington Nationals 3- Jeremy Guthrie didn’t have a very impressive day, allowing three earned runs on five hits in five innings of work on the mound; nevertheless, his offense was able to get him his sixth victory of the season. Gregg Zaun, Nolan Reimold, and Aubrey Huff all homered for Baltimore, who improved to 34-40 on the year.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 Arizona Diamondbacks 1- Mike Napoli’s long ball in the top of the 9th inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Angels to their 40th victory of the season. The Angels scored their other run of the game when Erick Aybar scored on an inside-the-park bunting home run; Aybar’s bunt single in the 6th inning resulted in a throwing error by Arizona starter Doug Davis and ANOTHER throwing error by Justin Upton on the same play.
Cincinnati Reds 7 Cleveland Indians 3- Homer Bailey wasn’t very impressive at the mound today, allowing three earned runs on three hits in five innings; nevertheless, it was good enough for him to earn his first Major League victory in almost two years. After the game, Mark DeRosa was traded to St. Louis for reliever Chris Perez and a player to be named later.
Houston Astros 8 Detroit Tigers 1- Felipe Paulino allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings, striking out nine and earning his second victory of the season. The only run allowed by Paulino came in the third when Ramon Santiago blasted his sixth long ball of the year. Kazuo Matsui went deep for the Astros in the 3rd inning.
Tampa Bay Rays 3 Florida Marlins 2- Carlos Pena hit his AL-leading 23rd long ball of the year to lift the Rays to their 41st victory of the season. Willy Aybar’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly won the game for Tampa Bay in the 9th inning. Brett Carroll went deep for the Marlins in the 3rd inning.
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 Kansas City Royals 2- Delwyn Young hit a long ball and drove in four runs as he led to Pirates to a four-run victory over the Royals. With this win, Pittsburgh improved to 35-39 on the season and clinched a winning record in interleague play. Jack Wilson and Adam LaRoche each had two hits and drove in one run for the Pirates.
San Diego Padres 7 Texas Rangers 3- The San Diego Padres used sixteen hits to defeat the Texas Rangers by a score of 7 to 3. Padres rookie Kyle Blanks went 2-for-5, driving in three runs and scoring one for San Diego. Chris Davis hit his 15th long ball of the year in the 3rd inning.
New York Yankees 5 New York Mets 0- The Mets mustered just one hit against A.J. Burnett and the Yankees, who improved to 42-32 on the season; the one Mets hit came from shortstop Alex Cora. Burnett allowed the one hit to Cora, but struck out ten in seven innings to pick up his sixth victory of the season. Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada went deep for the Yankees.
Colorado Rockies 11 Oakland Athletics 9- Brad Hawpe’s 100th career home run was one of four Colorado long balls that propelled the Rockies to their 39th victory of the season; the other three were hit by Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes, and Seth Smith. Jorge De La Rosa allowed two earned runs on five hits in six innings as he went on to take his fourth victory of the season. The Athletics were down 11-2 heading into the seventh inning stretch and scored seven in the last three innings.
Seattle Mariners 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 1- Felix Hernandez allowed one unearned run on four hits in eight innings as he won his 8th game as a starting pitcher. Ken Griffey Jr. and Russell Branyan both went deep for the Mariners, who improved to 38-36 on the year.
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