San Francisco Giants 7 Milwaukee Brewers 0- Ryan Sadowski allowed four hits in six innings as he went on to win his first Major League game as a starting pitcher. As a result of his effort, he was awarded not one, not two, but THREE game balls: one for his first pitch, one for his first strikeout, and one for his first hit. Matt Downs hit his first career long ball for San Francisco, who improved to 40-34 on the year. Nate Schierholtz went 4-for-5 and hit his third home run of the season.
Cincinnati Reds 8 Cleveland Indians 1- It was Brandon Phillips’ 28th birthday, and he celebrated by going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored to help Cincinnati climb back to .500 on the year. Micah Owings allowed just one earned run on five hits in six innings; he was credited with his fifth victory of the season. Jonny Gomes hit a solo shot in the 5th inning; it was his 4th home run of the year.
Atlanta Braves 2 Boston Red Sox 1- Tommy Hanson defeated the flu AND the Boston Red Sox, allowing just two hits in six innings; Hanson, who became the first NL rookie to beat the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in consecutive starts, improved to 4-0 as a starter. Atlanta scored their runs off solo blasts from Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson.
Philadelphia Phillies 5 Toronto Blue Jays 4- Jamie Moyer allowed four earned runs on five hits in five innings en route to his sixth victory of the season as a starter; Moyer has won back-to-back starts for the first time in over two months. Toronto scored all four of their runs off home runs: 2 solo shots from Aaron Hill, and a 2-run blast from Jose Bautista.
Kansas City Royals 3 Pittsburgh Pirates 2- Zach Greinke allowed two earned runs on seven hits as he went on to win his 10th game of the season; Greinke became the fourth AL pitcher to win ten games this year. David Dejesus hit a long ball and drove in another to lift the Royals to their 32nd win of the year.
Washington Nationals 5 Baltimore Orioles 3- Behind home runs from Adam Dunn and Willie Harris, the Washington Nationals defeated the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 5 to 3. With this win, the Nationals improved to 22-51 on the year while the Orioles fell to 34-41. John Lannan allowed three earned runs on six hits in 7.1 innings en route to his fifth victory of the season.
Detroit Tigers 4 Houston Astros 3- Brandon Inge’s 2-run blast in the 9th inning gave Detroit a 4-3 lead, and Fernando Rodney did the rest, shutting out the Astros in the bottom of the 9th to earn his 17th save of the season. Curtis Granderson also hit a long ball for the Tigers in the 6th inning.
Tampa Bay Rays 5 Florida Marlins 2- David Price allowed just one earned run on two hits in 6.1 innings of work on the mound as he improved to 2-2 as a starter. B.J. Upton homered for Tampa Bay, who completed a three-game sweep over their Florida rival.
Minnesota Twins 6 St. Louis Cardinals 2- Francisco Liriano allowed two earned runs on four hits in seven innings as he won his 4th game of the season. Mark DeRosa was held hitless in his debut with St. Louis. Justin Morneau hit a three-run blast in the 1st inning to help the Twins improve to 39-38 on the year.
Chicago White Sox 6 Chicago Cubs 0- John Danks pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five in the process; he was credited with his 6th victory of the season. Alexei Ramirez and Jermaine Dye both went deep for the White Sox, who improved to 37-38 on the year.
Seattle Mariners 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 2- Garrett Olson allowed two earned runs on four hits in five innings of work on the mound as he went on to take his third victory of the season. Matt Kemp hit a long ball for Los Angeles in the 5th inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Dodgers fell to 48-28 on the year.
Colorado Rockies 3 Oakland Athletics 1- Aaron Cook allowed just one earned run on nine hits in eight innings as he went on to take his eighth victory of the season. With a 3-1 win over Oakland, Colorado has completed their first sweep of the Athletics. Chris Iannetta, Carlos Gonzalez, and Seth Smith each had 1 RBI for the Rockies.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 12 Arizona Diamondbacks 8- Behind nine unanswered runs in the 4th and 5th innings, the Angels completed a three-game sweep over Arizona, defeating the Diamondbacks by a score of 12 to 8. With this win, the Angels finish with an interleague record of 14-4. Gary Matthews Jr. stole home in the 4th inning. Jeff Mathis and Maicer Izturis both hit long balls in the 9th inning for the Angels.
San Diego Padres 2 Texas Rangers 0- Chad Gaudin allowed just one hit in eight innings as he improved to 4-6 as a starter; Gaudin struck out nine in the process. Heath Bell came on the mound in the 9th inning for San Diego and shut down the Rangers to earn his 21st save of the year. Scott Hairston drove in both runs for the Padres, hitting a solo shot in the 4th inning and an RBI single in the 6th.
New York Yankees 4 New York Mets 2- What’s better than getting your 500th career save? How about getting your 500th career save AND your first career RBI? That’s what Mariano Rivera accomplished as he helped his Yankees complete a Subway Series sweep over the New York Mets. Rivera drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th inning to drive in Melky Cabrera.
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