Florida Marlins 8 Arizona Diamondbacks 1- Josh Johnson allowed one earned run on seven hits in 6.2 innings as he improved to 8-2 as a starter. Jeremy Hermida homered for the Marlins, who improved to 46-44 on the year. Stephen Drew singled in Arizona’s lone run of the game in the 7th inning.
San Diego Padres 10 San Francisco Giants 4- For the first time this season, the Padres reached double-digits on the scoreboard. With a 10-4 victory over the Giants, San Diego improved to 36-52 on the year while San Francisco fell to 49-39. Kevin Kouzmanoff and Eliezer Alfonzo each hit a three-run blast for San Diego; Will Venable also went deep for the Padres.
Colorado Rockies 8 Atlanta Braves 7- Trailing 7-3 heading into the 7th inning stretch, the Rockies scored five in the last three innings of the game to give the Braves their 45th loss of the season. Brad Hawpe, Troy Tulowitzki, and Seth Smith all went deep for the Rockies, who improved to 47-41 on the year; Hawpe also drove in the winning run with a walk-off double in the 9th inning.
Houston Astros 5 Washington Nationals 0- Brian Moehler allowed seven hits in 6.1 scoreless innings of baseball as he improved to 6-5 as a starter. Kazuo Matsui hit a three-run blast in the 7th inning to bring the Astros back up to .500 heading into the All-Star break.
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 Milwaukee Brewers 4- Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run on two hits in six innings as he picked up his seventh victory of the season. Orlando Hudson went deep twice while Brad Ausmus hit one long ball for the Dodgers, who finished the first half of the season with the best record in baseball.
Philadelphia Phillies 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 2- A five-run 1st inning, during which Pedro Feliz hit a grand slam, propelled the Phillies to their 48th victory of the season. With a 5-2 victory over their intrastate opponent, the Phillies finished their 10-game homestand with a record of 9-1. Phillies starter J.A. Happ allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings as he improved to 6-0 as a starter.
New York Mets 9 Cincinnati Reds 7- Brian Schneider and Fernando Tatis went deep in the 7th inning for the Mets, who won their 42nd game of the season; prior to the 7th inning, New York had gone 80 innings without hitting a long ball. Mike Pelfrey allowed three earned runs on five hits in seven innings as he improved to 7-4 as a starter.
Chicago Cubs 7 St. Louis Cardinals 3 (Game 1)- Carlos Zambrano allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings…and hit one home run, which proved to be the game-winning run. Zambrano’s third home run of the season gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the 4th inning. Micah Hoffpauir also homered for the Cubs in the 1st inning.
St. Louis Cardinals 4 Chicago Cubs 2 (Game 2)- Ryan Ludwick provided all of the offense for the Cardinals, hitting not one, but TWO two-run blasts to lift St. Louis to their 49th victory of the season. Adam Wainwright allowed two earned runs on seven hits in eight innings as he improved to 10-5 as a starter.
Detroit Tigers 10 Cleveland Indians 1- Justin Verlander squandered five hits in seven scoreless innings as he won his 10th game of the season heading into the All-Star break. Brandon Inge homered twice while Clete Thomas went deep once for Detroit, who improved to 48-39 on the year.
Baltimore Orioles 4 Toronto Blue Jays 2- Brad Bergesen allowed two earned runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings as he picked up his sixth victory of the season. Oscar Salazar hit his second long ball of the season for Baltimore, who improved to 40-48 heading into the All-Star break.
Boston Red Sox 6 Kansas City Royals 0- Josh Beckett pitched a complete game three-hitter en route to winning his 11th game of the season, tying teammate Tim Wakefield for most wins by a starting pitcher this season. Beckett struck out seven and did not walk a single batter during the game.
Oakland Athletics 7 Tampa Bay Rays 3- Trailing 3-0 heading into the 7th inning, Oakland scored seven unanswered runs and issued the Rays their 41st loss of the year. Mark Ellis hit his third home run of the year in the 9th inning for Oakland, who improved to 37-49 on the season.
Minnesota Twins 13 Chicago White Sox 7- Scott Baker allowed five earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings as he improved to 7-7 as a starter. Denard Span, Carlos Gomez, and Brendan Harris went deep for the Twins, who finished the first half of the season one game above .500. Gomez went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high 5 RBIs.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 New York Yankees 4- John Lackey squandered two earned runs on six hits in seven innings as he won his fourth game of the season. With this win, Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep over the Yankees, who fell to 51-37 on the year.
Seattle Mariners 5 Texas Rangers 3- With the score tied at three in the 7th inning, Chris Shelton and Rob Johnson hit back-to-back RBI singles to lift the Mariners to their 46th victory of the season. Texas scored all three of their runs off home runs from Hank Blalock and Nelson Cruz.
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