Atlanta Braves 11 San Francisco Giants 3- Tommy Hanson allowed three earned runs on five hits in seven innings as he improved to 5-0 as a starter. Garret Anderson, Chipper Jones, and Ryan Church all homered for the Braves, who improved to 47-46 on the year. Jonathan Sanchez made his first start since his no-hitter; he allowed three earned runs on four hits in six innings, but was not given a decision.
Philadelphia Phillies 10 Chicago Cubs 1- Rodrigo Lopez allowed one earned run on five hits in six innings as he picked up his second victory of the season. Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz, and Ryan Howard all went deep for Philadelphia, who won nine straight and thirteen of their last fourteen. Ryan Theriot singled in the only Chicago run in the 5th inning.
New York Mets 6 Washington Nationals 2- Livan Hernandez improved to 6-5 as a starter after giving up two earned runs on five hits in seven innings. Jeff Francoeur hit a long ball in the 9th inning for New York, who improved to 44-48 on the season. Josh Bard doubled in both Washington runs in the 4th inning.
New York Yankees 2 Baltimore Orioles 1- Nick Markakis went deep for Baltimore to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. However, Eric Hinske hit a solo shot of his own in the 2nd inning to level the score at 1. The game stayed tied until the bottom of the 9th inning when Hideki Matsui went deep for the 15th time this season. Jim Johnson, who gave up the home run to Matsui, was issued his fourth loss of the season.
Houston Astros 3 St. Louis Cardinals 2- Brian Moehler allowed two earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings as he picked up his seventh win of the season; the two runs Moehler allowed came off the bat of Yadier Molina, whose 2-run single in the 4th inning gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead. However, in the bottom half of that inning, Carlos Lee hit a three-run bomb to lift the Astros to their 47th victory of the season.
Texas Rangers 6 Boston Red Sox 3- David Murphy, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Michael Young all homered for the Rangers in the 6th inning, during which Texas scored five runs. With this victory, the Rangers improved to 50-41 on the season while Boston fell to 55-37. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood allowed two earned runs on six hits in six innings as he was credited with his ninth victory of the season.
Chicago White Sox 4 Tampa Bay Rays 3- Gavin Floyd allowed three earned runs on three hits in seven innings as he picked up his eighth victory of the season. All three Tampa runs were scored off home runs: two outside-the-park home runs from Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria, and one inside-the-park home run from Carl Crawford. Paul Konerko’s three-run blast in the third inning propelled the White Sox to their 48th victory of the season. Jermaine Dye singled in the other run for Chicago in the 1st inning.
Pittsburgh Pirates 8 Milwaukee Brewers 5- Ross Ohlendorf allowed two earned runs on seven hits in five innings as he picked up his eighth victory of the season. Delwyn Young and Garrett Jones went deep for Pittsburgh, who won its 41st game of the season. Ryan Braun hit a two-run blast in the 9th inning for the Brewers, who fell to 47-46 on the year.
Colorado Rockies 10 Arizona Diamondbacks 6- Jorge De La Rosa allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings as he improved to 7-7 as a starter; the one run allowed by De La Rosa came from a Mark Reynolds solo shot in the 4th inning. Stephen Drew also went deep in the 9th inning for Arizona, who lost its 54th game of the season. Dexter Fowler and Chris Iannetta both hit long balls for the Rockies, who improved to 51-42 on the season.
Florida Marlins 3 San Diego Padres 2- Rick VandenHurk allowed two earned runs on five hits in six innings as he won his first game in over a year; the two earned runs came off 6th inning solo shots from Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff. Hanley Ramirez went deep in the 1st inning for Florida, who improved to 47-47 on the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 Cincinnati Reds 5- Jason Schmidt squandered three earned runs on five hits in five innings as he picked up his first victory in over two years. Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier both homered for the Dodgers, who improved to 59-34 on the season; Manny’s 537th career home run allowed him to pass Mickey Mantle for 15th on the all-time list.
Oakland Athletics 14 Minnesota Twins 13- With 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, Michael Wuertz threw a wild pitch that passed Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki, who had trouble finding the ball. As a result, Michael Cuddyer tried to score from 2nd base. When Suzuki found the ball, he toss it to Wuertz who barely tagged out Cuddyer to preserve the one-run victory for Oakland. The Athletics, who trailed by as many as ten runs, scored seven in the seventh inning; during that inning, Matt Holliday hit a game-tying grand slam, and Jack Cust hit the game-winning home run.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Kansas City Royals game was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
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