Pittsburgh Pirates 8 Milwaukee Brewers 7- The Pirates traded away Adam LaRoche, who led the team in home runs, but they poured five in on the Brewers on their way to an 8-7 victory over Milwaukee. Ryan Doumit homered twice while Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, and Brandon Moss each went deep once for Pittsburgh, who improved to 42-52 on the year. Ryan Braun hit a home run and finished the game with 4 RBIs; Casey McGehee also went deep for the Brew Crew, but it wasn’t enough as Milwaukee fell to 48-47 on the season.
Chicago Cubs 10 Philadelphia Phillies 5- Carlos Zambrano allowed five runs (only four were earned) on ten hits in 6.2 innings as he improved to 7-4 as a starter. Chicago scored ten runs to terminate the Phillies’ winning streak at ten. Kevin Gregg struck out Ryan Howard with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning when Chicago led 8 to 5; he pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning and earned his 19th save of the season.
Colorado Rockies 4 Arizona Diamondbacks 3- Todd Helton’s 11th long ball of the season gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning, allowing Huston Street to work the 9th and earn his 24th save of the season. Miguel Montero provided all the offense for Arizona as he hit a three-run blast in the 3rd inning; it wasn’t enough, however, as the Diamondbacks lost their 55th game of the season.
Florida Marlins 5 San Diego Padres 0- Ricky Nolasco allowed two hits in 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out ten en route to his seventh victory of the season. Jeremy Hermida and Chris Coghlan both went deep for the Marlins, who improved to 49-47 on the season. San Diego, who got swept by Florida, finished this seven-game homestand with just one win.
New York Yankees 6 Baltimore Orioles 4- A.J. Burnett squandered two earned runs on six hits in seven innings as he was credited with his ninth victory of the season. A four-run 1st and two Jorge Posada RBIs, one of which came off a solo shot in the third inning, lifted the Yankees to their 57th victory of the season. Adam Jones and Nick Markakis both homered in the 9th inning for Baltimore, who fell to 41-53 on the year.
Oakland Athletics 16 Minnesota Twins 1- Trevor Cahill gave up one earned run on six hits in seven innings as he won his sixth game of the season. Minnesota’s Justin Morneau scored the first run of the game with a 1st-inning solo shot, but 16 unanswered runs from Oakland propelled the Athletics to their 40th victory of the season. Scott Hairston hit his second home run of the season in the 2nd inning.
Atlanta Braves 4 San Francisco Giants 2- Jair Jurrjens allowed just one earned run on three hits in 7.2 innings as he picked up his ninth victory of the season. Yunel Escobar’s three-run blast in the third inning lifted the Braves to their 49th victory of the season. Tim Lincecum gave up four earned runs on seven hits in five innings; he was issued his third loss of the season.
Washington Nationals 3 New York Mets 1- Josh Willingham’s two-run blast in the 6th inning propelled the Nationals to their 28th victory of the season. Craig Stammen improved to 3-5 as a starter after allowing one earned run on four hits in 7.1 innings. Ronnie Belliard drove in the other Washington run with a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning.
Toronto Blue Jays 10 Cleveland Indians 6- Marco Scutaro went deep twice while Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill, and Alex Rios each hit one long ball for the Blue Jays, who improved to 47-48 on the year. The long balls enabled Ricky Romero to improve to 8-4 as a starter; Romero pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits. Luis Valbuena hit a three-run blast for the Indians, who fell to 37-58 on the season.
Seattle Mariners 2 Detroit Tigers 1- Russell Branyan’s two-run home run in the 8th inning was all Felix Hernandez needed to earn his 11th victory of the season. Hernandez squandered an earned run on six hits in seven innings; the lone Detroit run was scored in the 3rd inning off a Clete Thomas RBI single.
Houston Astros 4 St. Louis Cardinals 3- Down 3-2 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, Houston scored two runs to achieve win #49 on the season. Chris Coste doubled in Ivan Rodriguez to level the score at three, and Miguel Tejada’s walk-off RBI single scored Jeff Keppinger. Ryan Franklin, who allowed the two Houston runs in the 9th, blew his second save of the season and lost his first game of the year. Mark DeRosa went deep in the 5th inning for the Cardinals, who fell to 51-46 on the season.
Texas Rangers 3 Boston Red Sox 1- Dustin Nippert allowed one earned run on five hits in 5.2 innings as he improved to 2-0 as a starter; he replaced Vincente Padilla, who missed his start because of the flu. Nick Green provided the only run for Boston with a 3rd inning solo blast. However, Ian Kinsler answered back with a solo shot of his own, and two 4th inning Ranger runs allowed Texas to improve to 52-41 on the season.
Chicago White Sox 4 Tampa Bay Rays 3- Pat Burrell and Gabe Gross went deep to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead after the top of the 6th inning. However, in the bottom half of that inning, Scott Podsednik got things going for Chicago as his solo shot cut the Rays’ lead to two. In the 7th inning, Aramis Ramirez tripled in two runs to tie the game and scored the go-ahead run on a Jermaine Dye RBI single.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9 Kansas City Royals 6- Behind a five-run 8th inning, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim cruised to their 55th victory of the season. Maicer Izturis, Howie Kendrick, and Mike Napoli all homered for the Angels, who completed a three-game sweep over Kansas City. Izturis finished the night with four RBIs.
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 Cincinnati Reds 2- Chad Billingsley allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings as he picked up Win #10 of the season. A grand slam from Manny Ramirez broke a 2-2 tie in the 6th inning, lifting the Dodgers to their 61st victory of the year. Andre Ethier also homered for Los Angeles in the 1st inning.