New York Yankees 4 Toronto Blue Jays 2- A.J. Burnett allowed two earned runs on six hits in seven innings as he improved to 7-4 as a starter. Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez went deep for the Yankees as they went on to win their 46th game of the season. Toronto’s Vernon Wells hit his 8th long ball of the year in the 6th inning.
Chicago Cubs 2 Milwaukee Brewers 1- Carlos Zambrano allowed just one earned run on five hits in seven innings of work; he also drove in a run for the Cubs in the 5th inning, which tied the game at 1. After four more scoreless innings, the game went to a 10th inning, where Jake Fox drew a bases-loaded walk to win the game for Chicago. The Cubs improved to 39-38 on the year while the Brewers fell to 42-38.
Colorado Rockies 5 Arizona Diamondbacks 0- Jorge De La Rosa allowed just four hits in eight scoreless innings of baseball, improving to 5-0 as a starter. Ian Stewart hit his 15th home run of the year in the 2nd inning, which proved to be the winning run for the Rockies, who won their 42nd game of the season. With this victory, Colorado has now won six straight at Coors Field.
Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City Royals 0- John Danks allowed five hits in 7.1 scoreless innings, striking out five en route to his 7th victory of the season. Scott Linebrink pitched the rest of the game for the White Sox and was credited with his second save of the season. A.J. Pierzynski hit his 9th home run of the year in the 2nd inning.
St. Louis Cardinals 7 Cincinnati Reds 4- Down 3-0 in the top of the 8th inning, St. Louis all of a sudden took the lead off the bat of Albert Pujols, whose fourth grand slam of the year gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead. A Ramon Hernandez sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the 8th tied the game at 4, but it was too much St. Louis as Jarrett Hoffpauir’s first career hit drove in two runs for the Cardinals. Albert Pujols also added an RBI double to give St. Louis their 7th run of the game.
Texas Rangers 3 Tampa Bay Rays 1- What’s better than getting your first career Major League victory? How about getting your first career Major League victory on your birthday? That’s what happened to Texas starter Tommy Hunter, who allowed one earned run on three hits in 5.1 innings. Hank Blalock’s two-run blast in the 4th inning helped Hunter earn the W.
Philadelphia Phillies 7 New York Mets 2- Rodrigo Lopez allowed two earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings as he won in his first Major League start in two years. Philadelphia scored all seven of their runs in the first three innings, during which Mets starter Livan Hernandez allowed ten hits, walking four and striking out two.
Seattle Mariners 7 Boston Red Sox 6- Remember Steve Bartman? Well a similar incident happened in the 4th inning when a male fan along the third-base line interfered with Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was trying to catch Ryan Langerhans’ foul pop. After that play, the Mariners went on to score three runs. The Red Sox managed to come back after Nick Green’s 2-RBI double in the bottom of the 8th inning; Green’s double tied the game and sent it to extra innings. In the 11th inning, Rob Johnson’s double to right field drove in two runs, propelling the Mariners to their 41st victory of the season. Ronny Cedeno and Jose Lopez both went deep for Seattle.
Atlanta Braves 9 Washington Nationals 8- With the game tied at 5 in the top of the 7th inning, Brooks Conrad hit a pinch-hit three-run blast to propel the Braves to their 39th victory of the season. Adam Dunn went deep for Washington, who fell to 22-55 on the season.
Cleveland Indians 15 Oakland Athletics 3- After hearing about the death of his high school baseball coach, Shin-Soo Choo went deep twice and drove in seven runs to help the Indians win their 32nd game of the season. Travis Hafner also hit a long ball for Cleveland.
Pittsburgh Pirates 7 Florida Marlins 4- Brandon Moss and Ramon Vazquez hit long balls as they helped the Pirates win their 4th straight game against Florida. Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit baseball as he went on to win his first game of the season. Florida’s John Baker hit his seventh home run of the season in the 9th inning.
San Francisco Giants 13 Houston Astros 0- Giants rookie Ryan Sadowski allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings as he went on to win his second game of the season. Pablo Sandoval and Travis Ishikawa both hit long balls for San Francisco, who improved to 43-36 on the season. All 13 San Francisco runs were scored in the first three innings of the game.
Baltimore Orioles 6 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4- Luke Scott’s two-run double and Aubrey Huff’s three-run home run lifted the Orioles to their 36th victory of the season. Baltimore’s David Hernandez allowed three earned runs on six hits in 6.2 innings as he was credited with his second victory of the season. George Sherill pitched for Baltimore in the 9th inning and earned his 18th save of the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 San Diego Padres 3- Behind a five-run 1st inning, the Dodgers defeated the other NL team from Southern California. Manny Ramirez, who returned from his 50-game suspension, went 0-for-3, barely hitting the ball out of the infield. Scott Hairston hit his 10th long ball of the year in the 4th inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Padres went on to lose their 45th game of the season.
Detroit Tigers 11 Minnesota Twins 9- Placido Polanco had two RBI singles in extra innings as he helped the Tigers win their 44th game of the season after a 16-inning marathon in Minneapolis. Polanco’s RBI single in the top of the 14th inning was matched by Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single in the bottom half. Polanco’s RBI single in the top of the 16th inning drove in one of three runs for Detroit. Michael Cuddyer drove in another run in extra innings for Minnesota, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins fell to 41-40 on the year.
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