Toronto Blue Jays 7 New York Yankees 6- Ricky Romero allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings as he improved to 7-3 as a starter. Alex Rios and John McDonald both homered for the Blue Jays, who won their 43rd game of the season. Eric Hinske went deep for the Yankees in the 5th inning.
Philadelphia Phillies 22 Cincinnati Reds 1- A ten-run first inning powered the Phillies to their 43rd victory of the season, defeating the Reds by a score of 22 to 1; Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs, and Chase Utley all homered during the first inning for Philadelphia. Jayson Werth also went deep for the Phillies in the 8th inning. Cole Hamels allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings as he improved to 5-5 as a starter; the one run he allowed came off a Jonny Gomes solo shot in the 2nd inning.
Oakland Athletics 6 Boston Red Sox 0- Athletics rookie Brett Anderson pitched a complete game two-hitter as he improved to 5-7 as a starter. Nomar Garciaparra returned to Fenway Park and received a standing ovation before his first at-bat of the game; he drove in Oakland’s first run of the game in the 4th inning. Orlando Cabrera went deep for the Athletics in the 9th inning.
Chicago Cubs 4 Atlanta Braves 2- Randy Wells allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings as he was credited with his fourth victory of the season. Chicago scored all four of their runs in the first two innings. Derrek Lee started the scoring with a two-run blast in the first inning. Atlanta’s Nate McLouth hit his 14th long ball of the year in the 5th inning.
Kansas City Royals 4 Detroit Tigers 3- Mike Jacobs’ go-ahead home run in the 9th inning proved to be the game-winner as he lifted the Royals to their 36th victory of the season. Willie Bloomquist drove in the other three Kansas City runs: one on a solo home run in the 6th, and two on a double in the 8th. Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn both had solo shots for Detroit, who fell to 44-38 on the year.
Colorado Rockies 1 Washington Nationals 0- One first-inning run was all Jason Marquis needed to snatch his 11th victory of the season; Marquis allowed seven hits in eight innings, striking out three in the process. Colorado scored their only run of the game when Todd Helton’s RBI double scored Clint Barmes. Washington’s Craig Stammen allowed the one earned run on five hits in seven innings, but was issued his fourth loss of the season.
Houston Astros 4 Pittsburgh Pirates 1- Mike Hampton won his 10th straight start against Pittsburgh as he allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings; Hampton improved to 5-5 as a starter. Miguel Tejada and Geoff Blum each drove in two runs for Houston, who improved to 40-41 on the season.
Seattle Mariners 5 Baltimore Orioles 0- Jarrod Washburn pitched a complete game one-hitter en route to his fifth victory of the season; Nick Markakis was the only Oriole to get a hit off Washburn. Russell Branyan hit his 21st long ball of the season in the first inning for Seattle, who improved to 43-39 on the season.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9 Texas Rangers 4- Jered Weaver allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in seven innings as he won his ninth game of the season. Jeff Mathis hit a three-run blast in the second inning for the Angels, who improved to 46-35 on the season. With this win, Los Angeles now sits in first place in the AL West, one game in front of Texas. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler hit his 20th home run of the season in the 7th inning.
Arizona Diamondbacks 6 San Diego Padres 5- Mark Reynolds saved his best for last as his first and only hit of the game was a walk-off winner for Arizona, who improved to 34-49 on the year. Chad Tracy and Justin Upton both homered for the Diamondbacks.
San Francisco Giants 5 Florida Marlins 4- Thanks to a Pablo Sandoval grand slam in the 5th inning, Giants starter Matt Cain earned his 10th victory of the season. Cain allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in 6.2 innings, striking out five. Florida scored two runs in the 6th inning and two more in the 9th, but wasn’t able to force a bottom of the 9th inning.