Atlanta Braves 9 Arizona Diamondbacks 4- Tommy Hanson gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings as he improved to 8-2 as a starter; it was Hanson’s third consecutive win. Garret Anderson and Adam LaRoche went deep for the Braves, who improved to 62-56 on the season. Stephen Drew and Mark Reynolds hit the long balls for the Diamondbacks, who suffered their 65th loss of the season. Atlanta scored six runs in the third inning.
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 Milwaukee Brewers 5- Kevin Hart earned his first win as a Pirate after giving up four earned runs on nine hits in six innings; Hart improved to 4-2 as a starter. Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones, and Ronny Cedeno all homered for the Pirates, who earned their 47th win of the season and 2nd win in their last 14 games. Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron hit the long balls for Milwaukee, who reached the 60-loss milestone.
San Francisco Giants 10 New York Mets 1- Joe Martinez picked up his third victory of the season after squandering one earned run on five hits in five innings. Aaron Rowand hit a solo shot in the 4th inning for San Francisco, who improved to 64-54 on the season; Rowand ended the game going 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Gary Sheffield singled in New York’s only run of the game in the 3rd inning.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8 Baltimore Orioles 5- Ervin Santana gave up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings as he improved to 6-6 as a starter. The Angels scored all of their runs off long balls: two from Vladimir Guerrero, and one each from Kendry Morales and Maicer Izturis. Los Angeles improved to 71-45 on the year while Baltimore reached the 70-loss milestone. Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora hit home runs for the Orioles.
Texas Rangers 8 Minnesota Twins 5- Tommy Hunter gave up four earned runs on as many hits in 5.2 innings, picking up Win #6 of the season. Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and one run scored, helping the Rangers win their 67th game of the season. With this win, Texas improved its Wild Card lead to one game over Boston. Joe Mauer hit a solo shot in the 1st inning for Minnesota, who fell to 56-62 on the year.
Chicago White Sox 8 Kansas City Royals 7- Scott Podsednik’s RBI single in the 8th inning broke a 7-7 tie and lifted the White Sox to their 61st victory of the season. Jayson Nix and A.J. Pierzynski went deep for Chicago. Bobby Jenks pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning and earned his 25th save of the season. Yuniesky Betancourt and Mike Jacobs hit the long balls for Kansas City, but it was not enough as the Royals fell to 46-72 on the year.
St. Louis Cardinals 3 Los Angeles Dodgers 2- Chris Carpenter gave up two earned runs on five hits in eight innings as he joined the MLB’s 13-win club. The Cardinals scored all of their runs off long balls: Albert Pujols hit a solo shot in the 4th inning, and Rick Ankiel’s two-run blast in the 7th inning lifted St. Louis to Win #68 of the year. Casey Blake and James Loney drove in the runs for Los Angeles, who fell to 70-49 on the season. Ryan Franklin recorded the last two outs and earned his 30th save of the season.
Oakland Athletics 3 New York Yankees 0- Brett Tomko gave up five hits in as many innings against his former team, winning his second game of the season. Oakland scored all three of its runs in the 4th inning and improved to 53-65 on the year. Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis drove in the runs for Oakland; Suzuki also scored on a balk by A.J. Burnett, who pitched all eight innings for New York. Burnett gave up three earned runs on six hits, but was issued his sixth loss of the season.
San Diego Padres 4 Chicago Cubs 1- The game stayed scoreless until the top of the 8th inning when Aramis Ramirez singled in Derrek Lee to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs still led by one run until the bottom of the 9th inning when Chase Headley tied the game with an RBI double that scored David Eckstein. Kyle Blanks then won the game for San Diego with a walk-off three-run blast. The Padres reached the 50-win milestone while the Cubs fell to 60-56 on the year.
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