Colorado Rockies 4 Washington Nationals 3- Ubaldo Jimenez gave up two earned runs on seven hits in eight innings as he picked up his 11th victory of the season. Brad Hawpe, Carlos Gonzalez, and Clint Barmes all hit solo shots for the Rockies, who improved to 66-53 on the season; Hawpe ended the game with 2 RBIs. Craig Stammen, Nyjer Morgan, and Cristian Guzman drove in the runs for Washington, who suffered Loss #76 of the year.
Philadelphia Phillies 5 Arizona Diamondbacks 1- Jamie Moyer gave up two hits in six scoreless innings in relief as he picked up Win #11 of the year; Pedro Martinez started the game and went only three innings, allowing one earned run on two hits. Martinez gave up a long ball to Stephen Drew. Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz hit the long balls for Philadelphia, who improved to 67-49 on the year.
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 Milwaukee Brewers 2- Ross Ohlendorf squandered one earned run on five hits in seven innings as he improved to 11-8 as a starter. Delwyn Young and Lastings Milledge homered for the Pirates, who won their 48th game of the season. Prince Fielder went deep for the Brewers, who suffered their 61st loss of the year. Casey McGehee drove in the other run for Milwaukee.
San Francisco Giants 8 Cincinnati Reds 5- Tim Lincecum didn’t have a very impressive day at the mound, squandering five earned runs on six hits in six innings. Luckily for him, his Giants offense mustered enough runs to earn their 65th victory of the year. Juan Uribe homered for the Giants, and Ryan Garko drove in four runs to hand Cincinnati its 4th consecutive loss. Joey Votto went deep for the Reds, who fell to 50-68 on the season.
New York Mets 9 Atlanta Braves 4- Behind an eight-run 4th inning, the New York Mets earned their 56th victory of the season against their NL East opponent. Oliver Perez gave up four earned runs on five hits in five innings as he picked up his third victory of the season. Atlanta scored all of its runs off long balls from Matt Diaz and Adam LaRoche, but the Braves ended up losing their 57th game of the year.
Florida Marlins 6 Houston Astros 2- Ricky Nolasco pitched a complete game three-hitter en route to his 9th victory of the season; he gave up two earned runs in the 1st inning on a Carlos Lee long ball. Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, and Jeremy Hermida all homered for the Marlins, who improved to 64-55 on the season. The Marlins have now registered at least ten hits in each of their last fourteen games.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 Cleveland Indians 4- Trevor Bell gave up three earned runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings as he earned his first major league win. Brian Fuentes worked the 9th inning for Los Angeles and earned his 35th save in 40 chances. Jhonny Peralta singled in two runs for Cleveland, but it was not enough as the Indians fell to 51-67 on the year.
Detroit Tigers 5 Seattle Mariners 3- A four-run 8th inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to their 63rd victory of the season, denying Felix Hernandez a chance to earn his 13th win of the season. Alex Avila hit a solo shot to start off the scoring in the 8th inning for Detroit. Miguel Cabrera’s two-run single then gave Detroit a 4-3 lead. Ryan Raburn then stole home to score Detroit’s 5th run of the game. Josh Wilson hit a long ball for the Mariners, but it was not enough as Seattle fell to 61-58 on the season. Russell Branyan and Ken Griffey Jr. drove in the other Seattle runs with sacrifice flies in the 8th inning. Fernando Rodney worked the 9th inning and earned his 25th save of the year.
Boston Red Sox 10 Toronto Blue Jays 9- David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored; he also hit a solo home run in the 4th inning. Jason Bay also went deep for Boston, who improved to 67-51 on the season. Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless inning of relief and earned his 4th victory of the year. Randy Ruiz, Travis Snider, and Rod Barajas went deep for the Blue Jays, who fell to 55-62 on the season.
Tampa Bay Rays 5 Baltimore Orioles 4- David Price gave up two earned runs on seven hits in five innings as he picked up Win #6 of the year. Gabe Gross, Pat Burrell, and B.J. Upton went deep for the Rays, who improved to 64-54 on the year. Matt Wieters hit a long ball for Baltimore, but it was not enough as the Orioles fell to 48-71 on the season. J.P. Howell struck out the side in the 9th inning to earn his 13th save of the year.
Minnesota Twins 9 Texas Rangers 6- Joe Mauer went deep twice while Delmon Young hit a two-run blast for Minnesota to lift the Twins to their 57th victory of the season, spoiling Ivan Rodriguez’s return to Texas; Young ended the game with 4 RBIs. Ian Kinsler hit a three-run bomb in the 3rd inning for the Rangers, who suffered their 51st loss of the season. Joe Nathan joined the MLB’s 30-save club after shutting down the Rangers in the 9th inning.
Kansas City Royals 5 Chicago White Sox 4- Gil Meche gave up four earned runs on eight hits in five innings as he improved to 6-9 as a starter. John Buck hit a two-run blast in the 4th inning for Kansas City, who earned Win #47 of the year. Billy Butler had a pair of RBI doubles and scored the winning run on an Alberto Callaspo single in the 5th inning. Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin went deep for the White Sox, who fell to 61-59 on the season. Joakim Soria pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning and joined the MLB’s 20-save club.
New York Yankees 7 Oakland Athletics 2- C.C. Sabathia gave up two earned runs on five hits in eight innings as he picked up his 14th victory of the season. For Sabathia, it was his first win in six years in Oakland. Derek Jeter registered his third consecutive three-hit game and drove in the go-ahead run to lift the Yankees to their 75th victory of the season. Kurt Suzuki and Tommy Everidge hit solo shots for Oakland, who fell to 53-66 on the year.
San Diego Padres 6 Chicago Cubs 3- Cesar Carrillo gave up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings as he earned his first major league victory. Kyle Blanks hit an inside-the-park home run while Adrian Gonzalez hit an outside-the-park home run to lift the Padres to their 51st victory of the season. Derrek Lee went deep for Chicago, who fell to 60-57 on the year. The Cubs have lost nine of their last twelve games.
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 St. Louis Cardinals 3- Chad Billingsley squandered two earned runs on three hits in six innings as he improved to 12-6 as a starter; Billingsley also drove in the first run of the game with a single in the 4th inning. Rafael Furcal, Manny Ramirez, James Loney, Orlando Hudson, Russell Martin, and Andre Ethier each drove in a run for the Dodgers, who won their 71st game of the season. Skip Schumaker, Brendan Ryan, and Khalil Greene drove in the runs for St. Louis, who suffered Loss #53 of the season.
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