Colorado Rockies 6 Cincinnati Reds 4- Dexter Fowler hit a two-out RBI triple in the top of the 11th inning to lift the Rockies to their 58th victory of the season; Fowler scored the last Colorado run on a Garrett Atkins infield single. Ian Stewart and Troy Tulowitzki both homered for the Rockies, who completed a three-game sweep over Cincinnati. The Reds scored all of their runs off home runs from Laynce Nix and Joey Votto, but it wasn’t enough as Cincinnati fell to 45-59 on the year.
Washington Nationals 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 3- Behind a three-run 7th inning, during which Josh Willingham hit his 17th long ball of the year, the Washington Nationals improved to 33-72 with a two-run victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates scored all of their runs off home runs from Ronny Cedeno and Delwyn Young, but Pittsburgh ended up losing its 59th game of the season. Mike MacDougal worked the 9th inning and was credited with his seventh save of the season.
Houston Astros 2 St. Louis Cardinals 0- Bud Norris gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings as he won his first career major league game in his first career major league start. Norris actually had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning, but St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright hit a single to break it up. Miguel Tejada and Michael Bourn drove in the only runs of the game for the Astros, who improved to 52-53 on the year.
Cleveland Indians 11 Detroit Tigers 1- Carl Pavano gave up one earned run on six hits in eight innings as he improved to 9-8 as a starter. Grady Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera both hit two-run blasts for the Indians, who improved to 44-61 on the year. Detroit scored its only run on a Ramon Santiago sacrifice fly in the 8th inning.
Kansas City Royals 4 Tampa Bay Rays 1- What’s worse than losing your no-hitter in the 8th inning? How about losing your no-hitter AND the game? That’s what happened to Rays starter James Shields, who gave up two runs (only one was earned) on two hits in the 8th inning alone; Shields was issued his 8th loss of the year. Tampa Bay scored its only run on a Ben Zobrist solo shot in the 9th inning.
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 New York Mets 2- Jon Garland pitched his tenth career complete game, giving up two earned runs on seven hits as he improved to 6-10 as a starter. Chad Tracy and Gerardo Parra each drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks, who won their 46th game of the season. Jeff Francoeur went deep for the Mets, who suffered their 54th loss of the year.
Milwaukee Brewers 6 San Diego Padres 1- Behind a five-run 7th inning, the Milwaukee Brewers won their 52nd game of the year against the San Diego Padres, who have now lost 63 games this season. Felipe Lopez hit a three-run double for Milwaukee during that seventh inning. Prince Fielder, Frank Catalanotto, and Craig Counsell drove in the other runs for the Brew Crew. San Diego scored its only run on an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double.
San Francisco Giants 7 Philadelphia Phillies 3- A pair of three-run innings lifted the Giants to their 58th victory of the season. Freddy Sanchez made his debut with San Francisco, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored. Jimmy Rollins went deep in the 4th inning for the Phillies, who fell to 59-44 on the year.
Boston Red Sox 18 Baltimore Orioles 10- Victor Martinez went 5-for-6 with 4 RBIs and 1 run scored to lead his Red Sox to Win #62 of the year. Josh Reddick and Rocco Baldelli hit long balls for the Red Sox, who scored a season high in runs and hits (23). Adam Jones and Ty Wigginton both homered for the Orioles, who lost their 60th game of the season.
New York Yankees 8 Chicago White Sox 5- Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle, becoming the first Yankee in 14 years to accomplish such a feat; Cabrera added four RBIs and three runs scored to lift the Yankees to their 63rd victory of the season. Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye both went deep in the 3rd inning for Chicago, who fell to 54-52 on the season.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 13 Minnesota Twins 4- Kendry Morales hit a pair of three-run home runs to lift the Angels to Win #63 of the year, completing a three-game sweep over the Twins, who fell to 52-53. Sean Rodriguez also homered for the Angels, who have won 13 of their last 15 games. Jered Weaver gave up four earned runs on as many hits in 6.1 innings as he won his 11th game of the season; Weaver finished the game with eleven strikeouts. Orlando Cabrera and Justin Morneau both hit long balls for Minnesota.
Florida Marlins 3 Chicago Cubs 2- Cody Ross scored the first Florida run of the game, and he also scored the last Florida run of the game. His two solo shots, including a walk-off in the 9th inning, lifted the Marlins to their 55th victory of the season. Brendan Donnelly gave up a solo home run to Chicago’s Jake Fox in the top of the 9th inning, but Donnelly ended up winning his second game of the season. Dan Uggla also homered for the Marlins.
Toronto Blue Jays 7 Oakland Athletics 2- Aaron Hill’s two-run home run and Alex Rios’ three-run double occurred before Oakland starter Vin Mazzaro recorded an out; the five-run 1st inning lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to Win #51 of the season. Rod Barajas also went deep for Toronto. Oakland scored on RBI singles from Mark Ellis and Kurt Suzuki. Toronto starter Ricky Romero pitched seven innings, giving up two earned runs on eight hits as he joined the MLB’s 10-win club.
Texas Rangers 4 Seattle Mariners 2- Scott Feldman gave up two earned runs on five hits in seven innings as he joined the MLB’s 10-win club; Feldman gave up both runs in the 6th inning. All of Texas’ runs were scored off home runs from David Murphy, Michael Young, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Rangers improved to 59-44 on the year while the Mariners fell to 54-51.
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 Atlanta Braves 1- Chad Billingsley allowed two hits in five scoreless innings as he picked up his eleventh victory of the season; Billingsley struck out nine. Matt Kemp started off the scoring with a three-run blast in the 5th inning for Los Angeles, who improved to 65-40 on the year; Kemp ended the game with 5 RBIs. Atlanta scored its only run in the 8th inning on a Martin Prado RBI single.
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