Milwaukee Brewers 7 Washington Nationals 3- Braden Looper squandered two earned runs on four hits in six innings as he improved to 11-6 as a starter; Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee homered for the Brewers, who won their 59th game of the season. Felipe Lopez drove in two more runs for Milwaukee, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman went deep for Washington, who fell to 43-79 on the season; Zimmerman finished the night with 2 RBIs.
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 Cincinnati Reds 2- Charlie Morton picked his up third victory of the season after scattering two earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings. Garrett Jones and Lastings Milledge hit the long balls for Pittsburgh, who reached the 50-win milestone in 120 games. Matt Capps shut down the Reds in the 9th inning to earn his 23rd save of the year. Joey Votto and Chris Dickerson drove in the Cincinnati runs on groundouts.
Seattle Mariners 9 Cleveland Indians 4- Luke French improved to 3-3 as a starter, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Josh Wilson, Jose Lopez, and Russell Branyan went deep for the Mariners, who improved to 63-59 on the season. Bill Hall, who was acquired from the Brewers on Wednesday, started in left field and went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo and Andy Marte each drove in two runs for Cleveland, but it was not enough as the Indians suffered their 69th loss of the season.
Toronto Blue Jays 5 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4- Marc Rzepczynski won his second game of the season after scattering one earned run on three hits in 6.1 innings; Rzepczynski won for the first time in six starts. Aaron Hill and Vernon Wells each hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays, who improved to 56-64 on the season. The Angels made it a game when Mike Napoli hit a three-run blast in the top of the 9th inning to cut the Toronto lead to one. However, Casey Janssen prevailed with his first save of the season. Los Angeles fell to 73-47 on the year.
Houston Astros 1 Arizona Diamondbacks 0- Roy Oswalt squandered just three hits in seven innings as he picked up Win #7 of the season. Jeff Keppinger’s RBI double in the 5th inning drove in Hunter Pence and lifted the Astros to the 60-win milestone. Arizona starter Yusmeiro Petit gave up the one earned run on four hits in six innings; Petit was issued his 8th loss of the season. The Diamondbacks fell to 54-69 on the year, extending their losing streak to six games. Jose Valverde worked the 9th inning and earned his 19th save of the season.
New York Yankees 20 Boston Red Sox 11- Andy Pettitte squandered seven runs (only five were earned) on seven hits in five innings as he joined the MLB’s 10-win club. Hideki Matsui went deep twice for the Yankees, who improved to 77-45 on the season. Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell both homered in the 9th inning for Boston, but it was not enough as the Red Sox suffered their 52nd loss of the season. The Yankees have won fifteen of their last eighteen games, increasing their lead in the AL East to 7.5 games over the Red Sox.
Tampa Bay Rays 5 Texas Rangers 3- Scott Kazmir scattered three earned runs on five hits in 7.1 innings, picking up Win #8 of the season. Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena hit back-to-back home runs in the 5th inning for the Rays, who won their 66th game of the season. The Rangers scored all three of their runs in the 8th inning, including one from a Taylor Teagarden solo home run. However, Texas fell to 68-53 on the year, staying one game behind Boston for the AL Wild Card lead.
Minnesota Twins 5 Kansas City Royals 4- Kansas City’s Brayan Pena hit a solo shot in the 9th inning to level the score at four and send the game into extra innings. In the 10th inning, however, Orlando Cabrera hit an RBI triple that scored Alexei Casilla and lifted the Twins to their 58th win of the year. Joe Nathan blew the save in the 9th inning, but ended up winning his second game of the season. Billy Butler and David DeJesus hit solo shots for Kansas City, who took a 3-0 lead after three innings; however, it was not enough as the Royals suffered their 73rd loss of the year.
Baltimore Orioles 5 Chicago White Sox 1- Having already homered in the 3rd inning, Brian Roberts hit another ball out of the park to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Orioles to the 50-win milestone. Jeremy Guthrie, who had lost his last four games, went seven innings, allowing one earned run on six hits en route to his eighth victory of the season. Jim Thome scored the only White Sox run of the game when he hit his 23rd long ball of the season in the 4th inning; it was not enough, however, as Chicago reached the 60-loss milestone.
San Francisco Giants 6 Colorado Rockies 3- A pair of three-run innings lifted the San Francisco Giants to their 67th victory of the season. Jonathan Sanchez gave up one unearned run on two hits in five innings as he won his sixth game of the season. Aaron Rowand hit a three-run home run in the 4th inning for the Giants, who now lie one game behind the Rockies for the NL Wild Card lead. Seth Smith went deep for Colorado, who suffered Loss #54 of the year.
San Diego Padres 4 St. Louis Cardinals 0- Clayton Richard scattered five hits in six scoreless innings as he won his third straight decision. Nick Hundley’s three-run blast in the 2nd inning propelled the Padres to their 52nd victory of the season. Kevin Kouzmanoff singled in the other run for San Diego in the 8th inning. Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse left the game with a groin injury sustained after hitting a single in the 5th inning. St. Louis had won its last nine games against San Diego before falling to 70-54 on the year.
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Chicago Cubs 1- Randy Wolf registered as many hits as he allowed in seven innings; Wolf went 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs while squandering one earned run on one hit. Wolf doubled in Russell Martin and Orlando Hudson in the 2nd inning to account for all of Los Angeles’ runs of the game. Wolf gave up an RBI single to Ryan Theriot, who drove in Sam Fuld in the 3rd inning. The Dodgers improved to 73-50 on the year while the Cubs fell to 61-59. Chicago starter Randy Wells gave up the two unearned runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings; he was issued his 6th loss of the season.
New York Mets 4 Philadelphia Phillies 2- Mike Pelfrey gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings as he picked up his 9th victory of the season. Jeff Francoeur homered in the 3rd inning for the Mets, who improved to 57-65 on the season. Pelfrey outdueled Cole Hamels, who scattered four earned runs on ten hits on his way to his 8th loss of the season. Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz singled in the runs for Philadelphia, who reached the 50-loss milestone.
Florida Marlins 5 Atlanta Braves 3- Hanley Ramirez extended his career-high hitting streak to sixteen games, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, two of which came off a home run in the 7th inning. Jeremy Hermida also hit a long ball in the 7th inning for Florida, who improved to 65-57 on the season. Anibal Sanchez picked up his second victory of the year after giving up one earned run on two hits in six innings. Adam LaRoche provided all the scoring for the Braves, hitting a three-run blast in the 7th inning; it was not enough, however, as Atlanta fell to 64-58 on the year.
Detroit Tigers 3 Oakland Athletics 2- Edwin Jackson joined the MLB’s 10-win club, scattering two earned runs on six hits in six innings. Ryan Raburn hit two long balls for the Tigers, who improved to 65-56 on the season. Clete Thomas also drove in a run for Detroit. Jack Cust and Rajai Davis drove in the runs for the Athletics, who suffered their 68th loss of the season. Fernando Rodney worked the 9th inning and earned his 26th save of the year.
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