Philadelphia Phillies 6 New York Mets 2- Cliff Lee won his eighth straight start after scattering two unearned runs on six hits in seven innings; Lee is 12-9 overall this season. Ryan Howard drove in five runs with two long balls, lifting the Phillies to their 72nd win of the year. Raul Ibanez doubled in the other run for Philadelphia, who won eleven of its last thirteen to increase its NL East lead to seven games over Atlanta. Angel Pagan also hit an inside-the-park home run for the Mets in the 1st inning, but of the unconventional type: Chase Utley dropped Pagan’s popup and made a wild throw to second base, allowing Pagan to circle the bases. Fernando Tatis’ sacrifice fly later in that 1st inning drove in the other run for New York, who fell to 57-68 on the season.
Milwaukee Brewers 7 Washington Nationals 1- A six-run sixth inning, during which Ryan Braun hit a two-run blast, propelled the Milwaukee Brewers to their 61st victory of the year. Yovani Gallardo improved to 12-10 as a starter after giving up one earned run on four hits in five innings; Gallardo struck out eight. Jody Gerut also went deep for the Brew Crew, who took three of four from Washington after getting swept by Pittsburgh. Wil Nieves drove in the lone run for Washington, who clinched a non-winning season by falling to 44-81 on the season.
Tampa Bay Rays 12 Toronto Blue Jays 7- Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist went deep for the Rays, who improved to 68-56 on the season. Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann picked up his 12th victory of the season after scattering six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 6.1 innings. Rod Barajas and Randy Ruiz hit the long balls for the Jays, but it was not enough as Toronto suffered Loss #66 of the year.
Boston Red Sox 12 Chicago White Sox 8- Behind a six-run 3rd inning, Boston took down Chicago in a battle of colored Sox to earn its 71st win of the season. Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew both went deep for the Red Sox, who scored at least eleven runs for the third time in the last four games. Boston pitcher Ramon Ramirez earned the win after starter Clay Buchholz was yanked off the mound in the 5th inning; it was Ramirez’s 7th win of the year. Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko hit the long balls for Chicago, who fell to 63-62 on the season.
Cleveland Indians 10 Kansas City Royals 6- Jeremy Sowers squandered five earned runs on six hits in seven innings as he improved to 5-9 as a starter. Travis Hafner and Luis Valbuena both hit three-run home runs for the Indians, who won their 55th game of the season. Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two for Kansas City, but it was not enough as the Royals suffered their 77th loss of the year.
Minnesota Twins 2 Baltimore Orioles 1- Scott Baker improved to 12-7 as a starter after allowing one earned run and four hits in seven innings. Minnesota scored both of its runs in the 6th inning: Alexi Casilla scored the first run on a Chris Tillman wild pitch, and Jason Kubel drove in Denard Span with a sacrifice fly. Brian Roberts doubled in the lone run of the game for Baltimore, who fell to 51-74 on the season. Joe Nathan shut down the Orioles in the 9th inning to pick up his 32nd save of the season and lift to Twins to their 62nd win of the year.
Seattle Mariners 3 Oakland Athletics 1- Ken Griffey Jr.’s 625th career home run propelled the Seattle Mariners to their 64th victory of the season. Jose Lopez, who scored on Griffey’s long ball, hit a solo home run in the third inning; Lopez now has a career-high 18 home runs this season. Ian Snell gave up one earned run on four hits in six innings as he picked up his second win of the year. Kurt Suzuki singled in the only Oakland run of the game.
Detroit Tigers 10 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7- Justin Verlander won his 14th game of the year, allowing four earned runs on ten hits in 5.2 innings; Verlander struck out seven. Detroit scored the first ten runs of the game, five off home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen; the win gives the Tigers 66 for the year. Bobby Abreu hit a three-run blast for Los Angeles in the 8th inning, but the Angels ended up losing their 49th game of the season. Fernando Rodney recorded the last four outs for Detroit and earned his 27th save in 28 chances.
Colorado Rockies 6 San Francisco Giants 4- What’s better than hitting a walk-off home run in the 14th inning? How about hitting a walk-off home run in the 14th inning…with the bases loaded and with your team down by two runs? That’s what happened to Ryan Spilborghs, whose walk-off grand slam lifted the Rockies to their 71st victory of the season. The Rockies had trailed 4-1 in the middle of the 14th inning, but three walks and one single later, Spilborghs handed the Giants their 58th loss of the year. In the top of the 14th inning, Eugenio Velez tripled in two runs and scored on Juan Uribe’s groundout. Adam Eaton pitched the last two innings for Colorado and earned his first win of the season.
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