Pittsburgh Pirates 6 Philadelphia Phillies 4- Andrew McCutchen hit a walk-off two-run home run to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to their 52nd win of the year. Philadelphia actually led 4-3 in the middle of the 9th, scoring two in the top half to force a bottom half. Nevertheless, the Phillies ended up losing their 51st game of the year. Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce also went deep for Pittsburgh. Jimmy Rollins went deep twice for Philadelphia.
Florida Marlins 2 New York Mets 1- Sean West squandered one earned run on six hits in six innings as he picked up his 5th victory of the season. Dan Uggla and Ross Gload drove in the runs for the Marlins, who improved to 66-59 on the season. Fernando Tatis singled in the only run for New York, who not only lost Johan Santana for the season, but also its 69th game of the year. Leo Nunez pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning and earned his 15th save of the season.
St. Louis Cardinals 1 Houston Astros 0- Adam Wainwright scattered three hits in eight scoreless innings as he joined the MLB’s 15-win club. Albert Pujols doubled in the only run of the game in the 1st inning for St. Louis, who improved to 73-54 on the season. Ryan Franklin shut down the Astros in the 9th inning to earn his 33rd save of the year. Wandy Rodriguez gave up one earned run on three hits in seven innings, but was issued his 8th loss of the season.
Tampa Bay Rays 7 Toronto Blue Jays 3- Carlos Pena went deep not once, but twice to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to their 69th win of the season; Pena, who has 37 home runs on the year, registered his 4th multihomer game of the season. James Shields won his 8th game of the year after allowing three earned runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings. Aaron Hill and Travis Snider went deep for the Blue Jays, but it was not enough as Toronto suffered Loss #67 of the season.
Boston Red Sox 6 Chicago White Sox 3- Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 55th base of the season, setting a franchise record for stolen bases in a season. Jason Bay hit a solo home run in the 8th inning for the Red Sox, who improved to 72-53 on the year. Jonathan Papelbon worked the 9th inning and joined the MLB’s 30-save club. Jayson Nix homered for Chicago, but it was not enough as the White Sox suffered their 63rd loss of the season.
San Diego Padres 2 Atlanta Braves 1- David Eckstein’s RBI double in the 12th inning lifted the San Diego Padres to their 53rd win of the season. Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning for the Padres; it was his 34th long ball of the season. Atlanta forced extra innings when Adam LaRoche singled in the 9th inning to drive in Reid Gorecki. However, it was not enough as the Braves fell to 66-59 on the season. Edward Mujica pitched a 1-2-3 12th inning to earn his second save of the season.
Cincinnati Reds 8 Milwaukee Brewers 6- Joey Votto and Laynce Nix hit solo home runs in the top of the 13th inning to lift the Reds to Win #53 of the season; Nix also hit a two-run blast in the 7th inning for Cincinnati. Milwaukee actually trailed 6-1 in the middle of the 9th inning, but a five-run 9th forced extra innings. Felipe Lopez hit a solo blast for Milwaukee in the 3rd inning, but the Brewers ended up losing their 64th game of the year.
Washington Nationals 15 Chicago Cubs 6- Garrett Mock won his third game of the season after giving up four earned runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. Josh Willingham homered twice while Elijah Dukes went deep once for the Nationals, who won their 45th game of the season and avoided clinching a losing season (for now at least). Carlos Zambrano was issued his 5th loss of the season after squandering eight earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings; Zambrano actually scored the first run for Chicago on a solo home run in the 3rd inning. Milton Bradley and Jake Fox also went deep for Chicago, but the Cubs ended up suffering Loss #61 of the year.
Colorado Rockies 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 4- For the second night in a row, the Colorado Rockies won in extra innings in walk-off fashion. Troy Tulowitzki’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Rockies to their 72nd win of the season. Matt Herges picked up the win after pitching a perfect 10th inning for the Rockies, who are now two games behind Los Angeles in the NL West. Brad Hawpe and Clint Barmes hit the long balls for Colorado, and Troy Tulowitzki drove in the other two runs for the Rockies. Casey Blake hit a solo home run for Los Angeles, who forced extra innings by scoring two runs in the top of the 9th inning. However, it was not enough as the Dodgers suffered their 52nd loss of the year.
San Francisco Giants 5 Arizona Diamondbacks 4- With the score tied at two in the bottom of the 8th inning, Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run blast to lift San Francisco to Win #68 of the season. Juan Uribe hit a solo home run for San Francisco in the 2nd inning; it was Uribe’s 7th long ball of the season. Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts each drove in two runs for Arizona, but it was not enough as the Diamondbacks fell to 55-71 on the year. Sergio Romo recorded the final out of the game and earned his 2nd save in as many chances.
Seattle Mariners 4 Oakland Athletics 2- Ryan Langerhans’s walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to their 65th win of the season. Russell Branyan also went deep for Seattle in the 2nd inning. Mark Lowe worked the 10th inning for Seattle and earned his second win of the season. Scott Hairston and Adam Kennedy drove in the runs for the Athletics, but Oakland ended up reaching the 70-loss milestone.
Texas Rangers 10 New York Yankees 9- Elvis Andrus turned an unassisted double play to preserve the Rangers’ 10-9 victory over the Yankees. Texas scored five runs in the 4th inning en route to reaching the 70-win milestone. The Yankees scored four in the 1st inning and 4 in the 9th, but it was not enough as New York fell to 78-47 on the year. Nelson Cruz and Michael Young went deep for Texas while Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano hit the long balls for New York.
Kansas City Royals 6 Cleveland Indians 2- Zack Greinke struck out a team-record fifteen in eight innings as he improved to 12-8 as a starter. Miguel Olivo and Mitch Maier hit the long balls for Kansas City, who improved to 48-77 on the season; it was Maier’s first major league long ball since 2006. Andy Marte went deep for the Indians, but it was not enough as Cleveland reached the 70-loss milestone.
Minnesota Twins 7 Baltimore Orioles 6- Delmon Young went 4-for-5 with two runs scored; his final hit of the game was a walk-off single that drove in Michael Cuddyer and lifted the Twins to their 63rd victory of the year. Justin Morneau hit a long ball in the 3rd inning for the Twins, who extended their winning streak to five as they climbed back up to .500. Michael Aubrey drove in three runs for the Orioles, but it was not enough as Baltimore fell to 51-75 on the season.
Detroit Tigers 5 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3- Jarrod Washburn improved to 9-7 as a starter after scattering three earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Curtis Granderson and Miguel Cabrera each hit a solo home run for the Tigers, who improved to 67-58 on the season; Cabrera ended the game with 2 RBIs. The Angels scored all three of their runs on a Howie Kendrick home run in the 2nd inning, but it was not enough as Los Angeles reached the 50-loss milestone. Fernando Rodney shut down the Angels in the 9th inning and earned his 28th save of the season.
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