New York Mets 10 Florida Marlins 3- Tim Redding gave up three earned runs on five hits in 6.2 innings as he improved to 2-4 as a starter. Fernando Tatis and Angel Pagan homered for the Mets, who improved to 58-70 on the season. With this win, New York snapped a five-game losing streak. Chris Coghlan hit two solo home runs while Dan Uggla went deep once for Florida, but it was not enough as the Marlins reached the 60-loss milestone.
Cincinnati Reds 8 Milwaukee Brewers 5- Justin Lehr gave up five earned runs on seven hits in 7.2 innings, but it was enough for him to earn Win #3 of the season. Joey Votto hit a long ball for the Reds, who completed a three-game sweep over Milwaukee and improved to 55-71 on the year; Votto ended the game with 2 RBIs. Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron also went deep for the Brew Crew, but it was not enough as Milwaukee suffered its 66th loss of the season.
Houston Astros 4 St. Louis Cardinals 3- Jeff Keppinger’s solo home run in the 9th inning lifted the Houston Astros to their 62nd victory of the season; it was Keppinger’s 4th long ball of the year, and it helped Houston avoid a three-game sweep. Matt Holliday hit a solo shot of his own in the 2nd inning for the Cardinals, but St. Louis ended up suffering Loss #55 of the season. The Cardinals bullpen was unable to get Chris Carpenter his 10th straight victory. Jose Valverde pitched two scoreless innings and picked up his 2nd win of the year.
Washington Nationals 5 Chicago Cubs 4- J.D. Martin scattered three earned runs on four hits in five innings as he was credited with his third victory of the season. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn both went deep for the Nationals, who improved to 46-82 on the year. Washington has now won three of its last ten games. Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee hit the long balls for the Cubs, but it was not enough as Chicago fell to 63-62 on the season, dropping two of three against the worst team in the MLB.
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Colorado Rockies 2- Vincente Padilla won his first game in a Dodgers uniform after allowing two earned runs on six hits in five innings. Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run in the 1st inning to lift Los Angeles to Win #76 of the season. Rafael Furcal, who scored on Kemp’s long ball, registered an RBI single in the 6th inning that broke a 2-2 tie. Seth Smith and Troy Tulowitzki drove in the runs for Colorado, but it was not enough as the Rockies fell to 72-56 on the year. The Dodgers’ lead in the NL West now stands at four games over Colorado.
Texas Rangers 7 New York Yankees 2- Ian Kinsler homered twice while Chris Davis went deep once, providing all the runs for Texas en route to Win #71 of the season. Kinsler hit a three-run blast in the 4th inning and added a solo shot in the 8th. Chris Davis drove in three with his 7th inning long ball. Mark Teixeira drove in both runs for the Yankees with RBI singles in the 1st and 4th innings; however, it was not enough as the Yankees fell to 79-48 on the year.
Chicago White Sox 9 Boston Red Sox 5- John Danks won his 12th game of the season, squandering two earned runs on six hits in six innings. Carlos Quentin hit a two-run blast in the 3rd inning, and Jayson Nix added three RBIs to lift the White Sox to their 64th victory of the season. J.D. Drew homered twice while Alex Gonzalez added a solo shot for Boston, but it was not enough as the Red Sox fell to 73-54 on the year. Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left the game in the 5th inning with a sprained left ankle.
Atlanta Braves 9 San Diego Padres 1- Javier Vazquez gave up five hits in seven scoreless innings, picking up Win #11 of the season. Adam LaRoche hit a long ball in the 6th inning for Atlanta, who improved to 67-60 on the year. San Diego did not score a run until the 9th inning when Will Venable hit a solo home run to break the shutout. Nevertheless, the Padres ended up suffering their 75th loss of the season. Atlanta is now 4.5 games behind Colorado in the NL Wild Card.
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Philadelphia Phillies 2- Garrett Jones’ two-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to their 53rd victory of the season. Andrew McCutchen also went deep for Pittsburgh in the 1st inning; it was McCutchen’s 9th home run of the season. J.A. Happ pitched all eight innings for Philadelphia, but gave up the home run to Jones, resulting in Loss #3 of the season. Paul Bako hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning for the Phillies, but it was not enough as Philadelphia fell to 73-52 on the year.
Cleveland Indians 5 Baltimore Orioles 4- With his team one out away from a loss, Andy Marte blasted a two-run home run on a full count to lift the Cleveland Indians to their 57th victory of the season. Grady Sizemore also hit a long ball for Cleveland in the 1st inning. Melvin Mora and Matt Wieters went deep for Baltimore, but the Orioles ended up losing their 76th game of the year. Kerry Wood worked the 9th inning and earned his 17th save of the season.
Kansas City Royals 8 Seattle Mariners 4- Behind home runs from Yuniesky Betancourt, Brayan Pena, Alberto Callaspo, and David DeJesus, the Kansas City Royals earned Win #49 of the season; it was the Royals’ first four-homer game since May 23, 2007. Kyle Davies earned his 5th victory of the season after giving up two earned runs on five hits in six innings. Jack Wilson hit a long ball in the 9th inning for the Mariners, but it was not enough as Seattle fell to 66-62 on the year.
Oakland Athletics 2 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 0- Trevor Cahill and two relievers combined for a three-hitter against the Angels, leading Oakland to Win #56 of the season; Cahill allowed two of the hits in seven scoreless innings as he picked up his seventh victory of the year. Ryan Sweeney scored both runs for Oakland: one on a solo home run in the 2nd inning, and the other on a Daric Barton RBI single in the 6th. Andrew Bailey shut down the Angels in the 9th inning to earn his 19th save of the season. This series was actually postponed earlier in the year from April 9, when Angels rookie Nick Adenhart was killed just hours after pitching six scoreless innings against Oakland.
Arizona Diamondbacks 11 San Francisco Giants 0- Yusmeiro Petit snapped a three-game losing streak as he scattered four hits in six scoreless innings; Petit picked up his third victory of the season. Mark Reynolds and Brandon Allen homered for the Diamondbacks, who improved to 56-72 on the year; for Allen, it was his first career long ball. Allen would finish the game driving in four runs on two hits. San Francisco fell to 69-59 on the season.
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