Washington Nationals 7 Arizona Diamondbacks 6- Down 5-0 in the middle of the 2nd inning, Washington stormed back with seven unanswered runs on their way to Win #38 of the season. Josh Willingham hit a game-tying two-run single in the 7th inning to extend the Nationals’ winning streak to a season-best six games. Ryan Zimmerman hit a long ball for Washington while Mark Reynolds and Josh Whitesell went deep for Arizona.
St. Louis Cardinals 6 Pittsburgh Pirates 4- Down 4-2 after three innings, the Cardinals stormed back with four unanswered runs to reach the 60-win milestone. Matt Holliday and Mark DeRosa both homered for St. Louis, who scored one run in each of the last three innings of the game. Garrett Jones and Ryan Doumit hit the long balls for Pittsburgh, who lost its sixth consecutive game.
Florida Marlins 3 Philadelphia Phillies 2- Ricky Nolasco gave up two earned runs on four hits in seven innings as he picked up his eighth victory of the season; both runs came off the bat of Ben Francisco, who hit a two-run blast in the 7th inning. Nick Johnson and Cody Ross both hit solo shots for Florida, who improved to 56-53 on the year. Hanley Ramirez scored the other Marlins run on a Dan Uggla RBI double in the 1st inning.
Detroit Tigers 10 Minnesota Twins 8- Armando Galarraga gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings en route to his sixth victory of the season. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila both went deep in the 1st inning for Detroit, who improved to 58-50 on the year; the Tigers scored six runs in the first inning. Joe Mauer went deep for Minnesota, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins fell to 53-56 on the season.
Baltimore Orioles 7 Toronto Blue Jays 5- Jason Berken gave up three earned runs on five hits in six innings as he won his second game of the season (first since May 26). The Orioles scored four in the 6th and three in the 8th on their way to their 46th victory of the season. Vernon Wells and Alex Rios both went deep for Toronto, who lost its 57th game of the season.
Houston Astros 6 Milwaukee Brewers 3- Bud Norris made his Minute Maid Park debut, allowing two earned runs on three hits in six innings as he picked up his second victory of the season. Jason Michaels homered twice while Miguel Tejada went deep once for Houston, who improved to 54-55, the same record as the Brewers. Jason Kendall hit a long ball for Milwaukee in the 5th inning.
Colorado Rockies 6 Chicago Cubs 2- Ubaldo Jimenez squandered two runs (one earned) on four hits in 6.2 innings as he improved to 9-9 as a starter. Chris Iannetta homered in the 4th inning for the Rockies, who reached the 60-win milestone. Carlos Zambrano was scratched from his start, so Cubs reliever Sean Marshall ended up getting the start on short notice; Marshall gave up three earned runs on five hits in two innings as he suffered his seventh loss of the season.
San Diego Padres 6 New York Mets 2- Everth Cabrera’s walk-off grand slam lifted the San Diego Padres to their 46th victory of the season; the grand slam also gave Francisco Rodriguez his third loss of the season. The Mets led 2-0 after the 1st inning, but San Diego came back with RBI doubles from Chase Headley and Will Venable in the 7th and 9th innings, respectively. Heath Bell, who worked the 9th inning for San Diego, was credited with his 4th victory of the year.
Atlanta Braves 9 Los Angeles Dodgers 5- A four-run 11th inning propelled the Braves to their 56th victory of the season. Down 5-2 after the 5th inning, Atlanta came back with two in the 7th and one in the 9th. Kelly Johnson and Ryan Church both went deep for Atlanta. Casey Blake hit a three-run blast in the 5th inning for Los Angeles, but it wasn’t enough as the Dodgers fell to 67-43 on the year.
Cincinnati Reds 10 San Francisco Giants 5- Down 5-3 after the 7th inning, Cincinnati stormed back with two in the 8th and five in the 9th to earn Win #47 of the year. Tim Lincecum squandered three runs (two earned) on six hits in seven innings, but the bullpen was unable to get him the win. Bengie Molina and Eugenio Velez went deep for San Francisco, who fell to 60-49 on the year.
New York Yankees 2 Boston Red Sox 0- In a game that lasted 5 hours and 33 minutes, Alex Rodriguez’s walk-off home run in the 15th inning lifted the Yankees to Win #67 of the year; it was Rodriguez’s first home run in three weeks, and he had to wait until 12:42 AM to get it. It was the longest Yankees/Red Sox game that went scoreless. The Red Sox, who mustered just four hits on the night, fell to 62-46 on the season.
Oakland Athletics 9 Kansas City Royals 4- Vin Mazzaro gave up three earned runs on eight hits in five innings en route to his third victory of the year. Ryan Sweeney went deep in the 8th inning for Oakland, who improved to 48-61 on the year. David DeJesus went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs for Kansas City, who suffered its 67th loss of the season.
Cleveland Indians 6 Chicago White Sox 2- Jeremy Sowers gave up two earned runs on six hits in seven innings as he improved to 4-7 as a starter. Kelly Shoppach homered twice for Cleveland, who improved to 47-62 on the year; Shoppach ended up driving in four runs for the Indians. Gordon Beckham and Jim Thome drove in the runs for Chicago, who fell to 56-54 on the season.
Texas Rangers 11 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6- Josh Hamilton, Hank Blalock, Taylor Teagarden, Omar Vizquel, and Michael Young all went deep for the Rangers as they improved to 61-47 on the year. Scott Feldman earned his 11th victory of the season after giving up four earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Maicer Izturis hit a long ball for Los Angeles, who lost its 43rd game of the season; Izturis drove in four runs for the Angels.
Seattle Mariners 7 Tampa Bay Rays 6- Trailing 5-1 heading into the 7th inning stretch, the Mariners stormed back with four runs in the bottom half of that inning to force extra innings. As if that comeback wasn’t enough, Seattle trailed 6-5 in the middle of the 11th inning. However, Ryan Langerhans hit a two-run blast off J.P. Howell to lift the Mariners to their 57th victory of the season. Russell Branyan and Ken Griffey Jr. also homered for Seattle. Pat Burrell and Jason Bartlett both went deep for the Rays, who suffered their 49th loss of the year.
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