San Francisco Giants 4 Cincinnati Reds 2- Barry Zito gave up two earned runs on three hits in six innings as he improved to 8-10 as a starter. Bengie Molina went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, hitting a home run in the 8th inning to lift the Giants to their 61st victory of the season. Eugenio Velez also homered for San Francisco. Wladimir Balentien and Jonny Gomes drove in the runs for Cincinnati, who suffered its 62nd loss of the season.
Toronto Blue Jays 3 Baltimore Orioles 2- Adam Lind’s RBI double in the 10th inning lifted the Blue Jays to Win #52 of the year. Alex Rios drove in the other two Toronto runs on a two-run blast in the 2nd inning. Aubrey Huff and Nolan Reimold drove in the runs for the Orioles, who not only lost their 64th game of the season, but they also lost Brian Roberts when he injured his shin in the first inning.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Texas Rangers 2- Jered Weaver struck out eleven in 7.1 innings on his way to Win #12 of the season; the only runs he gave up came off the bat of Hank Blalock, who hit a two-run blast in the 5th inning. Vladimir Guerrero and Erick Aybar homered for the Angels, who won their 65th game of the season. Kendry Morales drove in the other Los Angeles run with a RBI double in the 4th inning.
New York Yankees 5 Boston Red Sox 0- The Red Sox had no answer for CC Sabathia as the New York starter earned his 12th victory of the season. Derek Jeter homered for the Yankees, who improved to 68-42 on the year. New York has extended its winning streak to six games. Boston, who has not scored a run in the last 24 innings, fell to 62-47 on the season.
Washington Nationals 5 Arizona Diamondbacks 2- Garrett Mock won his first game of the season, giving up two earned runs on five hits in six innings; the two runs he gave up came off the bat of Mark Reynolds, who hit a two-run blast in the 4th inning. Josh Willingham and Josh Bard went deep for Washington, who extended its winning streak to seven as well as its win total to 39.
Florida Marlins 6 Philadelphia Phillies 4- Cody Ross’ two-run blast in the 6th inning gave the Marlins a 4-3 lead; Florida held on to earn Win #57 of the year. Chris Coghlan also went deep for Florida, who moved within five games of Philadelphia for 1st in the NL East. Brian Sanches, who pitched a scoreless inning in relief, was credited with his second victory of the season.
St. Louis Cardinals 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 3- Behind a four-run 6th inning, during which Albert Pujols connected on a three-run double to reach the 100 RBI mark for the 9th straight year, the Cardinals improved to 61-51 with a two-run victory over the Pirates. Adam Wainwright gave up one earned run on seven hits in 6.2 innings en route to his 13th victory of the year. Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run blast for Pittsburgh, but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates fell to 45-65 on the season.
Chicago White Sox 8 Cleveland Indians 5- Down 5-1 in the middle of the 5th inning, Chicago stormed back with seven unanswered runs en route to Win #57 of the year; Jim Thome’s 562nd career long ball scored two of four White Sox runs in the 5th inning. D.J. Carrasco was credited with his fourth victory of the season after pitching 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. With this win, Chicago now lies two games behind Detroit for 1st in the AL Central.
Minnesota Twins 11 Detroit Tigers 0- Carl Pavano joined the MLB’s 10-win club after allowing five hits in seven scoreless innings; Pavano defeated the Tigers for the second time this week. Joe Mauer hit a long ball for Minnesota, who improved to 54-56 on the year. Denard Span went 5-for-5 with 1 RBI and 3 runs scored; it was Span’s second career five-hit game.
Kansas City Royals 12 Oakland Athletics 6- Zach Greinke earned his 11th win of the season, squandering three earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. Mike Jacobs and Miguel Olivo both homered for the Royals, who improved to 43-67 on the year. Tommy Everidge and Mark Ellis hit the long balls for Oakland, who suffered its 62nd loss of the season.
Milwaukee Brewers 12 Houston Astros 5- Manny Parra gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings as he improved to 7-8 as a starter. Prince Fielder hit his 27th home run of the season in the 7th inning for Milwaukee, who won its 55th game of the season. Carlos Lee went deep for Houston, but it wasn’t enough as the Astros fell to 54-56 on the year. Mike Hampton, who was issued his ninth loss of the season, left the game after two innings with a sprained right knee.
Chicago Cubs 6 Colorado Rockies 5- Ryan Dempster squandered five runs (only two were earned) on nine hits in six innings as he picked up his sixth victory of the season. Derrek Lee and Kosuke Fukudome went deep for Chicago, who improved to 58-50 on the year. Clint Barmes hit a solo shot in the 7th inning for Colorado, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockies suffered their 50th loss of the season.
San Diego Padres 3 New York Mets 1- San Diego rookie Mat Latos won his fourth game of the season after giving up one earned run on four hits in six innings; the only run New York scored came in the 1st inning on an Alex Cora solo shot. Will Venable, Everth Cabrera, and David Eckstein each drove in one run for the Padres, who improved to 47-65 on the year.
Tampa Bay Rays 10 Seattle Mariners 4- Behind a three-run 5th inning, during which Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena hit long balls, the Tampa Bay Rays improved to 61-49 on the year with a six-run victory over the Mariners. Rays starter James Shields gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings en route to his seventh victory of the season. Franklin Gutierrez went deep for Seattle, who fell to 57-53 on the year.
Atlanta Braves 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 1- Kelly Johnson broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 10th inning with a two-run blast for Atlanta. In the bottom half of that inning, Andre Ethier doubled in Juan Pierre to cut the Braves’ lead in half. However, Rafael Soriano ended up earning his 17th save of the season. Guillermo Mota, who worked the 10th inning for Los Angeles, was issued his third loss of the season.
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