Washington Nationals 9 Arizona Diamondbacks 2- J.D. Martin won his first game of the season after giving up one earned run on five hits in five innings. Adam Dunn hit a two-run blast in the 1st inning for Washington, who reached the 40-win milestone after winning eight straight games. Arizona scored both of their runs off solo blasts from Trent Oeltjen and Mark Reynolds, but the Diamondbacks ended up losing their 62nd game of the season.
St. Louis Cardinals 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 3- Down 3-0 after three innings, the St. Louis Cardinals stormed back with seven unanswered runs to take their 62nd win of the season. Skip Schumaker’s first career pinch-hit long ball drove in two of the five St. Louis runs in the 8th inning. Matt Capps was ejected in the 8th inning after hitting Albert Pujols with a pitch; Capps ended up losing his seventh game of the year.
Houston Astros 2 Milwaukee Brewers 0- Wandy Rodriguez improve to 11-6 as a starter after giving up five hits in seven shutout innings. Houston scored both of their runs off the bat of Geoff Blum, who hit a two-run blast in the 4th inning. Jose Valverde recorded the final four outs for Houston and earned his 15th save of the season. Both teams now stand at 55-56 on the year.
Detroit Tigers 8 Minnesota Twins 7- Marcus Thames and Miguel Cabrera went deep for the Tigers, who improved to 59-51 on the year. Michael Cuddyer hit two home runs while Delmon Young hit one long ball for the Twins, who suffered their 57th loss of the season. Fernando Rodney worked the 9th inning and gave up a solo shot to Cuddyer, but ended up earning Save #23 of the year.
Toronto Blue Jays 7 Baltimore Orioles 3- Roy Halladay gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits in eight innings as he picked up his 12th victory of the season. Kevin Millar, Marco Scutaro, and Vernon Wells all went deep for the Blue Jays, who improved to 53-57 on the year. Luke Scott, Cesar Izturis, and Melvin Mora each drove in one run for the Orioles, who suffered their 65th loss of the season.
Florida Marlins 12 Philadelphia Phillies 3- Josh Johnson gave up one earned run on four hits in six innings as he picked up his 11th victory of the season. Wes Helms hit a long ball in the 9th inning for Florida, who improved to 58-53 on the year. Pedro Feliz hit a two-run blast in the 7th inning for Philadelphia, who suffered its 48th loss of the season. With this win, Florida moved to within four games of the Phillies for 1st in the NL East.
Cleveland Indians 8 Chicago White Sox 4- David Huff gave up four earned runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings as he improved to 6-6 as a starter. Jamey Carroll hit a long ball for Cleveland in the 7th inning as he helped the Indians earn Win #48 of the year; Carroll ended the game with 3 RBIs. A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez went deep for Chicago, who fell to 57-55 on the season.
Oakland Athletics 6 Kansas City Royals 3- Brett Anderson picked up his seventh victory of the season, giving up three earned runs on six hits in six innings. The Athletics scored all of their runs off home runs: two from Bobby Crosby, one from Ryan Sweeney, and one from Kurt Suzuki; Oakland improved to 49-62 with the win. Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless 9th inning and earned his 16th save of the season.
Texas Rangers 7 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 0- Derek Holland pitched a complete game three-hitter on his way to Win #5 of the season; Holland struck out eight before earning his first career shutout. Taylor Teagarden and Marlon Byrd went deep for Texas, who improved to 62-48 on the year. With this win, the Rangers lie 3.5 games behind the Angels for 1st place in the AL West.
Colorado Rockies 11 Chicago Cubs 5- Jason Hammel squandered three earned runs on eleven hits in five innings as he was credited with his seventh victory of the season. Todd Helton went 3-for-4 for with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored to extend his hitting streak to fourteen games. Dexter Fowler scored three times for Colorado, who improved to 61-50 on the season.
New York Mets 5 San Diego Padres 1- Johan Santana gave up one earned run on five hits in eight innings as he picked up his 13th victory of the year; Santana also went 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. The Mets, who improved to 52-59 on the season, won just three times in their last eleven games. San Diego got its only run in the 6th inning on a Chase Headley RBI single; the Padres fell to 47-66 on the year.
Cincinnati Reds 5 San Francisco Giants 2- Aaron Harang gave up two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings as he won his sixth game of the season; both San Francisco runs were scored when Pablo Sandoval grounded into double plays. Brandon Phillips and Adam Rosales went deep for the Reds, who improved to 48-62 on the year. Francisco Cordero worked the 9th inning and earned his 24th save of the season.
Atlanta Braves 8 Los Angeles Dodgers 2- Javier Vazquez won his fifth straight game and tenth this season after giving up one earned run on five hits in eight innings. Matt Diaz went deep in the 2nd inning for Atlanta, who improved to 58-54 on the year. Casey Blake and Matt Kemp drove in the runs for the Dodgers, who lost their 45th game of the season; neither player reached base when registering an RBI.
Seattle Mariners 11 Tampa Bay Rays 2- Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up two earned runs on six hits in 6.2 innings as he won his second game of the season; the only runs Rowland-Smith gave up came off the bat of Dioner Navarro, who hit a two-run blast in the second inning. Russell Branyan hit his first grand slam in six years to lift the Mariners to their 58th win of the year. Franklin Gutierrez also went deep for Seattle.
New York Yankees 5 Boston Red Sox 2- Back-to-back home runs from Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeria lifted the New York Yankees to Win #69 of the year. With this win, the Yankees completed a four-game sweep over their rivals, which had not occurred in 24 years. Alex Rodriguez also homered for New York. The Red Sox scored their only runs in the 8th inning when Victor Martinez hit a two-run blast to give Boston a 2-1 lead. Nevertheless, the Red Sox suffered their 48th loss of the season.
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