Chicago Cubs 6 Cincinnati Reds 4- Jeff Stevens pitched one inning of relief, scattering three earned runs on as many hits; despite giving up a three-run home run to Jonny Gomes, Stevens managed to pick up his first victory of the season. Geovany Soto homered in the 4th inning and added a sacrifice fly in the 2nd to lift Chicago to Win #72 of the year. Joey Votto drove in the other Cincinnati run of the game in the 3rd inning, but it was not enough as the Reds fell to 63-78 on the season. Carlos Marmol picked up his 12th save in 16 chances after shutting down the Reds in the 9th inning.
Philadelphia Phillies 4 New York Mets 2- Cole Hamels improved to 9-9 as a starter after squandering one earned run on seven hits in 6.2 innings. Jimmy Rollins, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, and Chase Utley each drove in a run for Philadelphia, who reached the 80-win milestone. Luis Castillo drove in a run for the Mets, but it was not enough as New York fell to 62-79 on the season. Ryan Madson earned his 7th save in 12 chances after working the 9th inning for the Phillies.
Washington Nationals 5 Florida Marlins 3- J.D. Martin picked up his 4th victory of the season after allowing two earned runs on as many hits in five innings. Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman went deep while Mike Morse added a two-run double to lift Washington to Win #49 of the year. Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla both homered for Florida, but it was not enough as the Marlins fell to 75-66 on the season. Mike MacDougal recorded the final five outs for Washington and picked up his 15th save in 16 chances.
Houston Astros 9 Pittsburgh Pirates 1- Bud Norris improved to 5-3 as a starter after giving up one earned run on six hits in six innings. Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee each homered for the Astros, who won their 69th game of the season; Berkman and Lee combined to drive in five runs for Houston, who won eleven of its last fifteen home games. Andy LaRoche scored the lone Pittsburgh run of the game on a solo home run in the 5th inning; the Pirates fell to 54-85 on the year.
Atlanta Braves 1 St. Louis Cardinals 0- Jair Jurrjens picked up his 11th victory of the season after holding St. Louis to six hits in eight scoreless innings; Jurrjens struck out seven and walked two. Omar Infante drove in the only run of the game in the 2nd inning to lift Atlanta to Win #73 of the year. Rafael Soriano shut down the Cardinals in the 9th inning to earn his 23rd save in 27 chances. Joel Piniero gave up the one earned run on five hits in seven innings, but was issued his 10th loss of the season. St. Louis fell to 84-58 on the year.
Milwaukee Brewers 6 Arizona Diamondbacks 3- Braden Looper picked up his 12th victory of the season after giving up three earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. Ryan Braun hit a two-run blast and added an RBI double to lift Milwaukee to Win #67 of the year. Justin Upton blasted his 24th long ball of the season in the 6th inning for Arizona, but it was not enough as the Diamondbacks reached the 80-loss milestone. Trevor Hoffman picked up his 31st save in 34 chances after pitching a perfect 9th inning for Milwaukee.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7 Chicago White Sox 1- Joe Saunders won his 4th straight start as he held Chicago to one earned run on three hits in seven innings; Saunders struck out three en route to Win #13 of the season. Vladimir Guerrero, Bobby Abreu, and Maicer Izturis each drove in two runs for the Angels, who improved to 85-55 on the year. Jayson Nix scored the lone Chicago run of the game on a solo home run in the 3rd inning; the White Sox suffered their 72nd loss of the season.
Kansas City Royals 2 Cleveland Indians 1- Miguel Olivo’s home run in the 12th inning lifted the Kansas City Royals to their 56th victory of the season; Olivo also drove in a run in the 4th inning on an RBI groundout. Travis Hafner singled in the lone Cleveland run of the game in the 7th inning, but the Indians ended up reaching the 80-loss milestone. Joakim Soria worked the 12th inning for Kansas City and picked up his 25th save in 28 chances.
Toronto Blue Jays 6 Detroit Tigers 4- Brian Tallet picked up his 7th victory of the season after scattering three earned runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings. Rod Barajas and Randy Ruiz each hit a ball out of the park while Vernon Wells drove in two runs to lift the Blue Jays to their 64th win of the year. Ryan Raburn drove in two runs for the Tigers, but it was not enough as Detroit fell to 75-65 on the season. Jason Frasor worked the 9th inning and picked up his 9th save of the year.
Oakland Athletics 12 Minnesota Twins 5- Clayton Mortenson earned his first major league victory after holding Minnesota to one earned run on five hits in six innings. Jack Cust, Cliff Pennington, Mark Ellis, Daric Barton, and Kurt Suzuki all homered for Oakland, who improved to 63-77 on the season. Denard Span homered in the 1st inning for Minnesota, but it was not enough as the Twins suffered their 71st loss of the year.
Los Angeles Dodgers 10 San Francisco Giants 3- Hiroki Kuroda squandered two earned runs on three hits in eight innings as he picked up his sixth victory of the season. Casey Blake homered for the Dodgers, who won their 84th game of the year; Blake finished the game with 3 RBIs. Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Rohlinger, and Kevin Frandsen each drove in a run for San Francisco, but the Giants ended up suffering Loss #65 of the season.
Colorado Rockies 4 San Diego Padres 1- Down 1-0 after eight innings, Colorado stormed back with four runs in the top of the 9th inning to earn Win #82 of the year, clinching a winning season. Yorvit Torrealba broke the shutout with a three-run double off Padres closer Heath Bell; Paul Phillips added an RBI single for Colorado, who stayed two games behind Los Angeles in the NL West. Oscar Salazar drove in the lone San Diego run of the game by drawing a base-loaded walk in the 1st inning; the Padres fell to 63-79 on the season. Franklin Morales worked the 9th inning for Colorado and earned his 6th save in seven chances.
Baltimore Orioles 10 New York Yankees 4- September 11 may be a day that most Americans would like to forget, but it may also be a day that most Yankees (or at least Derek Jeter) fans would like to remember forever. Jeter’s third-inning single to right field broke the Yankees’ all-time hits record, which was previously held by Lou Gehrig; Jeter also singled in a run in the 4th inning. Unfortunately, for the Yankees, they suffered their 51st loss of the season after falling victim to the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman was credited with his second victory of the season after giving up four earned runs on nine hits in five innings. Brian Roberts drove in three runs while Cesar Izturis and Nick Markakis had two RBIs each to lift Baltimore to Win #57 of the year. Alex Rodriguez blasted a three-run home run in the 1st inning for the Yankees.
The Rays/Red Sox and Mariners/Rangers games have been postponed due to rain. All four teams will play doubleheaders on Sunday.
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