Atlanta Braves 6 New York Mets 0- Tommy Hanson scattered just three hits in seven innings as he earned membership in the MLB’s 10-win club; Hanson walked three and struck out eight. Adam LaRoche homered twice and drove in three runs to lift Atlanta to Win #76 of the season. Nate McLouth drove in the other three runs for the Braves, who extended their winning streak to five games. The Mets fell to 63-82 on the year, clinching a losing season. New York has lost seven of its last eight games.
Philadelphia Phillies 5 Washington Nationals 0- Cliff Lee pitched a complete-game six-hitter en route to his 7th victory of the season. Carlos Ruiz’s three-run double in the 2nd inning lifted Philadelphia to Win #83 of the year. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins drove in the other runs for the Phillies, who won six of their last eight games. Washington fell to 50-94 on the season.
Cincinnati Reds 5 Houston Astros 4- Paul Janish’s RBI double in the 7th inning broke a 4-4 tie and lifted Cincinnati to its 66th win of the season. Janish’s double enabled Daniel Ray Herrera to earn Win #4 of the year; Herrera struck out Michael Bourn to end the 7th inning. Drew Stubbs went deep in the 1st inning for Cincinnati. Kazuo Matsui blasted a long ball in the 3rd inning and added an RBI single in the 1st for Houston, but it was not enough as the Astros suffered their 75th loss of the season.
Baltimore Orioles 10 Tampa Bay Rays 5- Jason Berken improved to 5-11 as a starter after squandering five earned runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings. Luke Scott and Matt Wieters blasted long balls to lift Baltimore to Win #59 of the season; Wieters finished the game with 5 RBIs. Pat Burrell homered and drove in four runs for the Rays, but Tampa Bay ended up suffering its 72nd loss of the year. The Rays actually had a 5-run lead in the middle of the 3rd inning, but Baltimore scored six runs in a three-inning stretch against Jeff Niemann, who fell to 12-6 as a starter.
Boston Red Sox 4 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1- Fresh off the disabled list, Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his second victory of the season after allowing three hits in six innings. David Ortiz hit a solo home run in the 8th inning and added an RBI single in the 6th to lift Boston to its 85th win of the year. Erick Aybar drove in the lone Los Angeles run of the game with an RBI double in the 9th inning; the Angels suffered their 58th loss of the season.
Kansas City Royals 11 Detroit Tigers 1- Robinson Tejada held Detroit to one earned run on two hits in five innings as he picked up his third victory of the season. Alberto Callaspo, David DeJesus, and Miguel Olivo each blasted a three-run bomb to lift Kansas City to Win #58 of the year; Callaspo led all Royals with 4 RBIs. Carlos Guillen singled in the only Detroit run of the game in the 5th inning; Detroit fell to 77-67 on the season.
Florida Marlins 2 St. Louis Cardinals 1- Sean West outduelled Adam Wainwright as the Marlins rookie held St. Louis to one earned run on six hits in six innings; West improved to 7-5 on the season while Wainwright fell to 18-8. Dan Uggla’s two-run bomb in the 6th inning was all Florida needed to earn Win #77 of the year. Albert Pujols’ sacrifice fly in the 5th inning scored the lone St. Louis run of the game; the Cardinals suffered their 61st loss of the season. Leo Nunez worked the 9th inning to pick up his 21st save in 27 chances. St. Louis has lost four of its last five games.
Toronto Blue Jays 10 New York Yankees 4- Roy Halladay joined the MLB’s 15-win club after holding the Yankees to two earned runs on eleven hits in six innings. Travis Snider homered twice while Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Bautista each went deep once to lift Toronto to its 66th victory of the season. Brett Gardner drove in two runs for New York, but it was not enough as the Yankees fell to 93-53 on the year.
Oakland Athletics 6 Texas Rangers 1- After scoring the first run of the game, Rajai Davis drove in the next four Oakland runs to lead the Athletics to their 66th win of the season. Kurt Suzuki drove in the other Oakland run of the game in the 6th inning after drawing a bases-loaded walk. David Murphy scored the lone Texas run of the game in the 4th inning on a solo home run, but the Rangers ended up losing their 64th game of the year.
Minnesota Twins 5 Cleveland Indians 4- Nick Punto registered two RBI singles while Orlando Cabrera blasted a solo shot in the 5th inning to lift Minnesota to its 73rd victory of the season. Jon Rauch pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his third win of the year. Matt LaPorta homered in the 9th inning to make it a game, but it was not enough as Cleveland fell to 61-83 on the season; LaPorta led all Indians with 2 RBIs. Despite giving up the long ball to LaPorta, Joe Nathan prevailed with membership in the MLB’s 40-save club.
Chicago Cubs 13 Milwaukee Brewers 7- Twelve walks and three hit batsmen, two of which occurred with the bases full of Cubs, led to the downfall of the Brewers for the 75th time this season. Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs to lift Chicago to Win #75 of the year. Derrek Lee added 3 RBIs while Ryan Theriot, Aramis Ramirez, Micah Hoffpauir, Milton Bradley, Mike Fontenot, and Carlos Zambrano each drove in a run for the Cubs, who have won seven of their last eight games. Corey Hart drove in three runs while Mike Cameron added 2 RBIs for Milwaukee.
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 San Diego Padres 2- Mark Reynolds’ two-run blast in the top of the 9th inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Diamondbacks to their 64th victory of the season. Reynolds’ 42nd long ball of the year enabled Dan Haren to improve to 14-8 as a starter; Haren gave up two earned runs on five hits in eight innings. Eric Byrnes drove in the other two runs for Arizona: one on a solo home run in the 3rd, and the other on an RBI double in the 7th. Chase Headley and Edgar Gonzalez each drove in a run in the 4th inning for San Diego, but the Padres fell short as they suffered their 81st loss of the year, clinching a non-winning season.
San Francisco Giants 10 Colorado Rockies 2- Barry Zito joined the MLB’s 10-win club after giving up two earned runs on five hits in seven innings. Juan Uribe drove in three runs while Travis Ishikawa, Aaron Rowand, and Bengie Molina each added to RBIs to lift San Francisco to Win #79 of the season. Troy Tulowitzki homered in the 6th inning while Carlos Gonzalez added an RBI single in the 3rd inning for Colorado, but the Rockies ended up on the short end of an MLB game for the 64th time this year.
Chicago White Sox 6 Seattle Mariners 3- Down 3-2 in the 7th inning, A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run single to give Chicago a 4-3 lead; the White Sox added two more runs as they went on to win an MLB game for the 72nd time this season. Ken Griffey Jr. blasted his 626th career home run in the 2nd inning for Seattle, but it was not enough as the Mariners fell victim to their opponent for the 71st time this year. Freddy Garcia picked up his 2nd win of the season after giving up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Bobby Jenks worked the 9th inning for Chicago to pick up his 29th save of the year.
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 4- Ryan Doumit’s RBI single in the top of the 13th inning broke a 3-3 tie, but did NOT lift Pittsburgh to Win #56 of the season. Instead, the Pirates suffered Loss #88 of the year after Andre Ethier hit a walk-off two-run blast in the bottom of the 13th. Ethier’s 30th long ball of the season lifted the Dodgers to their 87th win of the year; it was Ethier’s sixth walk-off hit and fourth walk-off home run of the season. Ethier also scored the tying run in the bottom of the 9th inning on a Matt Kemp RBI single. Despite giving up the RBI single to Doumit, Ronald Belisario was credited with his 4th victory of the year. Steve Pearce blasted his 4th home run of the season in the 2nd inning to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead; the Pirates added another run in the 2nd on a Zach Duke RBI single.
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