Milwaukee Brewers 7 Chicago Cubs 4- Dave Bush improved to 5-7 as a starter after squandering four earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. Jody Gerut hit a grand slam in the 4th inning while Mike Rivera added a two-run double in the 7th to lift Milwaukee to its 71st victory of the season. Micah Hoffpauir doubled in two runs in the 4th inning for Chicago, but it was not enough as the Cubs reached the 70-loss milestone. Trevor Hoffman worked the 9th inning for Milwaukee and picked up his 33rd save in 36 chances.
Kansas City Royals 9 Detroit Tigers 2- Zack Greinke picked up his 14th victory of the season, scattering three hits in five scoreless innings. Miguel Olivo and Josh Anderson each blasted a three-run bomb to lift the Royals to their 59th win of the year. Miguel Cabrera drove in both Detroit runs on a home run in the 6th inning; the Tigers ended up suffering their 68th loss of the season.
Philadelphia Phillies 4 Washington Nationals 2- Cole Hamels joined the MLB’s 10-win club after limiting Washington to one earned run on five hits in eight innings; Hamels, who struck out ten, also drove in a run in the 6th inning to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead. Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz each drove in a run for the Phillies, who won their 85th game of the season. Elijah Dukes and Ian Desmond drove in the runs for the Nationals, who fell to 50-96 on the year. Brad Lidge squandered an earned run in the 9th inning, but prevailed with his 30th save in 40 chances.
Cincinnati Reds 3 Florida Marlins 2- Matt Maloney scattered two earned runs on seven hits in five innings en route to his first major league victory. The Reds scored all three of their runs in the 1st inning: one on a Devon McDonald leadoff home run, and two on a Jay Bruce single. The win was Cincinnati’s 68th of the season. The Marlins scored both of their runs in the 5th inning: one on a Hanley Ramirez single, and the other on a Dan Uggla double. The loss was Florida’s 69th of the year. The Marlins extended their losing streak to nine games and are now 4.5 games behind the Rockies and a game behind the Giants. Francisco Cordero picked up his 38th save in 41 chances after pitching a 1-2-3 9th inning.
Seattle Mariners 4 Chicago White Sox 3- Ichiro Suzuki’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to Win #76 of the season. The game would never have reached extra innings had Jose Lopez and Bill Hall not gone deep off Bobby Jenks in the bottom of the 9th inning. Adrian Beltre also belted a solo shot in the 7th inning for Seattle, who improved to 30-17 in one-run games. Mark Kotsay drove in two runs while A.J. Pierzynski added one RBI for Chicago, but it was not enough as the White Sox fell to 72-75 on the year.
Tampa Bay Rays 3 Baltimore Orioles 0- Wade Davis pitched a complete-game four-hit shutout to earn his first major league win; Davis also got the game ball and a shaving-cream pie in the face to boot. Carl Crawford, Gabe Kapler, and Evan Longoria drove in the runs for the Rays, who improved to 74-73 on the season. Tampa Bay has won just two of its last fifteen games. Michael Aubrey led all Orioles with two hits, but Baltimore ended up suffering Loss #86 of the year.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 Boston Red Sox 3- Howie Kendrick’s RBI single in the 9th inning broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Angels to their 87th victory of the season; Kendrick also blasted his 9th long ball of the year in the 3rd inning to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. Boston scored all of its runs off 4th inning home runs from Jacoby Ellsbury and Jason Bay. It was not enough, however, as the Red Sox suffered their 59th loss of the season. Brian Fuentes, who blew a save in the previous game, was successful this time around, picking up his 42nd save of the year. Boston’s seven-game winning streak came to an end.
Atlanta Braves 7 New York Mets 3- Jair Jurrjens limited the Mets to two runs (only one was earned) on six hits in seven innings as the Braves starter improved to 12-10 on the season. Brian McCann’s three-run blast in the 5th inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Atlanta to Win #78 of the year. Fernando Tatis singled in two runs in the 4th inning while Daniel Murphy added a solo shot in the 8th for New York, who fell to 63-84 on the season.
Oakland Athletics 5 Cleveland Indians 2- Clayton Mortensen picked up his second victory of the season after giving up two earned runs on four hits in five innings. Kurt Suzuki blasted a three-run bomb in the 3rd inning while Ryan Sweeney and Adam Kennedy had one RBI each to lift Oakland to Win #68 of the year. The Athletics extended their winning streak to four games and have won nine of their last eleven games. Trevor Crowe and Michael Brantley each drove in a run for Cleveland, who suffered Loss #85 loss of the season. The Indians extended their losing streak to five games and have lost nine of their last ten games.
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