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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Mounds of success for Oswalt, Phillies


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Roy Oswalt didn’t allow a run in seven innings, yet he got a no-decision in the Philadelphia Phillies' 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies have wons each of the last 10 starts made by Oswalt. From the Elias Sports Bureau: The last time Philadelphia won 10 consecutive games started by one pitcher was in 1993, when it was victorious in 11 straight starts by Tommy Greene.

More from the Elias Sports Bureau: The Phillies are the second National League team this season with a 10-game winning streak in September, along with the Colorado Rockies. The last year in which two National League teams had winning streaks of at least 10 games in September was 1969, when the Braves and New York Mets each won 10 straight en route to winning their respective divisions.

From ESPN.com Senior Baseball Writer Jayson Stark: From 2004 to 2009, there were five 1-0 games at Citizens Bank Park. However, since July 10, there have now been six 1-0 games at there, and the Phillies have won five.

Jose Lopez became the first Seattle Mariner to hit three home runs in a game since Mike Cameron hit four against the White Sox on May 2, 2002. He’s the second Mariners third baseman with a 3-HR game, joining Jim Presley in 1986.

Lopez is the third different third basemen to hit three home runs in a game this season (Aramis Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion are the other two). The only season with more three-HR games by third basemen in the modern era (since 1900) is 1987 with four (Tim Wallach, Mike Schmidt, Brook Jacoby and Darnell Coles). Note: Alex Rodriguez also had a three-HR game this season, but he did it as a designated hitter.

The Oakland Athletics had a 3-2 ninth-inning lead before the Chicago White Sox came back with two in the top of the ninth to win 4-3. It was Oakland’s first loss of the season when leading after eight innings (68-1). The only remaining team without a loss when leading after eight innings is the Kansas City Royals, 48-0.