Date: July 28, 2016

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Cubs get win number 60

The Cubs upped their record to 60-40 with their 8-1 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. This is the fourth time in the last 79 years (since 1938) that the Cubs won at least 60 of their first 100 decisions of a season. Chicago had 65 victories through 100 games in 1945, 62 in 1969 and 60 in 1977.

Chicago Cubs


Russell is third youngest to hit grand slam at Wrigley

Addison Russell hit a grand-slam home run in the Cubs' 8-1 win over the White Sox. Russell, who was 22 years, 186 days old on Wednesday, became the third-youngest player to hit a grand slam home run at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' Nelson Mathews homered with the bags full at Wrigley on September 16, 1962 at the age of 21 years, 57 days and Atlanta's Jason Heyward hit a grand-slam in Chicago's historic ballpark at age 22 years, 14 days on August 23, 2011.

Chicago Cubs


Bruce beats Bumgarner with late home run, ties Reds mark

Jay Bruce's home run off of Madison Bumgarner in the seventh inning gave the Reds a 2-1 lead and Cincinnati went on to beat San Francisco by that score on Wednesday afternoon. Bruce is the first left-handed hitter to hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning or later off Bumgarner.

Bruce has now homered in five consecutive games, tying the longest streak of that kind by a Reds player. Six other Reds homered in five consecutive games: Ted Kluszewski (1954), George Crowe (1957), Johnny Bench (1972), Ken Griffey Jr. (2003), Adam Dunn (2008) and Devin Mesoraco (2014).

Cincinnati Reds


Cabrera's ninth inning blast lifts Tigers to win at Fenway

Miguel Cabrera's solo home run in the top of the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. It's the 14th time Cabrera gave his team the lead with a home run in the ninth inning or later since he entered the major leagues in 2003. The only other active major-league players with at least 14 such home runs over that span are David Ortiz (19), Albert Pujols (17) and Adrian Beltre (14).

Detroit Tigers


Strasburg improves to 14-1

Stephen Strasburg did not allow a run in seven innings of work and upped his record to 14-1 in the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Strasburg is the first pitcher in Nationals history, including their years in Montreal, to win at least 14 of his first 15 decisions in a season. In fact no other Nationals pitcher won more than 12 of their first 15 decisions of a season.

Prior to this season, 13 pitchers won at least 14 of their first 15 decisions of a season in the Cy Young Award era (since 1956). Only five of those pitchers went on to capture the award that season: Ron Guidry (1978), Roger Clemens (1986 and 2001), John Smoltz (1996) and Max Scherzer (2013).

Washington Nationals


Marlins catcher produces three hits out of the leadoff spot

J.T. Realmuto led a 16-hit attack by the Marlins with three hits and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot in Miami's 11-1 win over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon. It marked the fourth time the Marlins' catcher has produced at least three hits while batting leadoff this season, having also done that on May 4, July 3 and July 4. Only four other catchers over the last 100 seasons produced at least four three-hit games out of the leadoff spot in a single season: Mickey Cochrane (1925), Butch Wynegar (1980), Paul LoDuca (2001) and Jason Kendall (2004-2006).

Miami Marlins


Padres rookie homers in fourth straight game

Padres rookie Alex Dickerson homered in his fourth consecutive game in San Diego's 8-4 win over Toronto on Wednesday. Dickerson is the first rookie in Padres history to hit a home run in four consecutive games. The only other major-league rookie to do that this season is Trevor Story.

San Diego Padres


Rockies go deep twice in the sixth after being held hitless through five

After being held without a hit one out into the sixth inning, the Rockies got a two-run home run from Nick Hundley, and one out later, rookie David Dahl belted his first career homer giving Colorado a 3-0 lead in a game they would go on to win, 3-1, over the Orioles. It's the second time this season that a team's first two hits of a game were home runs and came in the sixth inning or later. On April 8, the Giants' first hit came on a two-run home run by Trevor Brown in the eighth inning and two innings later, Brandon Crawford's walk-off homer was the team's second hit in San Francisco's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. Prior to this season, no team had done that since August of 2013.

Colorado Rockies


Pair of Pirates each drive in four in win over the Mariners

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Jung Ho Kang drove in four runs leading the Pirates to a 10-1 win over the Mariners on Wednesday. It's the first time the Pirates had multiple players with at least four RBIs in the same game in nearly eight years, since Ryan Doumit (four) and Adam LaRoche (five) each did it in a 15-8 victory over the Dodgers on September 17, 2008.

Pittsburgh Pirates


Wong comes through in the clutch

Kolten Wong's two-out run-scoring double delivered Jeremy Hazelbaker from second base with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning in the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Mets on Wednesday. Wong was just 1-for-18 (.056) with two outs and runners in scoring this season prior to his ninth inning at bat, which was tied with Byron Buxton for the third lowest batting average among players with at least 15 at bats in that situation entering Wednesday's action, ahead of Francisco Cervelli (1-for-22, .045) and Curt Casali (1-for-21, .048).

St. Louis Cardinals


Another multi-homer game for Khris Davis

Khris Davis went 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs in the A's 6-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. Davis now has nine multiple homer games since the start of the 2015 season, the highest total for any major-league player. Three players have eight games with at least two homers since the beginning of 2015: Chris Davis, Lucas Duda and Carlos Gonzalez.

Oakland Athletics


McCullers dominates Yankees

Lance McCullers registered 10 strikeouts in six innings and earned the win in Houston's 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night. Over the last 40 years, the only pitchers to beat the Yankees while recording 10 or more strikeouts at a younger age than McCullers (22 years, 299 days old) are Moose Haas (21 years, 355 days old on April 12, 1978), Mark Prior (22 years, 274 days old on June 8, 2003) and Matt Moore (22 years, 96 days old on September 22, 2011).

Houston Astros

Diamondbacks put up five in the first in Milwaukee

The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to an 8-1 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee on Wednesday night. It's the first time Arizona scored at least five runs in the first inning on the road in nearly six years, since it scored six runs in the opening frame in San Francisco on August 28, 2010. Arizona's streak of 470 consecutive road games without a five-run first inning was the longest current streak of its kind for any major-league team entering Wednesday's action (second longest: 423 by Baltimore).

Arizona Diamondbacks


Four hits and five ribbies for Freeman

Freddie Freeman went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs in the Braves' 9-7 win over the Twins in Minnesota on Wednesday night. The only other Braves players to go 4-for-4 or better with at least five RBIs on the road since the team moved to Atlanta are Biff Pocoroba (1982 at Los Angeles), Johnny Estrada (2004 at Milwaukee) and Andruw Jones (2004 at Montreal and 2006 at St. Louis).

Atlanta Braves