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Mayers makes history in his debut
Mike Mayers allowed nine earned runs while recording just four outs in his first major-league appearance. Mayers is the first pitcher to allow nine or more earned runs while pitching fewer than two innings in his major-league debut since earned runs became an official statistic in 1912.
Mayers is only the third Cardinals pitcher to allow at least nine earned runs while recording four or fewer outs in a game, joining Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who surrendered nine earned runs while recording only two outs on June 29, 1967 against the Giants, and Jason Simontacchi (nine earned runs, three outs) on August 2, 2002 against the Braves.
Gonzalez hits a granny before fans settle in their seats
Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam home run before an out was recorded in the first inning for the Dodgers against the Cardinals on Sunday night. Gonzalez is just the third Dodger to hit a grand slam home run with no outs in the first inning since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958, joining Frank Howard (July 28, 1960 against Cincinnati) and Ron Cey (June 7, 1976 against Philadelphia). The only other major-league player to do that this season is Baltimore's Chris Davis (June 26 against Tampa Bay).
Teixeira hits his 200th homer as a Yankee
Mark Teixeira hit his 200th career home run in a Yankee uniform in New York's 5-2 win over the Giants on Sunday afternoon. Teixeira is the 17th player to hit 200 home runs as a Yankee. That is by far the most such players for any team in major-league history. No other franchise has more than 10 players with 200 career home runs (Red Sox, Reds, Tigers and Phillies).
Teixeira is the fourth switch-hitter to hit 200 home runs with the Yankees joining Mickey Mantle, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams. That equals the total number of switch-hitters that have hit 200 home runs for all other franchises: Chipper Jones (Braves), Eddie Murray (Orioles), Lance Berkman (Astros) and Jimmy Rollins (Phillies).
Reimold's pinch home run gives Orioles a win
Nolan Reimold delivered a two-out pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning giving the Orioles a 5-3 win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon. Reimold is the first Orioles player to hit a two-out pinch-hit game-ending home run in nearly 26 years, since Larry Sheets delivered a game-winning blow against the Mariners at Memorial Stadium on August 24, 1988.
Reimold is the fifth player to end a game with a pinch-hit home run this season (regardless of outs), joining Dae-Ho Lee (April 13), Clint Robinson (May 9), Trayce Thompson (May 10) and Adam Lind (July 18).
Eaton beats Tigers again
Adam Eaton's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the White Sox a 4-3 victory over the Tigers in the completion of a game that was suspended the previous night because of rain. It marked the second time Eaton had a game-ending hit against the Tigers this season, previously doing that on June 13. No other player has delivered multiple walkoff hits against a single opponent this season.
Melky delivers another game-ending hit
Melky Cabrera's single in the bottom of the ninth inning delivered Adam Eaton with the winning run in the regularly scheduled game between the White Sox and Tigers on Sunday. Cabrera has produced 13 game-ending hits since he made his major-league debut on July 7, 2005. The only other major-league players with at least 13 walkoff hits over that span are Ryan Zimmerman (14) and Albert Pujols (13).
Two runs are enough for the Jays
Four Toronto pitchers held the Mariners to one hit in the Blue Jays' 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon. That marked the first time the Blue Jays won a game in which they scored two or fewer runs since they defeated the Yankees, 2-0, on August 9, 2015. Toronto's streak of 30 consecutive losses when scoring two or fewer runs was the longest current streak of its kind entering Sunday's action and the longest by the Blue Jays since they lost 40 consecutive games such games spanning the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Will Smith will not get an Oscar for his Sunday performance
Will Smith entered the Cubs-Brewers contest with one out and a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning and proceeded to allow five runs without recording a single out. That marked the second time Smith allowed five runs without recording an out in a game, having also done that on July 10, 2014 against Philadelphia. No other active major-league pitcher has had more than one such appearance in their career.
Reds lose for 60th time this season
The Reds suffered their 60th loss of the season by dropping a 9-8 decision to the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon. It's only the sixth time Cincinnati reached 60 losses in 98 or fewer games in the 127-year history of the franchise. The Reds reached 60 losses in 89 games in 1934, in 94 games in 1982, in 95 games in 1931 and 2001 and in 98 games in 1913.
Matz gets back on track
Steven Matz hurled six shutout innings to earn his first win since May 25 in the Mets' 3-0 victory over the Marlins on Sunday. It marked the fifth time Matz did not allow a run while pitching at least six innings this season. The only other Mets rookies to have five such starts prior to August are Jerry Koosman (six in 1968) and Ron Darling (five in 1984).
Porcello goes to 10-0 at Fenway
Rick Porcello allowed five runs but he was bailed out by Boston's bats and came away with a victory in the Red Sox' 8-7 win over the Twins at Fenway Park. Porcello is now 10-0 in 11 starts at Fenway Park this season, with his only failure to win at home coming in a no decision against the White Sox on June 23. Over the last 50 seasons, the only other pitchers to win at least 10 of their first 11 home starts in a season are Dock Ellis (1971 Pirates), Steve Carlton (1977 Phillies), Frank Viola (1988 Twins), Roy Oswalt (2005 Astros), Ryan Dempster (2008 Cubs) and Adam Wainwright (2010 Cardinals).
Padres rookies go back-to-back in win over Nationals
Rookies Alex Dickerson and Ryan Schimpf hit back to back home runs in the eighth inning turning a 6-4 deficit into a 6-6 tie in a game the Padres would win, 10-6, over the Nationals on Sunday. It marked only the third time in Padres history that rookies hit back-to-back homers. That also happened on July 22, 1999 (Ben Davis and Damian Jackson) and on September 24, 2001 (Kevin Witt and Cesar Crespo).
No other pair of rookies have hit back-to-back homers this season and it happened only twice in 2015: the Tigers' James McCann and Jefry Marte on July 31 and the Cubs' Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant on September 19.
Frazier's first career home run leads Pirates to victory
Adam Frazier's pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning, his first career longball, gave the Pirates a 5-4 lead in a game they would go on to win by the same score over the Phillies on Sunday. The only other active players whose first career home run came in a pinch hit appearance and gave their team the lead in the seventh inning or later are Drew Butera (2010), Scott Van Slyke (2012), Cory Spangenberg (2014) and Aledmys Diaz (2016).
Altuve comes up big for Astros
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs leading the Astros to a 13-3 win over the Angels on Sunday. The only other second baseman in Astros history with multiple homers and at least six RBIs in a game is Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who had two homers and six ribbies at Wrigley Field on August 23, 1998.
Arenado and Story homer in the same game for the eighth time
Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Trevor Story contributed a two-run shot in the fourth in the Rockies' 7-2 win over the Braves on Sunday. It's the eighth time that Story and Arenado each homered in the same game this season, the highest total for any pair of teammates.
Rays lose to A's by one run for third straight time
The A's defeated the Rays by a score of 3-2 on Sunday. After winning the first game of the four-game series on Thursday, Tampa Bay dropped the next three games, all by one run. It marks the first time the Rays lost three consecutive games, all by one run and all to the same opponent, since July of 2002 when they suffered three straight such losses, all at the hands of the Angels.