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A MILESTONE LOSS FOR PEDRO
Pedro Martinez, bothered by a stiff neck, pitched only three innings and took the loss (100th of his career) at Turner Field on Saturday night. Martinez's 219 wins are the most for any major-league pitcher at the time of his 100th defeat since Whitey Ford began his career with a 232-100 record.
CARDINALS WIN ANOTHER LOW-SCORING GAME AGAINST THE CUBS
St. Louis's 2-1 victory on Saturday was its fifth win against the Cubs this year in which it scored three-or-fewer runs. That's the most such wins by any major-league team against another in 2009. The last year in which the Cardinals scored no more than three runs in at least five different wins against the Cubs was 1973.
LESTER IS 10-0 AGAINST BALTIMORE
Jon Lester improved his career record against the Orioles to 10-0 in the Red Sox' victory at Camden Yards. Lester is the first pitcher to win his first ten decisions against the Orioles since they relocated to Baltimore in 1954. The only other pitcher to begin his career with a double-digit winning streak against that franchise was Hall of Famer Red Faber, who won his first 12 decisions against the Orioles predecessor, the St. Louis Browns (1914-1916).
NOLASCO BEATS THE REDS AND TIES LINCECUM
Ricky Nolasco walked one and struck out ten in the Marlins' 3-2 win at Cincinnati. It was the seventh time over the last two seasons that Nolasco had double-digit strikeouts and one or fewer walks, tying Tim Lincecum for the most such games since the start of 2008.
TULOWITZKI HITS A HOME RUN IN FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES
Troy Tulowitzki homered for the fourth straight game in the Rockies' 10-4 win at Arizona. The last player to homer as a shortstop in four consecutive games was Miguel Tejada of the Orioles in 2005. The last National League shortstop to do it was Rich Aurilia of the Giants in 2001.
RANGERS WIN SEASON SERIES VS ANGELS
The Rangers clinched their season series against the Angels with a 3-2 win in Texas. The Red Sox and Angels were the only teams against which the Rangers lost their season series in each of the past four years (2005-2008). Texas has won its season series against both of those clubs this year while battling each for a playoff spot (7-2 vs. Boston, 10-4 vs. Los Angeles with five more to play).
POLANCO'S FOUR HITS ARE NOT ENOUGH
Placido Polanco was 4-for-5 in the Tigers' 6-2 loss at Minnesota. It was Polanco's 18th four-hit game since joining the Tigers in 2005. In the last 50 years, the only other Detroit player with that many four-hit games over a five-year span was Travis Fryman, who had 18 from 1991-1995.
SABATHIA TAKES THE LEAD IN INNINGS PITCHED
CC Sabathia threw seven innings on Saturday night to regain the major-league lead in innings pitched (220.1), passing Justin Verlander (217.1), Felix Hernandez (216.1), Cliff Lee (216) and Roy Halladay (214). Sabathia accumulated the most innings of any major-league pitcher in each of past two seasons. Since 1980, the only player to lead the majors in innings pitched in three consecutive seasons was Greg Maddux (1992-1994).
AN ODD PITCHING LINE FOR GARZA
Matt Garza pitched 7.1 scoreless innings, walking six and striking out 10 in the Rays' 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. The last pitcher with both that many walks and strikeouts in an outing of more than seven innings was Chuck Finley of the Indians on April 24, 2000 at Seattle (8 IP, 7 BB, 10 SO).
WHITE SOX END THEIR SCORING DROUGHT WITH 13 RUNS
The White Sox hadn't scored in 18 innings entering their game with the Royals, but Chicago erupted for 13-3 win on Saturday night. That ties the second-most runs the White Sox have ever scored in a game in which they entered on a scoreless streak of at least 18 innings. They broke an 18-inning drought with a 15-2 win at Washington on June 13, 1936 and they snapped out of a 19-inning funk with a 13-4 home win over the Yankees on April 27, 1955.
REDDING STOPS THE METS' LOSING STREAK
Tim Redding pitched seven innings and allowed only four hits and two runs (one earned) in his win over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon. Redding is 2-2 with a 2.72 earned-run average and .192 opponent's batting average in six starts since he rejoined the Mets' rotation on August 22. Since that date all other Mets starters are 3-14 with a 6.23 ERA and .297 opponents BA in 21 games. Redding was 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA and .281 opponents BA in nine starts for the Mets earlier this year.
GARLAND BEATS THE GIANTS
Jon Garland defeated the Giants on Saturday to improve his record to 3-0 since joining the Dodgers earlier this month. For Garland, who posted a 3-1 mark for the Diamondbacks during August, it's the first time that he has won three or more games in consecutive months since July and August in 2006 (4-0 and 5-1, respectively).
STUBBS LEADS OFF THE GAME WITH A HOME RUN