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TULO'S TWO MAKE IT 8 HRs IN 8 GAMES
Troy Tulowitzki slammed two homers and a double, scored four runs and knocked in three in the Rockies' victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday night. Tulo became the first of the many long-ballers in Rockies history to hit eight homers over an eight-game span (since September 3); he is batting .419 over that stretch, with 13 hits, 14 runs scored and 15 RBIs.
The last major-leaguer with eight home runs over an eight-game span within one season was Ryan Braun with Milwaukee two years ago. But you have to go back to 2002 to find the last big-leaguer who had 13 hits, 14 runs scored and 15 RBIs, in addition to eight homers, over a stretch of eight games: from May 23 to May 31 of that year, the Dodgers' Shawn Green had 15 hits, 14 runs scored and 15 RBIs over an eight-game span (including a four-homer game at Milwaukee in the first of those eight games).
PADRES' 6 1/2-GAME LEAD MELTS AWAY IN 16 DAYS
The Giants defeated the Padres, 1-0, in San Diego, to leave the two teams tied for first place in the National League West. It was the Padres' 12th loss in 15 games since August 26 - a stretch of 16 days in which a 6 1/2-game division lead evaporated. You have to go back to 1988 to find the last major-league team to lose at least 12 of 15 games and at least a share of first place this late in a season; that year, the Tigers lost 12 of 15 games, and the division lead with it, from September 1 to September 16. The Tigers finished the season winning nine of their last 12 games, but finished a game behind the division-winning Red Sox.
It was the 14th consecutive game in which the Padres have scored four-or-fewer runs, matching the third-longest streak of that kind by any major-league team this season. Seattle has had separate streaks of both 16 and 15 games this season (and Kansas City had a 14-game streak).
CRUZ TIES IT WITH HR IN 8TH, WINS IT WITH HR IN 13TH
Nelson Cruz hit Joba Chamberlain's first pitch of the eighth inning for a game-tying home run, and he hit Chad Gaudin's first pitch of the 13th inning for a game-winning home run as the Rangers outlasted the Yankees, 6-5, in a Texas-style death match lasting five hours, 12 minutes.
Cruz became the first major-leaguer this season to belt a home run to send a game into extra innings and then hit a walk-off homer in extra innings. Evan Longoria and Adam Lind each did that in games last year. The last Rangers player to do it was Juan Gonzalez in a 10-inning victory over the Angels in 1993.
The Rangers used 11 pitchers in the game, tying a major-league record for a game of any length. The Mariners had used 11 pitchers in a 16-inning game against the Rangers in 1992, and the Cardinals had used 11 pitchers in a 14-inning game against the Phillies in 2007. With the Yankees using eight pitchers, the teams combined to set an American League record of 19 pitchers in a game of any length; the major-league record of 20 pitchers was set in a 14-inning Cubs-Rockies game in 2006.
PIERZYNSKI CAPS 30 DAYS OF CLUTCH HITS
A.J. Pierzynski's two-out, two-run double drove in the tying and go-ahead runs as the White Sox came back to defeat the Royals, 4-3. Pierzynski is batting .464 (13-for-28) with runners in scoring position over the past 30 days, after having batted .250 in those spots prior to August 12.
HALLADAY: PHILS' BIGGEST WINNER IN 27 YEARS
Roy Halladay improved his record to 18-10 in the Phillies' 8-4 victory over the Mets. That's the most wins in one season by a Phillies pitcher since John Denny posted a 19-6 mark for the 1983 National League champions. Every other current major-league team has produced at least one 18-game winner since then except Tampa Bay, a team that has played for less than half that period (1998-2010).
Halladay is now 11-1 with a 1.41 earned-run average in 12 starts against National League East teams this season. Halladay's only loss to a division opponent was against the Marlins on June 10 by a 2-0 score, a game in which he pitched eight innings and allowed only one run.
BRAVES RAT-A-TAT ATTACK GETS TO CARPENTER
The Braves scored six in the sixth to rally for an 8-6 victory over Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals. Atlanta started its rally when Brooks Conrad, Omar Infante, and Jason Heyward, singled and Martin Prado doubled. It was the first time since 2004 that the first four batters in an inning all recorded hits against Carpenter.
RAYS EXPLODE EARLY
The Rays needed a run in the ninth to pull out a 9-8 win in Toronto, after they had scored six runs in the first inning, which matched the most runs they have ever scored in the top of the first. Tampa Bay previously scored six first-inning runs on the road against the Yankees and Rangers in 2002 and at Detroit last season.
BAUTISTA HITS HOME RUNS #45 AND #46
Jose Bautista hit his 45th and 46th home runs of the season Friday night. Bautista, who hit only 13 homers in 113 games in 2009, became the fourth player in major-league history to hit at least 45 homers in a season after hitting fewer than 15 the previous year. The others to do it were Mark McGwire in 1987 (49, after hitting three as a late-season call-up in 1986), Cecil Fielder in 1990 (51, after hitting nine in 1988 and not playing in the major leagues in 1989), and Carlos Pena in 2007 (46, after hitting one in 18 games in 2006).
MATCHUP OF 15-6 PITCHERS? NO CONTEST IN OAKLAND
In a battle of 15-6 pitchers, Oakland's Trevor Cahill tossed seven scoreless innings while Boston's Clay Buchholz allowed five runs while getting only three outs. And that was the entire story, as the Athletics blanked the Red Sox, 5-0.
Buchholz had brought a league-leading 2.25 ERA into the game, but with his poor outing he ceded the league lead to Seattle's Felix Hernandez, the new leader at 2.30. Buchholz stands second at 2.53, followed by Cahill, who lowered his ERA from 2.72 to 2.61 on Friday night.
BIG Z GETS 3, YIELDS 3
Carlos Zambrano allowed only three hits (in 8 2/3 innings) and collected three hits (as a batter) in the Cubs' 4-0 victory in Milwaukee. It was the second time in his major-league career that Big Z has had a game with at least three hits while allowing no more than three hits; in a 2007 game at Cincinnati, he had three hits while allowing two over 7 1/3 innings.
It was the seventh time that Zambrano has had at least three hits in a major-league game, one shy of the active leader in that category among pitchers: Livan Hernandez has had eight games with at least three hits. The last active pitcher who reached double-figures in that category? Warren Spahn, whose last major-league game came in 1965, had 17 games of three-or-more hits!
LOMO'S SECOND-HALF DEBUT MAKES HIS STREAK ONE OF A KIND
Logan Morrison extended his on-base streak to 30 consecutive games with a single in the Marlins' 3-1 win at Washington. Morrison is the first rookie ever to post a 30-game on-base streak after making his major-league debut after the All-Star break. Morrison debuted during the last week of July. (The All-Star Game has been played since 1933.)
CARMONA ENDS SLIDE WITH 3-HIT SHUTOUT
Fausto Carmona snapped a six-game losing streak with a three-hit shutout against the Twins on Friday night. Carmona is the first American League pitcher in 30 years to end a streak of six or more consecutive losing starts with a shutout. The last pitcher to do so was Rick Langford of the A's in 1980. That was the season in which Langford completed 22 consecutive starts, including each of the six straight losses leading up to his shutout!
ABREU'S WALKOFF HR WINS IT IN 14TH
Bobby Abreu's second walkoff homer of the season and the fifth of his career gave the Angels a 4-3 victory over the Mariners in 14 innings. It was the latest-in-a-game walkoff homer for an Angels hitter since David Eckstein's 14th-inning homer off Pedro Borbon Jr. beat the Blue Jays back on April 28, 2002.
O'S FIRST BASEMEN FINALLY REACH MILESTONE
Jake Fox hit a two-run home run in the Orioles' 6-3 win at Detroit. It was Fox's fifth home run in 29 games since joining the O's from the A's in late June, and it was the 10th by a Baltimore first baseman this season. The Orioles' first basemen were the last among the 30 major-league teams to reach double-figures in homers this season.