Date: September 26, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

MLB

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Tulowitzki

TULOWITZKI AND THE BABE

From Elias: Troy Tulowitzki slammed a two-run homer in the fifth inning, drove in another two runs with a double in the eighth inning and then capped the night with a walkoff-RBI double in the Rockies' 10-inning win over the Giants. Tulowitzki has 15 homers and 40 RBIs this month. The only other major-leaguer to equal or exceed Tulowitzki's totals in both home runs and runs batted during September in any season was Babe Ruth, who did it in 1927 (17 HR, 43 RBI). Tulowitzki is the first to reach those numbers in any calendar month since Sammy Sosa in June 1998 (20 HR, 40 RBI).

Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants

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Payton

THREE TRIPLES IN AN INNING

From Elias: Jay Payton, Carlos Gonzalez and Melvin Mora each tripled for the Rockies in the fifth inning. Three triples for one team in an inning is one shy of the National League record, last accomplished by the New York Giants on July 17, 1936. The Rockies were the third major-league team in the last 13 seasons to hit three triples in an inning. The others to do it over that span (1998-2010) were the Mariners (June 24, 2005 at San Diego) and Rockies (April 9, 2006, also at San Diego).

Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners

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Greinke

CY YOUNG NO MORE

From Elias: The Indians handed Zack Greinke his 14th loss of the season with a 7-1 victory over the Royals. Greinke is the first defending Cy Young Award winner to lose as many as 14 games in a season since Doug Drabek went 15-14 for the 1991 Pirates.

Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates

RANGERS ARE BEST IN THE WEST

From Elias: The Rangers clinched the A.L. West title with their victory at Oakland. Texas, the only current major-league franchise that has never won a postseason series, will be going to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The only other teams that haven't gone to the playoffs since then are the Expos/Nationals (last: 1981), Royals (1985), Pirates (1992), Blue Jays (1993), Reds (1995) and Orioles (1997).

Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds

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Overbay

BLUE JAYS BEAT ORIOLES WITH THE LONG BALL

From Elias: Lyle Overbay smacked the Blue Jays' fourth home run of the game to give Toronto an 11th- inning walkoff win over the Orioles. It was the Jays' 34th homer of the year against Baltimore, the most they've ever hit against a particular opponent in one season, breaking the old franchise mark of 33 home runs against Tampa Bay in 2002.

Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays

TWINS LOSE DESPITE TWO BIG INNINGS

From Elias: The Twins scored five runs in the first inning and another five in the fifth before dropping an 11-10 decision in 13 innings at Comerica Park. It was the first time since relocating to Minnesota in 1961 that the Twins lost a game in which they scored at least five runs in each of two different innings. It happened only one other time in franchise history. That was on July 1, 1907, when the Washington Senators suffered a 16-15 loss to the Highlanders in the first game of a doubleheader at New York's Hilltop Park.

Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers

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Lowe

LOWE STOPS BRAVES' SLIDE

From Elias: Derek Lowe posted his 15th win of the season as he combined with four Braves relievers to shut out the Nationals and snap Atlanta's four-game losing streak. Entering Saturday's game, Lowe was 3-7 in 14 career starts in which his team had lost its previous four (or more) games.

Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals

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Stanton

21 FOR STANTON

From Elias: Mike Stanton, who made his major-league debut on June 8, hit his 21st home run of the season in the Marlins' 4-0 win at Milwaukee. No player had hit as many homers as Stanton in a season in which he made his big-league debut in June or later since Kevin Maas slammed 21 home runs for the Yankees in 1990 after playing his first game in the majors on June 29 of that year.

Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees

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Carpenter

CUBS CHIP AWAY AT CARPENTER

From Elias: The Cubs came from behind to beat Chris Carpenter for the third time since August 14. Carpenter is only the second Cardinals' pitcher in the last 34 seasons to lose three games to the Cubs after the All-Star break. The only other St. Louis pitcher to do so over that span (1977-2010) was Matt Morris in 2005 (0-4 versus Chicago after the break).

St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

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Lester

LESTER FINISHING STRONG

From Elias: Jon Lester defeated the Yankees to improve his record to 19-8 this season, winning his sixth consecutive start and his fifth straight since September 1. Lester became the first Red Sox pitcher to win five games in September (in one season) since Roger Clemens went 5-1 in September 1987.

Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees

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Gee

GEE WHIZ

From Elias: Dillon Gee allowed two runs in seven innings to defeat the Phillies and snap their 11-game winning streak while ending the Mets' six-game losing streak. Gee, who is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA, is the first pitcher to make his major-league debut for the Mets and post an ERA of 2.00 or lower over his first four starts with the club since Robert Person posted an identical record and ERA in his first four starts in the majors, spanning the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Hudson

HUDSON ACQUISITION PAYING OFF FOR ARIZONA

From Elias: Daniel Hudson allowed two runs in 8.2 innings to beat the Dodgers. Hudson is 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA since making his Diamondbacks debut on August 1. That's the third-lowest ERA in the National League during that time, behind Roy Oswalt (1.40) and Carlos Zambrano (1.65).

Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Denorfia

WALKOFF WIN FOR PADRES

From Elias: Chris Denorfia's double off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in the winning run in the Padres' 4-3 victory. It was the first walkoff loss absorbed by the Reds since they dropped three straight games in walkoff fashion in Philadelphia, July 8-10.

San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies

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Fister

FISTER CAN'T TURN IT AROUND FOR MARINERS

From Elias: Doug Fister settled down after the Rays jumped on him for four runs in the first inning but it was too much for the Mariners to overcome as they lost at Tropicana Field for the second straight night. Fister is 5-12 in games immediately following a loss by his team this season, the most such defeats for any major-league pitcher.

Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays

BUCS' BEST HOMESTAND OF THE SEASON

From Elias: The Pirates defeated the Astros at PNC Park to halt a two-game slide and improve to 6-2 on their final homestand of the season, which comes to an end on Sunday. The Bucs, who didn't win more than four games on any previous homestand this season, avoided going through an entire season without a six-win homestand for the first time since 1989.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros


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