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17 WINS AND 200 STRIKEOUTS FOR HALLADAY
From Elias: Roy Halladay registered his 17th victory of the season and had nine strikeouts to run his season total to 204 in the Phillies' 5-3 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday night. It is the fourth consecutive season that Halladay has won at least 17 games and recorded 200-or-more strikeouts. Over the last 30 years, only three other pitchers have done that in at least four consecutive seasons: Roger Clemens (seven straight from 1986 to 1992), Pedro Martinez (four straight from 1997 to 2000) and Randy Johnson (six straight from 1997 to 2002).
ICHIRO SHOWS OFF HIS SPEED AND HIS POWER
From Elias: Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-5 with a home run and two stolen bases to lead the Mariners to a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Friday night. At the age of 37 years, 322 days old, Suzuki became the second oldest player in the last 100 years to register four hits, a home run and multiple stolen bases in the same game. The only player older than Ichiro to do that over that span was Kirk Gibson, who produced four hits, two homers and two steals on his 38th birthday on May 28, 1995.
CHISENHALL GOES DEEP TWICE
From Elias: Indians rookie Lonnie Chisenhall hit two home runs to help lead Cleveland to an 8-4 victory over the White Sox on Friday night. Over the last 35 years, only two Indians players younger than Chisenhall (22 years, 340 days old) have hit multiple home runs in a game: Manny Ramirez (1993 and 1994) and Carlos Baerga (twice in 1991).
Both of Chisenhall's home runs came off of starter Mark Buehrle. It is the first time in his career that Buehrle has allowed two home runs to a rookie in the same game.
AN EXTRA SPECIAL NIGHT FOR INFANTE
From Elias: Omar Infante homered in the first inning, hit a double in the second inning and homered again in the third inning in the Marlins' 13-4 victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday night. Infante is the first player in Marlins history to record an extra-base hit in each of the first three innings of a game.
Prior to Infante, the last major-league player to do that was the Angels' Garret Anderson against the Yankees on August 21, 2007. Anderson doubled in each of the first two innings and hit a home run in the third inning in the Angels' 18-9 win over New York in Anaheim.
GUTHRIE SHINES IN TORONTO
From Elias: Jeremy Guthrie allowed no runs and three hits in seven innings of work to lead the Orioles to a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday night. It was the second time this season that Guthrie has won a game while pitching at least seven shutout innings and allowing three-or-fewer hits on the road (he pitched eight shutout innings and allowed three hits in a win over the Rays in St. Petersburg on April 1st). Over the last 20 seasons, only two other Orioles pitchers have had multiple road wins of that kind in a single season: Mike Mussina in 1992 and Brian Matusz in 2010.
LACKEY'S STRUGGLES CONTINUE
From Elias: John Lackey allowed five runs in three innings of work in Boston's loss to the Rays on Friday night. Lackey's ERA is now 6.30 in 25 starts this season. That is the highest ERA any Red Sox pitcher has posted through 25 starts in a single season. Only two other Red Sox pitchers have had an ERA above 6.00 through 25 starts in a season: Dennis Eckersley in 1983 (6.01) and Ramon Martinez in 2000 (6.12).
METS ROOKIE PRODUCES GAME-WINNING HIT
From Elias: Justin Turner drove in the winning run with a double with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Friday night, marking the second time this season that he has had a game-ending RBI (he ended a game with a hit-by-pitch against Oakland on June 22nd). Only two other Mets rookies have had multiple walk-off RBIs in a single season: Kevin Elster (1988) and Tsuyoshi Shinjo (2001).
ANOTHER WALK-OFF WIN FOR THE NATIONALS
From Elias: Ryan Zimmerman scored the winning run on a throwing error by Jimmy Paredes in the bottom of the 11th inning in Washington's 4-3 victory over Houston on Friday night. It marked the 12th time that the Nationals have won a game in walk-off fashion this season, the highest total for any team in the major leagues.
TOP THREE HITTERS PRODUCE FOR THE RANGERS
From Elias: Ian Kinsler (three hits, four runs), Elvis Andrus (two hits, three runs) and Michael Young (two hits, three runs) - the top three hitters in the Rangers' batting order - combined for seven hits and 10 runs scored in Texas' 13-4 victory over Oakland on Friday night. It is the first time in over eleven years that the top three hitters in the Rangers' starting lineup each had at least two hits and three runs scored in the same game. On August 31, 2000, Luis Alicea (four hits, five runs), Chad Curtis (four hits, three runs) and Rusty Greer (five hits, three runs) turned the trick at the top of the batting order for Texas in a 14-7 win over Cleveland.
PUNTO REGISTERS HIS FIRST WALK-OFF RBI
From Elias: Nick Punto's sacrifice fly scored Matt Holliday with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in the Cardinals' 4-3 victory over the Braves on Friday night. It was the 212th RBI of Punto's career, but the first one that ended a game.
TIGERS EXTEND WINNING STREAK
From Elias: The Tigers rallied from four runs down to defeat the Twins by a score of 8-4 on Friday night. The win extended Detroit's winning streak to seven straight games. This marks the first time since 1989 that the Tigers have registered a winning streak of at least seven games in the month of September.
YANKEES LOSE THIRD STRAIGHT GAME BY ONE RUN
From Elias: Maicer Izturis drove in Jeremy Moore with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning lifting the Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday night. The Yankees have now lost each of their last three games, all by one run. This is the first time the Yankees have had a streak of that kind since the 1993 season (three straight losses by one run from July 2-4).
LINCECUM GETTING NO HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS
From Elias: The Giants fell to the Dodgers by a 2-1 margin despite getting a strong eight innings from starting pitcher Tim Lincecum on Friday night. It is the sixth time this season that Lincecum has failed to register a win in a game in which he allowed one-or-fewer runs in at least seven innings of work. That is the most such starts made in a single season by a Giants pitcher in 96 years. In 1915, Jeff Tesreau took a loss or a no decision in six starts in which he hurled 7+ innings and allowed one-or-fewer runs.
MLB - Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw improved to 18-5 on the year with a strong performance Friday night in San Francisco - allowing 0 earned runs in 8 innings of work. Kershaw is 5-0 with a 0.87 ERA over his last 6 starts and has a K-BB ratio of 47-6.