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CELTICS WIN ON ROAD DESPITE LOSING REBOUND BATTLE
From Elias: The Celtics won 94-90 at Miami despite being outrebounded 49-39. It was the first time Boston won a road playoff game despite losing the rebound battle by double digits since Memorial Day, 1988. The Celtics beat the Pistons 79-78 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Pontiac Silverdome despite grabbing 11 fewer rebounds than Detroit.
JAMES' ASSISTS DON'T MEASURE UP
From Elias: LeBron James scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but only handed out two assists in the Heat's 94-90 home loss to the Celtics. It was James' 21st 30-point/10-rebound playoff game, but the first in which he failed to register at least three assists.
DESMOND BRINGS NATS BACK THREE TIMES
From Elias: Ian Desmond drove in the tying runs for the Nationals in the 8th, 10th and 12th innings of their 7-6 win over the Mets. Desmond is the first player with three tying/go-ahead RBI-events in the 8th inning or later of a game since the Reds' Art Shamsky against the Pirates on August 12, 1966.
HAIRSTON DOES MORE AFTER 8TH THAN MOST PLAYERS DO IN A GAME
From Elias: Scott Hairston, who didn't enter the game until the eighth inning, hit a home run and scored three runs in the Mets' 7-6 loss at Washington. Hairston is the fourth Mets player to come off the bench to homer and score three runs in a game. Donn Clendenon (1971), Howard Johnson (1985) and Desi Relaford (2001) were the others.
ROOKIE DOES IT AGAIN FOR L.A.
From Elias: Elian Herrera's two-run eighth-inning double off Cliff Lee provided all the runs the Dodgers needed in their 2-1 win at Philadelphia Tuesday night. On Monday night, Herrera drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single off Jonathan Papelbon. Herrera is the first Los Angeles rookie to record a go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning or later of consecutive games since Pedro Guerrero on September 28 & 30, 1980.
MARTIN SLAMS RAYS FROM #9 SLOT
From Elias: Russell Martin went 3-for-4 and homered off James Shields with the bases loaded in the Yankees' 7-0 home win over the Rays. Martin became the first ninth-place batter to record three hits and a grand slam for the Yankees since pitcher Spud Chandler did it on July 26, 1940 against the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
DEMPSTER'S MISERY ENDS
From Elias: Ryan Dempster snapped an 18-start winless streak by throwing seven shutout innings in the Cubs' 10-0 win at Milwaukee. Dempster hadn't won since last August despite posting a respectable 3.95 ERA over his previous 18 starts. Since earned runs became an official statistic (1912 in the N.L., 1913 in the A.L.), only three other pitchers have had an ERA under 4 during a winless start streak of at least 18 games. Rube Schauer failed to win in 20 straight starts despite a 3.28 ERA for the Giants from 1913 to 1917. Jack Nabors' earned-run average was 3.46 during a 27-start drought for the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics. And Rick Langford posted a 3.90 ERA while failing to win 19 straight for the Oakland A's in 1977 and 1978.
SALTY'S SECOND CLUTCH HOMER NOT ENOUGH FOR SOX
From Elias: The Red Sox lost 8-6 to the Orioles despite Jarrod Saltalamacchia's two-run game-tying home run off Jim Johnson in the bottom of the ninth inning. Last month, Saltalamacchia's two-run walkoff homer off Fernando Rodney gave Boston a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. The only other player who has hit more than one game-tying or go-ahead home run with his team trailing in the ninth inning or later this season is Miguel Cabrera.
D-BACKS DOMINATE ROCKIES
From Elias: The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 10-0, as three Arizona pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters while issuing just one walk. The D-Backs are the second team in baseball's modern era (since 1900) to score at least 10 runs while shutting out their opponent and racking up at least 15 more strikeouts than bases on balls. The Rays beat the Blue Jays 12-0, striking out 18 and walking three, on August 28, 2011.
FORSYTHE'S FIRST HOMER IS ONE TO REMEMBER
From Elias: Logan Forsythe led off the bottom of the ninth with his first major-league home run, a walkoff shot that gave the Padres a 6-5 win over the Giants. Forsythe is the fourth San Diego player whose first major-league home run was of the game-ending variety. Two Friars players did it in 1986, both against the Giants: relief pitcher Craig Lefferts (April 25) and the next season's Rookie of the Year Benito Santiago (September 17). And Paul McAnulty connected against the Rockies on September 6, 2006.
A TRIO OF TRIPLES POWERS CLEVELAND
From Elias: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lou Marson and Michael Brantley all drove in runs on triples in the Indians' 4-2 win at Detroit. Cleveland has had three RBI triples in a game only twice in the last 50 years. Vern Fuller, Jose Cardenal and Tony Horton did it on April 10, 1968 against the White Sox. And Omar Vizquel, Roberto Alomar and Einar Diaz repeated the trick against the Rangers on August 12, 2001.
UGGLA HAUNTS FORMER MATES
From Elias: Dan Uggla went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Braves' 11-0 win at Miami. Uggla, who played six seasons for the Marlins, became the sixth ex-Fish player to drive in five runs against his former team: Gary Sheffield, Preston Wilson, Cliff Floyd, Carlos Delgado and Paul Bako were the others. But Uggla is the first to do it while also recording four hits.
RASMUS PUTS UP LINE NOT SEEN SINCE 1977
From Elias: Colby Rasmus was 5-for-5, scoring four runs and driving in three in the Blue Jays' 9-5 win at Chicago. Only one other player in team history has had five hits, four runs and 3 RBIs in a game. That was Roy Howell, in Toronto's inaugural season, on September 10, 1977 against the Yankees in the Bronx.
CATCHER PENA DRIVES IN WINNER FOR K.C.
From Elias: Brayan Pena's second-inning single drove in the only run in the Royals' 1-0 home win over the Twins. Pena is the fourth starting catcher in team history to drive in the only run in a 1-0 victory. Carl Taylor did that against the White Sox in 1973. And Paul Bako (2006) and Jason LaRue (2007), like Pena, did it against Minnesota.