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REYES, BOGGS AND THE MAN
From Elias: Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 24 games in the Marlins' loss at Washington. Reyes's hitting streak is the longest for a reigning league batting champion since Wade Boggs fashioned a 25-game streak in 1987 and it's the longest for a player who posted the National League's highest batting average the previous season since Stan Musial put together a 24-game hitting streak in 1952. Technically, Musial had a later 32-game hitting streak as a "reigning" N.L. batting champion, spanning his last 15 games of the 1953 season (after he won his sixth batting title in 1952) and his first 17 games in 1958 (after Musial won his seventh and last batting title in 1957).
PIERZYNSKI EXTENDS HOME-RUN STREAK WITH PINCH-HIT SHOT
From Elias: A.J. Pierzynski homered in his fifth straight game, and he did it the hard way. Pierzynski hit a two-run shot as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning to give the White Sox a 3-2 lead that they never relinquished. Pierzynski joined Mike Napoli (April 15-21) as the only major-leaguers to homer in five straight games this season and in doing so he tied the White Sox franchise record, which he now shares with Ron Kittle (1983), Greg Luzinski (1983), Frank Thomas (twice in 1994), Carlos Lee (2003) and Paul Konerko (2011).
CHIPPER SAYS GOODBYE TO THE ASTROS
From Elias: Chipper Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Braves' victory over the Astros, in what was likely the last game that Jones will ever play against Houston. Among the 285 players with at least 300 career plate appearances against Houston, Jones has the 14th-highest batting average (.323), the fourth-highest on-base percentage (.419) and the 20th-highest slugging percentage, but none of those other players have marks as high as Jones' in all three of those categories.
BURNETT WINS, HANRAHAN SAVES
From Elias: A.J. Burnett defeated the Reds with an assist from Joel Hanrahan, who was called upon to record the final out of the Pirates' 6-2 win after Burnett walked consecutive batters with two outs in the ninth inning. Hanrahan has earned saves in nine of Burnett's 14 wins this season; it's the most saves for any major-league pitcher this year in victories by a particular teammate. Burnett became the third Pirates pitcher in the last 82 years to win at least 14 of his first 20 starts of a season. The other Pittsburgh hurlers to do so over that span (1930-2012) were Rip Sewell in 1943 (16-2 over his first 20 starts) and Dock Ellis in 1971 (15-3 to that point of the season).
ANOTHER EXTRA-INNING COMEBACK
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera's two-run walk-off homer capped a five-run tenth inning for the Tigers that gave them a 10-8 triumph over the Indians. It was the second time in five days that a major-league team won a game in which it trailed by three runs or more in the tenth inning or later. (The Rangers came from behind in that fashion to defeat the Angels on Wednesday night.) There's been only one other game of that kind in the majors over the last three seasons (2010-2012). It was only the second time in franchise history that the Tigers won a game in which they faced a deficit of at least three runs in extra innings. Detroit posted a 9-8 win over the Senators on June 24, 1935 when pitcher Elden Auker drove in the walk-off game-winner on a run-scoring fly ball in the 14th inning, after both teams had scored three runs in the previous inning.
PICK YOUR POISON
From Elias: Ryan Howard's RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Phillies a 5-4 walk-off win over the Diamondbacks. Kirk Gibson elected to intentionally walk Chase Utley with runners on first and third to load the bases for Howard, who had a .150 batting average in 20 previous career at-bats in which the batter ahead of him was issued an intentional pass.
ORIOLES SET FRANCHISE MARK
From Elias: The Orioles' 1-0 victory in ten innings at Tampa Bay was their 11th straight win in games that went to extra innings (since April 16). That's the longest extra-inning winning streak in franchise history (surpassing the previous club record of ten by the 1921 St. Louis Browns) and it's the longest for any major-league team since the Indians won 14 in a row, spanning the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Cleveland went 13-0 in extra-inning games in 1995, after winning its last overtime contest the previous year.
RBI FOR PENCE IN THREE DIFFERENT INNINGS
From Elias: Hunter Pence drove in runs with a first-inning ground out, and with doubles in both the fifth and seventh innings in the Giants' 8-3 win at Colorado. It was the fourth time during Pence's six seasons in the majors that he had RBI in three different plate appearances in one game. He did that for the Astros in 2007 (June 20), 2009 (June 3) and 2011 (April 12).
RAMIREZ WALK-OFF WINS
From Elias: Hanley Ramirez gave the Dodgers a 7-6 win over the Cubs with a game-ending RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ramirez, who also had walk-off RBI for the Marlins this year (April 15 vs. Houston and April 28 vs. Arizona), isn't the first player to register game-ending RBIs for both the Marlins and Dodgers in one season. Todd Zeile did that in 1998, as did Paul Lo Duca in 2004.
PADRES BEAT METS WITH NINE EXTRA-BASE HITS
From Elias: The Padres defeated the Mets, 7-3, with an 11-hit attack that included five doubles, a triple and three home runs. It was the first time that the Padres ever accumulated as many as nine extra-base hits in a nine-inning game at Petco Park (which opened in 2004).
RANGERS THROW ONE AWAY
From Elias: Eric Hosmer came around to score on a throwing error by Mike Olt in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Royals a 7-6 win over the Rangers. It was the first walk-off loss for Texas in a game in which the winning run crossed the plate as the result of an error since September 17, 2007, when Ian Kinsler dropped a popup off the bat of Jason Bartlett in a 5-4 loss at Minnesota.
BREWERS ARE 0-9 ON THE ROAD SINCE THE BREAK
From Elias: The Cardinals handed the Brewers their ninth straight road defeat since the All-Star break. Milwaukee is the first major-league team to lose its first nine road games immediately following an All-Star break since Kansas City in 2002 (nine in a row). The Brewers are the first National League team to do so since the 1963 Mets (ten in a row).
RED SOX WIN ANOTHER SEASON SERIES vs TWINS
From Elias: The Red Sox salvaged the finale of their four-game set versus the Twins to take their season series against Minnesota, four-games-to-three. The Twins were the only team to lose their season series against the Red Sox in each of the past five years (2007-2011); they've now extended that streak to six seasons to equal the longest in franchise history (1946-1951 as the Washington Senators).
From Elias: Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-3 as the Yankees defeated the Mariners. Ichiro has hit safely in all 12 of his games since joining the Yankees and he has exactly one hit in each of those games. Ichiro's "one-a-day" hitting streak is the longest in franchise history and it's the longest streak of that kind for any major-leaguer since Willy Aybar registered one hit (no more, no less) in each of 13 straight games for the Dodgers in 2006 (May 26-June 7).
ATHLETICS LOSE BY ONE RUN
From Elias: The Blue Jays' 6-5 win at Oakland snapped the Athletics' streak of ten consecutive wins in games decided by a one-run margin (July 3-August 3). The A's winning streak in "one-run" games fell one shy of the longest in franchise history (dating back to 1901). Oakland won 11 in a row from 1988 to 1989 and again in 2000.