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RED SOX SQUANDER ANOTHER 6-RUN LEAD
From Elias: The Red Sox squandered a 9-3 lead and lost to the Royals at Fenway Park on Saturday night, 10-9, after they surrendered a 6-0 advantage in Thursday evening's defeat against the Angels in Boston.
The Red Sox are only the second major-league team since 1900 to have a three-game span in which it lost two home games after leading by at least six runs in each of them. The other was the 1992 Mariners. (Two teams did so in the 1800s: Altoona of the Union Association in 1884 and the Cubs in 1887.)
From Elias: The Tigers trailed 3-0 in the sixth inning, but rallied to beat the Angels, 5-3. It was the sixth time this season that Jim Leyland's club won a game in which it overcame a deficit of at least three runs in the sixth inning or later. That ties Detroit with the Yankees for the most such victories in the major leagues in 2012.
KINSLER'S TWIN KILLING
From Elias: Ian Kinsler led off the first inning with a home run and then hit a triple with the bases loaded in the third inning of the Rangers' 9-3 win over the Twins. Prior to Kinsler, the most recent players to lead off a game with a home run and hit a three-run triple in that same game were Paul Molitor for the 1991 Milwaukee Brewers and Rico Carty for the 1964 Milwaukee Braves.
DICKEY IMPROVES TO 16-4
From Elias: R.A. Dickey almost single-handedly stopped the Mets' six-game losing streak, allowing only one run in seven innings while producing an RBI-single that broke a scoreless tie in a 3-1 victory over the Astros.
Dickey, who improved his record this year to 16-4, became the first Mets pitcher in almost a quarter of a century to win at least 16 of his first 20 decisions in a season. The only other men in franchise history to do that were David Cone in 1988 (17-3), Bob Ojeda in 1986 (16-4) and Dwight Gooden in 1985 (17-3).
Wondering about Tom Seaver? His best start through 20 decisions for New York was 15-5, which he did in both 1969 (when he finished 25-7) and 1970 (on his way to an 18-12 final record).
POWERFUL FIRST IMPRESSION
From Elias: Adrian Gonzalez made quite a first impression with a three-run homer in his first at-bat for the Dodgers. That was a welcome site for a team that ranks last in the major leagues in home runs by first basemen since 2007, the year James Loney became its regular starter at that position.
UPTON HITS INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN ON BIRTHDAY
From Elias: Justin Upton turned 25 on Saturday and became only the second major-league player in the last 65 years to hit an inside-the-park home run on his birthday. The other man to do that over the last six-and-a-half decades was 37-year old Lou Brock in 1976, coincidentally also against the Padres.
HEYWARD TAKES BUMGARNER DEEP
From Elias: Jason Heyward's three-run homer off Madison Bumgarner was the key hit in the Braves' 7-3 win against the Giants in San Francisco. Heyward became only the second left-handed batter to hit a home run off Bumgarner at AT&T Park. He joined Joey Votto, who did so exactly two years earlier, on August 25, 2010.
ROOKIES RULE AT WRIGLEY
From Elias: Three rookies hit home runs in the Rockies' victory at Chicago on Saturday: Andrew Brown and Josh Rutledge for Colorado, along with Brett Jackson for the Cubs. And another rookie, reliever Carlos Torres, earned the win for the visitors.
The Cubs have been playing at Wrigley Field since 1916 and this was only the second game there since then in which three (or more) rookies homered and a rookie pitcher recorded a win. The other was in 1958, when the Cubs beat the Giants in 10 innings on a walk-off single by Ernie Banks. Glen Hobbie was credited with the win that day, while fellow rookies Orlando Cepeda (Giants), Leon Wagner (Giants) and Moe Thacker (Cubs) hit homers.
ATHLETICS RIDE BIG FIRST INNING TO VICTORY
From Elias: The Athletics scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Chris Carter, and that was all the offense they needed in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rays. Oakland had not scored more than one run in the first inning in any of its previous 26 games, which was the longest current streak of that kind for any major-league team.
LEAKE HELPS HIMSELF TO A WIN
From Elias: Mike Leake was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Reds' 8-2 triumph over the Cardinals. It was the second time this season that Leake earned a win and registered multiple hits in the same game. The only other pitcher in the majors to do that more than once in 2012 is Clayton Kershaw.
ONE BAD INNING COSTS KURODA
From Elias: Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning of the Indians' 3-1 victory against the Yankees. Kuroda, who had not allowed a run in the first inning in 15 of his previous 16 starts, went the distance for New York. The only other major-league pitcher this season to throw a complete game after permitting at least three runs in the opening frame was Ricky Romero at Yankee Stadium on July 18. But Romero threw only six innings that day, because the game was called due to rain.
MAYBERRY LEADS PHILLIES OVER NATIONALS
From Elias: John Mayberry Jr. was 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI-single and a sacrifice fly on Saturday night, helping the Phillies defeat the Nationals, 4-2. It was the second time in his major-league career that Mayberry drove in a run in three different plate appearances in the same game. He also did that on July 10, 2011 against the Braves.
SLUMPING BLUE JAYS IN OFFENSIVE FUNK
From Elias: The slumping Blue Jays lost their seventh straight game on Saturday night and they've now scored four or fewer runs in each of nine consecutive games. That ties Toronto's longest streak without scoring at least five runs in the last 11 years. The Jays also failed to score as many as five runs in nine straight games in May 2009.