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STANTON KEEPS HITTING THE LONG BALL
From Elias: Giancarlo Stanton, Rob Brantly, Jose Reyes and Carlos Lee each homered in the Marlins' 6-2 victory at Los Angeles. It was Stanton's eighth homer in his last 11 games, tying the franchise record for most home runs over an 11-game span. Mike Lowell hit eight homers for the Marlins over an 11-game span that straddled the 2002 and 2003 seasons; Dan Uggla hit eight homers in each of two overlapping spans of 11 games in 2008 and he did it again in 2010.
ETHIER FALLS SHY OF RECORD STREAK
From Elias: Andre Ethier struck out against Mark Buehrle in the first inning to end Ethier's streak of hits in ten consecutive at-bats, two shy of the major-league record that's shared by three players: Johnny Kling (1902 Cubs), Pinky Higgins (1938 Red Sox) and Walt Dropo (1952 Tigers). Ethier was the first major-leaguer to register a streak of ten straight hits since Kevin Youkilis in 2009.
VOLSTAD FILLS THE WIN COLUMN
From Elias: Chris Volstad tossed 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball to earn his first win of the season, beating the Rockies in a rain-shortened, eight-inning game at Wrigley Field. Volstad, who was acquired by Chicago in January in exchange for Carlos Zambrano, was 0-9 this season before Sunday's victory. Volstad's nine-game losing streak for Chicago tied him with Jim Brewer (1960-1961) for the longest by any pitcher to begin his tenure with the Cubs.
RAIN-SHORTENED GAMES IN CHICAGO
From Elias: The weather was a factor in Chicago on Sunday, when the Cubs (in eight innings) and White Sox (in seven innings) both won rain-abbreviated home games in their series finales against the Rockies and Mariners, respectively. It was only the second time that both the Cubs and White Sox won games of fewer than nine innings on the same day. The only other time it happened was on July 11, 1904, when the Cubs posted a seven-inning, 4-2 victory at home over Brooklyn while the White Sox won 11-1 in eight innings at Cleveland.
LEE WINS AT HOME
From Elias: Cliff Lee allowed one run in seven innings to defeat the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. It was Lee's first victory at home since September 5, 2011; in the interim, Lee went 0-6 in 12 regular-season starts at Philadelphia. That equaled the longest streak of consecutive winless home starts for any Phillies' pitcher over the last 41 seasons. During that span (1972-2012), only Lee, Marty Bystrom (1982-1983) and Adam Eaton (2007-2008) went winless over a span of 12 starts at home for the Phillies.
HAMILTON AND CRUZ HOME RUNS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE RANGERS
From Elias: Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz both went deep in the Rangers' 6-5 loss to the Twins. It was the seventh game this season in which both Hamilton and Cruz homered, tying them for the second-highest total for any major-league teammates. Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo have both homered in the same game eight times for the Angels. Other teammates with seven such games: Albert Pujols and Trout, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko, Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus.
WAINWRIGHT WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT START
From Elias: Adam Wainwright posted his 13th win of the season as the Cardinals defeated the Reds. Wainwright has won five straight starts for the first time in his career, and his streak of five consecutive winning starts ties him with Yovani Gallardo for the longest current streak of its kind in the majors.
PRADO'S MUSICAL CHAIRS
From Elias: Martin Prado started all four games of the Braves' series at San Francisco, each at a different position: left field on Thursday, shortstop on Friday, third base on Saturday and second base on Sunday. Prado was the first Braves player to start each four straight games for the team, all at different positions, since Jerry Royster did it from August 10-14, 1984 (LF-2B-3B-SS).
BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS OFF SANTANA
From Elias: Prince Fielder and Delmon Young hit consecutive sixth-inning home runs off Ervin Santana to pace the Tigers in their 5-2 win over the Angels. It was the second pair of back-to-back homers hit off Santana this season (Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba did it for the Rangers on July 21). Over the last ten seasons (2003-2012), the only other Angels pitchers to allow a two pairs of back-to-back home runs in one season were Bartolo Colon (in 2005) and Joel Pineiro (in 2010).
DAVIS HITS TWO SOLO HOMERS IN A 2-1 WIN
From Elias: Ike Davis hit a pair of solo home runs, including a walk-off blast in the ninth inning that gave the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Astros. Davis became the fourth player in franchise history to have a multiple-homer game while accounting for all the team's runs with solo shots in a Mets' victory. Ed Charles did that in a 2-1 win over the Pirates on May 20, 1968 (including a game-ending homer), as did Ed Kranepool in a 2-0 win at Montreal on April 29, 1969 and Cliff Floyd in a 2-0 victory against the Cardinals on May 13, 2005.
AUGUST HAS NOT BEEN KIND TO THE PIRATES
From Elias: The Brewers defeated the Pirates in the rubber game of their three-game series as Pittsburgh's August swoon continued. The Pirates, who entered the month with a 59-44 mark, have dropped 15 of 24 games since August 1. Over the last five seasons (2008-2012), Pittsburgh's .295 (41-98) winning percentage during August is by far the lowest for any major-league team.
PADRES SWEEP D-BACKS IN THE DESERT
From Elias: The Padres completed their second series sweep at Arizona this season with a 5-4 win on Sunday. Before this year, San Diego had never swept a road series of any length against the Diamondbacks. The Padres have won their last seven games at Arizona, dating back to last September. It's the longest current road winning streak for any major-league team against a division rival.
FOUR-OUT SAVE FOR SORIANO
From Elias: Rafael Soriano threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to nail down the Yankees' 4-2 win at Cleveland. It was Soriano's third "four-out" save of the year, the most saves of more than an inning that he's ever registered in one season. Soriano had only five saves of more than one inning in his career prior to this season: four with Seattle (one in 2002, one in 2003 and two in 2006) and one for Atlanta (in 2007). None of Soriano's league-leading 45 saves for the Rays in 2010 were more than one inning in length.
CIRIACO HITS, RED SOX WIN
From Elias: Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Red Sox' 8-6 win against the Royals. Ciriaco is batting .483 (29-for-60) in Boston victories this season, compared to .263 (20-for-76) in Red Sox losses.