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ROOKIE'S RBI SINGLE GIVES ORIOLES A WALKOFF WIN
From Elias: Rookie Manny Machado singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning to earn the Orioles a 3-2 victory and a sweep of their three-game series against the Rays at Camden Yards. It was the latest walkoff RBI by an Orioles rookie in the 59 seasons since the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954. Before Thursday afternoon's game the distinction of latest RBI by an Orioles rookie was shared by Mike Reinbach (1974) and Floyd Rayford (1982), who recorded game-ending RBIs for the O's in the 13th inning at Memorial Stadium.
Machado, who turned 20 years old just over two months ago, was the youngest major-league player to record a walkoff RBI in a game lasting at least 14 innings since May 17, 1970, when 19-year-old Reds pitcher Don Gullett singled home the winning run in the 15th inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Braves at Crosley Field.
ORIOLES' 13TH STRAIGHT WIN IN EXTRA INNINGS
From Elias: The Orioles' 14-inning victory over the Rays on Thursday extended their extra-innings winning streak to 13 games, spanning nearly five months. (Baltimore's streak began with a 10-inning win over the White Sox in Chicago on April 16.) In major-league history the only other team to win 13 or more consecutive extra-inning games in one season is the Indians, and they've done so twice, with a 17-game streak in 1949 and a 13-gamer in 1995.
ANGELS SCORE ALL SIX RUNS IN ONE INNING IN SHUTOUT WIN
From Elias: The Angels avoided being swept in a four-game series in their own ballpark with a 6-0 win over the Athletics in which the Halos scored all of their runs in the seventh inning. It was the second-largest margin of victory ever by the Angels in a shutout in which they tallied all of their runs in a single inning. On June 19, 1977, the Angels scored seven runs in the first inning at Milwaukee and Frank Tanana shut out the Brewers on six hits, 7-0.
EIGHTH NO-RUN WIN FOR JERED WEAVER
From Elias: Jered Weaver pitched seven innings in his 6-0 win against the A's on Thursday. It was Weaver's major league-high eighth winning start in which he did not allow a run this season. The only other pitchers with more than five runless winning starts this year are R.A. Dickey, Felix Hernandez and Hiroki Kuroda with six each.
HUNTER BAGS ANOTHER THREE-HIT GAME
From Elias: Torii Hunter registered three hits against Oakland on Thursday, including two in the Angels' six-run seventh inning: a leadoff homer and a two-out RBI single. It was Hunter's 18th game with three or more hits this season (tying him for third-most in the majors) and his ninth such performance in the 25 games he's played since August 17. No other major-league player has more than six three-hit games over the last four weeks.
SECOND FOUR-HIT GAME FOR JEFF MATHIS
From Elias: Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis went 4 for 4 in Toronto's win over the Mariners. It was the second four-hit game of the season for Mathis, who had four hits in four at-bats as a catcher in a Blue Jays loss to the Angels on June 28. Mathis is the fourth player in Blue Jays history to record two or more four-hit games as a catcher in one season. The other Toronto catchers to do that were Darrin Fletcher (three in 2000), Ernie Whitt (two in 1989) and Greg Myers (two in 2003).
PHIL HUGHES: SIX WINS VS. A.L. EAST TEAMS SINCE ALL-STAR BREAK
From Elias: Phil Hughes pitched 7 1/3 innings and did not allow a run in his win at Boston on Thursday night. Hughes lost all four of his starts against A.L. East teams this season before the All-Star break but he's 6-2 with a 3.36 earned-run average in nine intradivision starts since the All-Star Game.
TRIBE HITS TWO HOMERS OFF NATHAN FOR COMEBACK WIN
From Elias: The Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 4-2 lead in their game against the Indians, then brought in their closer, Joe Nathan, looking to record his 34th save of the season. But Nathan gave up a home run to Ezequiel Carrera leading off the ninth inning, and after a single by Russ Canzler, Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer off Nathan which proved to be the game-winning blast in a 5-4 Cleveland victory. It was the second time that Nathan allowed two home runs in a game this season, his first with Texas. He also did that against Angels on August 1. During the seven seasons that Nathan pitched for the Twins (2004-09 and 2011), he gave up two home runs in a game only once (Sept. 2, 2009 vs. the White Sox).
FOURTH HOMER IN 14 DAYS FOR ASTROS ROOKIE DOMINGUEZ
From Elias: Rookie Matt Dominguez hit a three-run home run for the Astros in their win over the Phillies on Thursday. It was the fourth home run of the season for Dominguez and he's hit them all since August 31. Dominguez is the only rookie in the majors with as many as four home runs over the past 14 days.
PLOUFFE HITS GAME-TYING HOMER IN NINTH INNING
From Elias: Trevor Plouffe hit his 21st home run of the season for the Twins to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and tie the score at 3-3 in their game against the Royals, a game that Minnesota went on to win in the 10th inning. It was only the second time this year that Plouffe drove in a run in the seventh inning or later that tied the score or gave the Twins a lead. His only other late-inning, lead-changing RBI this season came when he hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the 11th inning at Milwaukee on May 19.
CROSBY: LONGEST FG BY PACKERS KICKER AT LAMBEAU FIELD
From Elias: Mason Crosby set a record for the longest field-goal by a Packers kicker in a game at Lambeau Field with a 54-yarder early in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's win over the Bears on Thursday. It was Crosby's sixth career field-goal of 50 or more yards for the Packers at Lambeau. The only other Green Bay kickers with more than one field-goal of 50-plus yards in games at Lambeau Field, regular season or postseason, are Chris Jacke (4) and Ryan Longwell (2).
ROUGH NIGHT FOR CUTLER
From Elias: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times in Thursday night's game at Green Bay. He was the first NFL QB to get picked off at least four times and sacked at least seven times in the same game since the Redskins' Patrick Ramsey had those totals in a game against the Saints in October 2002.