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ORIOLES FINALLY SOLVE LESTER
From Elias: The Orioles touched up Jon Lester for four runs over seven innings and beat the Red Sox by a score of 4-2 at Fenway Park on Friday night. Lester entered the night with a 14-0 record against the Orioles. Lester's 14-game winning streak against the Orioles was tied for the longest by any pitcher since the O's moved to Baltimore in 1954. Jamie Moyer also won 14 straight decisions against Baltimore.
MARTIN HITS ANOTHER WALK-OFF HOMER FOR YANKEES
From Elias: Russell Martin led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the A's at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. It marked the second time this season that Martin has ended a game with a home run, having also done that on June 10 against the Mets. Over the last 20 years, only one other Yankee has hit multiple walk-off home runs in a single season: Alex Rodriguez, who has done it twice (2007 and 2009).
KEMP COMES THROUGH IN EXTRA INNINGS AGAIN
From Elias: Matt Kemp's two-run single in the 10th inning snapped a 1-1 tie and led the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Reds on Friday night. Kemp has had six go-ahead hits in extra innings since the start of the 2011 season, tied with Adam Jones for the most by any player in the major leagues over that span.
DEJESUS' FOURTH HIT IS A GAME WINNER
From Elias: David DeJesus singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning, his fourth hit of the night, to lead the Cubs to a 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday night. Only two other Cubs players have had at least four hits and a game-ending RBI in the same game over the last 18 seasons: Moises Alou (April 16, 2004) and Mark DeRosa (September 17, 2007).
METS SNAP FUTILE HOME SCORING STREAK
From Elias: The Mets scored three runs in the first inning and tacked on two more in the second en-route to a 7-3 win over the Marlins at Citi Field on Friday night. The Mets surpassed the three-run mark in the second inning, snapping a streak of 16 consecutive home games in which they scored three-or-fewer runs. That was one shy of the single-season National League record in that category, set by the Brooklyn Superbas, who scored three-or-fewer runs in 17 straight home games in 1908.
The Mets three-run outburst in the first inning also marked the first time they have scored more than two runs in an inning at Citi Field since July 6, when the team scored three in the ninth in a 8-7 loss to the Cubs.
BOTTOM OF THE ORDER PRODUCES FOR RAYS
From Elias: The Rays got great production out of the bottom three spots in their batting order in their 12-1 thrashing of the Blue Jays on Friday night. Seventh place hitter Luke Scott had two hits and four RBIs, eighth place hitter Carlos Pena had two hits and two RBIs and the number nine hitter Jose Molina had two hits and three ribbies in the Tampa Bay rout. That marked the first time in Tampa Bay's franchise history that the starting players in the seventh, eighth and ninth spot in the batting order each had multiple hits and RBIs in the same game.
HOWARD AND UTLEY GO DEEP FOR THE PHILLIES
From Elias: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley hit two of the Phillies' four home runs in the team's 6-2 victory over the Braves in Philadelphia on Friday night. It is the 47th time that Howard and Utley have gone deep in the same game. That is by far the most times homering in the same game for any pair of teammates since the start of the 2005 season (second most: 36 by Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun).
BREWERS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT
From Elias: The Brewers scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and post a 4-2 win over the Nationals in Washington on Friday night, running the team's winning streak to six straight games. This is only the fourth time in the Brewers' franchise history that they have won at least six consecutive games in September or October. Milwaukee won seven straight games in September in 1992 and six straight during this month in 1989 and 1982.
ASTROS USE SEVEN PITCHERS IN 7-1 VICTORY
From Elias: The Astros went to the bullpen often and used seven total pitchers in their 7-1 victory over the Pirates on Friday night. It is only the second time that Houston has used as many as seven pitchers in a game in which it allowed one-or-fewer runs. The Astros used seven pitchers against the Brewers in a 3-1 victory on September 18, 2002.
D'BACKS PRODUCE A RUN IN EIGHT DIFFERENT INNINGS
From Elias: The Diamondbacks scored at least one run in every inning but the second in the team's 15-5 trouncing of the Rockies on Friday night. That marked the first time in the Diamondbacks' franchise history that the team scored at least one run in eight of the first nine innings of a game. The last major-league team to do that was the Dodgers, who had a runner cross the plate in every inning but the fourth on April 21, 2010 at Cincinnati.
SANTANA BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF NOLAN RYAN
From Elias: Ervin Santana allowed only two hits and one walk and struck out 11 in the Angels' 6-2 victory over the White Sox on Friday night. Santana is only the third pitcher in Angels' franchise history to register at least 11 strikeouts while allowing as few as three base-runners in a game. Nolan Ryan did it three times (1972, 1973 and 1979) and Jered Weaver did it once (2010).
OLIVO FINALLY PRODUCES AGAINST THE RANGERS
From Elias: Miguel Olivo went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to help lead the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Friday night. Olivo entered the day with a .150 career batting average against the Rangers, the lowest against Texas among the 854 position players that have had at least 100 at bats against them.