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Warriors' overtime win evens series with Spurs
From Elias: The Warriors held the Spurs to only three points in overtime and came away with a 97-87 victory on Sunday. That's the largest margin of victory in any overtime game in Warriors' postseason history and its San Antonio's largest ever margin of defeat in an OT game in the playoffs.
Golden State recorded 65 rebounds on Sunday, the highest total against the Spurs in any game in San Antonio's postseason history. The only regular-season game in which Tim Duncan has played and in which a Spurs opponent recorded 65 or more rebounds was a loss to Denver on Oct. 29, 2003, in which the Nuggets had 66 rebounds, led by Marcus Camby (20) and Nene (11).
Stephen Curry had 22 points and eight assists on Sunday, giving him 250 points and 83 assists in 10 playoff games. The only other players to average at least 25 points and eight assists per game in their first 10 games in the postseason are Oscar Robertson and Chris Paul.
Harrison Barnes had 26 points and 10 rebounds against the Spurs on Sunday, after Klay Thompson had 34 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors' win in Game 2 of this series. Barnes and Thompson are the first teammates to have 25/10 (points/rebounds) games in one series against the Spurs since Shaquille O'Neal (three times) and Kobe Bryant (once) did it in the Western Conference Semifinals in 2004.
The week of the pitcher
From Elias: Chris Sale allowed only one Angels batter to reach base safely on Sunday┐Mike Trout, who singled in the seventh inning. It's the fourth time in the last six days that a pitcher didn't allow a run or more than one baserunner while throwing at least nine innings. Shelby Miller and Jon Lester each did that in their shutouts on Friday and Matt Harvey had a start like that on Tuesday. This is the first month in the modern era (1900 to date) in which four pitchers had starts of nine or more shutout innings with no more than one batter reaching base via hit, walk or hit by pitch.
Mashin' Manny Machado
From Elias: Manny Machado had his third straight three-hit game in Baltimore's win in Minnesota on Sunday, making him the first player younger than 21 to have three or more hits in three straight games since the Pirates' rookie second baseman Rennie Stennett did so in September 1971. Machado raised his batting average by 25 points in the weekend series against the Twins (to .331 from .306).
Indians take rubber game from Tigers
From Elias: The Indians tied Sunday's game against Detroit with a run off Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and won it in the 10th against Darin Downs. Valverde has blown a save in each of his last two games against Cleveland (also last year on Sept. 16) after he had been 14 for 14 in save opportunities against the Indians.
Mark Reynolds drove home the game-winning run with a 10th-inning single. Reynolds is 2 for 2 in extra-innings this season, matching his total of extra-inning hits for each of the last two seasons (2 for 19 in 2012, 2 for 14 in 2011).
Bautista and Encarnacion slug Boston
From Elias: Jose Bautista hit two homers on Sunday at Fenway Park and Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the Blue Jays. Bautista and Encarnacion have hit homers in the same game 23 times since Encarnacion joined Toronto in August of 2009, the highest total for any teammates in that time.
Loney shows the power
From Elias: James Loney homered for the second straight game on Sunday, as the Rays completed a home sweep of the Padres. Loney, who played most of his years in pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium, has dropped into a tie for the highest percentage of home runs hit on the road among active players with at least 75 home runs. He and Miguel Montero have each hit 49 of their 76 home runs in road games. Before this stretch, Loney had hit home runs in consecutive home games only three other times (once in 2007 and twice in 2011).
Rivera sets a record for his age group
From Elias: Mariano Rivera closed out the Yankees' win on Sunday for his 15th save of the season and in the process he set a record for most saves in one season at age 43 or older. Rivera had been tied with Hoyt Wilhelm, who turned 47 years old in July 1969, the year he notched 14 saves while splitting time between the Angels (10 saves) and Braves (four saves).
Yankees pick on a favorite victim
From Elias: Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells hit back-to-back home runs against Ervin Santana on Sunday. It's the fifth straight start against the Yankees in which Santana has allowed multiple home runs, tying the longest current streak by any active pitcher against any team. Chad Durbin has allowed multiple homers in each of his last five starts against Cleveland, although he hasn't started against the Indians since 2007 (perhaps with good reason).
Berkman bedevils former employer
From Elias: Lance Berkman was only 1 for 5 in the Rangers win in Houston on Sunday, but Berkman extended a notable streak: he's now hit safely in all 15 games he's played at Minute Maid Park since Houston traded him to the Yankees in 2010. In those 15 games, Berkman is 27 for 60 (.450) with a .507 on-base average, .867 slugging average, six homers and 21 RBIs.
Kemp's hit total reaches four digits
From Elias: Matt Kemp recorded his 1000th career hit on Sunday. Kemp, who is a little more than halfway to his 29th birthday, is one of only three Dodgers players to collect 1000 hits and 150 home runs for the team before turning 30 years old. The others: Duke Snider and Raul Mondesi.
Garcia scores four times
From Elias: Leury Garcia had three hits and scored four runs in the Rangers' win on Sunday in his fourth start in the major leagues. Among players to debut in the last 20 seasons, the only other who had a game with at least four runs scored among his first four career starts was Mike Jacobs, who scored five runs for the Mets in his third career start in August 2005.
Tulowitzki and Blackmon lead Rockies to win
From Elias: Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon each hit home runs off Jaime Garcia in St. Louis on Sunday. It was only the second time that Garcia has allowed multiple homers in a game played in St. Louis and the other instance was in his first start at Busch Stadium, on July 20, 2008.
Giants maul Medlen
From Elias: The Giants were neither overpowered nor fooled often by Kris Medlen on Sunday┐they swung and missed only four times on 106 pitches (3.8 percent). It was the first time in Medlen's 38 regular-season starts in the major leagues that opponents swung and missed at less than five percent of his pitches.
Cubs' first late comeback on the road since 2011
From Elias: The Cubs won in Washington on Sunday, 2-1, after trailing by a run heading to the eighth inning. That ended the Cubs' 70-game road losing streak in games in which they trailed in the eighth or ninth inning. Entering the day, that had been the major leagues' longest current losing streak when trailing in the eighth inning or later on the road. Chicago's previous win of that ilk was at Petco Park on Sept. 27, 2011.
Saunders loves Seattle like Seattle loves Sounders
From Elias: Joe Saunders improved to 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 13 career games at Safeco Field with a win over the Athletics on Sunday. The only other active pitcher who has a start-of-career winning streak of at least nine games at any stadium is Zack Greinke, who is 15-0 at Miller Park. Saunders' ERA at Safeco Field is the second-lowest by any active pitcher with at least 10 starts at any venue. Clay Buchholz has a 1.49 ERA at Rogers Centre.
Howard gives Phillies a win with 10th-inning hit
From Elias: Ryan Howard drove the game-winning runs in the 10th inning for the Phillies on Sunday. It's the 13th time that Howard has had an extra-inning go-ahead RBI for the Phillies. The only active players with a higher total of extra-inning, lead-assuming RBIs are Raul Ibanez (16) and Placido Polanco (15); Adam Jones and Albert Pujols also have 13.
Arroyo and Reds top Brewers
From Elias: Bronson Arroyo recorded a win by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers on Sunday. It was Arroyo's 27th career start against Milwaukee, but only the second in which he didn't allow a run. Arroyo threw seven scoreless innings against Milwaukee on July 17, 2009.
Pirates take three of four from Mets
From Elias: The Pirates defeated the Mets on Sunday to win their four-game series, three games to one. It was the first time in 14 tries that Pittsburgh won a series of four or more games in Queens. The Pirates last win in a road series of four or more games against the Mets was in July 1983.
Rangers shut out Capitals to force Game 7
From Elias: With his team facing elimination, Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to lead the Rangers to a 1-0 win in Game 6 of their series against the Capitals. It was the seventh playoff shutout of Lundqvist's NHL career and his second in a game in which the Rangers were one loss away from a postseason exit. In 2008, Lundqvist kept the Rangers alive with a 3-0 victory in Game 4 of their second-round series versus the Penguins. The only other playoff shutouts by Rangers goaltenders in games in which a loss would have knocked out the Blueshirts were by Joe "Red Light" Miller (in the 1928 Stanley Cup Final), John Ross Roach (1929) and John Vanbiesbrouck (1986).
Kessel helps Toronto force Game 7
From Elias: Phil Kessel's goal at the 8:59 mark of the third period proved to be the game-winning goal for the Maple Leafs in their 2-1 victory in Game 6 of their series against the Bruins. It was Kessel's third goal of the series and second game-winner; he also scored the decisive marker in Game 2. Kessel's goal-scoring frequency in this series against his former team stands in sharp contrast to his regular-season totals versus the Bruins since they traded him to Toronto in September 2009: three goals in 22 games (all on power plays) and no game-winning goals.
Only two other former Bruins players have had two game-winning goals against Boston in a postseason series: Reggie Leach for the Flyers in the 1976 semifinals and Gary Ehman for the Maple Leafs at the same stage in 1959.