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McCann and Bench
Brian McCann put the Braves on the board with a first-inning grand slam in their 7-4 victory at Milwaukee. It was the tenth slam of McCann's career and his ninth as a catcher. (The other one was as a pinch-hitter.) McCann's nine bases-loaded homers as a catcher for the Braves are the second-most by any player at that position for one team, behind Johnny Bench, who hit ten grand slams as a catcher for the Reds.
David Wright hit a pair of doubles, a triple, and a home run in support of Matt Harvey in the Mets' 8-0 win at Philadelphia. Wright joined Boston's Will Middlebrooks (April 7) as the only major-leaguers with four extra-base hits in a game this season. It's interesting that the only players to do that this year are both third basemen. No one registered four extra-base hits in one game from that position in any of the past three seasons (2010-2012), but two players did it within a span of eight days in 2009: San Diego's Chase Headley (Sept. 21) and Pittsburgh's Andy LaRoche (Sept. 28).
Cubs reach double digits
The Cubs' bats came alive in a 14-6 thumping of the Astros at Wrigley Field. In their 74th game of the season, the Cubs scored 10 or more runs in a game for the first time this year. The Cubs had never before gone so many games into a season without posting a double-digit run total in any of them. Their longest streak of that kind to begin a season before this year was in 1919, when they scored fewer than ten runs in each of their first 66 games. Chicago's offensive outburst on Sunday left the Phillies and the Dodgers as the only major-league teams that haven't scored ten or more runs in a game this season.
Pairs of run producers on display in Detroit
Miguel Cabrera plated Austin Jackson with an RBI double in the first inning of the Tigers' 7-5 win over the Red Sox. It was the 19th time this season that Jackson was driven in by Cabrera, tying him for the most runs scored this year on RBIs by a particular teammate. Jacoby Ellsbury has scored 19 runs that were driven in by Dustin Pedroia.
Cuddyer extends hitting streak
Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games in the Rockies' 7-6 win at Washington. Cuddyer last went hitless in a game on May 27, when he was 0-for-1 after drawing an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter. Cuddyer has hit safely in each of the last 26 games that he's started (since May 5 with a stint on the disabled list in the interim), the longest streak of its kind for any player in Rockies history.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a ninth-inning home run off of Huston Street that snapped a 1-1 tie at Petco Park and Hanley Ramirez followed with an insurance shot in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Padres. It was the second pair of back-to-back homers against Street this season (also to Colorado's Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge at San Diego on April 12), after he had never allowed consecutive home runs in a game before this year. Street is one of ten pitchers who've allowed two or more pairs of back-to-back home runs this year, including Minnesota's Kevin Correia, who's the only pitcher to allow three sets of consecutive homers (May 14, May 27 and June 1).
Royals end Crain's streak of shutout innings
The Royals' three unearned runs off of Jesse Crain in the eighth inning lifted them to a 7-6 victory against the White Sox. It snapped Crain's streak of 29 consecutive shutout innings, and to add insult to injury, Colorado's Rex Brothers tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn a save on Sunday and match Crain's now defunct streak for the longest in the majors this season.
Everyone chipping in for the Blue Jays
Josh Johnson defeated the Orioles to extend the Blue Jays' winning streak to 11 games. Johnson is the eighth different Toronto pitcher to be credited with a victory during the streak, joining Mark Buehrle (two), Brett Cecil (two), Esmil Rogers (two), R.A. Dickey, Chien-Ming Wang, Casey Janssen and Darren Oliver. The Blue Jays are the first major-league team with as many as eight different pitchers earning victories during a winning streak of any length since the 2011 Tigers had eight different winners during a 12-game streak from September 2-14: Justin Verlander (three wins), Doug Fister (two), Rick Porcello (two), Al Alburquerque, Phil Coke, Luis Marte, Brad Penny and Max Scherzer.
Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Night
Fernando Rodney shut the door on the Yankees, preserving a 3-1 lead by striking out the side in order after he entered the game to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, although it wasn't exactly Murderer's Row that he faced (Zoilo Almonte, Jayson Nix and David Adams). It was Rodney's second save this season in which he pitched at least one inning and struck out every batter he faced. The only other pitchers with two saves of that kind this year are Pittsburgh's Jason Grilli and Kansas City's Greg Holland.
Reds avoid being swept in Arizona
Mat Latos allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings to beat the Diamondbacks as the Reds salvaged the final game of their three-game set at Arizona. It was the 11th career start for Latos in games in which his team was in danger of being swept in a series, and he's posted a 5-1 record with a 2.27 ERA in those starts.
Pirates win a wild one
The Pirates forced extra innings by scoring three ninth-inning runs at Anaheim before plating four more runs in the following frame and then holding on for a 10-9 victory in ten innings. Pittsburgh became the second major-league team in the last seven seasons to win a game in which it scored three or more runs in both the ninth and tenth innings. The only other team to do so over that span (2007 to date) is the Athletics, in a 7-4 ten-inning victory over the White Sox on April 13, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Pirates hadn't won a game in that fashion since August 18, 1969, when they topped the Reds, 12-5, in ten innings at Crosley Field.
Pinch-hit walkoff homers for the Mariners
Kendrys Morales hit a pinch-hit three-run home run off of Grant Balfour in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Mariners a 6-3 win over the Athletics. Morales joined Ken Phelps (a ninth-inning shot vs. Detroit on Sept. 3, 1986) and the only players in franchise history to hit pinch-hit walkoff homers.
Ruggiano homers early and late
Justin Ruggiano homered to lead off the game in San Francisco and he added a two-run ninth-inning shot in the Marlins' 7-2 victory. Ruggiano is the first player in franchise history, and the first major-leaguer since Baltimore's J.J. Hardy in 2011, to hit a first-inning leadoff homer and another home run in the ninth inning or later in the same game.
Rookie pitchers doing their part for the Twins
The Twins recalled Pedro Hernandez from the minor leagues to start Sunday's game at Cleveland and he rewarded them by beating the Tribe and improving his record to 3-1. Twins rookie pitchers have combined for a 6-1 record this season (Ryan Pressly is 2-0 and Caleb Thielbar won his only decision) to give them the highest winning percentage by rookies (.857) for any major-league team, ahead of the Pirates (.800, 12-3).