Date: July 24, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Gonzalez's blast leads Dodgers to win

From Elias: Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run home run off Darren Oliver in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a lead that they would not relinquish on Tuesday. It was the 228th home run for Gonzalez in the major leagues, but the first that took his team from trailing to leading in the eighth inning or later.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays


Miller wins 10th game of season

From Elias: Shelby Miller improved to 10-6 in 19 games with a win over the Phillies on Tuesday. Miller, who doesn't turn 23 until October 10, is the first St. Louis pitcher age 22 or younger to win at least 10 of his first 20 appearances of a season since Steve Carlton in 1967. Before Carlton, the last Cardinals pitcher to do that was Paul "Daffy" Dean in 1934.

St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies

Rangers and Athletics each blow a late lead

From Elias: The Yankees scored twice in the ninth inning to defeat the Rangers on Tuesday, 5-4. The Astros scored three in the ninth for a walk-off win against Oakland. For each loser, it was their first loss this season when leading at the end of the eighth inning. That leaves only two major-league teams without a loss when leading through eight innings--Toronto and Milwaukee.

New York Yankees, Texas Rangers


Dominguez's dingers

From Elias: Matt Dominguez hit a two-run, game-tying home run for Houston on Tuesday, before the Astros won on a throwing error, ending Grant Balfour's streak of 44 consecutive save conversions. Dominguez is no stranger to such drama -- last year on September 7 he hit a three-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in Cincinnati to end Chapman's streak of 27 straight saves converted.

Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics


Holland closes door on Baltimore

From Elias: Greg Holland allowed a single to Nick Markakis and a triple to Adam Jones before retiring the next three batters to preserve a 3-2 win for Kansas City. It was Holland's third save this season which ended with the potential tying run on third base, tying the highest total for any major-league pitcher this season. Edward Mujica and Tom Wilhelmsen also have three saves this year that ended with the potential tying run on third base.

Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles


Yelich has a loud debut

From Elias: Christian Yelich, a 21-year old outfielder who was making his major-league debut on Tuesday for Miami, had hits in each of his first three at-bats in the major leagues. Since 1980, only three other players younger than 22 years old have had hits in each of their first three at-bats in the major leagues: Daryl Boston (1984 White Sox), Jose Offerman (1990 Dodgers) and Jay Bruce (2008 Reds).

Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies

Mariners extend unlikely winning streak

From Elias: The Mariners defeated the Indians on Tuesday for their eighth straight win, a streak that began when Seattle was 40-52. It's the first time the Mariners have won at least eight straight games after being at least 12 games under .500.

Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians


Cole in control

From Elias: Gerrit Cole held the Nationals to two hits in seven innings and had two hits in three trips to the plate on Tuesday. He's the first Pirates rookie starter to have two or more hits while holding his opponent to two or fewer since Hank Gornicki had two hits in a two-hit shutout against the Boston Braves on August 27, 1942.

Pittsburgh Pirates


Porcello blanks White Sox

From Elias: Rick Porcello threw seven scoreless innings in the Tigers' win over the White Sox on Tuesday, giving Porcello wins in each of his last five starts against A.L. Central opponents, with a 1.09 ERA in those games. Before this streak, Porcello had been 2-5 with a 4.68 ERA in his previous 14 starts against division foes.

Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox


Bottom of the order leads Reds to win

Zack Cozart had four hits and a home run on Tuesday out of the seventh spot in the batting order; Devin Mesoraco had three hits and a home run in the Reds win over the Giants in the first game of their doubleheader. Over the last five seasons (2009-13), the only other time a team had players with three hits and a homer from the seventh and eighth spots in the batting order in a National League game was when the Reds did it, with Drew Stubbs batting seventh and Ramon Hernandez hitting in front of the pitcher against Houston on May 29, 2010.

Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants


Lester cools off Rays

From Elias: Jon Lester allowed only two runs and struck out eight Rays batters to improve to 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in eight games at Fenway Park this season. Lester was 3-10 with a 6.31 ERA in home games last season, which was the second-highest ERA for any pitcher with at least 15 starts at Fenway in one season; John Lackey had a 6.65 ERA in 17 starts there in 2011.

Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays


Chavez productive in part-time role

From Elias: Eric Chavez hit a run-scoring triple and a two-run single in the Diamondbacks win over the Cubs on Tuesday. Chavez did not drive in a run in any of his first five starts this season, but he has 28 RBI in his last 30 starts for Arizona.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs


Davis has the big hit for the Mets

From Elias: Ike Davis had a lead-assuming run batted in for the second straight night in the Mets' win over the Braves on Tuesday. Before Monday, Davis had only three go-ahead RBI all season.

New York Mets, Atlanta Braves


Ross gets off the schneid

From Elias: Tyson Ross allowed one run in six innings to lead the Padres to a win in Milwaukee on Tuesday and end his losing streak at 12 decisions. That had been tied for the longest current losing streak for any active pitcher. That distinction now belongs solely to the Nationals' Fernando Abad.

San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers