Date: July 25, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Price dominates Sox at Fenway

David Price went all the way in the Rays' 5-1 win over the Red Sox. Price reduced his career ERA at Fenway Park to 1.96, which is the lowest by a visiting starting pitcher since Lefty Grove posted a 1.66 mark for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1926 to 1933.

It was Price's third complete game this month and he didn't walk a batter in any of those games. Over the last 10 seasons, only two other pitchers completed three starts without issuing a walk in any of them in the same calendar month: Zack Greinke in May 2009 and Cliff Lee in June 2010. (h/t @realericsachs)

Price's performance came two nights after Matt Moore threw a two-hit shutout against the Red Sox. It's the first time in 40 years that two visiting left-handers posted complete-game wins in the same three-game series at Fenway. The last southpaw teammates to do so were Darold Knowles and Vida Blue of the A's in 1973.

Tampa Bay Rays


Strasburg tagged with an "L" despite a load of K's

Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 batters on Wednesday night, but he suffered a loss by allowing a home run to Pedro Alvarez one of only two hits that he yielded over eight innings. Strasburg has 47 strikeouts in four starts against the Pirates. Only four pitchers in modern major-league history (i.e., since 1900), struck out more batters in their first four starts against one team: Nolan Ryan, 55 vs. Blue Jays; Pedro Martinez, 53 vs. Mariners; Dwight Gooden, 49 vs. Giants; and Ramon Martinez (Pedro's brother), 48 vs. Braves.

Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates


Garza picks up for Texas where he left off with Chicago

Matt Garza extended his streak to six wins in six starts by earning a victory in his first start for the Rangers, who defeated the Yankees, 3-1. Garza was the first pitcher in major-league history to take the mound for a new team immediately after winning each of his last five starts for a previous club in the same season.

Texas Rangers


Cabrera scores four from the four slot for Tito

Asdrubal Cabrera, who was installed as the Indians' cleanup hitter this week, scored four runs and drove in three as Cleveland routed Seattle, 10-1. Prior to the series against the Mariners, Terry Francona had batted his starting shortstop in the fourth slot only five times in 2042 games as a major-league manager all with Nomar Garciaparra batting cleanup in his final season with the Red Sox (2004).

Cleveland Indians


Lake makes a great first impression in the desert

Junior Lake went 2-for-5 on Wednesday night, to finish the series at Arizona with nine hits in 15 at-bats. Since 1900, only two other Cubs rookies recorded nine or more hits in a three-game series: Coaker Triplett at Cincinnati in 1938 (9-for-14), and Mike Fontenot against the Rockies at Wrigley Field in 2007 (9-for-13). Incidentally, those were Triplett's only nine hits for the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs


Uggla owns this Citi

Dan Uggla hit his 20th home run of the season in the Braves' 8-2 win over the Mets. It was Uggla's 10th home run at Citi Field, the most by any visiting player. He is one of three players to homer at Citi Field in each of the five seasons since it opened. The others are David Wright and Joey Votto.

Atlanta Braves


Tigers roll without Miggy

Who needs Miguel Cabrera? On Wednesday night, the Tigers won their third straight game over the White Sox by scores of 7-3, 6-2, and 6-2 the last two of them without the reigning MVP. Detroit hasn't won the first three games of a road series, all by at least four runs, since July 2008 at Kansas City.

Detroit Tigers

Pujols delivers in first inning, Angels make it stand up

Albert Pujols' first-inning single drove in the only run in the Angels' 1-0 victory over the Twins. That snapped a streak of 35 games in which Pujols didn't produce an RBI in the first inning, his longest since 2009.

Los Angeles Angels

Cardinals' ramp up their clutch hitting further

The Cardinals continued their extraordinary hitting with runners in scoring position, going 9-for-20 with RISP in an 11-3 win over the Phillies. That raised St. Louis' batting average with runners in scoring position to .340 for the season, boosted by a .405 mark over the last six games.

St. Louis Cardinals


Gomez explodes from recent slump

Carlos Gomez, mired in a two-week slump, went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs in the Brewers' 3-1 victory over the Padres. Gomez had only three hits in 42 at-bats in his previous 12 games, prior to which he had ranked seventh in the NL with a .319 batting average.

Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers' late rally produces milestone win

The Dodgers scored to tie game in the ninth inning and then scored five times in the 10th to post an 8-3 win at Toronto. That was the Dodgers' 10th straight road win, the team's longest such streak since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. They last won 10 consecutive road games in 1955, when they compiled an 11-game streak.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Orioles bullpen fails again

The Royals rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and a game-winner in the ninth, defeating the Orioles, 4-3. It was Baltimore's fourth loss this season after leading by two or more runs in the eighth inning or later, tying Houston for the most in the AL. The Orioles posted a 72-0 mark in such games last season.

Baltimore Orioles


Leake wins again on road

Mike Leake was the beneficiary of an early 4-0 lead in the Reds' victory at San Francisco, extending his road winning streak to seven games. That might give him bragging rights in some clubhouses, but not in Cincinnati where his rotationmates have compiled similar streaks over the last few seasons. Mat Latos won nine straight decisions on the road in 2012-13, Homer Bailey won eight in a row in 2012, and Bronson Arroyo won six straight in 2008-09.

Cincinnati Reds


Cook records a long save for the A's

Over the last two seasons, Grant Balfour has saved 50 games for the A's. But 18 hours after Grant Balfour suffered his first blown save since April 2012, Ryan Cook retired the last four batters to preserve Oakland's 4-3 win at Houston. None of Balfour's last 50 saves required more than three outs; Cook also earned a four-out save last August.

Oakland Athletics