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Two homers in one inning for Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion became the first major-league player to hit two home runs in one inning this season when he led off the seventh inning for the Blue Jays with a home run and then capped off Toronto's eight-run outburst with a grand slam. The only other player in Blue Jays history with a two-homer inning is Joe Carter, who went deep twice in the second inning of Toronto's final game of the 1993 season (October 3 at Baltimore).
Daniel Murphy proves he can hit
The Mets shut out the Nationals, 11-0, in the first game of their split doubleheader and Daniel Murphy drove in runs in all four innings in which New York scored. Murphy, who went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and five runs batted in, homered in each of his first two trips to the plate (a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run blast in the third), and produced RBI singles in his last two at-bats. He's only the fifth player in Mets history to record at least two home runs, three runs scored, four hits and five RBIs in one game. The others were Claudell Washington (1980), Darryl Strawberry (1985), Todd Hundley (who did it twice in 1997) and Edgardo Alfonzo (1999). Alfonzo's performance deserves special mention. In a 17-1 Mets win at the Astrodome he had six hits in six at-bats, scored six runs, slugged three home runs and racked up five RBIs.
Murphy did his damage batting second in the Mets' lineup and leadoff hitter Juan Lagares had a good game as well, with three hits in four at-bats and three runs scored. Only twice before had the Mets' starters in the first two slots in the batting order each registered at least three hits and three runs scored in the same game. Mookie Wilson and Gregg Jefferies did that in a game at Wrigley Field on Sept. 8, 1988, and Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan pulled off that feat against the Tigers at Citi Field on June 22, 2010.
Zimmerman's walkoff homer salvages a DH split for the Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman hit the ninth game-ending home run of his major-league career to earn the Nationals a 2-1 win in the second game of their split doubleheader against the Mets. Since Sept. 1, 2005, when Zimmerman made his major-league debut, he's hit more walkoff homers than any other player. David Ortiz is second with seven. The 28-year-old Zimmerman now also has sole possession of the major-league record for most walkoff homers by one player before his 30th birthday. He had been tied with Albert Pujols at eight.
CC gets banged around for the third straight game
CC Sabathia recorded the 200th win of his major-league career on July 3 but he's 0-3 in four starts since then and in each of his last three games he's allowed at least seven runs, including his loss to the Rays on Friday night when he surrendered seven runs in five innings. Sabathia is only the fifth major-league pitcher since 1900 to allow seven or more runs in each of three consecutive appearances after having notched at least 200 wins. The others were Grover Alexander in 1921, Burleigh Grimes in 1930, Phil Niekro in 1979 and Jack Morris in 1993.
Hellickson's six-game winning streak
Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won his sixth consecutive decision with a victory against the Yankees on Friday. Hellickson allowed eight runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals in mid-June but he's 6-0 in seven games since then, having allowed only 10 runs in 43 innings. That ties Hellickson with his teammate Matt Moore, Matt Garza, Chris Tillman and C.J. Wilson for the most wins in the majors over that stretch (June 19 to date).
Soriano is back in the Bronx
Alfonso Soriano was re-acquired by the Yankees on Friday and he went 0 for 5 in their loss to the Rays. Soriano hit 291 home runs for the Rangers, Nationals and Cubs since the Yankees traded him to Texas for Alex Rodriguez before the 2004 season. Only two players have hit that many home runs between games for one team: Sammy Sosa, who hit 587 homers between games with the Rangers (1989 to 2007), and Reggie Jackson, who hit 294 between games for the Athletics (1975 to 1987). Before Soriano, the highest home-run total between games for the Yankees was 140 by Steve Balboni (1983 to 1989).
Kershaw pitches long and well
Clayton Kershaw has pitched at least eight innings and allowed no more than one run in a major-league-high seven games this season, including his 2-1 win over the Reds on Friday. (Felix Hernandez is second with six.) Kershaw had six such games last season and eight in 2011.
First multi-homer game this year for Adam Jones
Adam Jones hit his 21st and 22nd home runs of the season in the Orioles' 6-0 win over the Red Sox. Jones entered play on Friday as the only one of the 18 major-league players with 20 or more home runs this year who had not had a multiple-homer game this season.
Alex Avila comes through in the clutch
The Tigers eked out a 2-1 win over the Phillies and Alex Avila drove in both runs for Detroit with a two-run double in the fifth inning. Through June 30, Avila had only four hits in 44 at-bats with runners in scoring position this season, and his .091 batting average in that situation was the second-lowest in the majors among players with at least 40 at-bats with RISP (Mike Moustakas was at .071). But since July 1, Avila has produced seven hits in 12 at-bats with men in scoring position (a .583 average).
Another fine game by a Marlins starter
Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez pitched six scoreless innings as he recorded his first win of the season with a victory over the Pirates. Miami's starting pitcher has gone at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs in each of the team's last six games, matching the longest such streak for the Marlins over the last 11 seasons. They had another six-game streak in May 2012. The franchise record is seven, set in June 2002.
Minor is first Braves pitcher with 10 wins this year
Mike Minor became the first Braves pitcher to win 10 games this season with his victory over the Cardinals on Friday. Minor reached double-figures in wins in Atlanta's 103rd game of the season. Since 1991, the only other season in which took at least that many games for the first Braves pitcher to reach 10 wins was 2006, when John Smoltz did it in the team's 114th game.
Third extra-inning walkoff homer for the Indians
Ryan Raburn hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning which gave the Indians an 11-8 win in their game against the Rangers. It was the third walkoff home run by a Cleveland player this season and the others also came in extra innings, both in a series against the Mariners: (Jason Kipnis on May 17, Yan Gomes on May 20). Only two other major-league teams have had three game-ending extra-inning homers this year: the Angels (Mark Trumbo, Howie Kendrick, Josh Hamilton) and the Giants (Guillermo Quiroz, Pablo Sandoval, Angel Pagan).
Shields wins again on the road
James Shields pitched seven innings and did not allow a run in his win against the White Sox in Chicago. Shields made 10 starts without recording a win from May 6 through June 23, but he's 3-1 in six starts since then and all three victories have come on the road. In fact, since June 1, Shields is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in six road starts and the Royals won five of those six games.
Third multi-hit game for Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood
Colorado's Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs in seven innings in his win against the Brewers, and he made an offensive contribution as well by going 2 for 2 with two runs batted in. It was the third time that Chatwood had two or more hits in a game this year. He banged out three hits against the Dodgers on April 29 and two against the Phillies on June 15. The only other pitcher with three multi-hit games this season is the Dodgers' Zack Greinke.
Delgado's first career shutout
Arizona's Randall Delgado notched the first shutout of his major-league career with a 10-0 win over San Diego in which he held the Padres to three hits. It was the second-largest margin of victory ever in a shutout by a Diamondbacks pitcher. Arizona scored 13 runs when Brandon Webb pitched a four-hit shutout against the Braves on May 20, 2006.