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Darvish strikes again
From Elias: Yu Darvish struck out 15 batters, allowed one hit and issued one walk against the Astros on Monday, almost replicating his performance versus Houston on April 2, when he registered 14 strikeouts, gave up one hit (with two outs in the ninth inning, breaking up his perfect game) and did not walk a batter. No other major-league pitcher since 1900 won two games in his career in which he recorded at least 14 strikeouts, allowed no more than one hit and walked one or fewer batters.
Darvish's 15 strikeouts gave him 207 for the season in 23 starts. That's the fewest starts into a season that a pitcher reached 200 Ks since 2002, when Curt Schilling met that mark in his 22nd start and Randy Johnson did so in start number 23, each for the Diamondbacks.
Albers makes it look easy
From Elias: Andrew Albers shut out the Indians on Monday night, after he threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings last Tuesday in his big-league debut. Albers is the first pitcher not to allow a run in either of his first two games in the major leagues, while pitching at least eight innings in each game, since Baltimore's Tom Phoebus began his career with consecutive shutouts in September 1966.
Hamels throws complete-game win vs. Braves
From Elias: Cole Hamels entered Monday night's game with a 4-13 record, and he shared the major-league lead in losses. But he tossed a complete-game six-hitter to beat the Braves, 5-1. This was the latest calendar date in the expansion era (1961 to present) on which a pitcher with the most losses in the major leagues threw a complete-game win against the team with the best record in the majors.
Cubs scoreless in last 32 innings at Wrigley Field
From Elias: The Cubs, who were shut out by the Reds on Monday night, have not scored in their last 32 innings at Wrigley Field, setting a franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings at home. The team's longest previous stretches without scoring in its own park were 31-inning droughts in 1917 and 1951. The Cubs' dry spell is the longest at home for any major-league team since the Angels were blanked for 33 straight innings in June 2004.
Robertson retires 25 straight with bases loaded
From Elias: David Robertson struck out Mark Trumbo and Chris Nelson with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning to close out the Yankees' 2-1 victory over the Angels. Robertson has retired the last 25 batters he's faced with the bases loaded. That streak, which started in April 2011, is the longest of its kind for any major-league pitcher since the Giants' Jeff Brantley set down 30 straight batters with the bases full from 1989 to 1991.
Kuroda has 1.31 ERA over last 10 home starts
From Elias: Hiroki Kuroda, who threw eight scoreless innings against the Angels on Monday night, has a 1.31 ERA over his last 10 starts at Yankee Stadium. Only three other Yankees pitchers had an ERA that low over 10 home starts in one season: Allie Reynolds in 1952 (1.27), Whitey Ford in 1955 (lowest 10-game span: 1.06) and Steve Kline in 1972 (lowest 10-game span: 1.00).
From Elias: Alberto Callaspo's two-run double in the ninth inning gave the Athletics a 3-1 lead in their victory over the Blue Jays, just one day after Callaspo's double with a tie score in the eighth inning brought home the decisive run in Oakland's victory against Toronto. The only other players this season who in back-to-back games produced a game-winning RBI with an extra-base hit in the eighth inning or later are Chris Davis and Paul Goldschmidt. Callaspo is the first Athletics player to do that since Mark McGwire in 1988.
Twins last 22 runs scored on homers
From Elias: Brian Dozier's solo home run and Trevor Plouffe's two-run shot accounted for the Twins' scoring in Monday night's 3-0 win over the Indians. Minnesota's last 22 runs have been scored on home runs, the longest such streak by a major-league team since the Phillies scored 22 straight runs with homers back in 2002.
Royals' best 20-game stretch since the summer of 1980
From Elias: The Royals defeated the Marlins on Monday night and are now 17-3 in their last 20 games. It's Kansas City's best 20-game stretch since 1980, when they went 17-3 from July 31 through August 20. George Brett hit .468 (37 for 79) with 22 runs scored and 25 RBI while playing in each of those 20 games.
Phegley's two run-scoring hits highlight White Sox win
From Elias: White Sox catcher Josh Phegley, batting ninth in the lineup, was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the fifth inning and another run-scoring single in the eighth inning of a 6-2 win over the Tigers. Entering the game, White Sox catchers had the lowest batting average this season for any major-league team at that position (.198) and the club's ninth-place hitters had the lowest batting average among American League teams in that slot (.181).
Another 4-hit game for Rockies rookie
From Elias: Nolan Arenado was 4-for-5 on Monday night against the Padres, after he had four hits in a game versus the Reds in June. The only other rookies with multiple four-hit games this season are Junior Lake and David Lough, with two apiece.
Gonzalez extends RBI streak
From Elias: Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with a run batted in, helping the Dodgers defeat the Mets and extending his streak to seven straight games with an RBI. Gonzalez is the first Dodgers player to drive in a run in seven consecutive games since Adrian Beltre did so in eight straight contests in 2004.