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50 doubles for Machado
From Elias: Manny Machado hit his 50th double of the season in the Orioles' loss at Toronto, and all of his doubles have come as a third baseman. The only other players ever to hit 50 or more doubles from that position in one season are Detroit's George Kell in 1950 (56), Colorado's Jeff Cirillo in 2000 (53) and Cincinnati's Pete Rose in 1978 (50). Machado is the second-youngest player to reach the half-century mark for two-baggers in one season (regardless of fielding position). Machado reached that milestone 70 days past his 21st birthday. In 1996, Seattle's Alex Rodriguez hit his 50th double of the season 43 days after he turned 21 years old. (Of course, A-Rod was a shortstop at the time.)
Pence, Belt crush Dodgers
From Elias: Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with seven RBIs, while teammate Brandon Belt was 5-for-6 with six runs batted in for San Francisco in its 19-3 win at Los Angeles. It's the fourth time since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920 that a pair of Giants have each driven in at least six runs in a game. Jimmy O'Connell and Ross Youngs drove in seven apiece in a 22-8 thrashing of the Phillies at Baker Bowl on June 1, 1923. Phil Weintraub had 11 RBIs and Ernie Lombardi put up seven on April 30, 1944 against the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. And Will Clark and Rick Parker each drove in six in a 23-8 win over the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on June 8, 1990.
Pence early thunder for Giants
From Elias: All of Pence's seven RBIs were recorded in the first five innings of the Giants' win at Dodger Stadium. Pence is only the third Giants player to drive in seven runs by the end of the fifth inning since the team left Manhattan for Northern California after the 1957 season. The other two to accomplish this feat since the team left the Polo Grounds are Jeff Kent, who drove in seven in the first four innings against Cincinnati in July 1998, and Jim Ray Hart, who posted seven RBIs in the first five frames at Atlanta in July 1970.
First inning run is the only run
From Elias: Eric Hosmer drove in a run with a first-inning triple and Royals pitchers made it stand up for a 1-0 win at Detroit. It's the second time this season that the Royals defeated the Tigers by a 1-0 score with the only run being scored in the opening frame; the other such game was at Kansas City on July 19. The Royals' only other win of that kind over the past 27 seasons (1986-2012) was when they protected a first-inning lead for 1-0 victory over the Yankees in August 2010.
Ervin Santana handed Saturday's game to the bullpen with two outs in the seventh inning. Santana, who threw 7 1/3 innings without allowing a run in his only other game against Detroit this year (the previously mentioned July 19 victory at Kansas City), has tossed 14 consecutive shutout innings against the Tigers, the longest streak of its kind for any major-league pitcher this season, besting Chris Sale's 13 straight scoreless innings versus Detroit (Aug. 12-Sept. 9). The only other Royals pitchers who fashioned streaks of 14 or more consecutive scoreless innings against Detroit in one season are Steve Busby (16 innings in 1974), Zack Greinke (16 in 2009), Dennis Leonard (15 in 1976) and Paul Byrd (14 in 2002).
Colon posts his first 1-0 victory
From Elias: Bartolo Colon emerged the victor over Yu Darvish as the A's defeated the Rangers, 1-0. It was the 187th victory of Colon's career, but his first by a 1-0 score. And with that win, it can now be said that every pitcher in major-league history with at least 180 wins -- and there are 158 of them, Colon included -- has at least one victory by a 1-0 score. On the other hand, it was Darvish's fourth 1-0 loss this season. He is the second AL pitcher to suffer four 1-0 losses in one season during the live-ball era. The first was Billy Pierce of the White Sox in 1955.
Oakland also won at Texas by a 1-0 score on May 21. The Athletics hadn't posted two 1-0 road wins over one team in the same season since 1966, when they still played in Kansas City and won two such games at Yankee Stadium. It was the Rangers' third 1-0 home loss in 2013, having been defeated by the Pirates by that score on September 9. In its first 19 seasons playing at Rangers Ballpark (1994-2012), Texas lost a total of just four home games by a 1-0 score.
Choo scores 100 runs
From Elias: Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-3, scoring three runs and driving in three in the Reds' 7-3 win at Milwaukee. Choo followed Matt Carpenter as the second NL player to reach the 100-run mark this season, and he became the third player in the last 40 years to score at least 100 times in his first season with the Reds. The others were Greg Vaughn (104 runs in 1999) and Ken Griffey Jr. (100 in 2000).
Hamilton running wild
From Elias: Billy Hamilton pinch ran for Ryan Hanigan, stole second base, and scored the Reds' final run on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of Cincinnati's 7-3 win at Milwaukee. Hamilton remains hitless in two major-league at-bats, but he has posted five stolen bases. The last player to record that many steals before producing his first MLB hit was Rodney McCray. McCray, best remembered today for running through a wall in a Pacific Coast League game, swiped seven bags for the White Sox in 1990 and 1991 before recording the first of his three major-league hits on September 30, 1991.
Yankees have seen enough of Lester
From Elias: Jon Lester allowed three hits over eight innings to earn the victory in the Red Sox' 5-1 win over the Yankees. Lester became the first pitcher in more than 10 years to throw at least eight innings against in the Yankees twice with a span of seven days, having done so without a decision last Sunday. Prior to Lester, the last pitcher to do so was Tim Hudson for the A's in 2003.
Solano gets revenge on Torres
From Elias: Donovan Solano gained revenge for being hit twice by Carlos Torres in his first two times to the plate by blasting a sixth-inning solo home run off Torres in his third plate appearance of the Marlins' 3-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader in New York. Solano is the first player to hit a home run off a pitcher who had plunked him in all his previous plate appearances that game (minimum 2 PA) since August 12, 1985, when the Angels' Brian Downing took the Mariners' Jim Lewis deep after being hit in each of his first two times up in the second game of a doubleheader at the Kingdome.
Mets hit another pair of back-to-back, two-strike homers
From Elias: Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda hit back-to-back home runs off Jacob Turner leading off the third inning Game 2 of the Mets-Marlins doubleheader. Both homers were hit with a 1-2 count. Since the All-Star break, only one other pair of teammates hit back-to-back homers with two-strike counts, also on the Mets: David Wright and Marlon Byrd off Cliff Lee on July 21.
Astros set strikeout mark in first season in AL
From Elias: When Trevor Crowe struck out to end the fifth inning against the Angels on Saturday night, the Astros set an all-time American League record for K's in one season. Houston eclipsed a mark set by Oakland last season. While it's true that strikeouts have risen steadily, decade by decade, since the 1970s, the AL single-season record was reset only twice during the 1990s and three times during the 2000s. Contrast that with a 10-year period from 1956 through 1965 when the league record was broken six times.
Medlen blanks Padres again
Kris Medlen pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings for the Braves in a 2-1 win over the Padres Saturday night, after pitching nine scoreless frames and then eight in his previous two career starts against San Diego. Medlen is the third pitcher to pitch at least seven innings of scoreless ball in three consecutive starts against the Friars. John Smoltz did it in 2006, and Javier Vazquez did it in three starts between 2001 and 2003.
Medlen/Kimbrel a winning combo - or at least a win/save combo
Craig Kimbrel recorded his 47th save of the season - a new career-high - with 12 of those saves coming in games started and won by Kris Medlen. No other teammates have combined for at least 12 win/saves this season; the Orioles' Chris Tillman and Jim Johnson have next-best total with 11 such games. John Smoltz is the only other Braves closer to save at least 12 games for a particular pitcher in a single season - Smoltz saved 12 wins for Kevin Millwood in 2002, and 13 for Russ Ortiz in 2003.
Paxton posts a pair or pretty good starts
From Elias: James Paxton threw six shutout innings in the Mariners' win over the Cardinals. Paxton is 2-0 with a 0.75 earned-run average in two career starts in the major leagues. The only other pitcher in Mariners history to go 2-0 with an ERA under 2.00 in his first two starts with the team was Mike Trujillo. Trujillo was traded by the Red Sox to the Mariners in August of 1986 and went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his first two starts with the team. One of those starts was a one-hit shutout against the Royals.
Hamels: great Padre nemesis
From Elias: Cole Hamels got the win in the Phillies' 5-4 win over the Nationals. Hamels is now 15-6 with a 2.58 ERA against the Expos/Nationals franchise. That's his highest win total against any team. And the only other pitchers with at least 15 wins and an ERA that low against that franchise are Tim Hudson (16-5, 2.45), Greg Maddux (24-18, 2.56) and Jerry Reuss (20-5, 2.42).