Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (12 innings): The 2nd HR of the game by Albert Pujols won it in bottom of the 12th -- his first walk-off hit since August 28, 2009. Something tells me Albert doesn't often get much to hit in potential game-winning moments: In high-leverage situations, his career BA is .347, with .654 slugging, and he has a .451 OBP in late-and-close situations. Tonight was also his first 4-RBI game of the season, and his first game with 3 extra-base hits in almost a year.
- Of the 6 pitchers who appeared for the Cards, the highest ERA after the game was 2.41, by SP Kyle Lohse.
Rays 3, Mariners 2: Kyle Farnsworth picked up his 11th save in 12 tries. Five of his 11 saves have come protecting a 1-run lead; his only blown save came when he entered with a 1-run lead, no outs and a man on 2nd base. Farnsworth's biggest weaknesses over the years have been mediocre control (3.8 BB/9) and gopheritis (1.3 HR/9), but this year he's allowed just 1 walk and no HRs in 20 IP.
Dodgers 11, Reds 8 (11 innings): Dusty Baker used 5 different relievers for less than an inning. The last manager to do that was Dusty himself, on Oct. 1 last year, also an 11-inning loss.
Mets 5, Braves 0: Jose Reyes hit his 10th triple, a 3-run drive in the Mets' 5-run 7th.
- Dillon Gee (7 IP, 0 R) is 6-0 this year, and 8-2, 2.61 in 12 career starts. The only other Met ever to win 8 of his first 12 career starts is his current teammate, Jason Isringhausen, back in 1995; Izzy went 8-2, 3.19 in his first 12 starts, but won just 10 of his last 40 starts before shifting to relief. (Gee is also the only MLB player ever with the first name Dillon.)
Rockies 2, Giants 1: Colorado (9 singles) won without an extra-base hit for the first time in almost a year, and just the 19th time in club history.
- Madison Bumgarner (7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER) had his 8th straight quality start. He has a 2.01 ERA in that span, but his record is 2-4. The Giants have scored 1 run or less in half of his 12 starts this year.
Texas 4, Cleveland 1: Derek Holland became the 29th different pitcher to throw a shutout this year. Holland has 2 shutouts in 43 career starts; only 2 active pitchers have at least 2 shutouts in fewer starts: Jaime Garcia (3 in 41 starts) and Holland's teammate, Matt Harrison (2 in 42).
- The Rangers have 3 CG shutouts this year, their highest total since 1998; they had none last year.
- Reynolds came into the game with a career .115 BA with the bases loaded -- 6 for 52, with 26 Ks -- but also 11 sacks-loaded walks.
Pirates 6, Phillies 3: Kyle Kendrick allowed 8 hits in 5 IP, including 6 extra-base hits, matching the NL season high.
- The Pirates moved within 1 game of .500; they haven't been .500 or above this late in the season since 1999.
Tigers 4, White Sox 2: Justin Verlander's 89th career win made him the 21st pitcher to reach that mark with the Tigers, and the first since Frank Tanana in 1992. Verlander's .615 W% ranks 3rd in that group, behind Denny McLain (.654) and Schoolboy Rowe.
- Verlander has won exactly half of his games pitched; Jon Lester (68 wins in 135 games) is the only other active pitcher with even 20+ wins who can say that.
Diamondbacks 2, Nationals 0: Arizona moved back into 1st place. Washington failed to score for the 9th time this year, the 5th time with Livan Hernandez on the hill, and the 4th time in his last 6 starts. Livan has allowed 2 runs or less in 4 of those 5 losses, including back-to-back 1-0 defeats last month.
- Since 1993, only 6 pitchers have suffered as many as three 1-0 defeats in a season, led by Matt Cain's 4 in 2007.
Yankees 3, Angels 2: C.C. Sabathia gave way to Mariano Rivera with 2 out and a man on in the 9th, and Mo converted his 574th career save. It was just his 23rd 1-out save. Of the top 6 in career saves, all but one have more 1-out saves than Rivera: Trevor Hoffman 30, Lee Smith 26, John Franco 24, Dennis Eckersley 25. Billy Wagner had just 8.
- Alex Rodriguez hit career HR number 623, his 277th with the Yankees in his 8th season; he needs just 9 more to catch Bernie Williams for #6 on the franchise list. A-Rod is 10th on the Yankees' Offensive WAR list, just behind Jorge Posada. He's also #4 in HRs and oWAR for Seattle, and is assured of holding those spots for several years to come.
Padres 6, Astros 3: San Diego has won consecutive home games for the first time this year. They won their 6th in their last 8 games; exceeded 5 runs for the first time in 17 games; and got their first win by a margin of 3 runs or more since May 15. The Padres are 11-21 at home, but 15-12 on the road. A win Sunday would give them just their 2nd home series win this year.
What else happened Saturday? What would you like to see more of, or less of, in these recaps? What teams or stories aren't getting enough play? Your suggestions are welcome.
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