The Wrap: AL (Hosted Games)
AL-ish Quote of the Night
"I was surprised that it was a stolen base, but looking back at it, I guess that's the only way you can rule it."
-- White Sox second baseman Chris Getz on his steal of home in the sixth inning
Chris Getz was credited with an unconventional steal of home as the White Sox blanked the Cubs on Sunday. Getz had been running on what was intended to be a suicide squeeze but Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano saw him coming and tried to pitch out to get Getz in a rundown. Instead, Zambrano sailed the ball wide for a wild pitch, which allowed Getz to score. John Danks worked seven scoreless innings to get his sixth win of the year as the White Sox managed to take two of three at home against their crosstown rival.
Nationals starter John Lannan worked his way out of a potentially disastrous inning by allowing just one run in the second and then let his offense take over from there. Adam Dunn launched a mammoth two-run shot that bounced and hit one of the right field warehouse windows that gave the Nats the lead for good. Orioles rookie catcher Matt Wieters had a rough day in the field, failing to corral a throw from center field that would've resulted in an out at home and throwing a ball intended for third base into left field.
B.J. Upton went 2 for 4 with two runs, a home run and a stolen base to power the Rays to their fifth straight victory and a three-game sweep of the Marlins. Upton's day served as a microcosm for Tampa Bay's season as the Rays became the fastest team to tally 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, accomplishing the feat in just 77 games. The only other teams to reach the milestone before the all-star break were the 2003 Marlins and the 1998 Toronto Blue Jays.
The Rockies continue to roll, winning their fifth straight and 20th in their last 23 games. Colorado also completed their fourth sweep in June as pitcher Aaron Cook won his fifth straight start by allowing just one run over eight innings. Oakland rookie Vin Mazzaro struck out eight over five innings but picked up the loss after allowing all three of the Rockies' runs.
Chad Gaudin threw eight scoreless innings and struck out nine as he and Padres closer Heath Bell combined to one-hit the Rangers. Gaudin became the first visiting pitcher to hold Texas to just one hit over eight innings at Rangers Ballpark. Gaudin has tallied at least eight strikeouts in each of his last three outings, compiling a 2-1 record in that stretch. Scott Hairston was responsible for all of San Diego's runs, going 3 for 4 with a double and a home run while driving in two runs.
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