The Wrap: NL (Hosted Games)
Quote of the Night:
"Baseball is about luck. You can pitch good and not get the win. You can pitch bad and not get the loss. Right now, I'm not having luck on my side."
-- Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens, whose loss dropped his overall record to 5-5.
Reds 7, Braves 2
Leave it to Laynce Nix to salvage a sloppy day and win the lone all-NL game on the docket. Nix drove in three runs for the Reds and Brandon Phillips added three hits, leading Cincinnati past Atlanta in Ohio. The Reds' late four-run rally made a winner out of mighty-mite Daniel Ray Herrera (5 foot 6), whose three innings of scoreless relief was the rock in Cincinnati's big win.
Blue Jays 8, Phillies 3
The Red Sox couldn't sweep the Phillies on the road, but the Blue Jays are going to give the feat a go. Toronto rolled past the defending world champions, jumping out to a 2-0 lead and then adding five runs in the 10th to blow open a tie game. Toronto snapped a losing streak despite leaving 16 runners on base, capitalizing on a game-tying walk-in run off Philly's fill-in closer, Ryan Madsen, in the top of the ninth.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs -- PPD
Rain rain, go away. Especially when you're at Wrigley. End of story.
Cardinals 11, Tigers 2
Eventually, Tigers ace Justin Verlander was going to hit a bump in the road. That bump came last night in St. Louis, with Albert Pujols' fifth home run in the past six games pushing him into the major league lead in the category, giving up four runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 14-hit explosion that blasted Detroit. That made a winner of Adam Wainright, who picked up his seventh of the season at home.
Rockies 12, Rays 4
Well, they couldn't quite pull off 12 in a row. The Rockies had their win streak snapped at 11 in a big way, with Tampa Bay knocking out five home runs and a franchise record 11 extra base hits in a victory in Denver. The loss also served as a transition for the league's longest winning streak, passing the torch from Colorado to the team that beat it, Tampa, and Jeff Niemann, which has now won six in a row.
Mariners 5, Padres 0
What did it take to get Felix Hernandez his seventh victory of the season? Very little, considering the fact that he tossed his best game of the season, a two-hitter, to pilot Seattle to a much needed win in San Diego. And there's little less salve for a struggling AL team than San Diego, which has now lost 12 straight interleague match ups. A telling streak, no?
Dodgers 5, A's 4
It wasn't just that the Dodgers beat the A's in extra innings, it's that the victory was a true milestone for L.A. manager Joe Torre, who tied Sparky Anderson for fifth on the all-time managerial wins list at 2,194. It turns out that Torre achieved the feat in 36 fewer losses, though he may have had a few more tools than Anderson, as evidenced by Matt Kemp's 3 for 4 night, and another impressive start from young pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who lasted 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run.
Angels 8, Giants 1
Jonathan Sanchez's losses have gone from hard luck to tough start. The young Giants starter fell again, and this time he didn't even give his team a chance, allowing 10 hits and 7 earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings. His young counterpart, Sean O'Sullivan, was impressive to an almost diametrically opposite degree, holding the anemic San Francisco offense to a single run in seven innings on a day in which local product and struggling Giants second baseman Emmanuel Burriss sat on the bench.
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