The Wrap: NL (Hosted Games)
NL-ish Quote of the Night
"It was like a Little League play."
"It was an annoying play all the way around."
-- Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio and Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn, respectively, on a game deciding play that involved two Minnesota throwing errors
Jason Kendall doubled in the eighth inning to drive in the winning run, but the Milwaukee catcher wasn't done yet. After Kendall's hit, the relay throw skipped past Twins catcher Joe Mauer for an error. Minnesota starting pitcher Nick Blackburn was backing up the play and attempted to throw out Kendall who was looking to advance on the first miscue. Blackburn's throw sailed wide of third base allowing Kendall to reach the base safely and trot home for what became the winning run. Despite the comedy of errors, Blackburn pitched well, giving up four runs (three earned) in an eight-inning complete game loss. Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman shut the door for his 17th save of the season as Milwaukee snapped a four-game skid.
Again the Nationals took an early lead and again, it didn't matter. Josh Willingham scored on an Anderson Hernandez single in the second inning to put Washington on the board first but David Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead once and for all in the fourth. Ortiz hit a three-run homer off of Nats starter Craig Stammen to lead Boston to its second straight victory in D.C. (before another record crowd), and fourth in a row overall. After the game, most of the talk was centered on Boston infielder Nick Green who had to fend off Elijah Dukes's splintered bat that was hurtling towards him while trying to field a groundball.
The Marlins scored twice in the first inning and never looked back as Florida picked up its fourth straight win. Melvin Mora's throwing error in the first inning helped lead to the Marlins' quick start while a throwing error by catcher Matt Wieters coupled with a mental mistake by Felix Pie led to another run scoring in the seventh inning. Orioles starter Jason Berken gave up three runs (two earned) over five innings to fall to 1-4 on the season. Florida pitcher Ricky Nolasco gave up three runs or fewer for his fourth straight start - a stretch that began when he returned from a brief stint in the minor leagues. With the win, the Marlins are above .500 for the first time since May 12.
Miguel Olivo hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning to give the Royals a victory over the Houston Astros. Kansas City clawed back into the game, scoring a run in the ninth inning to force extra innings then getting a solo shot from catcher Brayan Pena in the top of the 10th to take a short-lived lead before finally closing the door in the 11th. Both teams got solid performances out of their starters as both the Royals' Luke Hochevar and the Astros' Roy Oswalt turned in quality starts with neither factoring into the decision.
Atlanta held New York hitless for the first innings before the Yankees bats woke up, sparked by Manager Joe Girardi's ejection. Girardi got tossed in the sixth inning for arguing a pick off play that went against New York. The Yankees then scored three times in the inning, once in the seventh and twice each in the eighth and ninth to put away the Braves.
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