The Wrap: NL (Hosted Games)
NL-ish Quote of the Night
"I told him he's the best ever. The best I've seen. Nobody can even compare."
-- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada on closer Mariano Rivera
Closer Mariano Rivera collected the 500th save of his career, helping the Yankees to wrap up a road sweep of the Mets. All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman (now with the Milwaukee Brewers) is the only other pitcher in major-league history to reach the milestone. In addition to landing in the history books, Rivera also tallied an RBI, drawing a bases-loaded walk against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning. Rivera's save also brought home the first win of the season for embattled Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang. Wang recorded an out in the sixth inning for the first time this year, allowing two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs thanks to a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning as the Angels pummeled the Diamondbacks. Matthews provided the fourth run of the inning by stealing home for the second time in his career as his first ever run was scored via a steal of home. Los Angeles lit up Arizona starter Max Scherzer for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings and then had to fight off an impressive rally. After being down 2-0 after the first inning, the Angels scored four in the fourth inning and five in the fifth to take what seemed to be a commanding lead. Arizona, however, came back to pull within a run at 9-8 thanks to a five-run sixth inning but would get no closer. The Diamondbacks had six players walk away with two-hit games as the team amassed 15 total but shot themselves in the proverbial foot with four errors.
Third baseman Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Tigers a come-from-behind victory over the Astros. Inge's blast gave Detroit its first lead of the game as Houston closer Jose Valverde blew his fourth save of the season. Edwin Jackson collected the no-decision for the Tigers despite turning in his fifth quality start in his last six outings, giving up three runs over seven innings.
Despite battling the flu, Braves rookie Tommy Hanson delivered another impressive performance. Hanson threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits in the process to improve to 4-0 on the season. Even more impressive is that Hanson has not allowed a run since earning his first major league win on June 12 against the Baltimore Orioles. Hanson's scoreless stretch includes three games - all wins - against the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and now the Red Sox.
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