The Wrap: NL (Hosted Games)
Quote of the Night:
"Sometimes, you can't explain how things work. I'm just going to keep working on getting better."
-- Cincinnati starter Micah Owings, who won his Tuesday night start in large part due to his own three-run homer.
Reds 4, Braves 3
What's more valuable to young Reds pitcher Micah Owings than pitching a quality game? Pitching a quality game and winning it with you own homer. That was Cincinnati's solution for success on Wednesday night, with Owings tossing six innings while allowing just two runs, scoring chances that he outdid himself with a three-run bomb in the Reds' win. Then again, maybe Owings just really likes to pitch against the Braves; he improved to 4-0 with a 2.77 ERA with his victory on Tuesday.
White Sox 4, Cubs 1
If a team loses a game to an opponent from its own city, it really doesn't feel much like a home loss, does it? Maybe the Cubs can use that as consolation, after struggling to mount any kind of sustained offense against White Sox starter John Danks. The lefty made it through seven scoreless innings at Wrigley Field to set the plate for closer Bobby Jenks' 15th save of the season.
Angels 4, Giants 3
Going up against Tim Lincecum, Angels starter Matt Palmer nearly matched his every move, tossing 6 1/3 innings while allowing three Giants runs. That set up Anaheim's comeback for a win over the reigning NL Cy Young winner, who gave up the Angels' four runs in eight innings of work, giving Anaheim a win after a tough loss a night earlier.
Blue Jays 7, Phillies 1
If Scott Richmond was trying to send a message to Toronto management by putting out a strong performance when his job was on the line, consider it message received. Richmond struck out a career-high 11 while allowing just a single run from Philadelphia's potent lineup at Citizens Bank Park, leading the Blue Jays to a key interleague win. Potential All Star Aaron Hill hit a two-run homer to back Richmond, with Brandon League bailing out a wild B.J. Ryan in the ninth.
Cardinals 4, Tigers 3
Clearly, St. Louis has Detroit's number. In a rematch of the 2006 World Series, St. Louis dumped the Tigers again, using three-hit nights by both Colby Rasmus and Yadier Molina to get past Tigers starter Edwin Jackson, lifting St. Louis starter Todd Wellemeyer up to .500, despite his ongoing struggles at home (Wednesday was just his third win in eight decisions in starts at Busch Field).
Rockies 5, Rays 3
Tuesday night the Rays ended a long Colorado winning streak. Wednesday night, Colorado ended Tampa Bay's long winning stretch. In the process, the Rockies reinforced the recent hot stretch of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who bashed a three-run homer, and the resilience of ace Aaron Cook, who gave up two homers in the fifth but only one run outside those bombs for his sixth win of the season.
Mariners 4, Padres 3
What is it about San Diego and interleague play? The Padres couldn't get over the AL hump again, falling for the 13th straight time when facing a foe from the other league, With Seattle's Jose Lopez delivering the "big" blow with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Mariners scored the winning run a frame later when Franklin Gutierrez scored on an error in the sixth, setting the stage for three relievers to come in after Garrett Olson and hold down the Padres offense.
A's 5, Dodgers 4
It feels almost odd when the Dodgers lose these days, doesn't it? Well, that rarity was back in effect on Wednesday, with Oakland jumping out to an early lead and holding on down the stretch to win in L.A. Rajai Davis and Jack Cust both homered for the A's, pacing the way for young Trevor Cahill's fourth win of the season, thanks in part to solid relief from Brad Ziegler and Andrew Bailey, who earned his fifth save in combining with Ziegler for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in Oakland's win.
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