Date: July 26, 2016

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Four RBIs for Pujols almost always leads to a win

Albert Pujols drove in four runs in the Angels' 6-2 win at Kansas City. It was Pujols's 64th career game with at least four RBIs, and his team is 60-4 in those games (.938). The only player with at least 60 four-RBI games whose teams had a better record in those contests was Joe DiMaggio (60-2 with one tie in 63 games, .968).

Pujols had three singles in five trips to the plate Monday. It was the first time he'd ever driven home at least four runs in a game without rapping at least one extra-base hit.


Beltre's blast is a winner for Texas

Adrian Beltre's two-out, two-run home run off Ryan Madson in the ninth inning gave the Rangers a 7-6 win over the A's. It was Beltre's ninth career walkoff homer, but it was the first in which his team trailed before the game-winning blast.

The only active pitcher besides Madson who has allowed a walkoff home run to Beltre is Luke Gregerson, who was also victimized while pitching for Oakland on September 25, 2014. The first pitcher to do that was the Mariners' Jose Paniagua, at Dodger Stadium on July 7, 2001. Paniagua hasn't appeared in the majors since 2003.


Pineda overcomes leadoff homer to beat Astros

Michael Pineda allowed a home run to George Springer on his first pitch of the game, but settled down to allow no more runs in seven innings of work of the Yankees' 2-1 win at Houston. The last Yankees pitcher to allow exactly one run in at least seven innings after giving up a leadoff homer in the first inning was Jack McDowell on July 13, 1995. McDowell surrendered a home run to the Twins' Chuck Knoblauch, also on the first pitch, but allowed no more scoring over seven innings in a 7-2 New York win.


Bruce takes Peavy deep twice with runners on base

Jay Bruce hit two-run home runs off Jake Peavy in the fourth and sixth innings of the Reds' win at San Francisco. The only other player ever to homer twice with runners on base in a game against Peavy was the Expos' Jose Vidro on August 18, 2002. Vidro also connected for two two-run home runs at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, in Peavy's 10th major-league game.


Verlander finally beats Boston

Justin Verlander allowed one run in six innings to earn his first victory over the Red Sox in over five years in Detroit's 4-2 win at Fenway Park. Verlander had been winless in his previous six regular-season starts against Boston, which tied his second-longest personal winless streak against any opponent. (Verlander also lost his only postseason start against the Red Sox, in the 2013 ALCS). The former MVP hasn't won in any of his last 10 starts against Cleveland, and he went through a six-start drought against the White Sox from 2006 to 2008.


Saladino is hero for White Sox

Tyler Saladino's ninth-inning single drove in the winning run in the White Sox' 5-4 home win over the Cubs. Ten of the first 70 regular-season games between the Chicago rivals ended in walkoff fashion. But Monday's game was the first Windy City Showdown to end in "sudden death" in 35 games, since June 27, 2009. On that date, Gordon Beckham sent the Southsiders fans home with game-winning single.


Sanchez extends winning streak to 10

Aaron Sanchez threw seven scoreless innings to win his 10th consecutive decision in the Blue Jays' 4-2 home win over the Padres. Sanchez is the first Toronto pitcher to fashion a double-digit winning streak since Roy Halladay won 15 in a row in 2003

Padres finally visit Ontario

The Padres lost 4-2 in their first-ever game in Toronto. After Monday, every current major-league team has played at least one regular-season road game against every other big-league club.

San Diego Padres


Rookie Joseph breaks up scoreless tie in the eighth

Tommy Joseph's eighth-inning double drove in the first run in the Phillies' 4-0 win at Miami. Joseph is the first major-league rookie this season to produce a game-winning RBI in the eighth inning or later of a scoreless game. The last Philadelphia rookie to do that was Marlon Byrd, against the Mets on September 5, 2003.

O's beat Rockies on walk-off error by pitcher

Adam Jones scored the winning run in the 10th inning after Jordan Lyles misplayed a ground ball and the Orioles defeated the Rockies, 3-2. The last team to win in walk-off fashion on an error by the opposing pitcher was the Yankees against the Rays (Brad Boxberger's error) on July 4, 2015. The last time Baltimore won in that fashion was in the final game of the 2009 season against Toronto (Brandon League). No Colorado pitcher had ever before committed a game-ending error.

Baltimore Orioles

Milwaukee's "up-the-middle" bats are strong in win

Catcher Martin Maldonado, second baseman Scooter Gennett, and shortstop Jonathan Villar each collected two hits, including a home run, in the Brewers' 7-2 home win over the Diamondbacks. Only one other team in the last two seasons has gotten multiple hits and a home run from its starting catcher, second baseman, and shortstop: the Astros against the Twins on May 4, 2016 (C Jason Castro, 2B Jose Altuve, SS Carlos Correa). And the only other time the Brewers have done this was on Opening Day 2003 at St. Louis (C Eddie Perez, 2B Eric Young, SS Royce Clayton).

Milwaukee Brewers