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It's a Holliday Weekend
From Elias: Matt Holliday's two-run go-ahead single in the eighth inning proved to be decisive as the Cardinals erased a 5-0 deficit and beat the Cubs, 9-6. Holliday went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs on Sunday, after going 2-for-3 with a pair of round-trippers and five RBIs in the Cardinals' 13-2 victory the night before. It's the third time in Holliday's career that he drove in at least four runs in each of two consecutive games, but it's the first time that he's done that away from Coors Field. Holliday's previous two-game streaks of that kind were against the Marlins for the Rockies on July 4-5, 2008, and for the Cardinals versus the Rockies in Denver, July 31-Aug. 1, 2012.
Buchholz Throws Another 3-Hit Shutout with No Walks
From Elias: Clay Buchholz tossed a three-hit shutout without walking a batter as the Red Sox downed the Rays, 3-0, after Buchholz shut out the Astros on three hits and no walks on July 13. The only other Red Sox pitchers who had seasons with multiple shutouts of three or fewer hits and no walks are Cy Young (three such games in 1904 and two in 1905), and Pedro Martinez (2000). The only major-league pitchers who threw two such shutouts in one season between Martinez and Buchholz are Mike Mussina (three of them in 2001), Roy Halladay (2010), Matt Cain (2012), Felix Hernandez (2012) and James Shields (2012).
Altuve is a Hit Machine
From Elias: Jose Altuve had four hits in the Astros' 3-2 win over the Rangers and he finished August with 38 hits for the month. It's the fifth calendar month since last September in which Altuve recorded at least 35 hits (41 in September, 45 in May, 39 in June, 35 in July, and 38 in August). No other major-leaguer has registered 35 or more hits in more than two calendar months over that span.
Gattis Makes a Habit of Homering in 1-0 Games
From Elias: Evan Gattis hit a second-inning home run that accounted for the game's only run in the Braves' victory over the Marlins. It was the second time this season that Gattis homered in a 1-0 game. (He did so previously at Philadelphia on April 16.) The only catchers other than Gattis who homered for the Braves in 1-0 games did so when the franchise was located in Boston: Charlie Bennett (August 12, 1890) and Ray Mueller (June 17, 1938).
Abreu is 1 RBI Away from the Century Mark
From Elias: Jose Abreu, who drove in one run in the White Sox' 6-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday, will enter September with season totals of 33 home runs and 99 runs batted in. Abreu fell one RBI shy of becoming the second rookie in major-league history to have minimums of 30 homers and 100 RBIs by the end of August. Albert Pujols had 31 home runs and 103 RBIs to that point of his 2001 rookie campaign.
What a Month for Shoemaker
From Elias: The Angels completed a four-game series sweep of the Athletics behind Matt Shoemaker, who went 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA during August. Over the last 50 seasons the only other rookie pitchers who won as many as six games in a calendar month while posting an ERA as low as Shoemaker's are Minnesota's Jim Hughes in May 1975 (6-0, 0.87), Milwaukee's Cal Eldred in September 1992 (6-0, 1.17), the Dodgers' Hideo Nomo in June 1995 (6-0, 0.89) and Atlanta's Brad Clontz in July 1995 (6-0, 0.00, all in relief).
Adam Heads West with an Eye on October
From Elias: The Athletics acquired Adam Dunn from the White Sox just in time to make him eligible for their playoff roster, if Oakland makes it that far. Dunn has played the most regular-season games of any current major-leaguer who has never played a postseason game.
Pirates Have Seen Enough of Cueto
From Elias: Johnny Cueto scattered nine hits over eight innings and stuck around long enough to be credited with the victory after Chris Heisey hit a tie-breaking home run in the ninth inning to help the Reds defeat the Pirates, 3-2. Cueto improved his career record against Pittsburgh to 17-4, including a 4-0 mark against the Bucs this year. No Reds pitcher had defeated the Pirates four times in one season since 2009, when both Cueto and Homer Bailey did so. Cueto is the first Reds pitcher to beat Pittsburgh four or more times in two different seasons since Joe Nuxhall, who did so in three seasons (1954, 1955 and 1957).
Flaherty and Hardy Imitate Ripken and Dauer
From Elias: Ryan Flaherty's three-run home run gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead in the third inning and J.J. Hardy's sixth-inning grand slam increased Baltimore's lead to 10-2 on its way to a 12-8 win against the Twins. It's only the second game since the franchise relocated to Baltimore in 1954 in which two Orioles middle infielders each homered with two or more runners on base. It occurred previously on August 26, 1982, when Cal Ripken and Rich Dauer both hit three-run shots in a 12-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium.
Ryu Returns and Doesn't Miss a Beat
From Elias: The Dodgers avoided a series sweep at the hands of the Padres as Hyun-Jin Ryu returned from the disabled list and earned his 14th victory of the season. Ryu is 6-0 with a 1.83 ERA this season in the nine starts he's made which immediately followed Dodgers losses.
Bautista Homers Again
From Elias: Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion hit solo home runs that erased a 3-0 deficit in the Blue Jays' 4-3 victory over the Yankees. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Bautista homered, matching Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco and Baltimore's Caleb Joseph for the longest such streaks in the majors this season. Bautista's home-run streak is the second-longest in Blue Jays history, behind Jose Cruz, Jr., who homered in six straight games in 2001.
Mariners Overcome 3 Washington Homers
From Elias: Dustin Ackley had an RBI single and a three-run homer in the Mariners' 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Nationals at Seattle. The Nationals scored their runs on two solo home runs by Bryce Harper and one by Nate Schierholtz. It was the Mariners' first victory at Safeco Field in more than three years in a game in which they allowed three or more home runs (since a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on August 15, 2011). During the interim, Seattle went 0-13 in home games in which it surrendered three or more homers.
Bumgarner Wears His Sunday Best
From Elias: The Giants routed the Brewers with Madison Bumgarner earning the victory to improve his mark to 6-0 on Sundays this season and 12-1 in Sunday decisions for his career. Bumgarner's .923 career winning percentage on Sundays is the highest for any active pitcher with a minimum of ten wins on that day of the week, ahead of Clayton Kershaw's .800 mark (20-5).
Mets Bats Come Alive at Home
From Elias: Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 to lead the Mets' 11-hit attack in their 6-5 win over the Phillies in New York. The Mets had not recorded more than six hits in any of their previous 10 games at Citi Field. That tied the modern major-league record (i.e., since 1900) for consecutive home games with six or fewer hits, a mark set by the Oakland Athletics in 1980.