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VARGAS'S PITCHING LINE ALMOST UNPRECEDENTED
From Elias: Jason Vargas allowed 10 runs, including five home runs, while pitching only 4 1/3 innings of the Mariners' 14-10 loss to the Diamondbacks. Vargas became only the second major-league pitcher since 1900 to give up 10 or more runs and at least five home runs in an outing of fewer than five innings. The only other pitcher in modern major-league history to do that was Frank Pastore of the 1979 Reds. He permitted 10 runs and five homers in a relief appearance of 2 1/3 innings at Dodger Stadium, in a game that Tom Seaver started for Cincinnati. Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Joe Ferguson, Derrel Thomas and Gary Thomasson went deep off Pastore, in a 17-6 Dodgers win.
ORTIZ HITS 10TH SLAM AT FENWAY
From Elias: David Ortiz's grand slam on Wednesday night was the 10th of his career at Fenway Park -- nine for the Red Sox and one for the Twins. (His lone road grand slam for Boston was against Tampa Bay in 2006.) Only two other players have hit at least 10 grand slams at one venue: Lou Gehrig had 11 at Yankee Stadium and Willie McCovey had 11 at Candlestick Park.
ANOTHER LONG SCORELESS INNINGS STREAK BY METS PITCHERS
From Elias: Mets pitchers, whose streak of 29 straight scoreless innings ended during Wednesday night's win against the Orioles, had shutout stretches of 28 innings and 25 innings earlier this season. The only other major-league team in the past 30 years that had three separate scoreless innings streaks of 25 or more innings in the same season was the 1992 Braves.
SLUGFEST IN THE BRONX
From Elias: The Yankees and Braves combined to hit nine home runs in Atlanta's 10-5 win in the Bronx on Wednesday. That tied the most homers hit in any Yankees game since 1951, Mickey Mantle's first year with the team. The only games in franchise history with more four-baggers were at Detroit's Briggs Stadium on June 23, 1950 (six by the Yankees, five by the Tigers) and at Shibe Park in Philadelphia on May 22, 1930 (five round-trippers apiece for Yankees and Athletics).
HANSON IMPROVES TO 7-0 AGAINST A.L. EAST
From Elias: Tommy Hanson was credited with the win against the Yankees and improved to 7-0 lifetime against the A.L. East. That ties him with Mark Buehrle for the most wins without a loss by any pitcher versus one division in the history of interleague play; Mark Buehrle is 7-0 against the N.L. East in interleague games.
STRASBURG WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT
From Elias: Stephen Strasburg, who struck out 10 batters in Wednesday night's victory over the Rays, has won his last six starts, recording 54 strikeouts over that span. At 23, he's the youngest pitcher to win six consecutive starts while striking out that many batters since 1984, when 19-year old Dwight Gooden was 6-0 with 70 strikeouts in a six-start span.
BRAUN REACHES 20 HOMERS AND 50 RBI
From Elias: Ryan Braun was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in on Wednesday, increasing his triple-crown numbers this season to a .321 batting average, 20 home runs and 51 RBI in 65 games. The only other reigning National League MVP who was batting .320 or higher with at least 20 homers and 50 or more RBI through his first 65 games of a season was Albert Pujols in 2009. (There have been nine years in which a player reached those triple-crown figures through his first 65 games after winning the American League's MVP award in the previous season.)
ROYALS WIN ANOTHER LOW-SCORING GAME
From Elias: The Royals edged the Astros on Wednesday, 2-1. It was Kansas City's sixth win this season in which it scored two or fewer runs and all of those victories have come since the first of June! That ties the most such wins in a calendar month by any American League team over the last 40 seasons.
TWINS EDGE PIRATES
From Elias: The Twins' 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday night was their first win this season when they scored two or fewer runs. That leaves the Tigers as the only team in the major leagues that has not won a game in which it scored either one or two runs.
CUBS BLANKED, PITCHERS RECORD ONLY ONE STRIKEOUT
From Elias: The Cubs were blanked by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, 7-0, and their pitchers went the entire game without recording a strikeout until Manny Corpas fanned Paul Konerko to end the bottom of the eighth inning. It had been 29 years since the last time that the only strikeout registered by the Cubs' staff was of the opponent's final batter of a game. That had last happened on August 16, 1983 at Wrigley Field, when Dick Ruthven concluded his complete-game five-hitter by striking out Mike Schmidt.
PHILLIES RALLY IN BOTTOM OF NINTH
From Elias: The Phillies scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Rockies. Prior to that rally, Philadelphia had been the only team in the major leagues that had not won a game this season in which it trailed in the eighth inning or later.
DARVISH DEFEATS PADRES
From Elias: Yu Darvish allowed two runs in eight innings and earned the win in the Rangers' victory over the Padres. That improved Darvish's record to 8-1 with a 2.51 ERA when facing a team for the first time this season, compared to 1-3 with a 6.53 ERA when pitching against a club for the second time.
WESTBROOK TAMES TIGERS AT COMERICA
From Elias: Jake Westbrook pitched a complete game, permitting only one unrearned run, in the Cardinals' 3-1 victory at Detroit. Westbrook entered the game with a 5.47 career ERA at Comerica Park, which was the second-highest for any active pitcher who had thrown at least 75 innings at that venue, slightly behind Chad Durbin (5.49)