Date: July 25, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

MLB

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Maholm

MAHOLM WINS 5 IN A ROW FOR FIRST TIME

From Elias: Paul Maholm pitched eight innings to earn the victory in the Cubs' 5-1 victory at Pittsburgh. It was Maholm's 36th win at PNC Park, the highest total in stadium history, and it extended his winning streak to five games, a career best. That leaves only two active major leaguers with at least 200 starts who have never won five consecutive decisions: Jamey Wright and Kip Wells.

Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Wainwright

CARDINALS PITCHER FINALLY DELIVERS AT THE PLATE

From Elias: Adam Wainwright drove in two runs in the Cardinals' 8-2 win over the Dodgers. Those were the first RBI by a Cardinals pitcher since Jaime Garcia drove in two runs on April 18. That span of 78 games without a RBI by a pitcher was a team record, shattering the previous mark of 51 games set in 1988. (The streak does not include games at AL parks in which a designated hitter was used.)

St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers

ONCE EVERY 113 YEARS ...

From Elias: The Phillies rallied for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Brewers, 7-6. It was the second consecutive game that the Phillies won after trailing by three or more runs in the eighth inning or later. They had done that only once before, 113 years ago, with a pair of walk-off wins over the Pirates at Baker Bowl in August 1899.

Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers

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Lee

LEE THROWS 4 LATE GOPHER BALLS

From Elias: Cliff Lee tied a career-high by allowing four home runs in the Phillies' win over the Brewers, including one by Zack Greinke marking the first time that an opposing pitcher has taken Lee deep. But what was truly remarkable was that all four homers came after the fifth inning. Lee was the first starting pitcher to throw four or more gopher balls in the sixth inning or later since Mark Langston of the Mariners did it in 1988.

Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers

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Cespedes

CESPEDES EXTENDS HIS RBI SURGE

From Elias: Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs with a single in the seventh inning in the A's 7-2 win at Toronto. Cespedes has 12 RBI in 10 games since the All-Star break, the highest RBI total over a 10-game span by an A's rookie since September 2007, when Kurt Suzuki drove in 12 runs in 10 games.

Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

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Cordero

FORMER SAVE KING CORDERO FAILS AGAIN

From Elias: Quick, who led the majors in saves over the past five seasons (2007-2011)? Valverde, Rivera, Papelbon? No, no, and no. It was Francisco Cordero, with 194 saves for the Brewers (2007) and Reds (2008-2011). But the wheels have come off for Cordero this season. He lost the closer job in Toronto when he blew three straight potential saves early in the season. And on Tuesday night, he made his first appearance in a save situation for the Astros and allowed three runs in the top of the ninth as the Reds rallied for a 4-2 win at Houston.

Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds

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Damon

CUNNINGHAM SQUEEZES IN WINNING RUN

From Elias: Aaron Cunningham, who replaced Johnny Damon for defense, delivered the game-winning run with a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh as the Indians topped the Tigers, 3-2. It was only the second time in the last seven seasons that a defensive sub drove in a game-winning run for the Indians. Orlando Cabrera was the other (last season against the Diamondbacks).

Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers

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De Vries

DE VRIES COULD USE A LITTLE HELP

From Elias: The Twins bullpen collapsed on Tuesday night, allowing four runs in the seventh inning and five in the eighth as the White Sox rallied for an 11-4 victory. It was the third time this month that Minnesota's hard-luck starter, Cole De Vries, left a game in line for a victory only to see his teammates squander the lead. That total ties De Vries for third most in the AL for the entire season.

Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox

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Nathan

AVILES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NATHAN'S POOR CONTROL

From Elias: Joe Nathan opened the door with a pair of two-out walks and Mike Aviles stroked a game-winning single to give the Red Sox a 2-1 victory at Texas. In 20 appearances against Boston, this was only the second time that Nathan issued two unintentional walks in the same inning.

Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox

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Heyward

HEYWARD DELIVERS LATE GAME-WINNER

From Elias: Jason Heyward's tie-breaking single in the seventh inning gave the Braves a 4-3 win at Miami. It was Heyward's eighth game-winning RBI in the seventh inning or later in three seasons with the Braves. The only Atlanta player with as many late game-winners as Heyward during that time is Chipper Jones (9).

Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins

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Conrad

CONRAD'S SPECIALTY: THE GAME-WINNING HOMER

From Elias: Brooks Conrad's two-run homer in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winner in the Rays' 3-1 victory at Baltimore. Conrad hit six game-winning home runs in his three seasons with the Braves (2009-2011), including four as a pinch-hitter.

Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles

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Valdespin

VALDESPIN APPROACHES A RECORD

From Elias: The Mets suffered their 10th loss in 11 games on Tuesday night as the Nationals snapped R.A. Dickey's 11-game winning streak. But Jordany Valdespin gave Mets fans one moment of excitement when he hit his fifth pinch-hit home run of the season. That tied Cliff Johnson for the second-highest single-season total ever recorded by a rookie. Johnson hit five pinch-homers for the Astros in 1974. Craig Wilson was a rookie when he tied Dave Hansen's major-league record for PH-HR with seven in 2001.

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

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Smith

ROOKIE SMITH STYMIES ANGELS

From Elias: Will Smith allowed one run on two hits over seven innings in the Royals' 4-1 win at Anaheim. Smith was the first rookie starter to pitch at least seven innings and allow two or fewer hits against the Angels since Trevor Cahill shut out the halos on two hits over seven innings in 2009.

Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels

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Hernandez

KING FELIX EXTENDS YANKEES WEST COAST WOES

From Elias: Felix Hernandez was the latest pitcher to halt the struggling Yankees' offense. Hernandez allowed four hits over 7.1 innings in the Mariners' 4-2 victory. The Yankees have scored four runs or less in each of six games on their current west coast road trip. They scored at least five runs in each of 10 straight games prior to this trip, all in the Eastern time zone.

Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees


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