Indians 5, Tigers 2 – How sick is Fausto Carmona this year? 10 Ks, one run, and four hits over eight innings of work to join the few pitchers that have 14 wins in the majors right now.
Dodgers 6, Astros 3 – It’s not like L.A. started hitting, really, as a team. They just got lucky that Russell Martin did. Martin went deep twice in support of Brad Penny, who got win #14.
Blue Jays 2, Angels 1 – There’s something that doesn’t sit well with the Angels in regard to the Rogers Centre, as Shaun Marcum shut down the Halos for his fifth straight win.
Braves 6, Giants 3 – Barry Bonds hits yet another homer in the service of a Giant loss. Tim Hudson was tough to touch after that, and Bobby Cox gets tossed again one night after getting the record for career ejections. Hudson also went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run.
Orioles 6, Yankees 3 (F/10) – The Sandman is vulnerable at this late stage in his career, and Mariano Rivera got tagged in the 10th by Miguel Tejada with an RBI double and a two-run homer by Aubrey Huff.
Reds 11, Cubs 9 – An eighth inning homer by Josh Hamilton off the bench breaks a tie, completing a comeback from three runs down by Cincy. The Cubs are on a streak in a bad way, losing 10 out of the last 13.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 3 – But, the Cubs are still back by only a game and a half of the Brewers, because the Cardinals somehow manage to keep winning. Joel Piniero has some success by giving up only two runs in seven innings, with run support from Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds going yard. There’s a distinct possibility that hitters are figuring out Brewers starter Yovani Gollardo as they get a second look at him.
Twins 6, Mariners 1 – Boy, Torii Hunter doesn’t need much motivation. Calling out his manager and teammates on a road trip is ballsy, but it works if you can back it up, and a tie-breaking single in the eighth along with a grand slam in the ninth is plenty of back-up. Minnesota’s gonna miss him next season.
Mets 10, Pirates 8 – Usually, if the Mets score 10 runs, it’s an easy win — the problem is this one was five in the first inning, and five in the ninth — meaning comeback. Aaron Sele is the latest weakness in the Mets bullpen, helping give up four runs to the Pirates in the ninth, until Billy Wagner came in to finish it off.
(Photo: AP/Tony Dejak)