Diamondbacks 12, Braves 6 – Now this is helping your own cause. Micah Owings goes deep twice, drives in six, goes 4-5 overall, and scores four runs himself while throwing three hit ball for seven innings.
Red Sox 10, Angels 5 – Spicoli the Younger decided to go after Big Papi with the bases loaded, and Ortiz made him pay for it with a go-ahead grand slam. The Bosox tacked on four more later.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 3 – More Operation Grandslam, as Daryle Ward has the bases juiced and squeezes them. Sean Marshall gets back to .500 despite Cub pitching giving up three solo jacks.
Rockies 7, Dodgers 4 (F/14) – Matt Holliday keeps stroking it, driving home the go-ahead run in the 14th for his 96th RBI on the season.
Yankees 5, Tigers 2 – The bright spot f0r the Tigers was Cameron Maybin, who gets called up and launches his first major league homer off Roger Clemens (who did not take kindly to it, and brushed him back inside the next time up). The old man continued to pitch out of sticky situations for the win. Jorge Posada and Bobby Abreu went deep.
Mets 7, Nats 4 – What’s Luis Castillo doing hitting a home run? Seriously. He and David Wright drove in two a piece to give Oliver Perez enough run support.
Rangers 5, Twins 0 – Minnesota, here’s your problem: you can’t make a pitcher like Kameron Loe look competent and expect to win. Also, you can’t go pitching to Marlon Byrd like that when he’s hot.
Pirates 11, Phillies 6 – If the Phillies are going to take a crack at the division, they might want to try pitching along with the explosive hitting. Usually, six runs is pretty good to win games, but not the way Philly pitches.
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