Red Sox 10, Orioles 0 – This is what Clay Buchholz’s curveball looks like, and none of the Baltimore Orioles’ hitters could get a base hit off of it or any of his other pitchers. The 23-year-old tossed a no-no in his second major league start, ending it with the nasty 12-6 hook against Nick Markakis for a strikeout. Kevin Youkilis hit a three-run homer and David Ortiz hit a bases-loaded double for run support.
Mets 5, Braves 1 – Mike Pelfrey makes some use of his skills, snapping a losing streak that got him sent down to the minors earlier this year and getting a win the Mets needed badly.
Rangers 7, Angels 6 – Bad day for Kelvim Escobar and a good one for Marlon Byrd, as Byrd touches up the Halos for three hits and a solo homer.
Padres 7, Dodgers 0 – Jake Peavy remains filthy while Mike Cameron smacks a grand slam off of Derek Lowe to provide the cushion.
Tigers 6, Athletics 1 – Justin Verlander is carrying the Tigers right now with the rest of the pitching staff having issues. Curtis Granderson has the big game, going 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a homer, as the Tiger bats saddle Dan Haren with 11 hits.
Cubs 4, Astros 3 – Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee go deep to provide the lead and Ryan Dempster holds onto it for a save despite coughing up a longball to Carlos Lee.
Yankees 9, Devil Rays 6 – A-Rod homers and drives in four, not distracted after both Joe Torre and Joe Maddon play gamesmanship by asking the bats of Akinori Iwamura and Rodriguez to be confiscated. Quoth Maddon: “I said, ‘It’s an illegal bat.’ I said, ‘I can’t see inside it, but there might be something inside that bat. I don’t have X-ray vision. He’s got 45 home runs, it’s Sept. 1.’ That was my argument.”
Marlins 12, Phillies 6 – J.D. Durbin couldn’t even get a batter out in his start, and Philly pitching gave up too many runs for the offense to come back from (although they tried, bless them.)
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