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Falcons take 56-0 lead in rout of Buccaneers
From Elias: The Falcons routed the Buccaneers, 56-14, and were ahead 56-0 heading into the fourth quarter, before Tampa Bay scored two touchdowns in the final period. Only one other NFL team in the last 90 years had such a large lead through the first three quarters of a game: the Patriots, in 2009, forged a 59-0 lead over the Titans through 45 minutes and won the game by that same score.
Hester passes Sanders and joins Sayers
From Elias: Devin Hester scored on a 62-yard punt return, ran 20 yards for a touchdown and had one catch for 25 yards. Hester's 62-yard score was the 20th return TD of his career, setting an NFL record that he had shared with Deion Sanders. The only other NFL players in the past 50 years who had a punt-return touchdown, a TD run of at least 20 yards and a reception for 25 or more yards in the same game are Gale Sayers (1965 Bears) and Freddie Solomon (1976 Dolphins). Sayers was a rookie in 1965 and he tied an NFL record with six touchdowns in that game against the 49ers.
Lucroy ties MLB record for doubles as a catcher
From Elias: Jonathan Lucroy tied Ivan Rodriguez's major-league record for doubles in one season as a catcher when he hit his 45th two-bagger as a backstop in the Brewers' game at St. Louis on Thursday. Rodriguez set the mark in 1996 when he hit 45 doubles as a catcher for the Texas Rangers. Before Pudge, the only major-league player ever to hit more than 40 doubles as a catcher in one season was Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane with 42 for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930.
Jeter ends his home-game homer drought
From Elias: Derek Jeter snapped his streak of 298 consecutive homerless at-bats at Yankee Stadium when hit hit a solo shot off R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against the Blue Jays. Jeter's homer ended the longest home-run drought by any player in the six-year history of the current Yankee Stadium and the longest homerless-at-bat streak in home games for a Yankee since Wade Boggs went 344 at-bats in the Bronx between home runs at the old stadium from 1996 to 1997.
Smolinksi smokes four hits
From Elias: Rookie Jake Smolinski recorded four hits in five at-bats to help lead the Rangers to a 7-2 win in Oakland on Thursday afternoon. Smolinksi, who made his major-league debut in July, has played only 14 games in the big leagues but he's produced six multiple-hit games. He's the second Texas rookie to register four hits in one game this year; Rougned Odor did that when he went 4 for 5 against the Tigers in Detroit on May 24. The only other teams that have had two different rookies notch four-hit games on the road this season are the Red Sox (Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt) and the Padres (Abraham Almonte, Tommy Medica).
Harper's fifth three-hit game in the last three weeks
From Elias: Bryce Harper notched three hits in the Nationals' 6-2 win over the Marlins in Miami. It was Harper's ninth three-hit game of the season and five of them have come in the last three weeks. That ties him with Buster Posey for the most games with three or more hits over that span (since August 29) by any major-league player.
Rosario's fourth hit is a walkoff homer
From Elias: Wilin Rosario's fourth hit on Thursday night was a game-ending two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning which earned the Rockies a 7-6 victory over the Diamondbacks. Rosario is the second player to register four hits, including a walkoff homer, in a major-league game this season. The first was Starling Marte in the Pirates' win against the Blue Jays on May 2.
Another five-run inning for the Dodgers
From Elias: The Dodgers overcame a three-run deficit by scoring five times in the seventh inning of their game at Wrigley Field and went on to post an 8-4 victory over the Cubs. It was the 15th time that the Dodgers scored five or more runs in an inning this season, the most of any National League team. It's more than twice as many five-run innings as the Dodgers recorded in the entire 2013 season (seven).
Erlin wins his third straight start without walking a batter
From Elias: San Diego's Robbie Erlin, making his first start since May 17, pitched six innings and did not walk a batter as he posted a victory against the Phillies on Thursday night. Erlin, who missed more than three months of the season due to a sore elbow, won his last two starts in May and he did not issue a walk in either of those games. He's the first San Diego pitcher to win three consecutive starts in one season without surrendering a base on balls since Greg Maddux in 2007.
Marte's power surge continues
From Elias: Starling Marte hit his 13th home run of the season in the Pirates' 3-2 win over the Red Sox. Marte hit only six home runs in his first 99 games this season (through August 17) but he leads the Pirates with seven home runs (in 26 games) since then.