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BLUE JAYS ROOKIE GETS FIRST CAREER VICTORY
Toronto rookie Robert Ray pitched eight innings and allowed only one unearned run to earn his first major-league win when he beat the White Sox, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon. The only other rookie to pitch at least eight innings and not give up an earned run in a game this season is Ray's teammate, Brett Cecil, who did that in Oakland last Sunday when he threw eight innings of shutout ball to record his first big-league victory.
A-ROD'S WALKOFF HOMER
Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Yankees a 6-4 victory over the Twins on Satrurday. It was the eighth walkoff homer of A-Rod's major-league career and his fifth in six seasons with the Yankees. Rodriguez did not hit any game-ending home runs in seven seasons with the Mariners and he had three in three years with the Rangers.
SORIANO'S THIRD GW-RBI IN 7TH INNING OR LATER
Alfonso Soriano's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Cubs a 5-4 win over the Astros, after Houston scored four runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. It was Soriano's third game-winning RBI in the seventh inning or later this season, tying him with Ryan Braun and Raul Ibanez for the National League lead in that category.
IBANEZ: THREE HOMERS AS PHILS SWEEP TWO FROM NATS
Raul Ibanez, who signed with the Phillies as a free agent last December, hit three home runs in Philadelphia's sweep of a day/night doubleheader in Washington. Ibanez's 13 home runs this season are the most by anyone who played in the majors in 2008 and changed teams during the offseason. The only other player in double-figures is Washington's Adam Dunn with 10.
SANTANA FINALLY GETS SOME RUN SUPPORT... AND HE NEEDED IT
Johan Santana allowed only eight runs in his first seven starts this season but had only a 4-2 record mostly due to very poor run support (2.1 runs per game). But on Saturday it was a decidedly sub-par Santana who was picked up by his teammates' bats as he beat the Giants despite allowing six runs and 11 hits in seven innings, with the Mets racking up nine runs. It was the first time in Santana's career that he won a game in which he allowed six or more runs. Johan was 0-10 with three no-decisions in the 13 previous games in which he gave up at least six runs, all of them with the Twins.
JOHN BAKER'S FOURTH HOME RUN IN MAY
John Baker hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to break a 22 tie and send the Marlins on their way to a 63 win over the Dodgers. It was the fifth home run of the season for the Marlins' catcher and his fourth this month. Baker's four home runs as a catcher in May tie him with Chris Iannetta and Bengie Molina for second-most in the majors, behind Joe Mauer, who has six.
WRIGHT'S LAST THREE GAMES ARE UNPRECEDENTED
David Wright has nine hits, nine RBIs and five stolen bases over the first three games of the Mets' series in San Francisco. Since 1920, the first year that RBIs were officially recorded in the major leagues, no other player ever had nine-or-more hits, nine-or-more RBIs and five-or-more steals over any three-game span, whether within one series or not.
SHEFFIELD'S FOURTH STRAIGHT MULTI-HIT GAME
Gary Sheffield, starting his fourth consecutive game, went 3-for-4 for the Mets in their 9-6 win in San Francisco. Sheffield, who is 9-for-18 over his last four games with at least two hits in each game, had only eight hits in 45 at-bats this season before this stretch. This is only the second time over the last six seasons that Sheffield has had four (or more) consecutive multiple-hit games. He had a five-game streak for the Yankees in April 2006.
BIG UNIT IS WINLESS IN LAST SIX STARTS VS. THE METS
Randy Johnson, who took the loss for the Giants in Saturday's game, is 0-4 with two no-decisions in his last six starts against the Mets, dating back to 2005. It's only the fifth time that Johnson has gone winless in at least six consecutive starts versus one team. His other winless streaks of that length were all against A.L. clubs: the Orioles (eight starts, 1990-1994), Tigers (seven, 1991-1994), Yankees (seven, 1993-1995) and Devil Rays (six, 1998-2005).
VICTOR MARTINEZ RAISES HIS AVERAGE TO .409
Victor Martinez had three of the Indians' six hits in their 4-2 loss to the Rays, improving his major league-leading batting average to .409 (61 hits in 149 at-bats). No Cleveland player has had a batting average that high at least 149 at-bats into a season since August 1959, when Tito Francona was hitting .410 (96-for-234), though he did not have enough plate appearances to qualify for the A.L. batting lead.
BREWERS WIN WITH ONLY TWO HITS
The Brewers had only two hits in their game in St. Louis but one of them was a solo homer by Corey Hart and that was enough to beat the Cardinals, 1-0, on Saturday, as Jeff Suppan and three Milwaukee relievers shut out St. Louis. It was only the second time in franchise history that the Brewers won a road game in which they had no more than two hits. The Brewers did that in Anaheim on June 9, 1973, a 1-0 win on a home run by "Downtown" Ollie Brown.
This was only the second time in the last 50 years that the Cardinals lost a home game in which they allowed two or fewer hits. The Mets won 2-0 at Busch Stadium on April 19, 1978 in a game in which each team had a mere two hits.
VICENTE PADILLA'S THIRD STRAIGHT LENGTHY START
Vicente Padilla allowed 10 hits in eight innings in his 5-3 win over the Angels on Saturday, after giving up only one hit and pitching at least seven innings in each of his past two starts. It's only the third time in Padilla's four seasons with the Rangers that he's pitched seven or more innings in each of three consecutive starts. He also did that in July 2006 and April/May 2007.
RICK PORCELLO IS 3-0 IN MAY
Detroit's Rick Porcello, who beat the A's on Saturday night, has won all three of his starts this month, allowing only two runs in 18 innings. Porcello's three wins in May tie him for the major-league high among rookies with Washington's Shairon Martis and the Angels' Matt Palmer.
ORIOLES' FIRST WIN WHEN SCORING THREE OR FEWER RUNS
Baltimore's 3-2 victory in Kansas City marked the first time this season that the Orioles won a game in which they scored three-or-fewer runs. (They were 0-11 before Saturday's victory.) Four major-league teams remain winless in such games this season: the Rays (0-15), Indians (0-14), Cubs (0-12) and Phillies (0-12).
BRAVES' WORST SHUTOUT LOSS AT TURNER FIELD
The Braves' 12-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night was their worst margin of defeat in a shutout at Turner Field, which opened in 1997. The Braves suffered three shutout losses by 12 runs or more in the 31 seasons they played at Fulton County Stadium: 19-0 to the Expos in 1978, 16-0 to the Reds in 1994, and 13-0 to the Giants in 1970.