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NUGGETS SCORE 43 IN THE FOURTH QUARTER
The Nuggets scored 43 points in the fourth quarter of their Game 4 win over the Lakers on Monday night. In Phil Jackson's 293 playoff games as an NBA head coach his team had never before allowed that many points in any one quarter.
DENVER TRIO DOMINATES THE BOARDS
Three Denver players had at least 13 rebounds in the team's Game 4 win over Los Angeles on Monday night: Kenyon Martin (15), Chris Andersen (14) and Nene (13). It's the first time in 15 years that three teammates each recorded 13-or-more rebounds in a playoff game. That had last been done by Utah's Karl Malone, Felton Spencer and Tyrone Corbin in a double-OT loss to Denver in 1994.
A MEMORIAL DAY TO REMEMBER
Monday was the first day in major-league history on which two different teams won games after trailing by at least six runs in the eighth inning or later. Cleveland was down 10-2 in the eighth inning before rallying to beat Tampa Bay and San Diego overcame a 7-1 deficit in the eighth inning and defeated Arizona.
DOWN 10 RUNS? NO PROBLEM FOR THE INDIANS
Cleveland overcame a 10-0 deficit and beat the Rays on Monday night, 11-10. It's the third time in the last 25 years that the Indians won a game after trailing by at least 10 runs. They rallied from 10 runs down to beat the Twins in 1984 and came back from a 12-run disadvantage to beat the Mariners in 2001. Over that span, all other major league teams have combined for five comeback victories of that type.
The Rays led, 10-2, in the eighth inning. Over the last 19 seasons (1991-2009) a major league team has won after trailing by at least eight runs in the eighth inning or later only three times-and in each of those instances, it was the Indians that came back to win! Cleveland previously did that in a win over Seattle in 2001 and also in a victory over the Angels in 1999.
The Indians' win on Monday night came 10 days after they blew a seven-run lead and lost to the Rays. It's the first time in 10 years that two teams in the same season each posted wins against each other after trailing by at least seven runs. Cleveland and Kansas City pulled off that exacta in 1999.
AN HISTORIC COMEBACK BY THE PADRES
The Padres trailed the Diamondbacks, 7-1, in the eighth inning on Monday, but rallied for a victory in 10 innings, increasing their winning streak to 10 games. They are the first team in major-league history to extend a winning streak to 10 or more games by overcoming a deficit of six or more runs in the eighth inning or later.
A PERFECT DAY FOR THE LEADOFF MEN
Ichiro Suzuki and Adam Kennedy each went 4-for-4 in Monday's Mariners-Athletics game. It was the first major-league game in 38 years in which each team's leadoff hitter was a perfect 4-for-4 or better. Graig Nettles (5-for-5) and Rod Carew (4-for-4) last did that, in an Indians-Twins game in 1971.
SIX HOLIDAY HITS FOR SANCHEZ
Freddy Sanchez went 6-for-6 in Pittsburgh's win at Wrigley Field on Monday night. In the last 75 years, only one other major-league player had six (or more) hits in a game on Memorial Day: Paul Lo Duca, who did it for the Dodgers in 2001, and like Sanchez, punctuated a 6-for-6 performance with a home run. Deja vu anyone? In 1975, the Pirates' Rennie Stennett tied a major-league record with seven hits in one game against the Cubs at Wrigley.
A GREAT WAY TO END A SLUMP
Bill Hall's 10th-inning hit gave the Brewers a 1-0 win against St. Louis on Monday. That single broke Hall's streak of 20 consecutive hitless at-bats. Over the last five seasons, only one other player ended a drought of 0-for-20 or worse with a walkoff hit: D'Angelo Jimenez, who snapped an 0-for-22 slump in that manner for Washington in 2007.
THE DEFENDING CHAMPS HAVE THINGS BACKWARDS
Philadelphia's loss to Florida on Monday night dropped its record at Citizens Bank Park this season to 8-13. Meanwhile, the Phillies are 16-6 on the road. Only one other team in major league history was at least 10 games above .500 on the road and five-or-more games below .500 at home this early (in terms of games played) in a season: the 1916 New York Giants, who reached that odd combination in their first 29 games (15-5 on the road and 1-8 at home).
AN UNEARNED DISTINCTION
Houston's losing streak reached five games on Monday, with its 8-5 defeat in Cincinnati, and all eight runs allowed by the Astros were unearned. It's the third time in the last 60 years that a National League team allowed at least eight runs in a game, all of them unearned, and the Astros have done it each time. They gave up 16 unearned runs in a 16-4 loss to the Mets in 1985, and eight unearned runs in a 9-8 win vs. San Francisco in 1981.
A-ROD GOES 5-FOR-5 AGAINST HIS OLD TEAM
Alex Rodriguez went 5-for-5 in the Yankees' win against the Rangers on Monday. Rodriguez, who played for Texas from 2001 to 2003, joins Ruben Sierra as the only players to have a five-hit game against the Rangers after previously playing for Texas. Sierra did that in 2002, and like A-Rod on Monday, he was a perfect 5-for-5.
This was Rodriguez's second five-hit game at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington; he had one for Texas in 2003. In the last 20 years, two other players had five-hit games in the same ballpark, both as a visitor and as a member of the home team: Paul Molitor in the Metrodome and Sierra in Arlington.
VERLANDER STAYS HOT
Justin Verlander threw seven shutout innings and struck out eight in his victory at Kansas City on Monday. Over his last six starts, Verlander is now 5-0, with 60 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.85. Only one other active pitcher ever had a six-start stretch in which he won at least five times, struck out 60-or-more batters and had an ERA below 1.00: Randy Johnson, who has done that in four different seasons (1994, 1997, 1998 and 2000).
A 20-HIT DIFFERENTIAL
The White Sox had 24 hits in their 17-3 win in Anaheim on Monday night, and they held the Angels to only four hits. It's the first time in 54 years than the White Sox had at least 20 more hits in one game than their opponent. On April 23, 1955, in a 29-6 win against Kansas City, the Sox out-hit the Athletics, 29-6, mirroring the final score.
A TOUGH NO-DECISION FOR CARPENTER
Chris Carpenter threw eight shutout innings, struck out 10 and did not walk a batter, but took a no-decision in the Cardinals' 10-inning 1-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday afternoon. Over the last five seasons, only one other pitcher failed to earn a win despite throwing at least eight scoreless innings, recording 10-or-more strikeouts and not issuing a walk: Tim Lincecum, last month against Arizona. Prior to Carpenter, the last Cardinals pitcher who did not win a game under those conditions was Lee Meadows in 1917.
A DOUBLE NO-NO THROUGH FIVE
The Cardinals and Brewers were both hitless through five innings. For Chris Carpenter and Yovani Gallardo it was the major leagues' first double no-no of at least five innings since William VanLandingham and Kevin Brown did it in a Giants-Marlins game in 1997 in which Brown completed the no-hitter.
BLUE JAYS CAN'T BUY A WIN...OR A HOME RUN
The Blue Jays lost their seventh straight game on Monday and they have now failed to hit a home run in each of their last six games. It's the first time in six years that a team had six consecutive homerless losses. Detroit and Arizona each had six successive games like that in 2003.
ISHIKAWA BELTS THE BRAVES
Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa was 4-for-4 with a home run in an 8-2 win over Atlanta on Monday. San Francisco had been the only team in the majors without a home run from a first baseman this season, and the team's batting average at that position entering Monday's game (.212) was second-lowest in the National League.
TWO BIG INNINGS FOR THE DODGERS AT COORS
Los Angeles scored seven runs in the fourth inning and eight runs in the seventh inning against Colorado on Wednesday. The last time the Dodgers scored seven or more runs in two different innings in the same game was on June 24, 1950, in a 21-12 win over the Pirates at Ebbets Field.
Joe Mauer's pinch-hit home run on Monday was his 11th home run since beginning his season on May 1. That's the most home runs in a calendar month by a Twins player since Tom Brunansky had 11 homers in August 1984.