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3 POWER PLAY GOALS IN 2ND PERIOD
Niklas Kronwall, Brian Rafalski and Henrik Zetterberg each scored power play goals in the second period in Detroit's Game Five victory. That tied the record for the most power play goals in one period of a Cup Final; it has been done five other times, most recently by the Avalanche against the Panthers in 1996.
RED WINGS: A DECISIVE GAME 5 VICTORY
The Red Wings took a three-games-to-two lead in the Stanley Cup Final with a 5-0 victory over the Penguins. It the history of the best-of-seven Cup Final tied at two wins each, there had been only one other Game Five with such a large margin of victory. That was Montreal's 6-0 home win over Chicago in Game Five in the 1965 Final. (Chicago won Game Six at home, but the Canadiens won the Cup by taking Game Seven in Montreal.)
The shutout was the third for Chris Osgood in Stanley Cup Final competition, tying Martin Brodeur for the most among active goaltenders.
ETHIER WALKOFF REPRISE
Andre Ethier's second home run of the game produced his second walkoff RBI within 19 hours in the Dodgers' 12-inning win over the Phillies. Since moving to Los Angeles more than 50 years ago, the Dodgers have had only two other players produce walkoff RBIs in each of two consecutive team games: Manny Mota against the Astros in 1976 and Nomar Garciaparra against the Brewers in 2006.
DODGERS GO 20 OVER .500
The Dodgers' 12-inning victory over the Phillies lifted their season won-lost record to 39-19. It's the fewest games into a season for the Dodgers to reach the 20-games-over-.500 mark since 1983, when Tommy Lasorda's crew did it with a 34-14 record.
LESTER PERFECT THROUGH 6 1/3 INNINGS
Jon Lester retired the first 19 Rangers batters and went the distance in the Red Sox' 8-1 victory over the Rangers. It was the most consecutive batters retired from the start of a game by a Boston pitcher since Sept. 10, 1991, when Roger Clemens mowed down the first 19 hitters in a game at Detroit.
RAYS WIN WITH 4 OFF RIVERA IN NINTH
Mariano Rivera was charged with four ninth-inning runs, as the Rays broke a 5-5 tie and then withstood two runs in the bottom of the inning in Tampa Bay's 9-7 win in New York. Rivera has pitched 1,047 innings in his career, and this was just the 10th time that he has allowed as many as four runs in a single inning.
The first time came exactly 14 years earlieron June 6, 1995-in Rivera's third game in the major leagues. Then a starting pitcher, Mariano allowed five runs to the Athletics in the third inning-an inning in which he faced, among others, Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire, Ruben Sierra and Scott Brosius and allowed a grand-slam home run to Geronimo Berroa. (The last time Rivera allowed as many as four runs in an inning came on April 27, 2007, when the Red Sox reached him for four runs in one-third of an inning.
TEX HITS 17TH HR
Mark Teixeira hit his 17th home run in his 198th at-bat of the season in the Yankees' loss to the Rays. Only three others have hit as many home runs in their first 200 at-bats with the Yankees: one all-time great Hall-of-Famer (Babe Ruth, 22 in 1920), one two-time MVP (Roger Maris, 19 in 1960) and one, well, flash in the pan (Kevin Maas, 18 in 1990).
NAVARRO'S 3 ERRORS: NO HARM, NO FOUL
Dioner Navarro committed three errors in the Rays' game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday-and lived to laugh about it when Tampa Bay roughed up CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera to pull out a 9-7 win. Coincidentally, the last major league catcher to commit three errors in a game also did it against the Yankees, in the Bronx, in a victory, and in a game started by Sabathia! That was Cleveland's Einar Diaz, who compressed three errors into his team's 7-4 win on June 1, 2001, in a game halted by rain in the sixth inning. (Sabathia, the Indians' starting pitcher that day, was knocked out in the fifth but earned the victory.)
FIELDER: 5 HRs in LAST 5 GAMES IN ATLANTA
Prince Fielder belted two home runs to lead the Brewers to a 3-0 victory in Atlanta, giving the big fellow five home runs in his last five games at Turner Field. The Braves' ballyard, anything but a home run haven, has seen only four other visitors connect for five home runs over a five-game spana club into which applicants need to be in the executive-premiere class of home run hitters.
Fielder has joined Barry Bonds (who actually hit six over a five-game span), Mike Piazza, Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran as the only visiting players to have done that.
JACKSON: CG, AND WHAT A FINISH!
Edwin Jackson not only threw a complete-game victory over the Angels-but he did so in a 2-1 game and he finished with a flourish, with a three-up, three-down, three-strikeouts ninth inning.
CC Sabathia had a similar game for the Brewers against the Reds last July 13; a complete-game victory in a game decided by one run, with a three-up, three-down, three-strikeouts ninth inning. Prior to CC, no major leaguer had turned in such a performance since 1998, when Curt Schilling did it for the Phillies.
Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a game-winning RBI double in the eighth inning off Twins left-handed reliever Sean Henn on Saturday. Griffey is only 6 for 30 (.200) against left-handed pitchers this season, but all six of those hits have been for extra bases (two doubles, four homers).
PODSEDNIK'S HIT ENDS A LOOOONG STREAK
Scott Podsednik's RBI single in the seventh inning not only produced the final run in the White Sox' 4-2 win over the Indians; it was also his team's first hit with a runner in scoring position since Jim Thome's three-run homer back on Monday.
Podsednik's hit ended Chicago's streak of 27 consecutive hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position, the longest by the White Sox since a 29-at-bat hitless stretch with runners in scoring position back in July of 1998.
BLOOMQUIST'S 3-RUN TRIPLE
Willie Bloomquist's bases-loaded triple broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning and propelled the Royals to a 6-2 win at Toronto. Bloomquist had only six triples in 540 big-league games prior to this year, but in 39 games this season, he now possesses the unusual extra-base hit totals of two doubles, four triples and one homer.
Bloomquist still has a long way to go to catch the Royals' all-time triples leaders, George Brett (137) and Willie Wilson (133). But he has matched both Brett and Wilson in the number of three-run triples for the Royals; each had only one.
LANNAN MAKES QUICK WORK OF METS
John Lannan went the distance for the Nationals on Saturday night and he had to throw only 96 pitches to earn a 7-1 victory over the Mets. It was only the second time in the Nationals' five seasons in Washington that they had a pitcher hurl a nine-inning complete game in which he threw fewer than 100 pitches. The other one was by Pedro Astacio, who threw 89 pitches in his 5-0 shutout win over the Braves on Aug. 15, 2006. The last pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game of fewer than 100 pitches against the Mets was none other than Johan Santana, who threw 92 pitches in a 9-0 win for the Twins at Shea Stadium on June 19, 2007.
STEWART: 2 HR, 5 RBI
Ian Stewart had two home runs and five RBIs in the Rockies' 10-1 win in St. Louis. It was the 51st game in the Rockies' 17-year history in which one of their players had at least two homers and at least five RBIs, but only 14 of those 51 games have come on the road. The only other Rockies player to do it in St. Louis: Larry Walker, with three home runs and eight RBIs on April 28, 1999.