Date: June 8, 2009

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

LAKERS HAND ORLANDO ITS SIXTH STRAIGHT LOSS IN FINALS

The Lakers took a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA Finals with an overtime win over the Magic. After being swept in its only previous NBA championship series, the Magic has extending its losing streak in the NBA Finals to six games, the second-longest for any NBA team to begin its franchise history. The Baltimore/Washington Bullets lost their first nine games in the Finals (four against Milwaukee in 1971, four against Golden State in 1975 and one against Seattle in 1978).

The Lakers took control of the overtime period with a 7-0 run. No team had scored seven straight points during overtime in an NBA Finals game since the 76ers scored nine in a row in their Game 1 win at Los Angeles in 2001.

Los Angeles Lakers

MLB

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Jones

CHIPPER MATCHES CAREER HIGH

Chipper Jones went 4-for-4 with two homers, a triple and five RBIs in the Braves' 8-7 win over the Brewers. Jones matched his single-game career high with five runs batted in, the 16th such game of his career. Chipper's 1402 career RBIs are the most for any player who has never driven in more than five runs in a game. Next on that list is Brooks Robinson (1357). The only other active player with at least 1000 RBIs but no more than five in any game is Derek Jeter (1027).

Atlanta Braves

DIAMONDBACKS WIN IN 18 INNINGS AFTER BLOWING FIVE-RUN LEAD IN NINTH

David Eckstein capped a five-run rally for the Padres with a game-tying, three-run pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth, but that would be San Diego's last hit in an 18-inning loss to the Diamondbacks. It was the second-longest game in major-league history in which one team trailed by as many as five runs in the ninth inning. The Marlins erased a 6-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth before losing to the Cardinals, 7-6, in 20 innings on April 27, 2003.

Four Arizona relievers held San Diego hitless from the tenth inning on to become the first group of relievers to throw nine straight hitless innings in a game since July 29, 1995, when the Royals bullpen didn't allow a hit over the last nine frames of a 16-inning win over the Tigers.

Josh Wilson, a journeyman infielder, absorbed the loss for San Diego after pitching the 18th inning and allowing three runs. Wilson, who had previously made emergency appearances on the mound for Tampa Bay (in 2007) and Arizona (earlier this season) is the first "position player" to pitch for three different team in the majors since John Cangelosi (1988 Pirates, 1995 Astros and 1997 Marlins).



Arizona Diamondbacks

LINCECUM NOTCHES HIS 30TH WIN

Tim Lincecum improved his career record to 30-11 with a victory over the Marlins. Only two other active pitchers had fewer than a dozen losses at the time of their 30th win in the majors: Tim Hudson (30-8) and Roy Oswalt (30-9). Lincecum is the first Giants pitcher to reach 30 major-league wins with so few losses since Sal Maglie (30-10) from 1945 to 1951.

San Francisco Giants

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Theriot

THERIOT HOMERS ON THE ROAD

Ryan Theriot was 3-for-6 with a home run in the Cubs' 14-inning win at Great American Ball Park. It was the 13th homer of Theriot's career, but his first away from Wrigley Field. Theriot was the first player to hit his first 12 major-league home runs at the same ballpark since the New York Giants' Bill Rigney hit his first 16 home runs at the Polo Grounds in the 1940s. Rigney hit each of his next three homers on the road, at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis), Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) and Shibe Park (Philadelphia).

Chicago Cubs

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Thomas

GRAND SLAM FOR A PINCH-RUNNER

Clete Thomas pinch-ran for Miguel Cabrera in the fourth inning before snapping a 5-5 deadlock with an eighth-inning grand slam in the Tigers' 9-6 win over the Angels. Over the past 40 seasons (1970-2009), only four other players hit a go-ahead grand slam in a game that they entered as a pinch runner: Rey Palacios (1990 Royals), Moises Alou (1992 Expos), Darrin Jackson (1998 Brewers) and Rico Brogna (2000 Red Sox).

Detroit Tigers

ATHLETICS WIN WITH TWO HITS

The Athletics had only two hits on Sunday but they still managed to defeat the Orioles, 3-0. It was only the second time in the last 11 seasons that Oakland won a game with as few as two hits. The other was a 2-1 decision over the Angels on Aug. 4, 2007 (also at Oakland).

Oakland Athletics

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Mazzaro

MAZZARO DOES IT AGAIN

Vin Mazzaro pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings for the A's in his second major-league appearance and he hasn't allowed a run in 13 2/3 innings since joining the club. Over the last 31 seasons (since 1979), the only other pitcher to accumulate more than 13 innings without being charged with a run over his first two games in the majors was Cleveland's Scott Lewis last September (14 innings).

Oakland Athletics

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Halladay

HALLADAY REACHES 10 WINS

Roy Halladay became the first 10-game winner in the majors this season as the Blue Jays improved their record to 32-27. Halladay is the first American League pitcher to win at least 10 of his team's first 59 games of a season since David Wells did so for Toronto in 2000. A lot has been made of Halladay pitching at least seven innings in each of his first 13 starts of a season, but he actually accumulated more innings through his first 13 starts last season (100 1/3) than he has this year (exactly 100).

Toronto Blue Jays

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Bastardo

BASTARDO IS A ROAD WARRIOR FOR PHILLIES

Philadelphia's Antonio Bastardo defeated the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday night after winning his big-league debut on Tuesday at San Diego. Bastardo is the first pitcher in franchise history to begin his major-league career by winning back-to-back starts with each game played on the road.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Cruz

HOMER, TRIPLE AND DOUBLE FOR CRUZ

Nelson Cruz had a home run, a triple and a double in the Rangers' win at Boston. Cruz was only the second major-leaguer to have three of the four components of a cycle in a game this season, missing only a single. The other was Erick Aybar, for the Angels on May 15. There have been 93 instances this season of a player being a triple shy of a cycle, 19 were missing only a home run, and eight others failed to hit a double to complete a cycle.

Texas Rangers

METS WIN A LAUGHER

The Mets scored two of their five first-inning runs on wild pitches and coasted to a 7-0 win at Washington. Craig Stammen was the second major-league pitcher to throw a pair of run-scoring wild pitches in an inning this season, joining Scott Kazmir, who also did it in the first inning of a game on April 29. Before this year, no pitcher had uncorked two first-inning wild pitches that allowed runs to score in one game since the Rangers' Rob Bell, at Toronto on Aug. 18, 2001.

New York Mets

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Gimenez

INDIANS GO BACK-TO-BACK TWICE IN A GAME

The Indians had back-to-back home runs from Chris Gimenez and Luis Valbuena in the second inning and from Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo in the fifth in their 8-4 win at Chicago. It was the second time this season that Cleveland had two pairs of players hit consecutive homers in the same game (also April 18 at Yankee Stadium). Cleveland is the first team to have two such games this early in a season (by June 7) since the 1994 White Sox.

Cleveland Indians

RIVERA RETIRES LONGORIA

Mariano Rivera induced a ground out from pinch-hitter Evan Longoria to cap a one-two-three ninth inning and notch his 13th save of the season. It was only the second save of Rivera's career in which he recorded the final out by retiring the major-leagues' outright RBI leader. He did it previously on July 16, 2005 at Fenway Park when David Ortiz popped out to end the game.

New York Yankees

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Snell

SNELL WINLESS IN LAST NINE STARTS

Ian Snell wasn't involved in the decision in the Pirates' loss at Houston to extend his streak of consecutive starts without a win to nine (0-4 over that span). That's the longest current streak for any major-league pitcher this season, and one shy of Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa's season high of ten straight winless starts (April 11-May 31).

Pittsburgh Pirates


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