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ROSE SCORES BIG AGAIN IN BULLS' WIN OVER HAWKS
From Elias: Derrick Rose scored 33 points in the Bulls' 95-83 victory over the Hawks. Rose has made at least 10 shots from the field in each of the first five games of the Chicago-Atlanta series. Only one other player scored at least 10 field goals in each of the first five games of any playoff series this year or last: Dwyane Wade in the Heat's first-round series against the Celtics last season.
ONE RUN IS NOT ENOUGH, EVEN FOR HALLADAY
From Elias: The Marlins, who trailed after Ryan Howard's second-inning solo home run, scored an unearned run in the eighth inning for a 2-1 victory over Roy Halladay and the Phillies. That snapped Halladay's streak of 16 consecutive wins in games in which he was staked to a lead, dating back to last July. Halladay has a 25-2 record in 28 starts in which the Phillies gave him a lead.
It was Halladay's 11th complete-game loss over the last five seasons. No other pitcher has half as many CG-losses as Halladay during that time.
COOPER'S NIGHT TO REMEMBER
From Elias: What a night it was for Blue Jays rookie David Cooper, who hit the first home run of his major league career in the eighth inning and gave the Jays a 7-6 win over the Red Sox with a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 10th. During the last half-century, only three other players followed their first major-league homer with a walk-off RBI in the same game: Jack Voigt of the Orioles in 1993, Gary Sheffield of the Brewers in 1988, and Tucker Ashford of the Padres in 1977.
WERTH BREAKS OUT AGAINST HUDSON
From Elias: Jayson Werth and Laynce Nix hit three-run home runs off Tim Hudson in the Nationals' 7-6 win at Atlanta. It was only the second time in 352 career starts that Hudson allowed two homers with two or more runners on base in the same game. The previous instance was on July 21, 2000 when Mo Vaughn and Garret Anderson each hit three-run homers for the Angels.
Werth hadn't driven in more than one run in any of his 32 previous games this season. It was the longest single-season streak of his career without a game of two or more RBIs.
RIVERA EXTENDS A REMARKABLE 12-YEAR STREAK
From Elias: Mariano Rivera recorded his 13th save of the season in the Yankees' 3-1 victory over the Royals. It was Rivera's 25th consecutive save against Kansas City, extending a streak that began more than 12 years ago (on May 2, 1999).
CARPENTER SURVIVES POUNDING FOR 1ST WIN OF 2011
From Elias: It took Chris Carpenter eight tries to earn his first win of the season, and when he did it was unlike any victory that Carpenter had earned before. In fact, it was unlike any win that any pitcher had posted for Tony La Russa in his 33-year managerial career. Carpenter was credited with the victory despite allowing 13 hits over seven innings, more hits than any pitcher had ever allowed in winning a game for La Russa. The last Cardinals pitcher to win a game in which he yielded 13 or more hits was Bob Forsch in 1980 (13 hits).
THEY'RE NOT JACKIE & PEE WEE, BUT FOR ONE NIGHT ...
From Elias: On a night when Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp collected two hits each, the Dodgers' keystone combo of Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles went them one better. Carroll and Miles became the first Dodgers second baseman and shortstop to post three hits each in the same game, batting first and second in the order, since Eric Young and Mark Grudzielanek did it 12 years ago (Sept. 12, 1999 against the Mets).
INDIANS TIE 103-YEAR-OLD TEAM RECORD
From Elias: Michael Brantley drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the ninth inning to give the Indians a 5-4 win over the Rays. It was the fourth straight home game that Cleveland won in its final turn at-bat, matching the longest such streak in team history. That mark was set in September 1908.
METS LOSE LONGBALL BATTLE, BUT WIN THE GAME
From Elias: For the second time in 15 days, the Mets won despite getting outhomered, 3-0. Mike Pelfrey surrendered solo home runs to Troy Tulowitzki, Seth Smith, and Carlos Gonzalez in a 4-3 win at Coors Field. New York did the same in a 6-4 victory at Nationals Park. The Mets didn't have any such wins in either of the past two seasons.
OPPOSING PITCHER SNAPS LINCECUM'S NO-HITTER
From Elias: Ian Kennedy spoiled Tim Lincecum's no-hit bid with a sixth-inning single. At the time of Kennedy's hit, opposing pitchers had a .105 career batting average against Lincecum, with one hit in their last 22 at-bats dating back to last September.
O'S MOUNT TWO LATE COMEBACKS TO WIN ONE GAME
From Elias: The Orioles rallied for two runs in the eighth inning to take a brief lead and defeated the Mariners with two runs in the bottom of the 13th after Seattle had taken a lead in the top of the inning. This is the third straight season that Baltimore has won a game in which it erased a lead in the eighth or ninth inning and another in extra innings. The O's had only two such wins in the previous 24 seasons (1985-2008).
TWINS FALL 10 GAMES BELOW .500 WITH LOSS TO TIGERS
From Elias: The Tigers routed the Twins, 10-2, as Minnesota's record fell to 12-22. It's the first time the Twins have been 10 games below .500 since they finished the 2000 season with a 69-93 mark.
A PERFECT DAY FOR JOURNEYMAN CAIRO
From Elias: Miguel Cairo went 3-for-3 in the Reds' 7-3 win at Houston. It was Cairo's first so-called "perfect day" at the plate in a game of three or more at-bats in nearly seven years, since he recorded the only 4-for-4 game of his career, on June 9, 2004 for the Yankees against the Rockies.
RED WINGS MAKE HISTORY WITH ANOTHER 3RD-PERIOD RALLY
From Elias: The Red Wings rallied for three goals in the final 10 minutes, erasing a 1-0 deficit in the third period for a 3-1 victory over the Sharks. The Wings became the first team in NHL history to force a Game 7 by winning consecutive games - specifically Games 5 and 6 - in which they trailed in the third period.