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METS ROOKIE TURNER TIES 81-YEAR-OLD MARK
From Elias: Justin Turner drove in an insurance run in the eighth inning of the Mets' 7-3 win over the Pirates. That marked the 13th game in Turner's past 15 games in which he recorded at least one RBI. Only two other rookies in major-league history had an RBI in at least 13 games over a 15-game span, and both did it more than 80 years ago: Pinky Whitney of the Phillies in 1928 (14 of 15 games) and Buster Chatham of the Boston Braves in 1930 (13 of 15).
FOR REYES, THE WAIT IS OVER
From Elias: On the verge of baseball history, Jo-Jo Reyes snapped his streak of 28 starts without a win by pitching a complete game in the Blue Jays' 11-1 victory over the Indians. Last Wednesday, Reyes tied the major-league record for consecutive winless starts. Oddly, both of the other pitchers to start 28 straight games without a victory also posted a win in their next start: Cliff Curtis in 1911 - 100 years ago this past Thursday - and Matt Keough in 1979.
COLON TURNS BACK THE CLOCK
From Elias: Even as the AL Cy Young Award winner in 2005, Bartolo Colon didn't accomplish what he did on Sunday, earning a complete-game win in the Yankees' 5-0 win at Oakland. In fact, making his first start as a 38-year-old, Colon's four-hitter was an accomplishment nearly unique in the last half-century. During the expansion era, the only other pitchers to complete a start at age 38 (or older) after not doing so at age 34, 35, 36, or 37 were Tim Wakefield and John Smoltz.
Colon has now won his last five starts at Oakland Coliseum. But given his strange history, that streak dates back to 1999 and includes wins for three different teams.
HALLADAY STRUGGLES BUT BEATS NATS AGAIN
From Elias: Roy Halladay survived a shaky outing, allowing 10 hits that included three home runs, to earn the win in the Phillies' 5-4 victory at Washington. That extended Halladay's winning streak against the Nationals to 11 games, the second longest ever recorded against the Nats or their predecessors. Tom Glavine posted 13 straight wins against the Montreal Expos (1993-1999).
Halladay has also won his last 10 decisions against the Orioles. Only two other active pitchers have a current double-digit winning streak against any opponent: Jon Lester, 14 against the O's; and Derek Lowe, 10 against the Pirates.
CINCINNATI HAS A NEW JAY-BEE
From Elias: Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in the Reds' 7-3 win over the Brewers. Bruce has batted .422 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs over his last 15 games. No Reds player posted numbers that high over 15 games in all three triple-crown categories since Johnny Bench did it in 1972. Prior to that, only three other Cincinnati players did so: Tony Perez (1970), Frank Robinson (1961) and Ted Kluszewski (1954).
Monday's home run raised Bruce's total for the month to 12, tying the Cincinnati single-season record for homers during May, set by Eric Davis in 1987.
ICHIRO STIRS AT SIGHT OF O'S
From Elias: The sight of the silhouetted orange bird and script "Orioles" was apparently enough to awaken Ichiro Suzuki from his worst slump in six years. With only one hit in his previous 24 at-bats for the first time since 2005, Ichiro went 2-for-4 and scored twice in Seattle's 4-3 win over Baltimore. That raised Suzuki's career batting average against the O's to .367, the third-highest mark by any active player against one team (minimum: 400 at-bats). The higher marks belong to Vlad Guerrero (.394 vs. the Rangers) and Albert Pujols (.372 against the Pirates).
WHITE SOX END ANOTHER WINNING STREAK
From Elias: The White Sox snapped Jon Lester's seven-game winning streak with a 7-3 win over the Red Sox. It was the second time this month that Chicago defeated a pitcher who had won his previous seven decisions, having done so against Trevor Cahill on May 15. Chicago also ended Lester's seven-game win streak in August 2008.
STRENGTH UP THE MIDDLE POWERS RANGERS' WIN
From Elias: The Rangers defeated the Rays, 11-5, on a night when their up-the-middle players - Mike Napoli, Michael Young, Elvis Andrus and Endy Chavez - all posted three-hit games. It was the first time in franchise history that the team's starting catcher, second baseman, shortstop, and center fielder all had three or more hits in the same nine-inning game. The last team to do that was the Rockies in August 2007 (Yorvit Torrealba, Kaz Matsui, Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Spilborghs).
MIDDLE OF ORDER KEYS ANGELS' WIN
From Elias: Bobby Abreu (4-for-5), Torii Hunter (3-for-5) and Alberto Callaspo (3-for-4) combined for 10 hits in the Angels' 10-8 victory at Kansas City. It was the first game in 17 years that the Angels' 3-4-5 hitters produced 10 or more hits. The last time was May 13, 1994, when Tim Salmon (5-for-5), Chili Davis (4-for-5)and Bo Jackson (2-for-3) combined for 11 hits.
HOSMER HITS HIS 5TH HOMER OF THE MONTH
From Elias: Eric Hosmer, who debuted on May 6, hit his fifth home run of the season in the Royals' loss. Heading into the final day of the month, Hosmer is one short of the team record for homers in the month of a player's MLB debut, set by Mark Quinn in September 1999.
TORRES SLAMS IN GIANTS' RARE BIG INNING
From Elias: Andres Torres' grand-slam capped a five-run fourth inning and the Giants cruised to a 7-3 win at St. Louis. It was the first time since April 18 that San Francisco scored at least five times in one inning, a span of 36 games that was the Giants' longest without a five-run inning in one season since a 38-game drought from April 21-June 1, 2008.
PHILLIPS' 1ST HOME RUN IS ONE TO REMEMBER
From Elias: Kyle Phillips, who came to the plate with a sub-.200 career batting average, hit a 10th-inning home run to give the Padres a 3-2 win at Atlanta. Phillips was the first player to produce an extra-inning game-winner for his first career homer since Drew Stubbs of the Reds did it in 2009.
PENCE'S FOUR SCORES FUEL ASTROS' RALLY
From Elias: Hunter Pence scored four runs in one game for only the second time in his career, and the Astros rallied from an early 4-2 deficit for a 12-7 win at Wrigley Field. Houston had lost 37 of the previous 41 games in which it fell behind by two or more runs, dating back to last September.
TWINS' LOSS COUNT IS RISING TO HISTORIC LEVEL
From Elias: The Twins' record fell to 17-35 in a 6-5 loss at Detroit. With one more game to play this month, Minnesota will record the second-highest loss total at the end of May in franchise history, including 60 seasons as the Washington Senators. The Twins had a 12-39 mark at the end of May in 1982.