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Cabrera continues to amaze
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with two home runs in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Rays on Friday night. It is the third time that Cabrera went 4-for-4 with multiple homers in a game this season, he also did that against the Astros on May 4th and against the Rangers on May 19th (3 homer game). Cabrera is the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to go 4-for-4 or better with multiple homers in three games in a single season. Sixteen players had two such games in a season since 1900.
More hard luck for Harvey
From Elias: Matt Harvey struck out 11 batters without allowing a walk and gave up only one run in seven innings but came away with another no decision in the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Nationals on Friday night. It is the third time this season that Harvey has struck out 10 or more batters without issuing a walk in a game in which he did not get credit for a win, having previously done that against the White Sox on May 7th (12 K's) and Yankees on May 28th (10 K's). Only one other pitcher has had three such games in a single season in the modern era (since 1900): Vida Blue in 1971 (two no decisions and a loss).
Indians get multiple RBI from seven different players
From Elias: The Indians racked up 19 runs and 21 hits in their 19-10 win over the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. Ryan Raburn drove in four runs, Drew Stubbs had three RBI and Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall and Mike Aviles each drove in two runs in the slugfest. That marked the first time in exactly 63 years that the Indians had seven players with multiple RBI in the same game. On June 28, 1950, seven Indians drove in two or more runs in an 18-2 win over the St. Louis Browns.
Sabathia lets one slip away
From Elias: CC Sabathia was staked to a 3-0 lead, but he allowed four runs over the sixth and seventh innings and dropped a 4-3 decision to the Orioles on Friday night. It marked the first time in over five years that Sabathia was the losing pitcher in a game in which his team had a lead of three or more runs. On June 5, 2008, the Indians staked Sabathia to a 4-0 lead against the Rangers, but he left the game with Cleveland trailing 5-4 en route to a 9-4 loss in Texas.
Cole off to a 4-0 start
From Elias: Gerrit Cole won his fourth straight start since making his major-league debut in the Pirates' 10-3 come-from-behind win over the Brewers on Friday night. Cole is the first Pirates pitcher to win each of his first four career starts since Erv Brame did it in 1928 (Brame made 11 relief appearances during his streak). Only one other active pitcher won his first four career starts: Jered Weaver.
Young drives in six without going deep
From Elias: Delmon Young had three hits (two singles and a double) and drove in six runs in the Phillies 16-1 pasting of the Dodgers on Friday night. Young is the 66th player to drive in six or more runs in a game for the Phillies since major league baseball starting tracking RBIs in 1920. But only one of the previous 65 players did it without the benefit of a home run: Granny Hamner, who drove in seven runs without hitting a homer on July 17, 1948 against the St. Louis Cardinals.St. Louis Cardinals
Dodgers suffer their worst home loss since moving to L.A.
From Elias: The Phillies exploded with a 16-1 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday night. It is the first time the Dodgers have lost a home game by 15 or more runs since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The last time the Dodgers franchise lost by that large a margin at home was on July 3, 1947, when the Giants blasted them by a score of 19-2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
Gomes comes through with the bases loaded
From Elias: Jonny Gomes' bases-loaded single in the seventh inning snapped a 5-5 tie in the Red Sox' 7-5 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. Gomes entered the night with a .203 career batting average with the bases loaded, which was tied for the seventh lowest average among active players with at least 50 at bats with the bags full.
Diamondbacks kept off the board for the first time this season
From Elias: The Braves blanked the Diamondbacks by a score of 3-0 on Friday night. It marked the first time that Arizona was shut out this season. Arizona's streak of 78 consecutive games without being blanked was the longest such streak to start a season in franchise history and the longest by a National League team to begin a campaign since the Reds scored at least one run in every game of the 2000 season.
Rangers post consecutive shutouts
From Elias: After beating the Yankees by a score of 2-0 on Thursday, the Rangers registered their second consecutive shutout with a 4-0 victory over the Reds on Friday night. It is the third time this season that the Rangers have posted back-to-back shutouts, having previously done that from April 2-3 and April 19-20. There has been only one other season in which Texas has had at least three streaks of consecutive shutout wins: 2011.
Volquez continues to master the Marlins
From Elias: Edinson Volquez allowed two runs over six innings and earned the win in San Diego's 9-2 victory over the Marlins on Friday night. Volquez is now 5-0 in six career starts against the Marlins, which is the most wins without a loss for any starting pitcher against Miami.
Royals support Shields with four long balls
From Elias: The Royals hit four home runs and rode the solid pitching of James Shields in their 9-3 win over the Twins on Friday night. Kansas City has now hit six home runs in Shields' last two starts (two homers against the White Sox on June 23) after hitting only seven long balls combined in his first 15 starts of the season.
Colon wins again
From Elias: Bartolo Colon allowed one run over seven innings and earned his 11th win of the season in Oakland's 6-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night. Over the last 40 years, only four other A's pitchers have recorded 11 wins prior to July 1: Mark Mulder (11 in 2003), Bob Welch (13 in 1990), Dave Stewart (12 in 1989) and Vida Blue (11 in 1975).
Mariners win on walk-off hit by Zunino
From Elias: Mike Zunino's single with the bases-loaded drove in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth in the Mariners' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday. At age 22 years and 95 days old, Zunino became the third youngest Mariner with a game-ending RBI, behind Alex Rodriguez (20 years, 248 days old on March 31, 1996) and Danny Tartabull (21 years, 317 days old on September 11, 1984).