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Two extra-inning home runs by Matt Adams
From Elias: Matt Adams hit a solo home run in the top of the 14th inning to give the Cardinals a lead in their game at Cincinnati, and after the Reds tied the score in the bottom half of the inning he did it again in the 16th inning, with his second home run proving decisive in a 5-4 St. Louis victory. Adams is the first player in major-league history to hit two home runs in the 14th inning or later in one game. He's also the first player to hit two go-ahead extra-inning homers in one game since the St. Louis Browns' Vern Stephens did so in a game at Fenway Park on Sept. 29, 1943.
Adams was the first player in Cardinals history to hit two extra-inning home runs in one game and the second major-leaguer to do it this year. The Phillies' John Mayberry, Jr. homered in the 10th and 11th innings on June 4 against the Marlins, and his second homer was a walkoff grand slam. Before this year the last big-league player to hit two extra-inning homers in one game was the Orioles' Mike Young against the Angels in Baltimore on May 28, 1987.
Red Sox tie an A.L. record for players with homers in one game
From Elias: David Ortiz homered twice and six of his Red Sox teammates went deep once as Boston crushed the Tigers, 20-4, at Fenway Park. It was the first time in Red Sox history that they had seven different players hit home runs in one game and the first time any major-league team did so since seven Yankees homered in a game against the White Sox in the Bronx on July 31, 2007. The Red Sox tied the American League record for most players with home runs in one game but fell one short of the major-league record, eight, set by the Cincinnati Reds in their 22-3 win at Philadelphia on Sept. 4, 1999, exactly 14 years before Boston's seven-player trick.
Big Papi joins the 2000-hit club
From Elias: David Ortiz registered the 1999th, 2000th and 2001st hits of his major-league career in Boston's 20-4 win over the Tigers. Ortiz has registered nearly 87 percent of his hits as a designated hitter (1738 of 2001). He's now the only player in the 2000-hit club to record at least 75 percent of his hits in the DH role. Hal McRae came the closest to doing that at 74.4 percent (1555 of 2091).
Sandoval's three-homer game at Petco Park
From Elias: Pablo Sandoval hit three of the Giants' six home runs in their win at San Diego. He's the second player to hit three homers in a game at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. The first was the Brewers' Ryan Braun on April 30, 2012. It was Sandoval's second multi-homer game at Petco Park - the first was on Sept. 5, 2011 when he went deep twice - making him only the fourth visiting player with multiple multi-homer games in Petco's 10-season history. The others are Adam LaRoche, with three (each for a different team), and Raul Ibanez and Justin Upton with two apiece.
First four-out save in two years for Mariano Rivera
From Elias: Forty-three-year-old Mariano Rivera notched his 41st save of the season by recording the final four outs for the Yankees in their 6-5 win over the White Sox. It was Rivera's first save in which he pitched more than one inning since July 24, 2011, when he posted a four-out save against the Athletics at age 41. The only pitchers age 43 or older other than Rivera with saves of more than one inning are Hoyt Wilhelm (18 from 1969 to 1972, the last of which he registered at age 49), Don McMahon (two at age 43 in 1973), Rich Gossage (one at age 43 in 1993) and Dennis Martinez (one in 1998, on his 43rd birthday). McMahon, "Goose" and "El Presidente" were all a "younger 43" than Rivera.
Gee has been a whiz since the end of May
From Elias: Dillon Gee pitched seven innings and allowed only one run in his win over the Braves that enabled the Mets to avoid being swept in their three-game series in Atlanta. Gee struggled at the start of the season, posting a 2-6 record and 6.34 ERA over his first ten starts, but he's 9-3 (.750) with a 2.40 ERA in 18 starts since then (May 30 to date). He's allowed no more than one run in 10 of those 18 games, and two or fewer runs in 14 of 18 games. The only other National League pitchers with as many wins and as high a winning percentage since May 30 as Gee are the Dodgers' Zack Greinke (12-2, .857) and the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa (10-3, .769).
Astros' top five each produce two hits
From Elias: The first five players in the Astros' lineup, Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve, Trevor Crowe, Brett Wallace and Chris Carter, each recorded two hits in Houston's 6-5 win over the Twins. (Crowe's second hit was an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning which earned the Astros a walkoff victory.) It was the second game this season in which the first five players in the Astros' starting lineup each registered at least two hits. Altuve (2 hits), Brandon Barnes (3), Brandon Laird (2), Carter (2) and Pena (2) combined to do that in Houston's 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium on April 29.
Another happy recap for Donnie Murphy
From Elias: The Cubs' hit four home runs in the come-from-behind 9-7 win over the Marlins at Wrigley Field and the last of those four homers was the key moment in the game. Donnie Murphy's two-run blast in the seventh inning capped Chicago's four-run rally in the seventh inning and gave the Cubs an 8-7 lead. Murphy has been an unexpected longball threat since the veteran infielder was called up from the minors and made his debut for the Cubs on August 4, belting a team-high nine home runs since then with six of those nine homers coming in the seventh inning or later. Murphy has hit half as many home runs in the 27 games he's played for the Cubbies (9) as he did in the 244 games he played over his seven previous seasons in the major leagues (18).
Crisp's eighth home run in his last 14 games
From Elias: The Athletics hit four home runs, all with runners on base, in their 11-4 home win over the Rangers. It was the first time that the A's hit more than two homers with men on base in one game since hit four in their 20-2 demolition of the Red Sox in Oakland on Aug. 31, 2012. The last of the A's four homers was a two-run shot by Coco Crisp in the eighth inning. It was Crisp's eighth home run (in 14 games) since August 21, the most that any major-league player has hit over the last 15 days. Crisp had only 10 home runs in 97 games this season when his current hot streak began, and a large chunk of those homers came when he hit one home run in each of four consecutive games from April 5 through April 9.
Bloomquist has been red-hot since he returned to action
From Elias: Willie Bloomquist's third hit of the game was a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning that enabled the Diamondbacks to beat the Blue Jays, 4-3. Bloomquist has played only 29 games this season having served two lengthy terms on the disabled list, but he's been extremely productive in the four games he's started since August 28, when his most recent D.L. stint ended. He's 11 for 18 (.611) in those four starts with three three-hit games and one two-hit game. Bloomquist had an almost identical hot spell in the first four starts he made after his first D.L. stint this year: 11 for 18 (.611) with one four-hit game, one three-hit game and two two-hit games.
De La Rosa wins his sixth straight start
From Elias: Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa became the second 16-game winner in the National League this season with his victory over the Dodgers at Coors Field, only two hours after Washington's Jordan Zimmermann notched his 16th win by beating the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. De La Rosa has won his last six starts, though he's averaged fewer than six innings per game while recording six straight wins. It's the second time that De La Rosa has won six or more consecutive starts in one season for the Rockies. He set a franchise record by winning seven straight starts in 2009 (June 21 through July 30), a mark that Ubaldo Jimenez matched in 2010.
Zimmerman: four homers in his last eight games vs. the Phillies
From Elias: Ryan Zimmerman hit a score-tying solo home run in the seventh inning for the Nationals in their game at Philadelphia, which Washington won, 3-2, after pushing across a run on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning. Zimmerman did not hit a home run in his first eight games versus the Phillies this season but he's homered four times in eight games against them since then. He's tied with John Buck, Wilin Rosario and former Phillie Jayson Werth for the most homers by a Philadelphia opponent this year.
Another three-hit game for Yan Gomes
From Elias: Indians catcher Yan Gomes recorded three hits in four at-bats in Cleveland's win against the Orioles on Wednesday night. It was Gomes' eighth three-hit game this season, which ranks him second in that category among American League catchers (counting only games in which a player had at least three hits at that position), behind Joe Mauer with 11. Gomes is the first Indians player with eight or more three-hit games as a catcher in one season since Victor Martinez had nine in 2007.
Morales snaps the longest homer drought of his career
From Elias: Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run to break a 4-4 tie in the ninth inning and those runs provided the margin of victory for the Mariners' in their 6-4 win at Kansas City. Morales' blast ended the longest homerless streak of his major-league career, 109 at-bats. His longest previous home-run drought came earlier this season: 78 at-bats from May 31 to June 22.