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Rays rally against Yankees
From Elias: The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Tampa Bay rallied to earn an 11-5 comeback victory. It's the seventh time that Tampa Bay has defeated the Yankees after having trailed by four-or-more runs - and the first time since its memorable comeback from a 7-0 deficit on the final day of the 2011 season. (Evan Longoria's walkoff homer gave the Rays an 8-7 victory, and coupled with a Red Sox loss, propelled Tampa Bay into the playoffs.)
All seven of those big comeback wins by Tampa Bay over the Yankees have come in St. Petersburg - the Rays have never won such a game at Yankee Stadium - and all seven have come since 2002. Since that year, only the Red Sox (also seven) have won as many games against the Yankees after having trailed by four-or-more runs.
James Loney's performance is brought to you today by the number two
From Elias: With two outs in the fourth inning, James Loney put the Rays on the board, driving in two runs with a double. Loney came through with a big two-out hit later in the game, giving Tampa Bay the lead with a two-run single in the seventh inning. Loney is one of two players this season to record multiple two-out hits in a game, each of which drove in at least two runs. The other to do so was the Twins' Chris Colabello on April 3 against the White Sox in Chicago. The last player to do that for the Rays was B.J. Upton on September 3, 2011 against the Orioles - Upton drove in five runs with two doubles, each of which came with two outs.
Another walkoff grand slam for Stanton
From Elias: Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff grand slam off Yoervis Medina to give the Marlins an 8-4 victory over the Mariners. Tonight marked Stanton's second walkoff slam - he also hit one off the Mets' Manny Acosta on May 13, 2012. The only other active players (including those who are suspended or on the disabled list) with multiple walkoff grand slam home runs are Alex Rodriguez (three), Justin Maxwell (two), and Ryan Zimmerman (two).
Stanton is one of two players to hit two walkoff grand slams before his 25th birthday. The other to do so was Jim Presley, who hit two game-ending grand slams in 1986 at age 24.
Harang satisfied with seven hitless innings in Queens
From Elias: Aaron Harang held the Mets hitless through seven innings before departing after 121 pitches. This marks the second time in Harang's career that he was removed after starting the game with at least six no-hit innings - he held the Dodgers hitless through six innings on July 9, 2011 while pitching for the Padres. Only two other pitchers that have debuted since 1900 have multiple starts in which they pitched at least six no-hit innings and exited the game with the no-hitter intact. Kent Mercker had two such starts for the Braves (September 1991 and September 1993) and Jim Maloney had two with the Reds (April 1964 and August 1967).
Youngs and Uptons man outfield in New York
From Elias: Eric Young Jr. started in left field for the Mets tonight alongside Chris Young, who patrolled center field for New York. The Braves also featured two starting outfielders that shared a surname, as Justin Upton started in left field and B.J. Upton started in center field. Tonight marked the first time in almost 49 years that opposing teams each started a pair of outfielders with the same last name. On April 29, 1965, the Giants and Dodgers faced off with San Francisco starting Matty Alou in left field and Jesus Alou in right field, while Los Angeles started Tommy Davis in left field and Willie Davis in center field.
Greinke's streak continues: two runs or fewer in 16 straight starts
From Elias: Zack Greinke allowed four runs in a loss to the Reds on July 25, 2013. Since then, and including Friday's performance against the Diamondbacks, Greinke has given up no more than two runs in each of his last 16 starts. Among pitchers to debut since 1900, only one other pitcher allowed two or fewer runs in 16 consecutive starts - Ferdie Schupp had a streak of 16 such starts spanning the 1916-1917 seasons.
Opposite ends of the pitching spectrum in Texas
From Elias: Martin Perez threw a complete game shutout against the White Sox in Arlington tonight, the first of his career. Felipe Paulino was less fortunate, as he surrendered 10 runs - all earned - in just 3.2 innings. The last time a pitcher surrendered at least 10 runs in a game in which the opposing pitcher completed a shutout also involved the White Sox (with their roles reversed). On August 24, 2006, Chicago won at Detroit, 10-0, thanks in part to a complete game shutout by Jon Garland. Detroit's starter Nate Robertson allowed all 10 runs, pitching 6.2 innings in the loss.
Angels offense dominates in Detroit
From Elias: The 2-3-4 hitters for the Angels brought the heavy lumber against the Tigers Friday night as Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Howie Kendrick each had two extra-base hits and scored two runs apiece. Each of the Los Angeles trio also had multiple RBIs - Kendrick drove in four, Pujols three, and Trout two. The last time at least three Angels batters had at least two extra-base hits, two runs scored, and two RBIs in the same game was September 23, 2000, when Garret Anderson, Troy Glaus and Tim Salmon each hit those marks against the Rangers.
A's strike early and often against Astros
From Elias: By the time Coco Crisp lined out to Jose Altuve for the second out of the first inning, the Athletics had already scored seven runs to knock out Astros starter Jarred Cosart. The last time a team scored at least seven runs before making two outs in the opening inning also came at the expense of the Astros - on April 20, 2013, the Indians scored eight runs with one out in the first inning at Houston.
Cosart is the first starting pitcher this season to leave a game without finishing the first inning, and he's the fourth Astros pitcher since the start of the 2013 season to do so - Erik Bedard, Bud Norris, and Philip Humber were each knocked out in the first inning last April. Since the start of last season, no other team has had more than three games in which its starting pitcher failed to complete at least one inning.
Tulowitzki drives in five for Rockies
From Elias: The Rockies defeated the Phillies, 12-1, led by Troy Tulowitzki who drove in five runs for Colorado. Tulowitzki now has five career games in which he drove in at least five runs while batting as a shortstop. No other active shortstop has more such games, though Alex Rodriguez, who is suspended for the 2014 season, has had 14 such games in his career.
Wacha's wildness wins it for Washington
From Elias: With the score tied 1-1 in the seventh inning, Ian Desmond scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Michael Wacha, then a wild throw by Yadier Molina led to a second Nationals run on the same play. It would be all the scoring Washington needed in the 3-1 victory over St. Louis. That marked the second loss in the last 20 years for the Cardinals in which their opponent took the lead for good in the seventh inning or later on a wild pitch. The other such game was on October 2, 2009 - Ryan Braun scored on a wild pitch by Jason Motte to give the Brewers a 7-6 lead in St. Louis, a game the Brewers would eventually win, 12-6.
Simon excelling in Reds rotation
From Elias: After pitching 99 games for the Reds in 2012-13, all in relief, Alfredo Simon turned in another excellent start for Cincinnati, throwing six innings while surrendering only one run and four hits in the Reds' 4-1 victory at Wrigley Field. Simon has now pitched at least six innings in each of his first three starts for Cincinnati and has not allowed more than one run or five hits in any of them.
Since 1900 the only other Reds pitcher to pitch at least six innings in each of his first three starts with Cincinnati without giving up more than one run or five hits in any of those games was Wayne Simpson in 1970. What else did Simpson do in 1970 besides finish with a 14-3 record, helping the Reds advance to the World Series? He also surrendered career hit #3000 to Hank Aaron on May 17, 1970 at Crosley Field.
Another close one for Giants
From Elias: The Giants lost their first series opener of the season Friday night, dropping a 2-1 decision in San Diego. Friday's loss also marks the Giants' eighth consecutive game decided by one run, which is the longest such streak for any team since the Twins played eight consecutive one-run games in July 2005. It's also tied for the longest such streak in Giants franchise history - the New York Giants played eight consecutive games decided by a single run in August 1910.
Brewers win despite sloppy game in field
From Elias: The Brewers defeated the Pirates on Friday despite committing four errors in the field. That's tied for the most errors in a game by a winning team this season - the Royals made four errors in their victory over the Astros on April 16. It's only the second time in the last 15 seasons that Milwaukee won a game in which it committed at least four errors in the field. The other such victory was on July 21, 2005, when the Brewers won 12-7 in St. Louis despite being charged with four errors.
Datsyuk's late score is winner for Red Wings
From Elias: Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 remaining in the third period broke a 0-0 tie and earned the Red Wings a 1-0 win in the first game of their series against the Bruins. It was the latest regulation-time goal ever by a Red Wings player to snap a goalless deadlock in a playoff game, and the latest goal of its kind in any NHL playoff game since Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, when the Canucks beat the Bruins, 1-0, on Raffi Torres' goal at the 19:41 mark of the third period.
Howard blanks Bruins in Game 1
From Elias: Jimmy Howard recorded the third playoff shutout of his NHL career with a 1-0 win in Game 1 of the Red Wings' first-round series against the Bruins. Howard's shutout was only the second by a Detroit goaltender in the team's first game of a playoff year during the expansion era. The other one was a 2-0 victory by Chris Osgood against the Kings at Joe Louis Arena in 2000.
Bourque tallies two as Montreal wins opener
From Elias: Rene Bourque notched the first multiple-goal game of his playoff career when he scored twice in the Canadiens' 4-1 win in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Lightning. Bourque scored nine goals in 63 games for Montreal during the regular season but he never scored more than one goal in any game. He's the first Canadiens player to register a multi-goal game in the playoffs after not scoring two goals in a game during the preceding regular season since Mike Ribeiro tallied two goals in Game 4 of Montreal's first-round series against the Bruins in 2004. Alex Kovalev did the same when he scored two goals for the Canadiens in Game 3 of that series.
Getzlaf and Perry team up again as Ducks go up 2-0
From Elias: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each scored a goal in the Ducks' Game 2 victory over the Stars. Getzlaf and Perry scored goals in the same game 13 times this season, which tied them with the Stars' duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin for the NHL high for most games with goals by a pair of teammates.