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Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in eight innings in the Mets' 1-0 win over the Marlins in south Florida on Friday. It marked the first time since 1992 that a Mets pitcher had gained a 1-0 victory in which his strikeout total reached double-digits. The last Mets pitcher to earn such a victory: Sid Fernandez, who struck out 10 while throwing a complete-game 1-0 win over the Expos on Sept. 20, 1992.

• The Mets-Marlins game was a throwback: a 1-0 game with no walks for either team. In fact, there have been only four other games of that type in the majors since 1990:

• The Rangers must not be able to read. With a national magazine cover detailing this year's decline in home runs, the Rangers blasted four against the first-place White Sox, bringing their total to a franchise-record total of 20 homers over the last six games.

Only one team all last season had as many as 20 homers over a six-game span: the Indians hit 21 over six games from July 15 to July 20.

• The Angels trailed the Royals, 8-3, entering the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday, but scored five in the ninth and then won, 9-8, on Dallas McPherson's 10th-inning home run.

It was the fifth time in their history that the Angels have won a game in which they trailed by five-or-more runs in the ninth inning (or in an extra inning); their last such win came at Yankee Stadium on August 18, 2000, when the Angels scored five in the ninth off Roger Clemens, Jeff Nelson and Mariano Rivera to tie the game, 8-8, and then won, 9-8, in 11 innings.

But Friday's game marked only the second time that the Royals had lost a game in which they led by at least five runs in the ninth inning or later. On April 27, 2003, Kansas City led Toronto, 9-4, going to the bottom of the ninth, but the Blue Jays scored six runs to win, 10-9.

Jeff Kent belted a grand slam – the 311th homer of his career and his 12th grand slam – in the fourth inning against Arizona.

That moved Kent past his former teammate, Barry Bonds, on the all-time grand slam list. Bonds, with 703 career homers, has only 11 grand slams – the same total achieved by 500 Home Run Club members Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew and Rafael Palmeiro, and 400-homer hitters Willie Stargell and Dave Winfield.

So out of Kent's 311 home runs, approximately one of every 26 has been hit with the bases loaded. Not bad, but not a record. Among the 60 players in major league history with at least 10 grand-slam homers, John Milner hit the highest percentage of his homers with the bags full: 131 homers, 10 grand-slams, or one grand-slam for every 13.1 home runs.

• Yankees rookie second baseman Robinson Cano threw out Johnny Damon at the plate in the top of the sixth, then hit a game-tying home run in the bottom half of the inning. Minutes later, a three-run homer by Gary Sheffield provided the winning margin in the Yankees' 6-3 victory.

This was the first game that Cano has played against the Red Sox – and if his name won't be on the page that contains the names of Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone, he has his own niche. Cano became the first player in more than a quarter century to hit a home run in a Yankees' win in his first-ever game against the Red Sox. The last player to do it: rookie catcher Jerry Narron in a 6-5 victory at Yankee Stadium on July 1, 1979.

Ugueth Urbina pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save in the Tigers' 4-3 win at Baltimore. If only it had been just that easy.

Urbina survived a leadoff double by Rafael Palmeiro and a pair of two-out walks before fanning rookie Jeff Fiorentino on his 32nd pitch of the inning. It was the second-highest total of pitches in a one-inning save anywhere in the majors this season; Francisco Cordero of the Rangers threw 38 pitches in such a save on May 2 at Oakland.

• The Brewers shut out the Astros, 3-0, in Milwaukee, bringing the number of times that Houston has been shut out in its first 25 road games this season to seven. You have to go back to 1978 to find the last time that a major league team had been blanked seven times in its first 25 road games; that year both the Braves and the White Sox were victimized in that manner.

• The Reds overcame an early 3-0 Pittsburgh lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Pirates, 6-5. It was the sixth time this season that the Reds had won a game after having trailed by three-or-more runs; only the Orioles, with seven, have more wins of that type this year.