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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The fifth and final game of the Spurs' victory over the Suns in the Western Conference Finals went the same for Amare Stoudemire and his team as the rest of the series did: Stoudemire scored 42 points, but the Suns lost.
Stoudemire averaged 37.0 points for the series, the highest average in the history of the NBA playoffs by a player whose team lost a best-of-seven series in five games or less. The previous high was 35.6 by Allen Iverson in the 76ers' five-game loss to the Lakers in the 2001 NBA Finals.
• From the "When Things Go Bad" Dept.: The Yankees appeared to have a lock Wednesday night, not only facing the team with the worst record in baseball the Royals were 14-37 coming in but with 251-game winner Randy Johnson matched against D.J. Carrasco, whose eight career wins were all in relief.
Carrasco became the first pitcher since 1992 to win as a starter for the first time in his career and in doing so to defeat an opposing starter with at least 250 career wins. The last pitcher to do that was Mike Trombley of the Twins, who defeated Bert Blyleven on Sept. 12, 1992 when Blyleven had 287 wins.
As a result, the Yankees became the first team in the 130-year history of Major League Baseball to lose consecutive games in which their own starters each had at least 200 career wins (Kevin Brown and Johnson) and neither of the opposing starters had won a game yet in that season (Zack Greinke and Carrasco).
• The Royals defeated the Yankees 3-1, snapping Kansas City's streak of 41 consecutive losses in games in which it scored fewer than four runs, the longest in franchise history.
• Sammy Sosa hit his first major league homer on June 21, 1989 at Fenway Park. Wednesday at Fenway he hit career home run No. 579 his first homer there in the 15 years, 345 days since he hit No. 1. That's the longest gap in major league history between home runs at one park by any player by a margin of two weeks. The previous record was 15 years, 331 days between home runs at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis by Luke Appling (1933-1949).
• Miguel Tejada and Sosa hit back-to-back home runs for the second time this season in the Orioles' 9-3 win over the Red Sox. It was the fifth time this season that Orioles' batters have hit consecutive homers, the highest total in the majors.
• Torii Hunter went 5-for-5 with a home run and six RBI in the Twins' 6-2 win over the Indians. Hunter became the first Twins player since Tony Oliva in 1969 to have a "perfect night" at the plate with at least five hits and five RBI.
• Roy Oswalt pitched the Astros to a 4-1 victory over the Reds, improving his career record against Cincinnati to 14-0. He is the first pitcher to win 14 games against an opponent before incurring his first loss against that team since Larry Jackson won his first 18 decisions against the Mets from 1962 to 1967.
• Bobby Abreu continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-5 in the Phillies' 10-6 win over the Giants. Abreu led the NL in batting average (.396) and home runs (11) during May, and he shared the league lead in RBI (30) matching Derrek Lee of the Cubs, who won the NL Triple Crown for the month of April.
The only other active players ever to have won a monthly Triple Crown in either league are Jim Edmonds (July 2004), Jim Thome (July 2001), Luis Gonzalez (June 2001), Juan Gonzalez (July 1996), and Rafael Palmeiro (July 1993).
• During the month of May, Milwaukee's Carlos Lee had 30 RBI, tying Abreu for the major league lead. Lee became the first Brewers player to lead the majors in RBI in a full calendar month since Jeromy Burnitz did it in June 1999. Then there was Brady Clark, who had 45 hits during the month, to become the first Brewers player to lead the majors in hits in a full calendar month since Paul Molitor in August 1991.
So how did June start for the Brewers? Wednesday at San Diego, Clark led off the first inning with a single, scored on a sacrifice fly, and then Lee hit a two-run homer to propel Milwaukee to a 3-0 lead.
• The Pirates defeated the Marlins, 9-1. It was Pittsburgh's ninth consecutive home victory over Florida the Bucs' longest home winning streak against any opponent since they won 11 in a row at Three Rivers Stadium against the Mets spanning the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
• Who needs Danny Kolb? Chris Reitsma pitched the last two innings for a long save in the Braves' 5-4 win over the Nationals. Reitsma did the same thing a week ago against the Mets. Only two other pitchers have a pair of saves of two innings or more this season: Scot Shields of the Angels and Pete Walker of the Blue Jays. (Walker got both of his for pitching three innings, not for protecting a lead of three runs or less.)