Elias Says ...
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Jose Contreras earned the win in Chicago's 13-0 whitewash of Baltimore, his 17th consecutive victory. Only three other living pitchers have won 17 straight decisions in the majors: Johan Santana (17 straight in 2004-05), Roger Clemens (20 in a row from 1998-99) and Elroy Face (22 consecutive victories from 1958-59).
• On July 4, 1953, the White Sox blanked the Browns 13-0 in what was the Browns' final season in St. Louis before relocating to Baltimore. Exactly 53 years later, those same franchises played to the same result: The White Sox beat the Orioles 13-0. Only one other Fourth of July game in American League history had a shutout margin of at least that magnitude. In 1995, the Angels beat the Blue Jays 14-0.
• Cleveland's 19-1 victory Tuesday marked the third time the Indians beat the Yankees by at least 18 runs. They won 24-6 in June 1928 and 22-0 in August 2004. Aside from those three games, the Yankees have lost only one other game by 18 or more runs in their history: A 19-1 loss to the Tigers in June 1925.
• The heart of the Indians' batting order -- Jhonny Peralta, Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez -- combined for 10 hits, five home runs and 10 RBI. Only three other times since 2000 did a team's 3-4-5 hitters produce a 10-5-10 (hits-homers-RBI) game: The Red Sox did it last year (David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon); the Indians did it in 2004 (Matt Lawton, Martinez and Casey Blake); and the Dodgers did it in 2002 (Shawn Green, Eric Karros and Brian Jordan).
• Pity the poor Pirates, who Tuesday, for the 25th time this season, lost by one run as the Mets came from behind for a 7-6 victory in New York. Pittsburgh is the first team in major-league history to have a season in which it lost 25 games by one run by the Fourth of July. The previous record was held by the Astros, who lost 24 times by one run through games of July 4, 1971.
• Billy Wagner earned his 300th career save in the Mets' victory over the Pirates. Wagner is the 20th individual to save at least 300 games since the major leagues began officially recording saves in 1969. Six of those 20 pitchers have played for the Mets: Wagner, John Franco, Jeff Reardon, Randy Myers, Roberto Hernandez and Rick Aguilera. Only one other franchise has had least six: The Cubs, with seven (Lee Smith, Dennis Eckersley, Myers, Aguilera, Goose Gossage, Doug Jones and Bruce Sutter).
• Roy Halladay pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and earned the win in Toronto's victory against Texas. Halladay is now 61-26 (.701) in his career before the All-Star break. He and Pedro Martinez (120-42, .741) are the only active pitchers with winning percentages of .700 or higher before the break (minimum 50 decisions).
• Brad Ausmus went 0-for-3 against the Cubs on Tuesday and is hitless in his past 39 at-bats. Since 1990, only four other non-pitchers had droughts of that length: Andy Fox (playing for the Expos and the Rangers) was 0-for-40 in 2004; Dann Howitt (Oakland and Seattle) was 0-for-43 in 1992; Tim Naehring (Red Sox) was 0-for-39 in 1991; and Robin Ventura (White Sox) went 0-for-41 in 1990.
• Ryan Zimmerman's game-deciding home run against Florida on Tuesday marked the second time this season he has won a game for the Nationals with a walk-off homer, and in each case Washington trailed when Zimmerman came to the plate. No other player in the majors has hit more than one "deficit-into-a-victory" game-ending home run this season.
• Frank Robinson showered high praise on Zimmerman after the game, saying, "He doesn't play like a rookie. He's a very special individual. They don't come along often." Robinson would know about rookies that don't come along often. He hit 38 home runs for the Reds in 1956, tying Wally Berger (of the 1930 Boston Braves) for the National League rookie record that has remained untied and unsurpassed for half a century.
• The Devil Rays beat the Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday, winning games started by a couple 10-game winners, Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling. It's the first time in 20 years that a major-league team won consecutive games this early in the season facing pitchers with at least 10 wins each time. The Red Sox were also the victims when it last happened. On July 2-3, 1986, they started Clemens (14 wins) and Oil Can Boyd (10 wins) against Toronto and lost both games.
• The Phillies' 6-5 win over the Padres on Tuesday was their 11th consecutive victory over San Diego, the second-longest current winning streak for one major-league team against another. Philadelphia is on the losing end of the only longer streak: The Astros have beaten the Phils 12 straight times dating to August 2004.
• The Mariners took a 5-1 lead against the Angels but lost 14-6. Entering Tuesday, Seattle and Detroit had been the only American League teams that had not lost a game in which they took a lead of four or more runs this season.
• In Italy's 2-0 win against Germany, Fabio Grosso's game-winning goal came in the 119th minute, tying the latest game-winning goal in an overtime period in World Cup history. David Platt scored in the 119th minute in England's 1-0 victory over Belgium in the round of 16 in 1990.
The previous latest such goal for Italy was by Gianni Rivera in the 111th minute of the 1970 semifinal against Germany.
• Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero are the ninth and 10th players to score goals for Italy in this World Cup, tying a record for the most different goal-scorers in a World Cup. France had 10 different scorers in 1982.
• Italy is the first team to score two goals in overtime since Cameroon did it against Colombia in the round of 16 in 1990.