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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.

Updated: July 19, 2006, 1:49 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

MLB
• The Braves hit five home runs in their 14-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night, giving them 23 homers over their past six games, a National League record. The previous league high for homers over a six-game span was 22, by the 1954 Giants and the 1999 Reds. The major league record is 24, set by the Red Sox in 1977.

• The Braves have scored a total of 65 runs in their past five games, the highest five-game total since the Red Sox plated 66 runs over five games in June 1950. Atlanta is the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five consecutive games. The Cubs also recorded a five-game streak in 1930.

Jason Marquis (11-7) was the starter and loser against the Braves, allowing 12 runs in five innings. Marquis became the first pitcher with more than 10 wins in a season to allow more than 10 runs in a game since August 2000, when Jamie Moyer did it in back-to-back starts.

• Marquis, who allowed 13 runs to the White Sox on June 21, is the first pitcher since 1940 to allow at least 12 runs in two games in the same season. The last pitcher to do so was Alfred "Chubby" Dean of the Philadelphia A's.

Jon Lester allowed one hit over eight innings and Jonathan Papelbon retired the side in order in the ninth in the Red Sox's 1-0 win over the Royals. It was only the fourth time in the past 20 years that a rookie starter and a rookie reliever earned the win and the save in a 1-0 victory. The others to do so were Gary Knotts and Franklyn German (2003 Tigers), Tony Armas and Scott Strickland (2000 Expos), and Erik Hanson and Mike Schooler (1988 Mariners).

• Lester became only the second Red Sox pitcher in the past 40 years to start his major league career with five straight wins. The other was Aaron Sele (6-0 in 1993).

• In the grand tradition of Bill McKechnie, Joe Torre celebrated his 66th birthday with a walkoff victory following a multiple-run rally in the ninth inning. McKechnie's teams did that three times on the Deacon's birthday (the Pirates in 1925 and the Braves in 1931 and 1932). Because of a rain delay of nearly two hours, Torre didn't receive his gift until after midnight ET.

• Two of baseball's best young southpaws, Francisco Liriano and Scott Kazmir, faced off in the Twins' 8-1 victory over the Devil Rays. It was the first time in 80 years that two left-handers both 22 or younger and with at least 10 wins for the season went head to head. The last time: Babe Ruth (Red Sox) vs. Harry Harper (Senators) on Aug. 12, 1916.

Justin Morneau's home run was only the third by a left-handed batter against Kazmir, who has pitched 341 innings in the majors. The others were by David Ortiz (2006) and Raul Ibanez (2005).

• Tuesday night's game between the Tigers and the White Sox was only the second major league game ever played after the All-Star break between division rivals who both had winning percentages above .625. The only other such game during the divisional era (that is, since 1969) was a 1-0 victory by the Angels over the A's on Sept. 17, 2002.

Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Joe Crede hit one in the White Sox's 7-1 win. Konerko and Crede have each hit 11 homers at Comerica Park, to share the all-time lead among visiting players. Their Sox teammate Jim Thome shares third place with David Ortiz (10).

Carlos Beltran has hit a grand slam in each of his past two games. Prior to that, Beltran was hitless with the bases loaded in his two seasons with the Mets (0-for-11).

• Mets rookie Mike Pelfrey was the beneficiary of Beltran's slam in the Mets' 8-3 win over the Reds. Pelfrey became the first pitcher since 1900 to be supported by grand slams in each of his first two starts. Jose Valentin provided the lumber in Pelfrey's debut.

• The A's scored two runs, including the eventual game-winner, without a hit in the fourth inning of their 5-4 win at Baltimore. It was the first time since 2002 that Oakland scored more than one run in an inning in which it failed to get a hit.

Hanley Ramirez hit a first-inning leadoff home run in the Marlins' 7-6 loss to the Nationals. Ramirez has six home runs in his past 62 at-bats, after starting the season with three homers in his first 293 ABs.

Greg Maddux hasn't won a game in more than six weeks, but his ERA dropped from 4.99 to 4.60 on Tuesday -- and he didn't even throw a pitch. Due to a scoring change for a game played May 24 -- Hanley Ramirez's single has been changed to an error by Ronny Cedeno -- five runs that were originally credited to Maddux's record as earned are now unearned.

MLS
• Bruce Arena, who was named head coach of the Red Bulls, has both the highest regular-season winning percentage (.635) and the highest postseason winning percentage (.824) in MLS history.

• Arena won 13 consecutive postseason matches for D.C. United from 1996-98, including the first two MLS Cup titles. That's one short of the longest postseason winning streak by any coach in any of the major North American pro sports. Scotty Bowman won 14 consecutive postseason games (1992-93). The only coaches to win 13 straight were Arena and Pat Riley (1988-89).

• Arena will be the fifth MLS coach with World Cup experience, and the third to coach the MetroStars/Red Bulls. The others were Carlos Alberto Parreira, who coached the MetroStars in 1997 after leading Brazil to a World Cup title in 1994; Bora Milutinovic, MetroStars (1998-99); Bob Gansler, Wizards (1999-present); and Steve Sampson, Galaxy (2004-06).

NHL
• Neil Smith's 40-day tenure as general manager of the Islanders ended with his firing Tuesday, a move reminiscent of one by the team's regional rivals nearly 80 years earlier. Conn Smythe is more than just a trophy; he was the architect of the first Rangers team in 1926. But shortly before the start of that inaugural season, Smythe was dismissed after a dispute with management, reportedly over his failure to acquire Babe Dye, a three-time league leader in goals. The Rangers didn't need Dye after all, finishing in first place in 1927 and winning the Stanley Cup in 1928.

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