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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:
• Anibal Sanchez extended his scoreless innings streak to 23 before he allowed a sixth-inning run to the Braves on Tuesday night. Since 1993, only two rookie starting pitchers had a scoreless innings streak of at least 23 innings: Barry Zito in 2000 (23 2/3) and Roy Oswalt in 2001 (24).
• Cody Ross, another Florida rookie, hit two home runs in the 2-1 win over the Braves. Ross also had a two-homer game for the Dodgers earlier this season. Ross is the second rookie in major league history to have a multi-homer game for two different teams in the same season. Jose Cruz, Jr. had four multi-homer games in 1997, two for the Mariners and two for the Blue Jays.
• The Tigers had scored five or more first-inning runs in each of their last three games, but Tuesday night, they allowed seven runs in the first inning to the Indians. Detroit became the first team in major league history to score or allow at least five first-inning runs in four straight games.
• Despite losing, the Tigers are the fourth team in major league history to win 67 of their first 100 games in a season after having a losing record the previous season. The three other teams to do it were Detroit in 1886 (72-27-1), the Red Sox in 1946 (70-28-2) and the Giants in 1993 (67-33).
• The first seven Cleveland batters reached base safely (i.e. via a hit, walk or hit by pitch). It was the fifth time this season that a major league team had the first seven or more batters reach base safely. San Francisco did it against the Cubs on May 11; Cincinnati at Houston on June 2; Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore on July 21; and Baltimore at Tampa Bay on July 22 (first eight batters).
The last time the Indians had the first seven batters of a game reach base safely was Aug. 31, 1998 against Oakland (first eight batters reached safely).
Glavine allowed two home runs in the first inning. It was the fifth time in those 625 career starts that Glavine allowed more than one first-inning homer in a game.
Glavine allowed eight runs, five earned, in 6 1/3 innings. Mets starting pitchers are a combined 9-12 with a 6.34 earned run average in their last 27 games (since June 24). That's the highest earned run average for any team's starting pitchers over that span.
• Carlos Zambrano has now won 10 consecutive road decisions dating back to last season. Since 1930, only one other Cubs pitcher won 10 straight decisions away from the "Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field" -- Steve Trachsel won 10 consecutive road decisions spanning the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
Zambrano hit his fourth home run of the season. He's only the third Cubs pitcher since 1900 to hit four or more home runs in a season. Pat Malone hit four in 1930 and Ferguson Jenkins hit six in 1971.
• Ryan Madson uncorked four wild pitches in the third inning, tying a major league record. Three other pitchers threw four wild pitches in one inning: Washington's Walter Johnson in 1914, Atlanta's Phil Niekro in 1979 and Anaheim's Kevin Gregg in 2004.
• Jose Contreras has lost his last three starts after winning his previous 17 decisions. Over the last 15 years, only three other pitchers lost three consecutive starts immediately following a streak of more than 10 consecutive wins: John Smoltz (1996), Bob Wickman, as a starter for the Yankees (1993), and Tom Glavine (1992).
• The Cardinals beat the Rockies 1-0 in Colorado. It was the 10th shutout in 46 games in Colorado this season (22 percent). From 1993-2005 there were only 38 shutouts in 1020 games played in Denver (4 percent). The game was only the fourth 1-0 game played in Colorado, and only the second in which the only run scored via a homer. Ryan Howard and the Phillies did it earlier this season.
• Mark Redman was the winning pitcher for the Royals Tuesday night. It was Redman's seventh win since June 4, tying him with Ervin Santana, Johan Santana and Erik Bedard for second-most in the American League since that date, behind Francisco Liriano (eight).
• The Yankees scored seven runs on only four hits in their victory over the Rangers tonight. Only two other teams in the last nine seasons scored at least seven runs on four hits or less: the Cubs beat San Diego in 2003, 7-2, with only four hits; and Boston beat Oakland, 7-5, with only four hits in 2005.
• Adam Eaton made his Rangers debut against the Yankees. Prior to tonight, all 131 of Eaton's career starts came under manager Bruce Bochy. That was the third most career starts for any current pitcher, all for one manager. Brian Lawrence (currently on Washington's disabled list, but yet to make his Nationals debut) has started 146 big-league games, all for Bochy; John Lackey has 137 career starts, all under Mike Scioscia. The all-time record for this category belongs to Don Drysdale, who started 465 major league games, all for Walter Alston.
• John McDonald drove in five runs from the ninth spot in the Toronto batting order tonight. McDonald is the first player in the major leagues to drive in five runs from the nine-hole this season. Two players did it in 2005: Baltimore's David Newhan and Toronto's Russ Adams.
• Mike Piazza scored his 1,000th career run tonight, just four days after recording career hit No. 2,000. Piazza is the seventh player in major league history with 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs scored and 1,000 games as a catcher in his major league career. The six others: Ted Simmons, Carlton Fisk, Ivan Rodriguez, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter and Johnny Bench.