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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Jarrod Washburn improved his record to 6-11 with a victory over the Devil Rays on Wednesday, holding Tampa Bay hitless until Ben Zobrist's bunt single leading off the sixth inning. It was the first time that a no-hit bid was spoiled by a bunt single in the sixth inning or later since Ben Davis broke up Curt Schilling's perfect game in the eighth inning in 2001. Davis was criticized afterward by Bob Brenly, the Diamondbacks' manager at the time.
It was 12th time that Johnson held his opponent hitless through six innings, the highest total among active pitchers. In fact, only two active pitchers have done so even half as often: Roger Clemens (7) and Pedro Martinez (6).
Johnson pitched the last no-hitter in the majors -- a perfect game against the Braves on May 18, 2004. There have been 5,990 games played since May 19, 2004, by far the longest span of games without a no-hitter in major-league history.
• Justin Morneau's eighth-inning home run, the winning hit in the Twins' 4-3 victory over the Tigers, was his 30th homer of the season. Morneau is the first Twins player to reach that level since Kent Hrbek, Tom Brunansky, and Gary Gaetti all did it in 1987. Minnesota's streak of 18 seasons without a 30-homer player was the longest since the White Sox ended a 69-year drought -- longest in major-league history -- when Bill Melton hit 33 home runs in 1970.
• Johan Santana was the winning pitcher for the Twins. Santana has won 17 of his last 18 decisions during the month of August, dating back to Aug. 22, 2002.
• Jake Westbrook scattered nine hits in the Indians' 4-0 shutout of the Angels, six days after allowing 15 hits in a victory over the Red Sox. Only two other pitchers in the last 50 years threw a complete-game shutout after allowing as many as 15 hits in their previous appearance: Roger Clemens in 1988 and Jack Billingham in 1977.
It was Ryan's sixth save against the Orioles this season, tying the highest single-season total ever recorded against the team with which the pitcher finished the previous season. The record was set by Randy Myers against the Mets in 1990, and previously tied by Myers against the Padres and Jeff Russell against the A's, both in 1993.
The Truth in Statistics Act requires the following disclosure: Armando Benitez saved 11 games in 2004 against the Mets, the team with which he started the 2003 season before being shuffled to the Yankees and finishing the year with the Mariners.
• The Mets staked Pedro Martinez to an early 4-0 lead, and Pedro maintained his career-long undefeated streak in such games. When given a lead of four or more runs as a starting pitcher, Martinez has a record of 117-0 with eight no-decisions. Martinez has a 3-0 record in postseason games with a lead of four or more runs, with one memorable no-decision: the Grady Little loss.
• Mike Piazza hit a pair of home runs off Pedro Martinez in the Padres' loss. Although Piazza ranks second to Darryl Strawberry in career home runs at Shea Stadium (127-105), four players have as many or more multiple-homer games there. The leaders: Strawberry, 11; Dave Kingman, nine; Gary Carter, seven; Bobby Bonilla and Piazza, six.
• The Phillies scored eight runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Braves 9-3, prompting Atlanta manager Bobby Cox to wonder, "Who gives up eight runs in an inning?" and then conclude, "Nobody." Maybe it seems that way to Cox. Since his return to Atlanta in June 1990, the Braves have allowed eight or more runs in an inning only seven times, tying the Mets for the lowest total in the majors during that time.
• For the second time in five weeks, an A's pitcher allowed four home runs at McAfee Coliseum. Esteban Loaiza did it on July 6 against the Angels; Barry Zito did it in Wednesday's 14-0 loss to the Rangers. That had happened only twice in the previous six seasons. It was the worst shutout loss the A's have ever suffered in Oakland.
• One day after joining the Galaxy, Santino Quaranta scored the only goal in the team's victory over the Dynamo. Five other MLS players scored in a 1-0 win in their debut for a new team. Eric Wynalda (1996 Clash) and Onandi Lowe (2001 Wizards) did so in their MLS debuts. Pete Marino (1998 Wizards), Brian Dunseth (2005 Real Salt Lake) and Ned Grabavoy (2006 Crew) did so after changing clubs.
• Real Salt Lake defeated the Rapids 4-1 in Denver on Wednesday night. It was the Rapids' worst home loss since a 6-3 defeat against the Dallas Burn in 2001. Colorado's streak of 77 consecutive home games without a three-goal loss was the longest current streak in MLS and the fourth longest such streak in league history.
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