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

Updated: August 13, 2006, 2:29 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

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

MLB
• A 6-5 victory over the Giants gave the Dodgers 14 wins in a 15-game single-season span for only the fourth time since leaving Brooklyn. The 1965 team did it down the stretch, en route to a world championship; the 1977 team did it in April en route to a National League pennant; and the 2004 team did it in July en route to a West Division title.

 Manny Ramirez
Ramirez
• Manny Ramirez entered Saturday's game with a 26-game hitting streak and a career batting average of .818 (and six hits in his last six at-bats) vs. Baltimore's starting pitcher Kris Benson. But in two at-bats vs. Benson, Ramirez grounded into a double play and struck out.

Still, Manny is the only major leaguer to have had walk-off hits off both Dennis Eckersley and Mariano Rivera -- so you had to feel that when he came to bat against Bruce Chen with runners on first and second in the tenth inning on Saturday, he might be the game's final batter.

And he was. Ramirez singled, extending his hitting streak, and on an error by left fielder Brandon Fahey, Gabe Kapler scored the deciding run in Boston's 8-7 victory. You may be wondering when was the last time that a streak as long as Manny's was extended by means of a hit in extra innings. That last happened two years ago, when Carlos Lee, then with the White Sox, reached 28 straight games with a 10th-inning double against the Marlins. (His hitting streak died at 28 the next day, when he went 0-for-4 vs. Carl Pavano.)

 Travis Hafner
Hafner
• Travis Hafner had a long but productive Saturday. In the afternoon game of a day-night program, Hafner had a walk-off hit in the ninth inning -- his second walk-off RBI vs. Kansas City this season. Then at night, Hafner's RBI double in the eighth broke a tie and delivered the eventual game-winning run ... and, to boot, it was Hafner's 100th RBI of the season.

Looking across the field at Hafner was Mike Sweeney, thinking, "Been there; done that." Sweeney was the last major-leaguer credited with two game-winning RBI in one day (last Sept. 20 vs. Detroit). But you have to go back to 1990 to find the last major-leaguer with two game-winners in the eighth inning or later on the same day; on May 6 of that year, the Mets' Kevin McReynolds hit an 11th-inning grand slam to beat Houston 7-4 in the first game, and then hit an eighth-inning solo shot to give New York a 7-6 win in the nightcap.

• The Blue Jays blanked the Twins 4-0 -- Minnesota's fifth loss in its last five home games, and during those five losses, the Twins have amassed the grand total of three runs.

That's the fewest runs that the Twins have scored in five consecutive home games not just in the Metrodome, but in any five-home-game span since the franchise relocated from Washington to the Twin Cities in 1961. In fact, you have to go back 53 years -- to the first year of the Eisenhower Administration, when the team was playing in Washington's Griffith Stadium -- to find that last time that the franchise scored as few as three runs over a span of five home games.

 Jaret Wright
Wright
• Jaret Wright was the winning pitcher for the Yankees in their 5-2 win over the Angels, putting in a 5 1/3-inning workday, which has become the norm for Wright.

Saturday marked Wright's 20th start of the season, and he hasn't gotten more than 18 outs in any of those games. He's the first pitcher in major league history not to go more than six innings in any of his first 20 starts in a season.

• The Pirates defeated the Cardinals 3-2 behind Ian Snell. Coupled with Zach Duke's win the previous night, Pittsburgh has earned its first series win in their last 11 series vs. St. Louis.

• Jeff Weaver took the loss for St. Louis on Saturday, the 100th loss of his major-league career against 83 victories. The last five major leaguers to reach 100 losses with so few wins: Jose Mesa (77), Frank Castillo (81), Steve Trachsel (80), Jim Abbott (80) and Tim Leary (74).

 Ryan Howard
Howard
• Ryan Howard hit home run No. 40 in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 9-7 loss to the Reds. He became the first big-league sophomore (that is, a player in the season after his rookie season) to connect for 40 long ones since Baltimore first baseman Jim Gentile hit 46 homers in 1961.

Six of Howard's last seven home runs have been hit off left-handed pitchers.

• Jose Reyes hit his 15th triple of the season in the Mets' 6-4 win at Washington; the switch-hitting shortstop led the majors with 17 triples last year.

Reyes is the first National League player in 72 years to hit at least 15 triples in each of two consecutive seasons -- since Pittsburgh's Paul Waner ("Big Poison") did it in 1933 and 1934. Four American Leaguers have done that in the interim: Joe DiMaggio (1936-37), Snuffy Stirnweiss (1944-45), Jim Rice (1977-78) and Carl Crawford (2004-05). (Crawford, with 12 triples already this season, may extend his streak to three consecutive years.)

 John Maine
Maine
• John Maine added three innings to his scoreless streak before Nick Johnson's home run with two outs in the fourth inning put the streak to rest at 26 innings. Maine's streak started with an inning in relief, and he followed it with 25 scoreless innings spread over four starts. That's the longest scoreless-innings streak by a major league rookie starter since young Orel Hershiser had 32 straight scoreless innings as a starter (wrapped inside a 33 2/3-inning overall streak, which also included a relief appearance) in 1984.

• Mark Teixeira went 3-for-3, lifting his batting average to .290 (it's .350 since the Fourth of July) in the Rangers' 5-4 win over Seattle.

Teixeira has now reached base safely (meaning by a hit, walk or hit batsman) in each of his last 36 games, matching Oakland's Nick Swisher for the second-longest streak in the majors this season. Orlando Cabrera's 63-game streak from April 25 through July 6 was the longest by any major-leaguer in the last 57 seasons.

• Kenny Rogers was done wrong by his defense on Saturday: Detroit made three errors behind him, so that the veteran lefty was charged with four runs -- all unearned -- in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox.

It had been nearly four years since a big-league pitcher was charged with four or more runs, all unearned, and was tagged with the loss in a game decided by a single run. Boston's Casey Fossum was the unlucky loser in 4-3 loss at Seattle on Aug. 15, 2002.

Soccer
• The Colorado Rapids beat the Los Angeles Galaxy by a 1-0 score for the third time this season. It's the first time in MLS history that one team has beaten another by a 1-0 score three times in one season.

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