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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:
• 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.
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.)
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.
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.
• 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).
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.)
• 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.
• 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.