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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:
• With a win Tuesday, the Dodgers have won 17 of their last 18 games. The last National League team to win 17 of 18 games was the 1986 Mets. The Dodgers had won 17 of 18 only once previously, in May/June 1899, when the team was known as the Superbas.
The Twins won 17 of 18 games earlier this season. It's the first time since 1988 that two major league teams had such a stretch in the same season. That year, Boston and Oakland accomplished the feat.
• Two major league games went 18 innings on Tuesday. The Cubs defeated the Astros, 8-6, while the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies, 2-1. It was the first time in major league history that two games of at least 18 innings were played on the same day.
The Astros, meanwhile, also lost an 18-inning game to the Pirates earlier this season. Houston is the first team since the 1985 Braves to lose two games of at least 18 innings in the same season.
• The Phillies scored six first-inning runs Monday night against the Mets and four first-inning runs Tuesday night. It's only the second time since 1993 that the Phils scored four-or-more first inning runs in consecutive games. They also did it in July 2003. Something to look for on Wednesday: The Phillies have scored at least four runs in the first inning in three consecutive games only once in team history: July 20-23, 1889 (yes, 1889).
New York Mets
Prior to Tuesday night, a team that had a player hit three home runs won 17 games in a row. The last team to lose such a game was the Red Sox in 2004 against the Yankees (Kevin Millar hit three homers). Major League teams now have a record of 382-84 (.820) in games in which they have a player with three homers.
• We know the Mets lost to the Phillies, but here are three tidbits on what Jose Reyes has accomplished Tuesday night and this season:
-- He hit a home run on the first pitch. The only other major league player to hit a home run on the first pitch in the top of the first inning in a game this season is Alfonso Soriano, who's done it twice (July 15 and July 18). Before Reyes, the last Met to do it was Kaz Matsui, on the first pitch of the team's 2004 season opener in Atlanta!
-- He had a cycle earlier this season and three home runs Tuesday night. Reyes is the first player with a cycle and a three-homer game in the same season since Miguel Tejada did it for Oakland in 2001. The last National League player to do it was Andre Dawson for the Cubs in 1987.
-- He's the second player this season to hit three home runs from the first spot in the batting order (Alfonso Soriano did it on April 21). Prior to this season, the last major league player to do it was Brant Brown for the Cubs on June 18, 1998.
• The Twins have now won 44 of their last 60 games, matching the best 60-game stretch in franchise history. The Washington Senators went 44-16 over a 60-game span in 1912 and in 1933.
• Erik Bedard made his 16th start this season following a loss by his team, the most such starts by any American League pitcher. Bedard is 9-4 coming off O's losses, tying him with Vicente Padilla and Carlos Zambrano for the most wins-after-losses in the majors.
• Roy Halladay is the first pitcher to 15 wins this season. He was also the first to 15 wins in 2003. The only other pitchers to be first-to-15 more than once during the expansion era were Sandy Koufax, four times (1963-1966), Roger Clemens, in three different decades (1986, 1997, 2001), Steve Carlton (1980 and 1982), and Joaquin Andujar (1984-1985).
• Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run in the Pirates' loss to the Brewers, snapping a streak of 14 consecutive solo home runs for the Bucs. That was the second-longest such streak in the major leagues this season. San Diego had 15 consecutive solo homers from June 21 to July 1.
• Oakland beat Seattle, again. The A's have now won 14 straight games against the Mariners. Over the last 15 years, only one team had a longer winning streak against a divisional opponent. Minnesota won 16 consecutive games against Detroit spanning the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
• Johan Santana has a career record of 37-13 at the Metrodome. Only three other active pitchers won 37-or-more of their first 50 home decisions: Mark Mulder (40-10), Tim Hudson (39-11) and Roy Oswalt (37-13).
• Alex Rodriguez made another error Tuesday night, his 21st of the season and his seventh with Mike Mussina on the mound. Only one player has made as many errors with a particular pitcher on the mound as A-Rod has for Mussina: Garrett Atkins has seven errors with Jeff Francis pitching.
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