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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:
• The Yankees prevailed in 10 innings in Boston on Sunday night after Derek Jeter's RBI single tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning. It was the first victory for the Yankees at Fenway Park in a game in which they trailed down to their final out since Sept. 22, 1991. Roberto Kelly tied that game with a two-out ninth-inning homer off Jeff Reardon; Bernie Williams' two-run double in the 10th off Dan Petry gave New York a 7-5 victory.
• Orlando Hernandez improved his record with the Mets to 7-5 in New York's 2-0 victory over the Rockies. El Duque's seven wins with New York are the most for any player who was acquired after pitching for another major-league team this season. The only other "double-clubber" with more than three wins for his second team this year is Geremi Gonzalez (4-2 for the Brewers after pitching for the Mets).
Since El Duque's first start for the Mets (May 28), he and Steve Trachsel have a combined 17-6 record in 30 starts. Over that span, the projected one-two punch of Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine are 8-8 in 25 starts.
• Solo home runs by Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado accounted for all of the scoring in Sunday's game at Shea. It was the eighth time this season that Beltran and Delgado homered in the same game, equaling the most for any National League teammates (Ryan Howard and Chase Utley; Lance Berkman and Preston Wilson).
• Chris Duncan homered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, becoming only the fourth player in Cardinals history with a home run in each of three straight games of a series at Wrigley Field. The others were Eddie Ainsmith (1922), Orlando Cepeda (1967) and Eli Marrero (2002).
• The Phillies held on for dear life at Citizens Bank Park, posting a 12-10 win over the Nationals after nearly blowing a 10-1 lead. It was only the second time since 1900 that Philadelphia won a home game by as few as two runs after leading by at least nine. On July 17, 1994, the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 9-7 at Veterans Stadium, after jumping out to a 9-0 lead.
• Washington's Brandon Harper hit a pair of home runs in the fourth game of his major-league career. Harper is one of four rookie catchers with two homers in a game this season; Eliezer Alfonzo, Kenji Johjima and Mike Napoli all did it twice. It's the first time since 1987 that four rookie catchers had multiple-homer games in one season (Matt Nokes, John Marzano, Benito Santiago and Terry Steinbach).
• The Rangers erased a 6-0 deficit in their 7-6 victory at Detroit. The Tigers became the second team in the last 50 years -- with a record at least 35 games over .500 -- to lose a home game in which it led by at least six runs. The Yankees blew a seven-run lead in an 11-8 loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 21, 1976. Sunday's defeat was Detroit's first in a home game in which it led by as many as six runs since April 13, 1997 (11-8 in 11 innings vs. the White Sox at Tiger Stadium).
• Jhonny Peralta's grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning for the Indians in their 9-4 triumph over the Devil Rays. The Indians lead the majors with a .395 batting average (45-for-134) and 11 home runs with the bags jammed. Cleveland is one slam shy of its single-season record (12 in 1999); the major-league mark is 14, by the 2000 Athletics.
• Mike Cameron's 10th-inning walk-off single made a winner of Cla Meredith in the Padres' 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Meredith, who retired the only batter he faced (Carlos Quentin), has held right-handed batters hitless in their last 29 at-bats. The only pitcher to fashion a longer streak of that kind this season was Huston Street, against whom right-handers had a hitless streak of 37 at-bats (May 30 to July 4).
• Seattle completed its 0-11 road trip with Sunday's loss in Anaheim. Since 1977 (the Mariners inaugural season), only one other major-league team had a winless road trip of at least 11 games. In 1989, the Tigers were swept on an 11-game swing through Toronto, Boston and Kansas City.
Sunday's defeat extended Seattle's unprecedented losing streak against AL West rivals to 20 games (the longest by any team within its division since the inception of divisional play in 1969).
• Derek Lowe recorded a victory on the mound and the first two-hit game of his career at the plate in the Dodgers' series finale at San Francisco. Lowe raised his career batting average to .124 and had hits in consecutive at-bats against Matt Morris.
• Wes Helms drove in the game-winning run with a seventh-inning, pinch-hit triple in the Marlins' 4-3 victory over the Braves. It was the third triple for Helms in his last 27 pinch-hit at-bats (since April 26). He has only six triples in 1488 other career at-bats (one every 248 at-bats).
• Luke Donald entered the final round of play tied with Woods atop the leaderboard. It was the first time in Donald's career that he had a share of the lead through 54 holes of a major tournament. But Donald struggled on Sunday, shooting 74 to finish in a third-place tie.
Since 1958 (the year the PGA Championship went to stroke-play format), 102 players entered the final round atop the leaderboard for the first time while seeking their first major title; only 38 of them went on to victory (most recently: Shaun Micheel in the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill).