A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Red Sox's 7-2 loss in Oakland on Wednesday was their 21st during August (8-21). That tied the all-time record for losses in a month by a team that started the month in first place. Boston held a one-game lead over the Yankees at the end of July. Five other teams share the record: the 1971 Cardinals (8-21 in June), 1951 White Sox (11-21 in July), 1929 Boston Braves (8-21 in May), 1919 Yankees (13-21 in July), and 1908 New York Highlanders (7-21 in June).
• The Red Sox scored 19 runs on the nine-game road trip that ended in Oakland on Wednesday. That equaled the fewest runs that the Sox have ever scored on a road trip of nine or more games. They previously scored 19 runs on nine-game road trips in 1974 and 1967.
• Curt Schilling recorded the 3,000th strikeout of his career on Wednesday, an accomplishment that has become almost as rare as four-man rotations and 300-inning seasons. Schilling was the fourth pitcher to reach that mark in the last 20 seasons, following Roger Clemens (1998), Randy Johnson (2000), and Greg Maddux (2005). But during a 13-year period from 1974 to 1986 -- an era when many veteran pitchers had spent much of their careers starting every fourth day -- nine pitchers reached the 3,000-strikeout mark: Bob Gibson, Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton, Ferguson Jenkins, Don Sutton, Phil Niekro, and Bert Blyleven.
• For the first time in the 131-year history of the franchise, the Cubs lost consecutive games in which they held a lead in extra innings. On both Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the Cubs scored in the top of the 11th and the Pirates won the game in the bottom of the inning. This is the first season in major-league history in which more than one team has lost two such games in a row. The others to do so in 2006 were the Marlins (May 16-17) and the Red Sox (July 9-13).
• Nick Markakis homered in the Orioles' 7-4 win over the Rangers. It was Markakis' ninth homer during August, the highest monthly total by a rookie this season and a franchise record for rookies in any month. The previous record of eight was set by Otis Brannan of the St. Louis Browns in 1928 and tied three times prior to Markakis -- all in 1960. Jim Gentile hit eight homers in June 1960 and again in August, when his rookie teammate Ron Hansen also hit eight homers.
• Adam LaRoche had three doubles and a triple in four at-bats in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Giants. LaRoche is the first Braves player to go 4-for-4 or better with all hits for extra bases since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. Two other players have done so for other teams this season: Damian Miller (April 22) and Matt Murton (August 3).
• Jermaine Dye continued to add to his MVP credentials, going 2-for-2 in late-inning pressure situations and scoring the winning run in the eighth inning of the White Sox's 5-4 victory over the Devil Rays. With nine hits in his last 19 at-bats, Dye has raised his LIPS batting average to .367. Prior to 2006, his career batting average in late-inning pressure situations was .203.
• Roger Clemens pitched seven scoreless innings, but once again all he had to show for it was a big fat "ND." The Astros scored in the ninth inning for a 1-0 victory. It was the 17th time in his three seasons with the Astros that Clemens didn't allow a run, but he's won only eight of those games. Clemens' nine no-decisions in games in which he didn't allow a run not only leads the majors over the last three seasons, it's more than double the total of any other pitcher.
• Greg Maddux pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits but no walks, to earn the victory in the Dodgers' 7-3 win over the Reds. It was the 202nd start in which Maddux didn't walk a batter, by far the highest total in the live-ball era. Robin Roberts ranks second with 168.
• Jaret Wright and Wil Ledezma were opposing starting pitchers on Wednesday night. Both had streaks of 25 consecutive starts in which they failed to retire a batter beyond the sixth inning, to share the second-longest such streaks in major-league history. Wright pitched 6 1/3 innings to snap his streak, but Ledezma was pulled in the sixth inning to extend his to 26 games, two short of Scott Elarton's all-time record.
• Scott Proctor walked two batters before allowing a game-winning home run to Craig Monroe with two outs in the ninth in the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Tigers. It was the first time in Proctor's last 47 appearances that he walked two batters in the same inning.
• Andrew Miller, the Tigers' first-round draft choice in June, made his major-league debut on Wednesday. Miller is only the fifth player to make his debut in the same year he was drafted and to do it for a first-place team. The others were Mike Morgan (1978 Athletics), John Olerud (1989 Blue Jays), Joey Devine (2005 Braves), and Craig Hansen (2005 Red Sox).
• The Royals rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 4-3 win at the Metrodome, snapping the Twins' streak of 32 consecutive wins in home games in which they held a lead. That was the longest such single-season streak since the Astros won 34 consecutive games in which they held a lead at the Astrodome in 1990.
• The Mets have won their last four games by scores of 11-5 and 8-3 against the Phillies and 10-5 and 11-3 against the Rockies. It's the first time in franchise history that the Mets have won four consecutive games, all by a margin of five or more runs.
• The Indians defeated the Blue Jays, 3-2, scoring their runs on three solo homers. Only one other team hit three home runs in a 3-2 win this season: the Marlins against the Mets on July 8. The Indians hadn't won such a game since 1994.
• Jeff Cunningham scored the only goal in Real Salt Lake's 1-0 victory over the Galaxy. It was the sixth time that Cunningham scored in a 1-0 MLS match, tying him with Landon Donovan and Roy Lassiter for second most in MLS history behind Jason Kreis (7).