This Date In Baseball
Compiled by PAUL MONTELLA
By The Associated Press
1926 -- Emil Levsen of the Cleveland Indians pitched two complete-game victories over the Boston Red Sox, 6-1 and 5-1. He did not strike out a batter in either game. The Indians used the identical lineup in both games.
1951 -- The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Giants 2-0, snapping the Giants' 16-game winning streak. The streak enabled the Giants to cut the Dodgers 13½-game lead to six.
1977 -- Steve Garvey of Los Angeles hit three doubles and two home runs in five at-bats, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. One of Garvey's homers was a grand slam.
1977 -- In a 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Nolan Ryan of the California Angles struck out 11 batters to pass the 300-strikeout plateau for the fifth time in his career.
1990 -- Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman in history to have consecutive 30-homer seasons, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros.
1996 -- The Cleveland Indians finished the season 12-0 against Detroit Tigers to become the seventh team to sweep a season series since 1900.
2001 -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th home run, becoming the second shortstop in major league history to reach the mark in four straight seasons, as the Texas beat the Minnesota 10-1. Rodriguez joined Ernie Banks (1957-60) as the only shortstops with four consecutive 40-homer seasons.
2003 -- Eric Gagne set a major league record with his 44th straight save this season as Los Angeles beat Houston 6-3. Gagne eclipsed Tom Gordon's 1998 record of 43 in a row to begin a season. Gagne has 52 consecutive saves, two short of tying Gordon's record of 54.
2008 -- Cristian Guzman of the Nationals became the second player to hit for the cycle since the franchise moved to Washington, driving in three in an 11-2 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guzman hit a solo homer in the first inning, was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the second, had a run-scoring double in the sixth and completed the cycle with a triple in the eighth.
2009 -- John Hester hit a long homer in his first major league at-bat, helping Arizona beat Houston 14-7. Pinch-hitting in the sixth inning, the 25-year-old Hester hit a 2-2 delivery from Wilton Lopez, also making his first appearance in the majors, an estimated 420 feet off the batter's eye in center field. Hester became the 101st player to homer in his first big league at-bat -- and the second Diamondbacks player this season. Gerardo Parra did it May 13 against Cincinnati.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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