1stJon Lester goes to 13-0 lifetime over the Orioles as the Red Sox beat Baltimore, 9-6. Lester (15-8) gives up 5 runs in 6 innings, but strikes out 10 with no walks. J.D. Drew, Marc Scutaro and Adrian Beltre connect for the Sox. Boston trails 2ndplace Tampa Bay by 7 games and the leading Yankees by 8 games.
2ndAt Coors Field, the Phillies plate 9 runs in the 7thand need all of them as the edge the Rockies, 12-11. Chase Utley drives in 6 runs, including 5 in the 7thon a single and a grand slam. Colorado outhits the Phillies, 20 to 15. With Atlanta losing to the Mets, the Phils are 2 games back in the NL East.
At Turner Field, Johan Santana pitches 5 innings to earn a 4-2 victory over Tim Hudson (15-6) and the Braves. But Santana tears the interior capsule of his left shoulder, shelving him for the rest of this season and all of 2011.
4thThe Reds defeat the Cardinals, 6-1. Rookie P Travis Wood holds St. Louis to a lone unearned run in 7 innings and also homers as he leads the Reds to a victory over the 2nd-place Cards. He becomes the first rookie in modern ML history pitching for a first-place team to win a September game in which he does not allow an earned run and also hits a HR himself.
Led By Jim Thome and Matt Tolbert the Twins whip the Rangers, 12-4. Thome has a pair of homers and a pair of walks, to move into the 9thspot all time in both categories. Tolbert has a pair of triples and 5 RBI.
5thTroy Tulowitzki hits a 2-run homer and the Rockies beat the Padres, 4-2, sending SD to its 10thstraight defeat. That ties the ML record for consecutive losses by a first-place team, set by the Pirates in 1932. Despite the loss, the Pads remain in first place by a game.
The Marlins edge the Braves, 7-6, in 10 innings when Scott Cousins drives in Emilio Bonifacio with his first ML hit. Bonifacio hit a triple after first fouling a ball off the cheek of on-deck hitter Logan Morrison. Cousins then pinch hits for the injured Morrison, who exits with two doubles and a triple.
At Wrigley Field, the Mets total 21 hits, their most in 10 years, as the pound the Cubs, 18-5. Ike Davis leads with 4 hits while Ruben Tejada collects 5 RBIs.
In a bizarre game-ending play, Texas 3B coach Dave Anderson is called for interfering with runner Michael Young for the final out, giving the Minnesota Twins a 6-5 win over the Rangers. Down 6-2 in a matchup of AL division leaders, the Rangers plate 2 runs in the 9th, and load the bases with two outs. Vladimir Guerrero grounds an RBI single up the middle fielded by second baseman Orlando Hudson. Young comes around third and, in the view of third base umpire Alfonso Marquez, briefly taps hands with Anderson. Young then stops and makes a dive back to 3B and appears to beat Hudson’s throw. But Marquez makes the interference call for the third out.
6thThe Nationals trounce the Mets, 13-3. Washington rookie SS Danny Espinosa gets 4 hits, including 2 HRs, and drives in 6 runs in only his 5thML game. He is the first player since the ML began tracking RBIs to have 2 homers and 6 RBIs in one of his first 5 games in the majors. He is the third rookie this season to have a 4-hit, 2-HR, 6-RBI game, joining Gaby Sanchez and Buster Posey.
At Wrigley, the Cubs win, 5-4, over Houston on Geovany Soto’s 8thinning homer onto Waveland Avenue. Interim manager Mike Quade benches rookie Starlin Castro after yesterday’s game for lapses of concentration. Castro forgot how many outs there were and wandered off 1B. He also made a mental error in Friday’s game allowing the Mets to pull off a delayed double steal. Castro, now with enough at bats to qualify for the title, entered today’s game third in the NL in hitting.
The Orioles beat the Yankees, 4-3. Alex Rodriguez drives in 2 runs and reaches 100 RBIs for the 14thtime in his career to set an ML record. He had been tied with Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig at 13 such seasons.
David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre homer in the 1stoff Jeff Niemann as the Red Sox belt the Rays, 12-5, at Fenway. Rookie Ryan Kalish adds a grand slam to back Jon Lester’s 16thwin. For Beltre, it is his 26thhomer. He’s the first Sox third baseman to reach 25 homers since Butch Hobson, in 1979. Tampa Bay is 2.5 games in back of New York.
7thThe Padres edge the Dodgers, 2-1. Mat Latos allows only 1 run for SD giving him 15 consecutive starts with 2 or fewer runs allowed. He is the first pitcher since Al Benton in 1945 to accomplish the feat. He is also the first pitcher in modern ML history with 15 consecutive starts of 5 or more innings and 2 or fewer runs allowed.
The Brewers defeat the Cardinals, 4-2 as Casey McGehee has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Trevor Hoffman records the 600thsave of his career.
Mets call-up pitcher Dillon Gee pitches no-hit ball through 5 innings as he wins his ML debut, beating the Nationals, 4-1. The loss goes to Cuban defector Yunesky Maya, a 29-year-old who was signed 5 weeks ago and is making his ML debut. It is the first time in Mets history that a Mets pitcher has made his ML debut against another rookie debuting, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Orioles foil CC Sabathia’s bid for his 20thwin and stop his 16-game win streak at Yankee Stadium with a 6-2 win. The Yanks lead the AL East by 1.5 games
At home, the Phils overtake the Braves in the NL East with an 8-7 win over the Marlins. Manager Charlie Manuel remarks, “It’s always good to be in first. That’s the only way to live.”
8thRyan Howard has 3 hits, including a homer, and drives in 6 runs as the Phillies gaff the Marlins, 10-6. Howard will total 108 RBIs this year and joins Sam Thompson (1892-96) and Chuck Klein (1929-33) as the only Phillies to drive in 100 or more runs in five consecutive seasons.
Cory Luebke records his first ML win as the Padres shut out the Dodgers, 4-0, on three hits. For the Dodgers, career-minor leaguer John Lindsay gets in the record books the hard way as he is announced as a pinch hitter. But when the Pads change pitchers, the 33-year-old Lindsay is replaced by Andre Ethier.
9thAt Coors Field, the Rockies trip the Reds, 6-5. Rookie Chris Nelson’s first career steal of home is the go-ahead run in the 8th inning. Reacting to a call that Nelson was running, pitcher Nick Masset turned to second base. The Reds still lead the NL Central by 5 games.
10thThe Rangers outlast the Yankees, 6-5, in 13 innings. Texas ties a ML record by using 11 pitchers in the game.
The Giants edge the Padres, 1-0, and tie for first place in the NL West with San Diego. Brian Wilson picks up his 42ndsave and grounds into an unusual 1-2-3 DP in the 9th. Juan Uribe is called out at home when he hooks his leg into the catcher and Wilson is also called out.
11thThe Padres, Cubs and Twins all win games by 1-0 scores. In each contest, the only run came on a HR. It is the first time in ML history that there are 3 such games on the same day.
Brad Hawpe hits a grand slam and Wade Davis wins his 12thas Tampa Bay belts the Blue Jay, 12-1. The win puts the Rays a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East race.
At Texas, Mariano Rivera blows a lead for the Yankees in the 9th, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs and hitting Jeff Francoeur with a pitch with the bases loaded. Texas wins, 7-6. It is the first time that Rivera has ever ended a game with a HBP and it is the first time that the Rangers have won that way.
12thIn Cincinnati, Andrew McCutchen doubles in 3 runs in the 9thas the Pirates trip the Reds, 3-1. Neil Walker collects a hit in his 18thstraight game. His 18-game hitting streak is the longest by a Pirate rookie since Rennie Stennett did it in 1971; Jimmy Williams posted the longest streak by a Pirate rookie hitting in 27 straight in 1899.
At Petco Park, the Giants down the Padres, 6-1, and move into a tie for 1stplace in the NL West. Tim Lincecum strikes out 9 in 7 innings for his 14thwin. He joins Amos Rusie (1890-93), Christy Mathewson (1903-05) and Juan Marichal (1963-66) as the only Giants pitchers to record three or more consecutive seasons with at least 200 strikeouts.
In the PCL Championship Series, a two-base error is charged to first baseman Tommy Everidge after he unwittingly tosses the ball into the crowd allowing the go-ahead run to score as Tacoma advances to the finals with a 4-1 triumph over the Sacramento River Cats. With the score tied in the 7th inning, 1-1, Everidge, thought a DP had been completed, and tossed the ball into the seats behind the first-base dugout.
13thThe Mets defeat the Pirates, 1-0, in 10 innings. It is the Mets 10thconsecutive win, dating back to 1995, in games that were scoreless through 9 innings, setting a new ML record. The Red Sox (1914-18) and Reds (1909-17) had 9 such wins in a row.
The Phillies pound the Marlins, 11-4. Dan Uggla hits his 30thHR of the season for Florida and becomes the first second baseman in ML history to hit 30 or more homers as a for four straight years.
Starter Jeff Samardzija throws 5.2 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win in the Cubs, 5-1, victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. It is better than his last outing when he was with Iowa: he was cuffed around for 7 runs in 6 innings by the AAA Memphis Redbirds.
Against the Mariners, the Red Sox start an all-rookie outfield (Daniel Nava, Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick) and they combine for 4 RBIs in a 5-1 victory. The last time the Sox started 3 rookie outfielders was when Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks and Todd Benzinger took the field on the last day of the 1987 season.
Bobby Cramer, 30, who 4 years ago was teaching math in high school, wins his ML debut for visiting Oakland going 5+ innings in beating the Royals, 3-1. Cramer gives up 4 hits.
14thThe Dodgers edge the Giants, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. Matt Kemp’s 2nd-inning single off Barry Zito is their only safety off 5 Giants pitchers. Clayton Kershaw allows 4 hits for the Dodgers.
Livan Hernandez clubs a homer and pitches 8 shutout innings as the Nationals beat the Braves, 6-0, at Turner Field. Hernandez ties Phil Niekro for most consecutive seasons (13) with 30 or more starts and at least 10 losses.
15thAt Coors Field, Troy Tulowitzki has a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs to pace the Rockies to a 9-6 win over the Padres. Adrian Gonzalez has a pair of homers, a double and 5 RBIs for the Pads.
Dan Johnson clubs a pair of 2-run homers off Phil Hughes as Tampa Bay edges the Yankees, 4-3, and moves back in first place in the AL East by a half game. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tries for an Oscar when batting in the top of the 7th inning with one out, and the Yankees down a run. He squares to bunt on the first pitch and the ball hits the end of the bat. Jeter shakes his hand as though hit and ump Lance Barksdale sends him to 1B. Manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan, in supporting roles, come out to eye the injury. An unconvinced Joe Maddon comes out to protest and is ejected for his efforts. Curtis Granderson then clocks a 2-run homer to put New York up, 3-2.
John Lannan (8-7) allows 2 runs in 6 innings and Justin Maxwell provides the scoring with a grand slam as the Nationals top the Braves, 4-2. For Maxwell, it is his 3rd career grand slam in 4 opportunities (.750).
Texas tops Detroit, 11-7, as Colby Lewis wins his 11th, allowing 2 earned runs in 6 innings. David Murphy has a homer and 4 RBIs and Ian Kinsler has a homer and 3 RBIs for Texas. Ryan Raeburn has 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 4 for Detroit, while Johnny Damon has a triple, 2 runs and an RBI. Damon now has 100 career triples and 200+ homers, just the 19thplayer to accomplish that (as noted by Bill Deane).
17thThe Indians trounce the Royals, 11-4. Shin-Shin Choo hits 3 HRs and drives in 7 runs for Cleveland.
Joe Torre announces he will retire as Dodgers manager at the end of the season. Coach Don Mattingly will take over the reins at LA. Throwing a bit of cold water on the Mattingly household, on the 26ththe Dodgers trade Don’s son Preston to the Indians.
18thThe Padres defeat the Cardinals, 8-4. Matt Stairs hits a 9th-inning pinch HR. It is his ninth pinchhit homer over the last 2 seasons to set an ML record.
Led by Troy Tulowitzki, who has a double and two homers, Colorado rocks the Dodgers, 12-2. By hitting 14 homers over his last 15 games Tulowitzki equals the modern-day marks of Barry Bonds from 2001 and Albert Belle from 1995 (Elias Sports Bureau).
Tim Hudson wins his 16thand the Braves beat the Mets, 4-2. Luis Hernandez hits a homer for the Mets, one pitch after breaking his foot with a foul ball. He staggers around the bases in 33.08 seconds (wezen-ball.com). “It was his Kirk Gibson moment,” observes Hudson. As noted by WSJ’s Mike Sieleski, this is the only homer hit by a Mets second baseman all year. Hernandez will have foot surgery and miss the 2011 season before the Mets release him. He’ll have two at bats for Texas in 2012.
19thDerrek Lee’s grand slam leads the Braves to a 6-3 win over the Mets. The Mets have allowed 16 slams since the last time one of their players hit one to set an ML record.
In Chicago, the Tigers score two in the 11thto whip the White Sox, 9-7. It is manager Jim Leyland’s 3,000th game he’s managed. The Tiger skipper joins Connie Mack, Bucky Harris and Gene Mauch as the only men to manage that many games in the bigs while posting a losing record.
The Phillies rally to win their 7thstraight, beating the Nationals, 7-6. Jayson Werth follows Ryan Howard’s 2-run single in the bottom of the 9thwith a 2-run homer. The Phillies lead Atlanta by 3 games going into a 3-games series against the Braves.
Wellington Castillo homers and drives in 3 runs as the Cubs beat the Florida Marlins, 13-3, despite losing Tyler Colvin to a season-ending freak injury. Colvin is on 3B in the 2ndwhen a piece of Castillo’s shattered bat punctures his chest. Colvin scores on Castillo’s double but then leaves the game and is taken to a hospital.
The Royals come back to beat the Indians, 6-4, scoring 4 runs in the 2ndto tie. Yuniesky Betancourt steals home in the 2nd, his first steal in 208 games for the Royals.
20th In Oakland, Gavin Floyd is the announced pitcher for the White Sox, but he leaves the game with an injured shoulder in the 1stwithout throwing a pitch. Tony Pena is pressed into service and gives up 3 runs in the 7thas the A’s win, 3-0. Rookie Chris Carter singles in the 6thfor his first hit. His 0-for-33 streak to start a career threatened Vic Harris’s 0-for-36 streak in 1972, a record for a position player.
The Phils lead Atlanta by 4 as they beat them, 3-1, behind 8 strong innings by Cole Hamels. An error by Jason Heyward helps. In the 7th, Braves OF Matt Diaz tackles a costumed fan who runs onto the field. Philadelphia has now won 8 straight and improved to 42-15 since July 15 when they trailed Atlanta by 7 games.
21stThe Twins defeat the Indians, 6-4, to become the first ML team to clinch a division title. It is their 6thAL Central title in 9 years.
Roy Halladay wins his 20thas the Phillies defeat the Braves, 5-3. Jason Werth has a 3-run homer off Mike Minor and Raul Ibanez has 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Pheenom Freddie Freeman hits his first ML homer, off Halladay, a 450-fit shot.
22ndThe Phillies win their 10thstraight as they edge the Braves, 1-0. Roy Oswalt, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine to hold Atlanta to one hit. Martin Prado’s 4th-inning double off Oswalt is the Braves’ only safety as the Phils sweep the series with Atlanta.
The Mariners defeat the Blue Jays, 6-3, as Jose Lopez clouts 3 HRs for Seattle. He had hit 7 this year in over 500 at bats, just the second player (Mike Lansing) in history to hit 3 homers after starting the day with less than 10 in 500 at bats.
At Wrigley, the Cubs shut out the Giants to win, 2-0. Randy Wells (8-13) pitches 7.2 innings and Carlos Marmol picks up his 34thsave by striking out 4 in 1.1 innings. Marmol will end the season with a impressive 138 strikeouts in just 77.2 innings.
Charlie Morton allows 2 runs in 6 innings and picks up his 2ndwin as the Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 11-6. Pedro Alvarez has a homer and 4 RBIs. Morton runs his record to 2-11 and will finish the season at 2-12, with an ERA of 7.57. He is the first pitcher with an ERA that high and a winning percentage that low since Ed Holley in 1934 (1-11, 8.12 ERA).
23rdDespite making just two hits, the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 1-0, as Jose Bautista hits his 50thhomer of the season. Shawn Hill and four relievers combine on the shutout. With a 3rd-inning double, Ichiro Suzuki extends his own ML record by recording 200 hits for the 10thconsecutive season. Pete Rose is the only other player to record 10 seasons with at least 200 hits. Dutch-born CF Greg Halman debuts with the M’s and goes 0-for-4. He is the 9thDutch player in the majors.
A day after losing to the Cubs, 2-0, the Giants crush Chicago, 13-0. Juan Uribe hits 2 homers in SF’s 9-run 2ndinning, driving home 6 runs in the process.
Albert Pujols hits his 40thand 41sthomers to pace the Cardinals to a 9-2 win over the visiting Pirates.
The Athletics shut out the Rangers, 5-0, as Dallas Braden and Brad Ziegler combine on a one-hitter. Nelson Cruz’s 2-outs single in the 1stinning is Texas’ only hit.
The Rays trounce the Yankees, 10-3. Javier Vazquez ties an ML record by hitting 3 straight batters in the 7thinning.
24thThe Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 6-4, as Jose Bautista hits his 51stand 52ndhomers of the season. The total is 39 more than he hit last year, setting an ML record for the largest increase in homers from one season to the next for a player with at least 300 at bats the previous season. Davey Johnson held the previous record with 38.
The Cards Adam Wainwright wins his 20thbeating the Cubs 7-1, with some help from reliever Kyle McClellan, who pitches 2 scoreless innings. Last season, Wainwright left his last start with a 2 on and a 6-1 lead in the 7thand a good chance to win his 20th, only to see McClellan give up the 2 inherited runners plus 4 more runs to lose. The Cardinals will shut Wainright down for the season because of arm pains the ace is feeling. The pain will portend something worse and Wainright will undergo Tommy John surgery in March 2011.
In what will prove to be his final ML appearance, Andy Pettitte gives up 10 hits and 7 runs in 3+ innings as the Red Sox outslug the Yankees, 10-8. Jed Lowrie has a 3-run homer off Pettitte in the 2ndas he goes 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored. Bill Hall contributes a 3-run homer in the 5th. Mark Teixiera and Alex Rodriguez each hit two homers for New York. Tampa Bay is a half game ahead of New York and 7 ahead the Red Sox.
25thThe Rangers edge the Athletics, 4-3, to clinch the AL West crown for their first division title since 1999. Jorge Cantu hits a 2-run homer for his only RBIs with Texas since coming over July 29.
At Comerica Park, the Tigers outlast the Twins, winning 11-10, in 13 innings. Danny Valencia has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, for the Twins, while Austin Jackson has 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 26thstolen base for the Tigers. He joins Joe Jackson (1911), Roy Johnson (1929), Evar Swanson (1929), Barney McCosky (1939), Minnie Minoso (1951), Juan Samuel (1984), Nomar Garciaparra (1997) and Hanley Ramirez (2006) as the only rookies since 1901 to score 100 runs, tally 170 hits, hit 30 doubles, clout 10 triples and steal 20 bases in a season.
The Giants lose 10-9 to Rockies, snapping their streak of 18 straight games in which they’ve held their opponents to 3 or fewer runs. The record is 20 straight set by the White Sox in 1917. Troy Tulowitzki has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 5 runs.
26thCarlos Beltran belts two homers and the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-3. The loss goes to Cole Hamels, the only loss in September by the trio of Roy Halladay, Hamels and Roy Oswalt (known to the Phillie faithful as “H2O”). They combine for a 14-1 record in September.
The Cubs use seven rookie pitchers against the Cardinals, and almost come away with a win, losing 8-7. Jeff Samardzija gives up runs in 4+ innings, including a 3-run homer to Albert Pujols in the 1st, his 42nd. Samardzija walks 7.
27thThe Phillies shut out the Nationals, 8-0, behind Roy Halladay to clinch their 4thconsecutive NL East title.
The Royals score 6 runs in the 2ndand hold on to beat the Twins, 10-8. Jason Kubel has 5 RBIs for the Twins and KC’s Jarrod Dyson has his first ML homer and 2 RBIs. Dyson was called up in early September; the outfielder was a 50th round draft pick in 2006.
28thBehind David Price (19-6), who pitches 8 innings, the Rays shut out the Orioles, 5-0, to clinch a playoff berth. Carlos Pena belts his 28thhomer. He’ll finish with 84 RBIs and a batting average of .196, the lowest ever for a player with 28 homers and 80+ ribbies. The Orioles Nick Markakis hits his 45thdouble to join Tris Speaker and Joe “Ducky” Medwick as the only players to record 43 or more doubles in at least four consecutive seasons.
The playoff-bound Twins lose to the Royals, 10-1, as Kila Ka’aihue coconuts a pair of homers off Nick Blackburn.
The Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 6-1, to clinch a playoff berth.
The Reds edge the Astros, 3-2, on Jay Bruce’s walkoff homer to win the NL Central division.
Tim Hudson allows a run in 6 innings, but the win goes to Craig Kimbrel (4-0) who pitches the 7thwhen the Braves score 3 runs, 2 on an Eric Hinske pinch homer. Atlanta beats the Marlins, 3-2. Kimbrel strikes out all 3 batters he faces and will finish the year with 40 K’s in 20.2 innings, allowing just one earned run.
29thThe Rangers edge the Mariners, 6-5, when Mitch Moreland scores from 1B in the 9thon a third strike wild pitch to Nelson Cruz. Dan Cortes takes the loss.
The Brewers pepper Jon Niese for 10 hits and 6 runs in 2+ innings, then hold on to beat the Mets, 8-7, in the first of two. Niese finishes his season with 30 starts and no steals against him. Four are caught stealing. Milwaukee takes the 2ndgame, 3-1.
30thThe Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-1. SF finishes the month of September with a 1.78 team ERA, the lowest for any club in any month of 20 or more games since the Indians had a 1.42 ERA in May of 1968.
The Marlins beat the Pirates, 11-9. Rookies Mike Stanton and Pedro Alvarez each have 5 RBIs in the game. It is only the 3rdgame since RBIs were first officially recorded in 1920 that each team had a rookie with at least 5 ribbies.
The Cardinals best the Rockies, 6-1, as Chris Carpenter throws his first complete game of the season in his 35thstart. It ties an ML record for most starts into a season at the time of a pitcher’s first complete game, set by SD’s Bob Shirley in 1977.