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Elias Says: August 1, 2017

Devers has a perfect night

Rafael Devers went 4-for-4 and drove in a run in the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Indians on Monday night. Devers, at age 20 years, 280 days old, became the third youngest Red Sox player to go 4-for-4 or better in a game behind Tony Conigliaro, who did it at age 19 years, 192 days old on July 17, 1964 and at 20 years, 101 days old on April 18, 1965, and Babe Ruth who was 20 years, 165 days old when he went 4-for-4 for Boston on July 21, 1915.

Over the last 50 years, the only major-league players to go for 4-for-4 or better in a game at a younger age than Devers are Cesar Cedeno (1971), Claudell Washington (1974), Robin Yount (twice in 1976), Ken Griffey Jr. (1989 and twice in 1990) and Giancarlo Stanton (2010).

Gonzalez’s no-hit bid spoiled in the ninth

Gio Gonzalez’s no-hit bid was broken up by a leadoff single in the ninth inning but the Nationals held on for a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Monday. Gonzalez is the third pitcher to lose a no-hit bid in the ninth inning this season, joining Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz (June 30 against Oakland) and Colorado’s Kyle Freeland (July 9 against the White Sox). Prior to Monday, the longest Gonzalez had gone in a game without allowing a hit was six innings against the Mets on September 9, 2013.

Marlins’ starting pitcher Jose Urena allowed only three hits in eight innings of work and was saddled with a tough loss in the contest. It’s the third time this season that both starting pitchers allowed three-or-fewer hits while pitching at least eight innings in the same game. The only other times that happened were on May 23 (Lance Lynn and Clayton Kershaw) and June 30 (Mike Foltynewicz and Sonny Gray).

Altuve finishes off a scorching July

Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 in the Astros’ victory over the Rays on Monday. Altuve posted a .485 batting average (48-for-99) in the month of July. That’s the highest batting average by a player with at least 100 plate appearances in a calendar month in over 17 years, since Colorado’s Todd Helton hit .512 in May of 2000.

Marisnick has a big night in the ninth spot in the order

Jake Marisnick, batting ninth in the order, drove in five runs and scored four times in the Astros’ 14-7 win over the Rays on Monday. Since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, only five other players scored at least four runs and drove in five or more runs while batting in the ninth slot in the batting order: Wes Ferrell (1931), Luis Rivas (2002), Ramon Vazquez (2007), Micah Owings (2007) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (2015).

Phillies sweep four-game series from Braves

The Phillies beat the Braves by a score of 7-6 completing a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park on Monday. It marked only the third time Philadelphia swept a series of four-or-more games against the Braves since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. The other two sweeps came in Atlanta, in May of 1995 and in July of 1973. The Phillies and Braves have played 43 series of four-or-more games over that span.

Gentry comes through for the Orioles

Craig Gentry’s single in the ninth inning scored Caleb Joseph with the winning run in the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Royals on Monday night. It marked the first time in his 507-game career that Gentry delivered a hit to put his team ahead in the ninth inning or later.

Judge hits home run #34….and ties Yankees strikeout mark

Aaron Judge’s solo home run in the fifth inning was part of a seven-run attack in the Yankees’ win over the Tigers on Monday. Judge’s blast was his 34th of the season, giving him the second-most home runs by a rookie prior to August in major-league history, behind the 37 longballs hit by Oakland’s Mark McGwire through July 31 in 1987. McGwire set the rookie record for homers with 49 that season, a mark that still stands.

Judge also struck out once in the game giving him 39 for the month of July. That tied the Yankees record for strikeouts in a calendar month, a mark that was set by Judge in June of this season. Prior to Judge, the record was held by Reggie Jackson, who K’d 37 times in September 1978.

White Sox stun Jays with a big comeback

The White Sox trailed the Blue Jays by a score of 6-0 entering the seventh inning but scored one run in the seventh, four in the eighth and two in the ninth to post a dramatic 7-6 win on Monday. That marked the first time in nearly 10 years that Chicago won a game after trailing by six or more runs in the seventh inning or later. On September 16, 2007, the White Sox rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the seventh inning to defeat the Angels by a score of 9-7.

Cano delivers the big blow in Mariners win

Robinson Cano’s two-run single in the ninth inning was the decisive blow in the Mariners’ 6-4 win over the Rangers on Monday. It marked the sixth time Cano drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning or later since the start of the 2016 season, tied with Justin Turner and Rougned Odor for the second-highest total over the last two seasons, behind Carlos Correa (7).