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Elias Says: Sept. 29, 2017

Rodgers strikes early

Aaron Rodgers didn’t waste any time on Thursday night, as he led the Packers on touchdown drives the first two times they had the ball. He connected with Davante Adams for a five-yard score with 5:11 elapsed in the first quarter and hit Randall Cobb for six points less than a minute later. It was the fastest two TD passes from the start of a game by Rodgers in his pro career and the fastest for any Packers quarterback since Brett Favre threw two TD strikes within the first 5:16 of the first quarter against the 49ers in 1998. It was also the first time in Rodgers’ NFL career that he threw two TD passes in less than a minute.

First 6,000-homer season in MLB history

The 6,000-home run mark was reached for the first time in any major-league season when Roberto Perez homered for the Indians in the seventh inning of their 5–2 win against the Twins on Thursday afternoon. Major League Baseball’s first season with 1,000 or more home runs was 1922. The subsequent milestones were reached first in 1950 (2,000 home runs), 1962 (3,000), 1987 (4,000) and 1998 (5,000).

Astros win by at least nine runs for the fourth straight game

The Astros opened their season-ending four-game series at Fenway Park by routing the Red Sox, 12–2, after sweeping a three-game series against the Rangers in Arlington by scores of 11–2, 14–3 and 12–2. This is the first time that a major-league team won four consecutive games, each by at least a nine-run margin, since 1887, when the Detroit Wolverines of the National League did so.

Houston is only the third major-league team since 1931 to score at least 11 runs in each of four consecutive games on one road trip. The other teams to do that were the 1950 Boston Braves and the 2000 Seattle Mariners.

Three straight games with at least three hits and three RBIs

Carlos Correa was 4 for 4 with three runs batted in for the Astros in their win at Boston on Thursday, after going 3 for 5 with three RBIs and 4 for 5 with four RBIs against the Rangers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Correa is the first player in Houston franchise history to produce three consecutive games with at least three hits and three RBIs in one season, and he’s the first major-leaguer to do so since the Tigers’ Victor Martinez in May 2011

Stanton homers twice

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season in the Marlins’ 7–1 win against the Braves. It was Stanton’s 10th multiple-homer game this year, which is the highest single-season total in the major leagues since Albert Pujols had 10 such games in 2009. The only other player in the majors with more than six multi-homer games this season is Aaron Judge with seven.

Carrasco goes to 5–0 in September

Carlos Carrasco pitched eight-and-one-third shutout innings innings while racking up 14 strikeouts in his victory over the Twins. Carrasco was 5–0 with a 1.48 ERA in his six starts in September, posting 51 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. He’s the first Indians pitcher with at least five wins, 50 strikeouts and an ERA below 1.50 in a calendar month since Sam McDowell in June 1969 (6–0, 50 strikeouts, 1.05 ERA). But Carrasco’s numbers could bettered by his teammate, Corey Kluber, when he makes his final start of the month and season on Saturday. Kluber is 5–0 with a 0.71 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 38 innings in his five starts so far in September.

Knebel is unscored upon in his saves this season

Corey Knebel locked down the Brewers’ 4–3 win over the Reds by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning. Knebel has recorded 39 saves this season and he has not been charged with a run in any of those 39 games. Knebel has a shot to become only the second major-league pitcher to finish a season with 39 or more saves and no runs charged to his line in those games. Craig Kimbrel did that while posting 46 saves for the Braves in 2011.

Rookie’s first big-league RBI is a game-winning in extra innings

Rookie Taylor Davis drove in the first run of his major-league career with a two-out double in the top of the 11th inning which plated the game-winning run for the Cubs in their 2–1 victory at St. Louis. Davis is the first player whose first RBI in the major leagues was a game-winner in extra innings since the Braves’ Mallex Smith on April 17, 2016 at Miami. The only other Cubs player in the last 40 years to notch his first big-league RBI in that manner is Javier Baez on Aug. 5, 2014 at Colorado.

Another seven-homer game at Yankee Stadium

The Rays beat the Yankees in the Bronx, 9–6, in a game in which the teams combined to hit seven home runs (four by New York, three by Tampa Bay). It was the fifth game with at least seven home runs at Yankee Stadium this season, the most such games at any major-league venue. There have been four at Camden Yards, Dodger Stadium and Target Field.