Afternoon recaps: Marlins reel in a winner

Marlins 5, Braves 4 (F/11)

Wes Helms records his 5th career walk-off hit as the Marlins snap a 5-game losing streak in extra inning games. The win is the 7th in their last 9 for the Marlins, though Chris Volstad (6 IP, 3 ER) takes the no-decision and now has just one win in his last 12 starts. For the Braves, Jair Jurrjens (7 IP, 4 ER) allows his most ER since April 12. Brian McCann picks up an RBI and now has 13 over his last 6 games.

Something Fishy

Marlins Walk-off Wins in Last 7 Days

This was the Marlins' 7th walk-off win of the season which is tied for 4th-most in MLB. Interesting to note: five MLB teams have at least seven walk-off wins. All are from the NL (Padres lead with nine).

Astros 4, Reds 0

Houston beats Cincinnati for just the 3rd time in their last 19 meetings and gets its first home win vs the Reds this season (1-5). The Astros improve to 23-19 vs the NL Central, 2nd-best record within the division. Wandy Rodriguez becomes the 2nd Astros LEFTY in the last 35 years to pitch 7+ scoreless innings, allowing one hit or fewer. Bob Knepper was the last to do it on September 21, 1988 vs Braves. The Reds have been shut out in 4 of their last 12 games and now lead the majors with 12 times being shut out.

Padres 6, Pirates 3

San Diego has won 8 of its last 10 games and improves to 28-20 on the road, best road record in the NL. Adrian Gonzalez hits his 21st HR of the season, his 13th on the road. Its his 151st as a Padre, 3 shy of tying Dave Winfield for 3rd on the franchise list. Wade LeBlanc (6 IP, 3 ER) snaps a 6-start winless streak and gets his first win since June 12. He also went 2-3 and raises his batting average to .300 (9-30) this season. Pirates have lost 4 straight and 5 of their last 7 games.


Rays 4, Indians 2

Rays have won 2 straight, 13 of 18 overall, finish 9-game road trip at 5-4. Indians are 1-27 when held to two runs or fewer this season. Wade Davis won his 3rd straight start. Reid Brignac homered, has 4 HR in last 6 games (after hitting 2 in his first 66). Travis Hafner tied a career-high with 4 hits, his 9th career 4-hit game, first since 2007. Rays won despite Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena going combined 0-9.

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3

In game one of a day-night doubleheader, Lyle Overbay's 3rd career go-ahead HR in the 9th inning gives the Blue Jays the win. Toronto, who leads the major leagues in home runs with 147, scored all five of its runs by way of the homer today as Jose Molina and Vernon Wells each hit ones as well. The Tigers have now lost 9 of their last 11 games overall. Jose Valverde suffers the loss, giving up just his 2nd home run of the season. Miguel Cabrera continued his hot streak with an RBI in his 4th straight game, one shy of matching the longest streak in his career.