Despite losing their ninth straight game, the San Diego Padres will remain in first place in the National League West once play concludes on Saturday. The last time a first-place team lost nine straight games this late in the season and remained in first was the 1995 California Angels.
• The White Sox won both ends of their day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox by identical 3-1 scores. It's the first time they've won both ends of a doubleheader by the same score since Sept. 8, 1992 against the Detroit Tigers (4-3).
• Speaking of the Tigers, Rick Porcello is showing signs of turning things around after a disastrous start to his sophomore season. After going 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in his first 20 starts, Porcello is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three.
• The Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver was, once again, a hard-luck loser. He lost his fourth straight start, a 3-1 decision to the Oakland Athletics. However, it was the first time in Weaver's last four starts that that the Angels were not shut out.
• How did the Atlanta Braves' Jair Jurrjens pick up his first road win of the season? He got 24 called strikes against the Florida Marlins, his most in a start this season, and four called strikeouts. Florida batters also went 0-for-11 when Jurrjens was ahead in the count.
• Roy Halladay allowed four home runs for the first time in his career, yet he still picked up the win in the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Halladay joins Dan Haren as the only two pitchers to allow four HR in a win this season. He's the second Phillies pitcher in the divisional era (1969) to win a start despite allowing at least four home runs. In 2004, Eric Milton allowed four HR against the Chicago White Sox, but was the winning pitcher.