Chris continues Carpenter work on Reds


The St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Carpenter is now 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Cincinnati Reds this season. Carpenter has also won each of his last 10 starts against the Reds, dating back to Aug. 15, 2006. From the Elias Sports Bureau: Over the past 65 years, only two other pitchers have won 10 consecutive starts against the Reds: Warren Spahn (1952-1964) and Ramon Martinez (1993-1998).

Also, Carpenter struck out 11 and did not walk a batter -- the third time with St. Louis he's struck out at least 11 and had no walks. Nine of his 11 strikeouts came on either his curveball or slider, and in two-strike count situations, the Reds were 0-for-17.

• The Florida Marlins got their 10th walk-off win of the season, courtesy of Scott Cousins' first big-league hit. He’s the first player since the Reds' Paul Janis in 2008 whose first major-league hit was a walk-off.

Hanley Ramirez now has four consecutive 20-HR seasons, that’s tied for the second-longest streak in Marlins team history behind Dan Uggla, who has hit 20 HR in each of the last five years.

Prince Fielder has now hit 30 home runs in each of the last four seasons. That ties Jeromy Burnitz and Gorman Thomas for the most 30-HR seasons in Milwaukee Brewers history.


Evan Longoria became the third player, whose primary position was 3rd base, to hit at least 20 home runs in each of his first three seasons. The other two are Eddie Mathews and Bob Horner. Longoria also has at least 20 HR and at least 30 doubles in each of his first three seasons, becoming the fifth player in MLB history to reach those bench marks.

Most Seasons 20+ HR, 30+ 2B
First 3 Seasons

Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup Sunday, but the New York Yankees lost and saw their season-high win streak end at eight games. The Yankees are now 17 games over .500 this season when Rodriguez plays (65-48) and 18 games above .500 when he does not (21-3).

• The Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Cecil joins the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez as the only pitchers who are 3-0 this season against the Yankees.