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YANKEES HIT SIX HOME RUNS IN LOSS TO RED SOX
From Elias: The Yankees hit six home runs against Red Sox pitching but failed to come away with a victory in their 10-8 loss on Friday night. That ties the Yankees' franchise record for the most home runs hit in a losing effort. The Yankees hit six home runs (two by Hank Bauer and one each by Yogi Berra, Jerry Coleman, Joe DiMaggio and Tommy Henrich) in a 10-9 loss to the Tigers at Briggs Stadium on June 23, 1950, and also went deep six times (two each by Paul O'Neill and Jorge Posada and one each for Chuck Knoblauch and Ricky Ledee) in a 9-8 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium on July 10, 1999.
MORE LATE-INNING MAGIC FOR BURRELL
From Elias: Pat Burrell hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in San Francisco's victory over Colorado on Friday night. It was the 10th time since the start of the 2002 season that Burrell has hit a home run in the seventh inning or later to turn a deficit into a lead for his team, the most for any major-league player over that span.
PHILLIES WIN 11TH STRAIGHT
From Elias: The Phillies won their 11th straight game by defeating the Mets by a score of 3-2 on Friday night. Each of the Phillies wins during the streak has come against division opponents. Since the 2000 season, only two other teams have registered a winning streak of 11-or-more games, all against division opponents: Minnesota in 2003 (11 straight) and Houston in 2004 (12 straight).
BLANTON CONTINUES TO EXCEL LATE IN THE SEASON
From Elias: Joe Blanton allowed two runs over seven innings to lead the Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Mets. Blanton ran his career record to 31-13 (.705) in the months of August, September and October during the regular season. Only three active pitchers have a higher career winning percentage from August 1st until the end of the season than Blanton (minimum: 35 decisions): Roy Oswalt (63-16, .797), Johan Santana (50-18, .735) and CC Sabathia (65-24, .730). From March through July, Blanton's career record is just 40-47.
TOMLIN IS SECOND INDIANS ROOKIE WITH A COMPLETE GAME THIS SEASON
From Elias: Josh Tomlin hurled a complete game four-hitter to lead the Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Friday night. Tomlin is the second Indians rookie to pitch a complete game this season (Mitch Talbot on April 16 vs. the White Sox). The Indians have had two different rookies pitch a complete game in a season just once in the last 15 years (2003: Billy Traber and Jason Davis).
BAUTISTA SETS MARK FOR BIGGEST INCREASE IN HOME RUNS
From Elias: Jose Bautista hit two more home runs in Toronto's victory over the Orioles on Friday night. Bautista has now hit 52 home runs, 39 more than he hit in 2009 (13). That is the largest increase in home runs from one season to the next for any player in major-league history that had at least 300 at-bats the previous season. The old mark was 38 by Davey Johnson, who hit 43 home runs in 1973 after going deep only five times in 376 at-bats in 1972.
BLUE JAYS WIN DESPITE BEING OUT-HIT BY 11
From Elias: The Blue Jays defeated the Orioles by a score of 6-4 despite being out-hit 16-5 on Friday night. It is the first time the Blue Jays have ever won a game in which they had 11-or-more hits less than their opponent. Prior to Toronto, the last team to win a nine-inning game in that manner was Seattle against Texas on August 15, 1989. The Mariners won 2-0 despite being out-hit by the Rangers 13-1.
WAINWRIGHT REGISTERS WIN NUMBER 20
From Elias: Adam Wainwright allowed one run over six innings to lead the Cardinals to a 7-1 win over the Cubs on Friday afternoon Wainwright has won 20 games this season after registering 19 victories in 2009. Since divisional play began in 1969, only three other National League pitchers have won 20+ games in a season after falling one win shy of that milestone the previous season: Gaylord Perry in 1970, Phil Niekro in 1979 and Randy Johnson in 2001.
VERLANDER HURLS A GEM
From Elias: Justin Verlander registered 11 strikeouts without issuing a walk in a complete game victory over the Twins on Friday night. Verlander is the third Tigers pitcher in the last 40 years to throw a complete game win with 10-or-more strikeouts and no walks. Mickey Lolich did it with 11 strikeouts against the White Sox on July 17, 1972 and Jack Morris did it with 12 strikeouts against the Yankees on August 13, 1983.
ANOTHER 5-RBI GAME FOR DUNN
From Elias: Adam Dunn hit two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the Nationals to an 8-3 win over the Braves on Friday night. It was the fourth time this season that Dunn has registered five RBIs in a game, tied with Jose Bautista for the most such games in the major leagues. No other player in the Nationals' franchise history has had four games with five-or-more RBIs in a single season. The previous mark was three by Tony Batista (2004), Vladimir Guerrero (2001) and Tim Wallach (1987), with all of those instances coming while the franchise was located in Montreal.
PIRATES REACH 100 LOSSES
From Elias: The Pirates registered their 100th loss of the season after dropping a 10-7 decision to the Astros on Friday night. It is the eighth time in the Pirates' franchise history that they have lost 100+ games in a season, the third highest total among National League teams behind the Phillies (14) and the Braves (13).
RIOS LIFTS WHITE SOX IN NINTH
From Elias: Alex Rios hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning lifting the White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Friday night. It was the third time this season that Rios has driven in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning or later after doing that only once in the previous two seasons combined. Rios also drove in the go ahead run in the ninth inning on April 24th and in the 11th inning on June 18th.