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Pirates first to 50 wins
The Pirates defeated the Brewers on Saturday to improve to 50-30 and become the first major-league team to reach 50 wins this season. The Pirates have been the first major-league team to reach 50 wins only twice over the last 100 years, in 1921 and 1960.
Francisco Liriano improved to 7-3 with a 2.23 ERA in 10 starts for Pittsburgh with a win on Saturday. Since 1950, the only other pitcher to win at least seven of his first 10 starts for the Pirates was Kip Wells, who was 7-2 through 10 starts in 2002.
Puig has most hits in debut month in nearly 74 years
Yasiel Puig had one hit on Saturday, giving him 40 in his first month in the major leagues. He's the first player with 40 or more hits in the month of his major-league debut since September of 1939, when Pittsburgh's Bob Elliott launched a 15-year major-league career with 42 hits in his first month in the big leagues.
Utley takes Ryu deep twice
Chase Utley hit two home runs on Saturday off Hyun-Jin Ryu, who's only the third left-handed pitcher to surrender two homers in a game to Utley in the regular season or postseason, and the first since Utley hit two homers off CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series. Before Saturday, the only left-handed batter with a two-homer game off a left-handed pitcher this season was Anthony Rizzo against Wade LeBlanc on April 26.
Davis reaches 30 homers
Chris Davis hit two home runs against the Yankees on Saturday, a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run blast in the sixth inning, for his 29th and 30th homers of the season. Davis is the eighth player in major-league history to have 30 homers before the end of June, joining Babe Ruth (1928, 1930), Ken Griffey Jr. (1994, 1998), Mark McGwire (1998), Sammy Sosa (1998-1999), Luis Gonzalez (2001), Barry Bonds (2001) and Albert Pujols (2009).
Each of Davis's last six home runs have come with at least one runner on base.
Wainwright: a horse and a half
Adam Wainwright threw a complete game and allowed only one run against the Athletics on Saturday to enter July with a 2.22 ERA in 125¿ innings. The last pitcher to finish June with an ERA under 2.25 in at least 125 innings was Randy Johnson for the Diamondbacks in 2000 (131¿ innings, 1.57 ERA). The last Cardinals pitcher to do so was Bob Gibson in 1969 (140 innings, 2.19 ERA).
Bautista hits 200th, 201st career homers
Jose Bautista hit two home runs on Saturday, increasing his career total to 201. Bautista didn't hit his 100th home run until his 701st game in the major leagues, but he's hit 101 homers in 349 games since then, less than half the number of games it took for his first 100. Bautista is among 311 players in major-league history who have produced 200 home runs, and only eight others went from 100 to 200 home runs in less than half the number of games that it took them to get their first 100 home runs: Cy Williams, Ted Kluszewski, Carl Yastrzemski, Rafael Palmeiro, Ken Griffey Jr., Ken Caminiti, Luis Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez.
Scott hits game-tying home run off Verlander
Luke Scott hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning off Justin Verlander on Saturday and the Rays went on to win in 10 innings. Scott is the first player to hit a game-tying or go-ahead home run off Verlander in the eighth inning or later.
Heyward with another clutch hit for Braves
Jason Heyward had a key hit for the Braves on Saturday, a RBI double in the eighth inning to trigger a huge Atlanta rally. Heyward has 10 hits in his last 19 at-bats in Late-Inning Pressure Situations (since June 6), after having a .215 career batting average to that point in LIPS.
Gee 3-0 versus Washington, 3-7 against the rest of the world
Dillon Gee improved his won-lost record to 6-7 with a win against Washington on Saturday, with half of those wins having come against the Nationals. Four other starting pitchers have recorded three wins against one team this season (all four are 3-0): Bartolo Colon against the Astros, Jon Lester against the Blue Jays, Bud Norris against the Angels and C.J. Wilson against the Mariners.
Indians crack Crain
The Indians had three straight singles off Jesse Crain to score the game-winning run in the eighth inning on Saturday. Entering the day, Crain hadn't allowed three hits in a game all season and he had held opponents to one hit in their previous 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Arenado ends another
Nolan Arenado hit a game-winning single against the Giants on Saturday for his second walkoff RBI this month; Arenado hit a game-ending homer against the Padres on June 7. No other rookie has more than one walkoff RBI this season, and the last with two in the same month was Eugenio Velez for the Giants, on consecutive days in September 2008.
A surprising homer by Soriano
Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning in the Cubs win in Seattle on Saturday. Soriano's homer was his first this season that came after he'd fallen behind in the count 0-2, and he had only seven hits in his previous 58 at-bats in extra innings, a .121 batting average, going back to 2005.
Gibson wins debut, strikes out five
Kyle Gibson defeated the Royals and struck out five batters in his first game in the major leagues on Saturday. Only two other Twins pitchers started and won their major-league debut while striking out five or more batters since the team moved in Minnesota in 1961: Bert Blyleven in 1970 at RFK Stadium against the Senators and Darrell Jackson in 1978 at Metropolitan Stadium against the Tigers; they each had seven strikeouts.
Turner throws complete game versus San Diego
Jacob Turner threw a one-run complete game against the Padres on Saturday to lower his ERA to 1.76 in six starts this season. The last pitcher age 22 or younger to throw 40 or more innings and have as low an ERA as Turner over his first six starts of a season was Mark Prior, who had a 1.67 ERA through six starts for the Cubs in 2003.