Date: September 18, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Span gets hits in both games, hitting streak at 28 games

Denard Span had hits in both games of the Nationals' day/night doubleheader against the Braves, extending his hitting streak to 28 games. The last two players to extend hitting streaks that long with hits in each of two games on the same day were Chase Utley and Pete Rose. Utley extended his hitting streak to 30 and then 31 games in 2006, while Rose extended his hitting streak to 40 and 41 games back in 1978.

Washington Nationals

Nats big comeback

The Nationals overcame a two-run deficit by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in their win over the Braves on Tuesday afternoon. It was the first time that the Nationals won a game in which they had trailed by at least two runs in the ninth inning or later since July 29, 2012, when they beat the Brewers, 11-10, in 11 innings. Washington had lost each of its previous 69 games in which it had faced such a deficit so late in a game.

Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals


Kinsler ends Rangers home run drought as early as possible

Ian Kinsler hit Jeremy Hellickson's first pitch of the game out of the park for the Rangers Tuesday, setting the tone for Texas, giving the team a long-sought lead, and emphatically ending the team's home run drought at 71 innings. It was the longest home run drought for the Rangers since August 1990, when they went 84 innings without hitting a four-bagger.

Texas Rangers


Votto loves Minute Maid

Joey Votto extended his hitting streak at Minute Maid Park to 23 games with a first-inning single. That's now the longest current hitting streak for any player at any major-league venue; Elvis Andrus owns a 22-game hitting streak at Progressive Field. The last major-leaguer prior to Votto to have hits in 23 consecutive games at one ballpark was Carlos Gonzalez, who fashioned a 29-game hitting streak at Coors Field in 2012. The last player to have that long a hitting streak in a stadium as a visiting player was Nick Markakis, who collected hits in 23 straight games at Fenway Park from 2009 to 2011.

Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros


Bruce reaches 30/100 with one swing

Jay Bruce's fourth-inning grand-slam homer gave him 30 homers and 100 RBIs for this season. The last player prior to Bruce who hit a grand slam to reach both of those levels in a season was Alex Rodriguez on October 4, 2009, the final day of that season. (You might recall that A-Rod entered that game two homers and seven RBIs shy of extending his streak of 30/100 seasons - and then he hit two homers and drove in seven runs in the sixth inning of that game at Baltimore.)

Cincinnati Reds


Another 20/30 season for Holliday

Matt Holliday hit a home run - his 20th of the season - and a double - his 30th of the season - among his four hits in the Cardinals' romp over the Rockies. It's the eighth consecutive season in which Holliday has had at least 20 homers and 30 doubles, which may, at season's end, be the longest current streak of its kind in the majors. Miguel Cabrera still needs four more doubles to extend his streak of seasons with at least 20 homers and 30 doubles to ten.

Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals


Davis goes deep at Fenway

Chris Davis hit his 51st home run of the season, his fourth at Fenway Park, in the Orioles' win over the Red Sox. Over the previous 35 seasons, only two Orioles players hit four homers in a season at Fenway Park: B.J. Surhoff in 1998 (5) and Melvin Mora in 2004 (4).

Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox


Utley chasing his youth

Chase Utley homered and knocked in four runs Tuesday night after doing the same thing on Monday night. It's the third time in his big-league career that Utley had at least two home runs and eight runs batted in over a two-game span: Utley hit four homers with nine RBIs over two games in April 2006, and he put up two homers and nine RBIs over two games in May 2008.

Philadelphia Phillies


Pagan no angel in the Mets fans eyes

Angel Pagan went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in the Giants' win over the Mets. Pagan is the fourth former Mets player to go 3-for-3 or better with a homer and at least three RBIs in a game against the Mets. The others to do it were Dave Kingman in 1979 (4-for-4, 3 HR, 3 RBI), Mike Jacobs in 2008 (3-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) and Ty Wigginton in 2012 (3-for-3, HR, 6 RBI).

New York Mets, San Francisco Giants


Brewers squeeze out a win

Logan Schafer knocked in the winning run for the Brewers with a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning. The last Brewers player to earn a walkoff RBI with a squeeze bunt was Jonathan Lucroy on May 28, 2011 against the Giants.

Milwaukee Brewers


Sox win, Reed saves

Addison Reed earned his 38th save in the White Sox 60th win of the season; we checked, that's a rate of 63.3 percent. The last pitcher to save at least 63 percent of his team's wins in a season was Joakim Soria, who saved 43 of the Royals 67 wins (64.2 percent) in 2010. The major-league record for such a thing belongs to Bryan Harvey, who saved 45 of the Marlins' 64 wins in 1993 (70.3 percent).

Chicago White Sox


Greinke is consistent

Zack Greinke has thrown at least six innings and allowed two-or-fewer runs in each of his last 10 starts, the longest such streak in the major leagues this season, and the longest in a single season by a Dodgers pitcher since Kevin Brown had an 11-start streak in 2003. The last pitcher with a longer streak was Josh Johnson, with a 13-start streak in 2010.

Los Angeles Dodgers