Technically you need only one run to win a game (we're ignoring forfeits here). This week showed us that some teams are quite content to get only one run, whereas some prefer to get, well, a few more.
• The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays played 8½ scoreless innings on Monday before Ben Zobrist hit a bases-loaded single for a 1-0 victory. It was the third 1-0 walk-off in Rays history; one of the others happened in May when Cole Figueroa doubled against the Boston Red Sox. Being an AL East contest, the game still took 3 hours 28 minutes, the longest known nine-inning 1-0 game in major-league history (game times are complete back to the mid-1940s and known for many games before that).
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• That time record lasted all of five days. On Saturday Logan Schafer's pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the ninth gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 1-0 win in Pittsburgh which took 3:32. It was the Brewers' first 1-0 win where the run came in the ninth since Geoff Jenkins' walk-off homer against the Cardinals seven years earlier to the day. They hadn't won a 1-0 road game with a ninth-inning run since April 13, 1976, when Charlie Moore's sac fly scored Sixto Lezcano at Tiger Stadium.
• Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, playing his first game in three weeks (back tightness), provided an even more dramatic 1-0 walk-off on Monday with a solo home run into the center-field bleachers. The Cubs hadn't walked off in a 1-0 game in over three years, and hadn't done so on a solo home run since June 8, 1971, when Joe Pepitone hit a 12th-inning longball off then-Pirate Mudcat Grant.
• Monday marked the first day with two 1-0 walk-offs since September 13, 2010. On that day, Reid Brignac's 11th-inning homer beat the Yankees (that's the other 1-0 walk-off in Rays history), and Nick Evans' 10th-inning single gave the New York Mets a win over the Pirates.
• The Miami Marlins collected 13 hits, 12 off Bartolo Colon, in Tuesday's game. They lost. They hit into three double plays and stranded 10, losing to the Mets 9-1. It was one shy of the Marlins' record for scoring futility; 10 years ago this week they had 14 hits and just one run in a loss to Atlanta. Colon, meanwhile, was the first pitcher this season to give up 12 hits and win, and the first for the Mets since Kenny Rogers in 1999.
• The Seattle Mariners got one-hit by C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, the eighth time this season they've been held to two hits or fewer. That ties the 2010 Rays (who were no-hit twice) for the most in the last quarter-century. The last team with more such games was the California Angels of 1986.
By the end of the week, however, big numbers were the story:
• The Colorado Rockies erupted for a "snowman" 8 in the first inning Wednesday and ended up with 16 runs on 21 hits, both season highs. It was the team's first time ever scoring eight runs in a first inning, and the first time any team has gotten 11 hits in a first inning since the Royals scored 10 times against the Indians on August 23, 2006. Charlie Blackmon had his third five-hit game of the season, the first player with three since Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. He also scored four runs; the last two players with a pair of five-hit, four-run games in the same season were Kenny Lofton in 1997 and Roberto Clemente in 1961. According to Elias, Carlos Frias became the first pitcher in modern history (1900) to surrender 10 hits without surviving the first inning. The last Dodgers pitcher even to do it in two innings was Johnny Podres, who gave up 12 hits and eight runs while getting five outs in his final start of the 1963 season.
• The Dodgers, meanwhile, took out their frustration on the Cubs on Friday, dropping 14 at Wrigley Field including their first six-run first inning since May 7, 2009 (vs. Washington). The 14-run total was the Dodgers' most at Wrigley since May 24, 1990, when Don Zimmer was managing the home team. Fernando Valenzuela started (and got the win) for Los Angeles. Mike Scioscia and Juan Samuel homered.
• The Rockies put up 15 against Arizona on Friday, including a grand slam and 7 RBI by Michael Cuddyer. It was the first 7-RBI game for the Rockies since Jason Giambi's three-homer game in 2011, and Cuddyer was only the second in franchise history with a grand slam and two doubles; Charles Johnson also did it against Arizona on April 7, 2004.
• Combined with the Texas Rangers' 12 runs on Friday, it was the first time this year that three teams scored 12 or more on the same day. The Detroit Tigers' 10-1 win then made it the first time four teams have won by nine runs or more since May 20, 2011.