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Stay For a Nightcap - Aces With Bats Edition

Orioles 8, Pirates 3

- Jake Arrieta is somehow 9-4 despite pitching to a 4.50 ERA for the Orioles. Riddle me that. He went five innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, and struck out two. Good enough to win. He helped himself with a run-scoring single, too.
- Charlie Morton (7-4) didn't look much like Roy Halladay, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in just two-plus innings. He did strike out four, so there's that.
- Nick Markakis led the Baltimore hit parade, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs.
- Mark Reynolds had a nice day, going 1-for-1 with a single, a sac fly and three walks. He's hitting .313 in June.
- Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a double and a run.
- Xavier Paul stole his ninth base.

Rockies 8, Indians 7

- Juan Nicasio got staked to a big lead, but couldn't stay in long enough to win, lasting just 4.2 innings and surrendering six runs on seven hits and a couple walks. He did strike out six, but he allowed a couple big homers.
- You didn't start Fausto Carmona (4-9), right? He got touched up for seven runs on nine hits in just 4.2 innings, walking two and failing to record a strikeout for the first time this year.
- Matt Lindstrom (2-1) got the win in relief.
- Huston Street collected his 21st save.
- Travis Hafner hit a three-run homer (6).
- Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 for his third multi-hit effort in four games. He homered (10) – his third homer in four games – and stole a base (3).
- Jason Giambi hit his seventh homer, a three-run bomb off Carmona.
- Carlos Gonzalez had three hits and stole his 11th base.

Yankees 5, Reds 3

- Ivan Nova (7-4) turned in probably the best start of his young career, going eight innings and allowing just four hits and a run. The young gun struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.
- Travis Wood (5-5) ran into first-inning trouble, surrendering four runs, but settled down to last seven innings without any more scoring. He struck out six and allowed eight hits and a walk.
- Some guy named Mariano Rivera got the call for the save, his 18th.
- Curtis Granderson stole his 11th base.
- Drew Stubbs made it 21 swipes on the year. He's been caught just twice.

Braves 2, Blue Jays 0

- This one was the Tim Hudson show. Hudson went eight shutout innings, striking out eight and allowing just three baserunners (two singles and a walk), and he hit a two-run homer (1, if you're counting) to provide all the game's offense and improve to 6-6 on the year. Alright then.
- Ricky Romero (6-7) was the victim of Hudson's offensive ouburst. He went seven, allowing six hits and a couple walks while striking out four, but surrendered that big blow in the bottom of the seventh.
- Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 20th save, striking out the side in order.
- Jason Heyward (4) and Nate McLouth (2) stole themselves a base each.

Red Sox 14, Padres 5

- Former big-time prospect Andrew Miller got the start for Boston and he lasted into the sixth inning, allowing seven hits, three walks and three runs while striking out six, but it was Matt Albers (2-3) who got the win in relief.
- Wade LeBlanc allowed nine baserunners (seven hits, two walks) in three innings of work, but it was Corey Luebke (1-2) who took the loss in relief despite striking out six and allowing one hit (and two runs) over his 3.1 innings. Luebke got the ball rolling on Boston's 10-run seventh inning.
- Orlando Hudson went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer (1) off Miller.
- Chase Headley was one of the few other Padres hitters who came to play, going 4-for-5 with a double and a couple runs.
- Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs against his old team.
- Dustin Pedroia collected a couple walks and a double, scoring three runs.

Angels 2, Marlins 1

- Jered Weaver (9-4) struck out six and allowed just a lone run on five hits and a walk over seven innings. He has the same record as Jake Arrieta – say what?
- Anibal Sanchez did his best to get Jack McKeon (re-)started off right, but it wasn't quite enough to snap the streak. He went seven innings, allowing just an unearned run on eight hits. He struck out eight and walked none.
- Steve Cishek (0-1) gave up a run to lose in relief.
- Hanley Ramirez sat because he was late for a team meeting. He late rpinch-hit and struck out.
- Maicer Izturis picked up three hits, including a double.
- Erick Aybar stole his 15th base and had a couple hits, too.

Rangers 8, Astros 3

- Derek Holland (6-2) finally got a matchup that was more his speed, and he allowed three runs over 7.1 innings, surrendering six hits and three walks while striking out four. You can pretty safely play him against struggling teams only.
- J.A. Happ (3-9) allowed seven runs (five earned) and eight hits in just 2.2 innings. He struck out three and walked one, but yeah... he's hard to trust right now.
- Craig Gentry ran wild on rookie catcher Carlos Corcoran, stealing three bags (9) to go with his 3-for-4 day (RBI, run).
- Adrian Beltre also collected three hits and drove in two.
- Mitch Moreland hit his ninth homer.
- Michael Bourn became the first man in the majors with 30 steals.

Rays 8, Brewers 4

- Jeff Niemann (2-4) did a job on Milwaukee, allowing just four hits and three walks over six shutout frames. He struck out five.
- Chris Narveson (4-5) was not as good. He did strike out six and pitch into the seventh, but that was when he fell apart. He'd allowed just a run over six, but ended up charged with four runs, five hits and three walks in 6.2 innings.
- Jonathan Lucroy hit his seventh homer.
- Evan Longoria hit his sixth and drove in four.
- Sam Fuld (15) and B.J. Upton (19) stole bases.

Cubs 6, White Sox 3

- Carlos Zambrano (6-4) got back on the horse with eight terrific innings, allowing seven hits, two walks and three runs. He struck out five.
- Gavin Floyd (6-7) got beat up for six runs in five innings. He allowed five hits and three walks, but more importantly, a pair of homers.
- Starlin Castro had one of those homers (2) and a steal (9). He had a couple hits and drove in three.
- Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer (12).
- Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer (20) off Zambrano.

Dodgers 4, Tigers 0

- Clayton Kershaw (7-3) struck out 11 over the course of his dominant two-hit shutout and helped his own cause in the ninth, plating two insurance runs with a single. He walked just one. Sick.
- Brad Penny (5-6) wasn't too bad, allowing two runs in six innings (seven hits, three walks) and striking out four, but he lost anyway.
- Juan Uribe hit his fourth homer.
- Matt Kemp swiped his 18th base.
- Out of nowhere, James Loney collected three hits and two runs.