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Stay For a Nightcap - Bombs Away Edition

Cubs 7, Rockies 3

- Matt Garza (4-6) pitched into the eighth inning for the first time since April 30, allowing three runs on five hits over 7.1 innings of work. He struck out six, overcoming a pair of Carlos Gonzalez home runs, and didn't walk a batter.
- Speaking of Gonzalez, he went 2-for-4 with the two solo homers (12) and, just like last year, is heating up more and more as the season goes on.
- Jhoulys Chacin (8-5) was all over the place, throwing only 59 of 108 pitches for strikes and allowing nine hits, three walks and six runs in five innings. He fanned four.
- Chacin was also touched up twice by someone – Carlos Pena, whose two bombs gave him 16 on the year.
- Aramis Ramirez homered twice, too (8) among his three hits. Like Pena, he drove in three runs.
- Tony Campana stole his eighth bag.

Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2

- Max Scherzer turned in seven terrific innings, striking out nine and allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk, but didn't receive a decision. Joaquin Benoit (2-3) won in relief.
- Zach Stewart was solid for Toronto, allowing two runs over six innings, although he did give up 10 baserunners (nine hits and a walk). He struck out four and also didn't factor in the decision, as Marc Rzepczynski (2-2) lost in relief.
- Jose Valverde nailed down his 18th save.
- Adam Lind had the game's lone homer, his 16th.
- Aaron Hill stole his 10th bag for Toronto; Austin Jackson collected his 13th as a pinch-runner for Detroit.

Reds 5, Rays 0

- Mike Leake (7-4) worked six low-stress innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three for his second scoreless start of the season.
- Jeremy Hellickson (7-7) allowed four runs – three earned – on eight hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out nine and didn't pitch badly overall, but lost for the fourth straight start anyway.
- Jonny Gomes hit his 11th homer.
- Drew Stubbs, hitting eighth, stole his 23rd base.

Dodgers 15, Twins 0

- Chad Billingsley (7-6) got back on the right track with six shutout innings and a load of offensive support. He struck out four, allowing four hits and two walks.
- Nick Blackburn (6-6) went in the other direction, getting touched up for a season-high eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits in 4.1 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
- Yes, there were some huge offensive days.
- Tony Gwynn Jr.: 4-for-6, two steals (8), two runs.
- Trent Oeltjen: 4-for-4, homer (1), triple, two RBI, three runs.
- Casey Blake: 3-for-5, homer (4), two RBI.
- Matt Kemp: 4-for-5, homer (22!), two RBI, two runs.

Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4

- Mitch Talbot went five very meh innings, allowing just three hits and two walks, but three runs. He struck out two and didn't factor in the decision. Rafael Perez (3-1) won in relief.
- Ian Kennedy was solid over eight, allowing four runs on eight hits and ringing up eight strikeouts against just one walk, but it wasn't enough for him to factor into the decision either.
- J.J. Putz (1-2) lost in relief, giving up a homer in the ever-more-dreaded non-save situation.
- The Indians delivered an all-Cabrera home run barrage: Orlando Cabrera had the ninth-inning homer (4) off Putz and Asdrubal Cabrera delivered his 13th in the first inning, and a double too.
- Lonnie Chisenhall singled and double in four at-bats in his MLB debut.

Angels 4, Nationals 3 in 10

- Ervin Santana put together a terrific eight innings, allowing just six baserunners (five hits and a walk) and two runs, both via solo homer. He struck out five and got no decision after Jordan Walden blew the save.
- After Walden got the first two outs in the ninth, Danny Espinosa came up and bopped his 15th homer of the year to tie the game. Scott Downs (5-2) pitched the 10th and won when Maicer Izturis hit a walk-off single.
- John Lannan allowed a load of baserunners – 14 of 'em, 11 hits, two walks and a hit batsman – but somehow limited the Angels to three runs in 5.2 innings. Sean Burnett (3-4) lost in relief. Sorry, Davey.
- Ryan Zimmerman (3) and Michael Morse (15), of course, both homered for Washington. Seems like Morse homers every other game. He also doubled.
- Erick Aybar (16) and Bobby Abreu (13) each stole a bag.
- Abreu was on base four times, collecting a couple hits and a couple walks.
- Peter Bourjos went 4-for-5 with a double.
- Alberto Callaspo went 3-for-5, drove in a run and scored two.
- Torii Hunter (ribs) didn't start, but entered in the eighth for defense.

Padres 4, Royals 3

- Mat Latos (5-8) got a bit closer to the right track. He did allow nine baserunners (seven hits, two walks) in six innings, so not much WHIP help there, but he struck out six and delivered a quality start, limiting the Royals to three runs. He also picked up a double.
- Jeff Francis (3-9) delivered a typical Jeff Francis line – five innings, four runs (three earned), five hits, a walk, a strikeout. All five hits were for extra bases (four doubles and a homer).
- Heath Bell allowed a couple hits, but earned his 21st save.
- Ryan Ludwick hit the homer, his 10th.
- Jeff Francoeur stole his 12th base.

Braves 3, Mariners 1

- This game was played in Seattle, apparently, but all the runs scored on homers.
- Brandon Beachy (3-1) was spectacular again, striking out nine over six innings and allowing just three hits, a walk and a run.
- Erik Bedard (4-6) was the tough-luck loser, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He fanned five.
- Craig Kimbrel struck 'em out in order for his 21st save.
- Oh yeah, the homers: Brian McCann (14) and Freddie Freeman (9) for Atlanta, Adam Kennedy (6) for Seattle.
- McCann had three hits and scored a couple runs.