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Moore no-hit bid ends with two outs in the ninth inning
Matt Moore's no-hit was broken up by Corey Seager with two outs in the ninth inning on Thursday night. The last Giants pitcher to have a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the ninth inning or later was Yusmeiro Petit on September 6, 2013 against the Diamondbacks. That no-no was broken up by a pinch-hit single by Eric Chavez with two outs in the ninth inning.
The last time the Dodgers came this close to being no-hit was on July 9, 2011 against the Padres. San Diego, who has still not thrown a no-hitter, was on its fifth pitcher when a Juan Uribe double with two outs in the ninth inning off Like Gregerson broke up the bid.
Each of the last three no-hit bids that ended with two outs in the ninth inning were stopped by a hit by a rookie: Justin Bour of the Marlins singled off Shelby Miller of the Braves on May 17, 2015; Joey Butler of the Rays singled off Carlos Carrasco of the Indians on July 1, 2015 and Corey Seager ended Moore's bid on Thursday night.
Another gem for Scherzer
Max Scherzer allowed only two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 10 in eight innings as the Nationals avoided being swept by the Orioles. It was the fourth time in his career that Scherzer threw a game in which he allowed no more than two hits with no walks and at least 10 strikeouts, the most such games since 1893 when the pitching mound was set at 60' 6". Four pitchers had three games like that in their career: Walter Johnson, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Corey Kluber.
Mahtook and Canseco
Mikie Mahtook ended an 0-for-34 drought with an RBI-double in the seventh inning which gave the Rays a 2-1 lead in a game they eventually won by the same score. The last player to snap a hitless streak of at least 34 at-bats with a game-winning hit in the seventh inning or later was the A's Jose Canseco on August 23, 1986 at Yankee Stadium. Canseco snapped an 0-for-40 drought with an RBI-double off Dave Righetti which snapped a 1-1 tie.
Odorizzi needed the break
Jake Odorizzi improved to 6-0 with a 1.59 earned-run average in eight starts since the All-Star break after throwing seven solid innings against the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon. Odorizzi is the first pitcher to go 6-0 or better with an ERA that low in his first eight starts after the All-Star break since 2012 when both Kris Medlen (7-0, 0.81 ERA) and Felix Hernandez (6-0, 1.41 ERA) did it.
The only other pitcher in Rays history to go 6-0 or better in his first eight starts after the All-Star break was Wade Davis in 2010 (6-0). Davis's ERA was 3.44 over those eight starts.
Another 100-RBI season for Pujols
Albert Pujols knocked in his 100th run of the season in the Angels' win over the Blue Jays. It was the 13th time in his career that Pujols knocked in 100 runs in a season, one shy of the major-league record held by Alex Rodriguez. Pujols has 1798 runs batted in over his 16-season career. Only two players since 1940 knocked in that many runs over a 16-season span: Jimmie Foxx (1879 from 1927-1942) and Alex Rodriguez (1872 from 1996-2011).
Tigers 8-game winning streak in Minnesota
The Tigers beat the Twins Thursday afternoon extending their winning streak in Minnesota to eight games. That matches the longest current road winning streak for any team against a particular opponent. The Yankees have won eight straight games at Atlanta (2009-present) and the Angels have won eight in a row in Colorado (2001-present).
It's the longest road winning streak for the Tigers against the Twins since the team moved from Washington to Minnesota in 1961 and the longest against the franchise since they won 11 straight road games against the Senators from 1949 to 1950.
5-RBI game for De Aza
Alejandro De Aza, who entered the game with a .189 batting average, knocked in five runs in the Mets' win over the Cardinals on Thursday night; a two-run single in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the fifth inning. De Aza is the seventh player in Mets history to knock in five or more runs in a game despite entering the game with at least 100 at-bats and a batting average under .200. The others to do it were Ron Swoboda in 1966 (5 RBI, .188 batting average entering the game), Cleon Jones in 1967 (5, .193), Darryl Strawberry in 1983 (5, .196), Gary Carter in 1989 (5, .173), Dick Schofield in 1992 (6, .195) and Ruben Tejada in 2010 (5, .185).
Gomez makes good first impression
Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat with the Rangers on Thursday night. Gomez is the third player in Rangers franchise history to hit a home run with at least two runners on base in his first at-bat with the team. The others to do it were Brant Alyea for the Senators against the Angels on September 12, 1965 (three-run homer) and Ted Ford for the Rangers against the Red Sox on April 28, 1972 (three-run homer).
Volquez is 7-0 versus the Marlins
Edinson Volquez improved to 7-0 with a 1.47 earned-run average in eight career starts against the Marlins. Volquez is the first pitcher to go 7-0 or better with an ERA that low in his first eight career starts against a team since Cole Hamels went 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA over his first eight career starts against the Reds from 2006 to 2011.
Royals pen adds four innings to streak
The Royals bullpen threw another four innings without allowing a run on Thursday night increasing their scoreless innings streak to 38.2 innings. That's the longest such streak within one season for any team since the Kansas City Athletics had a 44-inning streak in 1966. The A's bullpen was led by Jack Aker who had 14.2 scoreless innings during that streak.
Frazier getting hits with RISP
Todd Frazier's RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the White Sox a 7-6 win over the Mariners on Thursday night. Frazier entered the game with a .159 batting average with runners in scoring position, the third-lowest in the American League among players with at least 60 at-bats in those situations. Frazier went 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position in this game and now has five hits in his last eight bats with a runner on second or third base.
McCutch is clutch
Andrew McCutchen's RBI-single in the tenth inning gave the Pirates a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Thursday night. McCutchen entered the game 0-for-8 in extra innings this season. The only players to enter Thursday's action with more extra-inning at-bats without a hit this season than McCutchen were Devon Travis (0-for-10), Maikel Franco (0-for-9) and Ryan Zimmerman (0-for-9).