Date: June 19, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Heat force Game 7 with a nearly unprecedented comeback

From Elias: The Heat rallied from a 75-65 deficit after three quarters to force Game 7 with a 103-100 overtime victory over the Spurs. Only one other team staved off elimination in the NBA Finals by overcoming a double-digit deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Trailing three-games-to-one in 1967, the San Francisco Warriors outscored the 76ers, 33-13, in the fourth quarter to post a 117-109 victory at Philadelphia. The Sixers rebounded to win Game 6 at San Francisco and with it the NBA title.

Only three other teams avoided elimination with an overtime win in the NBA Finals, and two of them -- the Celtics against the St. Louis Hawks in 1957, and the Celtics against the Lakers in 1962 -- did it in the seventh game. The other was Milwaukee with a Game 6 victory over Boston in 1974.

Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs


James posts triple-double to stave off elimination

From Elias: LeBron James scored a game-high 32 points and contributed 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Miami's win. James became only the third player to record a triple-double as his team avoided elimination in the NBA Finals. The others were Bill Russell of the Celtics against the Lakers in 1962, and James Worthy of the Lakers against the Pistons in 1988.

Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs


Bosh's blocks are key to Miami's win

From Elias: Chris Bosh blocked shots by Tony Parker and Danny Green in the final minute of overtime. Parker's would have given the Spurs the lead, Green's would have tied the score. The last player to block two potential game-tying or go-ahead field-goal attempts in the final minute of an NBA Finals game (either the fourth quarter or an OT period) was Ben Wallace of the Pistons in 2005. Wallace rejected a pair of shots by Manu Ginobili, either of which would have given San Antonio the lead.

Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs



Harvey takes another no-hit bid to 7th inning

Matt Harvey lost his no-hit bid on Jason Heyward's infield single leading off the seventh inning, but he held on to earn the victory in the Mets' 4-3 win at Atlanta. It was the third time this season that Harvey took a no-hitter to the seventh inning. Only three other pitchers during the expansion era held an opposing team hitless through six innings three times in first 25 starts of their career: Al Downing, Jose DeLeon (4), and Kent Mercker.

New York Mets, Atlanta Braves


Harvey & Wheeler give Mets fans hope

From Elias: The nightcap provided more excitement for Mets fans with the debut of Zack Wheeler, who struck out seven batters in six innings en route to victory. Since 1900, Harvey and Wheeler were only the third pair of teammates, both age 24 or younger, to start and win on the same day while totaling at least 20 strikeouts. Harvey struck out 13 in the opener. The others were Bob Feller and Denny Galehouse (1936 Indians) and Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain (1965 Tigers).

New York Mets, Atlanta Braves


J.J. bullies Justin

From Elias: J.J. Hardy opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and the Orioles posted a 5-2 win over Justin Verlander and the Tigers. It was Hardy's third homer off Verlander this month. He became the first player ever to hit three home runs against Verlander in the same calendar month; in fact, no one had hit three homers against Verlander in the same season since 2007.

Prior to June 1, Hardy had only four hits - three singles and a double - in 25 at-bats versus Verlander.

Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers

Red Sox pitching stymies Rays again

From Elias: The Red Sox defeated the Rays, 5-1, in the opening game of their doubleheader. It was Boston's fourth win in four home games against Tampa Bay this season; the scores of the previous victories were 2-1, 5-0, and 3-2. The Rays are the first team in 20 years to score four or fewer runs over a span of four games at Fenway Park. The last team to do so was the White Sox in 1993.

Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays


Lee in control in win over Nats

From Elias: Cliff Lee struck out nine batters without allowing a walk in eight innings to earn the victory in the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Nationals. It was Lee's sixth win this season without issuing a base on balls, breaking a tie with Bartolo Colon and Adam Wainwright to take the lead among major-league starting pitchers. It also moved Lee past Dan Haren to give him the most such wins among starters since 2010 (18).

Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals


Bailey vultures a victory

From Elias: Andrew Bailey was unable to protect a 1-0 lead in the ninth. But Jonny Gomes hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning to make a winner of Bailey and give the Red Sox a sweep of their doubleheader against the Rays. Bailey (3-0) became the first pitcher this season to record a pair of "vultured victories" -- wins in which he was charged with a blown save. Bailey had only one such win in three seasons with A's.

Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays


Astros top Brewers with big blasts

From Elias: Carlos Pena hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Matt Dominguez added a grand slam in the seventh as the Astros routed the Brewers, 10-1. It was the first time since 2007 that Houston hit a slam and a three-run homer in the same game, and it was only the second such game the Astros have posted at Minute Maid Park in 14 seasons there.

Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers


Darvish succumbs to the gopher ball

From Elias: John Jaso and Brandon Moss homered off Yu Darvish in the A's 6-2 win over the Rangers. Darvish allowed more than one homer only once in his first 35 major-league starts, but he has done so in four of his nine starts since May 1.

Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers


Cain tagged twice in one inning

From Elias: Nick Hundley and Logan Forsythe hit solo home runs off Matt Cain in the sixth inning on Tuesday night. It marked the first time since August 30, 2009 that Cain allowed two home runs in the same inning at AT&T Park. Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back homers off Cain in that game.

San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants


Pirates win despite 17 strikeouts

From Elias: The Pirates were facing a starting pitcher who was undefeated in his last 21 starts and they struck 17 times. But against all odds, Pittsburgh posted a 4-0 victory over Mat Latos and the Reds. That matched the highest strikeout total in any of the Pirates' 8107 victories of nine or fewer innings since 1900.

Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates


Cubs start fast against Wainwright

From Elias: The Cubs scored four times off Adam Wainwright in the top of the first and held on for a 4-2 win at St. Louis. It was the 86th home start of Wainwright's and only the second time that he allowed four runs in the first inning. The other was his last start against the Cubs at Busch Stadium (a 9-5 Cardinals loss in April 2012).

St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

It's Blanton's time of the year

From Elias: Joe Blanton couldn't muster a victory, but he looked much better than a 1-10 pitcher against the Mariners on Tuesday, allowing only two runs and striking out 11 in 6.2 innings. Maybe it's just that time of year. Heading into the game, Blanton had a 30-51 (.370) career record through June 15, but a 54-34 (.614) mark after that.

Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners


Doumit comes through in the clutch

From Elias: Ryan Doumit hit a tie-breaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning that gave the Twins a 7-5 win over the White Sox. It was Doumit's sixth game-winning RBI in Late-Inning Pressure Situations in his two seasons with Minnesota, to rank second on the team during that time behind Josh Willingham (7).

Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox

Jays keep winning by keeping the ball in the park

From Elias: The Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven games with an 8-3 victory over the Rockies. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Toronto didn't allow a home run. That matched the longest such streaks in team history -- that is, wins without an opposing homer. Toronto had five-game streaks of that type in 1989, 1990, 1993, and 2008.

Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies