It’s doubtful anyone’s paying attention, but the Seattle Mariners have actually been playing decent baseball having won 11 of their last 13, and sit just half a game out of first place in the AL West. Last night it was Justin Smoak who delivered in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run shot for a 3-2 win over the Orioles, who have lost five straight and to no surprise are falling out of the AL East race faster than packs of road beef flock to Nick Markakis. For the Mariners, their winning record in May was the first time they’ve experienced a winning month since last June. They have yet to grab the attention of anyone in Seattle, as last night’s crowd of 11,692 was the smallest in Safeco Field history.
Marlins 5, D-Backs 2 — Anibal Sanchez stopped Arizona’s win streak at seven, going eight innings and allowing two runs. Of more significance, despite the loss the D-Backs somehow find themselves in first place, which is exactly where everyone expected them to be.
White Sox 10, Red Sox 7 — Phil Humber gave up four runs and nine hits over 7 2/3 innings but that was more than enough to beat the Red Sox, who had Alfredo Aceves (5 IP, 6 ER) on the mound. Chicago has impressively won six straight at Fenway Park and at long last, the Phil Humber All-Star game buzz has begun!
Yankees 10, A’s 3 — Curtis Granderson became the first left-handed hitter to homer off Brett Anderson in close to two years and the countdown to Jeter’s historic moment now stands at 17 hits. The A’s have lost 22 of their last 25 to the Yankees.
Cards 4, Giants 3 — Ryan Franklin’s has had three straight scoreless outings covering 4 2-3 innings. I am not lying to you, this is true. San Fran’s bullpen melted down in the eighth, blowing a two-run lead. Also, as posted earlier this morning, Chris Berman had a rough night. You’re with me, awful broadcast.
Nats 10, Phils 2 — Cliff Lee wasn’t so great. Six runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, including a pair of home runs from Danny Espinosa is not what we’ve become accustomed to from Cliffy. Expect a full day of completely reasonable panic on sports radio in Philadelphia.
Rays 5, Rangers 4 — Another Arthur Rhodes special. He’s just flat-out terrible.
Astros 7, Cubs 3 — Houston scored six runs in the top of the ninth to steal a ridiculous win at Wrigley against the disgusting Cubs. They also got an excellent start from 20-year-old rookie Jordan Lyles, though he walked away with the no-decision. Hilarious line of the evening goes to Carlos Marmol: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. To put things mildly, he basically took a dump on a burning tire.
It appears the wild crowd at MLB Advanced Media have finally relented and are allowing videos to be embedded, but only if you’re interested in stale highlights. Anything from last night does not include an embed button. For example, here’s Big Papi’s ninth inning blast off closer Jose Velverde from… Sunday.
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