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Monday, Sept. 3
Toronto at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka looks for his 14th win.
-Cody Ross, Marlins, homered twice to help Florida match a team record with five homers and beat Philadelphia 7-6.
-Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals, hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning to push Washington past San Francisco 2-1.
-Jack Hannahan, Athletics, hit a game-ending single in the 10th inning to propel Oakland over Detroit 8-7.
-David Wright, Mets, hit a two-run homer to lift New York over Atlanta 3-2.
-Alex Gordon, Royals, hit two home runs to help Kansas City defeat Minnesota 8-1.
AL EAST ALLIES
Tampa Bay helped Boston increase its lead in the AL East to six games over New York by winning a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2005. The Devil Rays beat Andy Pettitte for only the second time in 20 career starts and recorded their fourth series win in 27 trips to the Bronx with an 8-2 victory. The Red Sox beat Baltimore 3-2.
Tom Glavine won for the first time in four tries against his longtime teammate, beating John Smoltz and Atlanta 3-2 Sunday. Glavine (12-6) gave up five hits and one run in six innings, with three walks and two strikeouts. The left-hander was 0-2 despite a 2.96 ERA in four career matchups with Smoltz, including three this season.
Florida tied a team record with five home runs, including two by Cody Ross and a go-ahead homer by Hanley Ramirez, and overcame a five-run deficit to beat Philadelphia 7-6. The Marlins' other five-homer game was Sept. 11, 2006, against the Mets. Florida began Sunday tied for last place in the NL East, but it needs only eight more homers to break the team record of 182 set last year.
Brian Bannister allowed one run in eight innings to pick up his fourth straight victory in Kansas City's 8-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday. His 12 victories are second among AL rookies and are the most by a Kansas City rookie since Kevin Appier won 12 games in 1990. He is 7-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his past nine starts and leads American League rookies with a 3.16 ERA.
WILD CARD WOES
FROM THE ASHES
St. Louis completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati and moved above .500 for the first time since April with a 3-2 win Sunday. The Cardinals are 15-4 in their last 19 games at home and swept the Reds in St. Louis for the first time since 2005, when they closed the final regular season at old Busch Stadium with three straight from Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Toronto defeated Seattle 6-4 on Sunday, sending the Mariners to their season-high ninth consecutive loss. The Mariners, who begin a three-game series with considerable playoff implications at the New York Yankees on Monday, has not won since Aug. 24 at Texas. The nine-game losing streak is Seattle's longest since an 11-game skid from Aug. 10-20, 2006.
Matt Holliday singled, homered and drove in two runs to help Colorado beat Arizona 4-3 on Sunday. Holliday, who has reached base in a franchise-best 38 straight games, finished 2-for-4 and edged ahead of Atlanta's Edgar Renteria and Chase Utley of Philadelphia for the NL battling lead at .337.
The White Sox snapped their longest road losing streak since 1962, beating Cleveland 8-0 Sunday for their first win in 12 road games.
1917 - Philadelphia's Grover Cleveland Alexander went the distance in both games of the Phillies' 5-0 and 9-3 sweep of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1947 - Bill McCahan pitched a no-hitter to give the Philadelphia Athletics a 3-0 win over Washington.
1947 - The New York Yankees had 18 hits, all singles, in an 11-2 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio each had four hits.
1957 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves recorded his 41st career shutout with an 8-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Spahn's shutout set a major league record for left-handed pitchers.
1970 - Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs asked to be kept out of the lineup, snapping his National League record of 1,117 consecutive games played. His record was broken in 1983 by Steve Garvey.
1981 - The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park's history, 19 innings, before the game was suspended with the score tied 7-7. The Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings when the game resumed the next day.
1986 - Billy Hatcher's homer in the top of the 18th inning gave the Houston Astros an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The two teams played 14 innings the day before and used a major league record 53 players in the game.
1990 - Bobby Thigpen set a major league record with his 47th save in a 4-2 Chicago White Sox victory over Kansas City. Thigpen broke the record set by Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees in 1986.
2000 - Kenny Lofton tied a major league record by scoring in his 18th straight game in the first inning of Cleveland's 12-11, 13-inning victory over Baltimore. Red Rolfe set the record in 1939 for the New York Yankees.
2001 - Bud Smith became the 16th rookie in modern history to throw a no-hitter and the second to do it to San Diego this season in St. Louis' 4-0 win. Smith was making his 11th career start.
2006 - Ryan Howard homered in his first three at-bats, leading Philadelphia to an 8-7 victory over Atlanta in the first game of a doubleheader. Howard raised his major league-leading total to 52 and set a record for second-year players.
2006 - Albert Pujols homered in his first three at-bats, helping St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 6-3. Pujols, with 42 homers, reached 40 or more for the fourth straight season.
Today's birthdays: Matt Capps 24; Bobby Livingston 25; Nate Robertson 30; Luis Gonzalez 40.
1916 - Longtime pitching rivals Christy Mathewson and Mordecai Brown closed out their careers, by special arrangement, in the same game. Mathewson won the game 10-8.
1928 - The Boston Braves started a grueling string in which they played nine straight doubleheaders, a major league record.
1941 - The New York Yankees clinched the pennant on the earliest date in baseball history with a 6-3 victory over Boston.
1966 - Los Angeles became the first team in major league history to draw more than 2 million at home and on the road as the Dodgers beat the Reds 8-6 in front of 18,670 fans in Cincinnati.
1974 - Don Wilson of the Houston Astros was replaced by a pinch hitter after pitching eight no-hit innings against Cincinnati. Mike Cosgrove pitched the ninth inning and gave up a leadoff single to Tony Perez for the only hit as the Reds won the game 2-1.
1985 - Gary Carter hit a pair of solo home runs to tie a major league record and singled in another run to lead the New York Mets to a 9-2 victory over San Diego. Carter's feat followed a three-homer performance the night before as he became the 11th player in major league history to hit five home runs in two games.
1993 - Jim Abbott threw the New York Yankees' first no-hitter in 10 years, leading them to a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
1995 - Robin Ventura became the eighth player in major league history - and the first in 25 years - to hit two grand slams in one game as the Chicago White Sox beat Texas 14-3.
1998 - The New York Yankees reached 100 wins on the earliest date in major league history - five days before the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 1954 Cleveland Indians - with an 11-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The '06 Cubs set the major league record for fewest games to reach 100 victories (132).
2002 - The Oakland Athletics set an AL record by winning their 20th straight game. They blew an 11-run lead before pinch-hitter Scott Hatteberg homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Kansas City 12-11. Oakland broke a three-way tie for the longest winning streak in AL history with the 1906 Chicago White Sox and the 1947 New York Yankees.
2006 - Florida became the first team in major league history to climb above .500 after being 20 games under, rallying to beat reeling Arizona 8-5. With four consecutive victories, the Marlins (69-68) have a winning record for the first time. They were 11-31 on May 21.
Today's birthdays: Pat Neshek 27; Aaron Fultz 34; Mike Piazza 39.