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 Saturday, Sept. 22
Oakland at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Indians are scheduled to send Paul Byrd to the mound as they chase the AL's best record.

STARS
Thursday
-Justin Towles, Astros, went 4-for-4 with a franchise-record eight RBIs in an 18-1 win over the Cardinals.
-Dan Uggla, Marlins, hit an RBI double in the 10th that lifted the last-place Marlins over the New York Mets 8-7.
-Zack Greinke, Royals, struck out a career-high 10 and Kansas City blanked Chicago 3-0.

SLIP, SLIDIN' AWAY
The New York Mets twice blew a three-run lead, raising speculation they might be about to blow the NL East. Florida rallied in the ninth inning when the Mets did not use closer Billy Wagner, then Dan Uggla hit an RBI double in the 10th that lifted the last-place Marlins over New York 8-7 Thursday night. New York's lead was reduced to 1 1/2 games over the second-place Philadelphia Phillies, who rallied past Washington 7-6. The Mets led by seven games on Sept. 12, but they've lost six of their past seven.

GAINING GROUND
Jimmy Rollins hit a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning after Jayson Werth's pinch-hit homer helped erase a four-run hole, and the Phillies rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 on Thursday night, keeping the heat on the New York Mets in the NL East. It was the Phillies' seventh victory in eight games, a streak that pushed them within 2 1/2 games of the division-leading Mets entering the day. ... Brett Tomko pitched six solid innings, rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered two more hits and the Padres won their season-high seventh in a row, 6-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Padres pulled within a half-game of first-place Arizona, which was idle.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Rookie Justin Towles went 4-for-4 with a franchise-record eight RBIs and the Houston Astros reached season highs in runs and hits in an 18-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. Towles hit a two-run double off Braden Looper (12-11) in the second to open the scoring. He added a two-run single in the fourth, an RBI double in the sixth and a bases-loaded walk in the eighth before hitting his first career homer in the ninth off Aaron Miles.

ON THE BRINK
The Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of their third AL West title in four years. Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer, Garret Anderson had two hits and three RBIs and Los Angeles beat the Seattle Mariners 9-5 Thursday night to clinch at least a tie for the division crown.

STAYING AFLOAT
Matt Holliday homered again and Troy Tulowitzki also connected as the Colorado Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 9-4 victory Thursday. The Rockies won their fifth in a row and remained 4 1/2 games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card race.

NO SUPPORT
Jon Garland has a 1.80 ERA in his past four starts but is 1-3, with the White Sox totaling three runs in the three losses, after a 3-0 defeat to Kansas City on Thursday.

SPEAKING
``We're in a rut right now. There are a lot of crazy things happening. We seemed to have a little bit of everything go wrong.'' - Tom Glavine, after the Florida Marlins took advantage to rally in the ninth inning, then scored in the 10th on Dan Uggla's RBI double to beat New York 8-7 Thursday night. The Mets' lead in the NL East was cut to 1 1/2 games by second-place Philadelphia, which rallied past Washington 7-6. New York led by seven games on Sept. 12, but has lost six of their past seven.

Sept. 22
1911 - Cy Young, 44, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 for his 511th and final major league victory.
1936 - The Detroit Tigers swept the St. Louis Browns 12-0 and 14-0 to record the biggest double shutout in major league history.
1954 - Karl Spooner of Brooklyn became the first pitcher in the majors to strike out 15 in his first game as the Dodgers beat the New York Giants 3-0.
1966 - The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first AL pennant in 22 years with a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City A's. Their last pennant came in 1944 when they were the St. Louis Browns.
1968 - Cesar Tovar played one inning at each position for the Minnesota Twins, becoming the second major leaguer in history to do it. Bert Campaneris of the Oakland A's was the other.
1977 - Bert Blyleven tossed a 6-0 no-hitter for Texas against the Angels at Anaheim Stadium.
1986 - Fernando Valenzuela of Los Angeles became the first Mexican to win 20 games, beating the Houston Astros 9-2 while allowing two hits.
1987 - Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox reached the 200-hit mark for the fifth straight season in an 8-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
1990 - Andre Dawson of the Chicago Cubs stole his 300th base in an 11-5 loss to the New York Mets, to become the second player with 300 homers, 300 steals and 2,000 hits. Willie Mays was the other.
1993 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers faced three Seattle batters before hurting his right elbow. Ryan finished his career with 324 wins, 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters.
1993 - The Colorado Rockies played the final home of their inaugural season and finished with a major league home attendance record of 4,483,350.
2000 - Houston's Jose Lima set an NL single-season record by allowing his 47th homer in the Astros' 12-5 loss to Cincinnati. Minnesota's Bert Blyleven set the major league record for home runs allowed in a season (50) in 1986.
2003 - Detroit set an AL record with its 118th loss, falling 12-6 to Kansas City. The 1916 Philadelphia Athletics (36-117) set the record.
2003 - Second baseman Alfonso Soriano broke a major league record by hitting his 13th leadoff homer of the year in the New York Yankees' 10-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox.
2004 - Raul Ibanez tied an American League record with six hits in Seattle's 16-6 victory over Anaheim.
2006 - Alfonso Soriano became baseball's first 40-40-40 player in Washington's 3-2 win over the New York Mets. Soriano hit his 40th double and stole his 41st base. With 45 homers, he already was only the fourth major league player with 40 homers and 40 steals in a season.
Today's birthday: Tommy Lasorda 80.
 

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