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2B Brandon Phillips has historic night in Reds romp
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:12 pm ET) Brandon Phillips had a night to remember Thursday, blasting two home runs and driving in seven runs as the Reds crushed the Pirates. 

Phillips had two three-run home runs, in the fifth and sixth innings, to spark a Reds attack that churned out 19 hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phillips is the first player to have four hits, two homers, seven RBI and and two stolen bases since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920. 

Phillips entered the game with zero homers and two RBI in July. He now has seven homers and 39 RBIs on the year. 


Orioles CF Adam Jones homers, scores three times in loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:09 pm ET) Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 1 for 3 on Thursday, as he connected on his 16th home run of the season. Jones' two-run blast came in the fourth inning, though the Orioles were already down by seven at that point. They went on to lose the game 9-8 to the Tigers.

Jones also walked twice and scored three runs in the loss. He is batting .328 with four home runs and six RBI over his last 10 games.


White Sox Jose Abreu connects for 17th homer in loss
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:06 pm ET) Jose Abreu got the White Sox on the board early with a first-inning home run, but it wasn't enough in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday. 

Abreu was all over a knuckleball from Red Sox starter Steven Wright, depositing it deep to right-center for a 2-0 lead. It was Abreu's 17th home run of the season, and raised his RBI total to 59. 

Abreu extended his hitting streak to 10 games.


Orioles' Chris Davis homers, doubles, plates four in loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:04 pm ET) Orioles right fielder Chris Davis drove in four runs on Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the Orioles dropped the game 9-8 to the Tigers. 

Davis launched a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his 25th of the year. He later added a two-run doubleto bring the Orioles to within three runs.

He has reached based safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .300 with six home runs and 17 RBI over that stretch.


Tigers RP Alex Wilson gets five outs to notch first career save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:59 pm ET) Tigers reliever Alex Wilson came and got five outs to record his first career save in the 9-8 win over the Orioles. Wilson entered the game in the eighth inning with runners on first and second and one out. He immediately threw a wild pitch, moving the runners up a base.

He allowed one of the runs to score on an RBI groundout, but was able to escape the inning without any further damage. He came back out and worked a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the victory.

Wilson was tasked with getting the save on the day that closer Joakim Soria was dealt to the Pirates. It is not known if Wilson will be inheriting the closing duties, or if manager Brad Ausmus will be using more of a committee approach.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz goes 3-for-3 in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:56 pm ET) David Ortiz has not hit well against left-handed pitching this year, but he delivered a strong performance against White Sox ace Chris Sale in the Red Sox's 8-2 win on Thursday. 

Ortiz was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs to pace Boston's offensive attack. He drove in a run with a first-inning double and added another on a fifth-inning single, both of which came off Sale. The veteran DH now has 58 RBIs on the season. 

Ortiz entered the game hitting just .162 with 12 RBIs off left-handed pitchers this season. 


Tigers SP Alfredo Simon gets 10th win despite a pair of longballs
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:55 pm ET) Tigers starter Alfredo Simon earned his 10th win of the season in Thursday's 9-8 edging of the Orioles. Simon allowed four runs on just two hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one, as he 47 of his 85 pitches for strikes in this one.

Simon (10-6, 4.55 ERA) gave up a pair of two-run home runs for the only damage against him. Adam Jones got him in the fourth, with Chris Davis adding one in the sixth.

July was not very kind to the veteran right-hander, as he went 3-2 with a 7.26 ERA in six starts.


Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright baffles White Sox
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:52 pm ET) Red Sox starter Steven Wright put together a solid outing Thursday, keeping the White Sox off balance with his knuckleball in an 8-2 win. 

Wright fell behind early, giving up a two-run, first-inning home run, but stabilized himself and went six innings, scattering six hits. Wright's knuckleball fluttered effectively, as he struck out eight Chicago hitters. 

With the win, Wright (4-4) picked up his first victory since being enlisted to make spot starts in the Red Sox's rotation. 


Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez gets battered by Tigers on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:49 pm ET) Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez got roughed up by the Tigers on Thursday night. Gonzalez lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits. He threw 66 pitches, with 42 going for strikes in the 9-8 loss.

Gonzalez (9-7, 4.28 ERA) got into an early jam when he allowed two runs to score in the first inning. He put up zeroes in the second and third innings, but he gave up another three runs in the fourth before being pulled from the game.

Gonzalez has had a couple of bad starts in July, but he also had some good ones too. Overall, he went 3-2 with a 5.00 ERA in five starts this month.


White Sox SP Chris Sale allows career-high 12 hits in loss
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:44 pm ET) White Sox starter Chris Sale was not his usual dominant self, allowing a career-high 12 hits in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday. 

Sale (9-6) was struck on the leg by a hit early in the game, and from that point, did not seem to have his best stuff. Over five innings, he allowed seven runs, the fourth-most he has allowed in his career. He did strike out seven batters, but the Red Sox did not seem to have trouble hitting him. 

It was Sale's shortest start since April 30, when he went just three innings in a loss to the Twins. He had won three of his previous four starts in July. 


 
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