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Rockies RP John Axford gets burned by former club Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:24 pm ET) Rockies closer John Axford earned his fifth blown save of the season on Thursday, as he allowed the game-winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth in the 9-8 loss to the Cardinals. Axford gave up two runs on two hits while recording one out. He walked three batters, including one to force in the winning run. 

Axford has now blown each of his last four save opportunities, and has allowed eight earned runs over his last 3 2/3 innings, spanning five appearances. 


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez struggles in no-decision on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:21 pm ET) Cardinals young starter Carlos Martinez endured a rough outing against the Rockies on Thursday. The right-hander allowed five runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He was left with a no-decision, as the Cardinals won 9-8 in walk-off fashion.

Martinez had a 2-1 lead after the second inning. But in the fourth, he gave up three more runs, including a two-run home run by the opposing pitcher Chris Rusin. Martinez allowed another run to score in the fifth before his night was done. He threw 100 pitches (69 strikes) in his five innings of work.

This was Martinez's worst start in quite some time, as it was the first time he had allowed more than three runs since May 9. In five starts this month, Martinez went 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA.


Reds OF Marlon Byrd has three hits, three RBIs in romp
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:20 pm ET) Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd hammered his 17th home run of the season to start a 15-run explosion for his team in an easy win over the Pirates on Thursday. 

Byrd went 3-for-6 in the game, with his biggest hit coming in the first inning, when he connected for a three-run homer off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. Byrd added a double later in the contest. He now has 37 RBIs on the season. 


Rockies SP Chris Rusin homers, gets rocked by Cardinals Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:17 pm ET) Rockies starter Chris Rusin got shelled by the Cardinals on Thursday. The left-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five, and he did not factor in the decision as the Rockies lost 9-8 in walk-off fashion.

Rusin got off to a shaky start, allowing four runs through the first two innings, including a three-run homer by Matt Carpenter in the second. Carpenter got to Rusin again in the fifth, as he blasted a solo shot as part of a two-run inning. 

The young hurler did help his own cause in this one, as he went 2 for 2 at the plate, including his first career home run--a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

The Rockies' southpaw finishes July 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA over six appearances--five starts.


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. 


 
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