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Red Sox Explode for 17 Runs

Red Sox 17 Rangers 5 - I don't think Ryan Dempster has had an easier start in his career. The Red Sox backed Dempster with with 17 runs during his 7 innings of work, in a 17-5 blowout. Since so many Red Sox players had big games, I'll just break down each player in their lineup:
Justin Grimm started for the Rangers and lasted just 1 2/3 innings as he allowed 7 hits, 3 walks, and 8 runs. The Rangers bullpen went a combined 6 1/3 innings, 12 hits, and 9 runs. Offensively, Jeff Baker, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland all homered.

Orioles 4 Astros 1 -Chris Tillman improves to 5-2 as he allowed 1 run over 7 innings in the Orioles 4-1 win over the Astros. Tillman struck out 8 in the start.  Danny Valencia hit a solo home run and Ryan Flaherty had an RBI single. 2 Houston errors led to the Orioles other 2 runs. Despite picking up the loss, Luke Harrell pitched giving up 2 runs (1 earned) over 7 innings and striking out 6. Brandon Barnes solo homer was the only run the Astros were able to put on the board.

Rockies 5 Reds 4 - Juan Nicasio went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs while striking out 3 but did not factor in the win. Josh Outman got the win in relief, and Rex Brothers picked up his 2nd save. Jonathan Herrera had a 2-run double, and Dexter Fowler singled him in to give the Rockies a quick 3-0 lead. Troy Tulowitzki hit a game winning 2-run homer in the 8th. For the Reds, Homer Bailey gave up 3 runs over 7 innings and struck out 7, as he was in line for the win. Sam LeCure gave up the home run to Tulowitzki and he was tagged with the loss and blown save. Todd Frazier and Ryan Hanigan had RBI doubles in the 4th.

Braves 5 Pirates 4 (10) - Mike Minor got the start for the Braves and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings and he struck out 6 but did not factor in the win. The Braves bullpen allowed 1 hit in 4 shutout innings. Anthony Varvaro picked up the win in relief. Freddie Freeman hit a 2-run double, and B.J. Upton hit a game tying 2-run homer in the 6th. Andrelton Simmons won the game with his walk off double.  Jeff Locke allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 in 5 2/3 innings of work. Ryan Reid gave up the tying home run to Upton and Mark Melancon suffered the loss. Gaby Sanchez and Pedro Alvarez each hit solo home runs.

Tigers 10 Rays 1 -  The Tigers got some great pitching from Anibal Sanchez who allowed 4 hits, 1 run and struck out 9 over 7 innings of work. Detroit jumped all over Matt Moore who started for the Rays but lasted just 2 innings as he gave up 7 hits and 6 runs, suffering his 1st loss of the year. Omar Infante went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Prince Fielder went 3 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBI.

Phillies 7 Marlins 3 (11) - For the second straight night, the Marlins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but ended up losing to the Phillies. Jonathan Pettibone started for the Phillies and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 innings. Michael Stutes picked up the win in relief. Trailing 2-0 in the 7th, Philly got RBI doubles from Delmon Young and Erik Kratz. After Juan Pierre scored on a wild pitch in the 10th, John Mayberry Jr. hit a solo home run to tie it. Then in the 11th, it was Mayberry Jr. again, this time winning it with a walk off grand slam. Mayberry Jr. came on in the 7th as a pitch hitter and stayed in the game. Ricky Nolasco started for the Marlins and went 6 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. Edgar Olmos suffered the loss in relief.

Nationals 3 Mets 2 - Jordan Zimmermann did not factor in the win, but allowed 4 hits and 2 runs (0 earned) over 8 innings. Tyler Clippard picked up the win in relief. The Nationals took a 1-0 lead after Ian Desmond hit a solo homer in the 2nd. The Nationals did not score again until the 9th, when Adam LaRoche had a game tying RBI single and Steve Lombardozzi had a walk off sac fly.  Jeremy Hefner was solid for the Mets as he allowed 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 in 7 innings. Bobby Parnell suffered the blown safe and loss. The Mets scored both of their runs on a Omar Quintanilla triple in the 5th.

Yankees 4 Indians 3 - David Phelps was great in his 6 innings of work as he allowed just 1 hit and 0 runs. He struck out 7 but walked 4 which was the reason he only lasted 6. The Yankees scored all 4 runs in the 3rd as Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single and Mark Teixeira hit a 3-run homer. In his first two games of the year, Teixeira has 2 home runs and 7 RBI. Mariano Rivera picked up his 21st save of the year. For the Indians Scott Kazmir started and allowed 4 runs over 6 innings while striking out 7. Drew Stubbs cut the lead to 4-3 with a 3-run homer in the 7th but that's as close as the Indians would get.

Twins 3 Royals 0 - Samuel Deduno allowed 4 hits in 6 shutout innings and struck out 5 as he picked up his 2nd win of the year. The Twins bullpen did not allow a base runner in 3 innings of work, Glen Perkins picked up his 12th save. Ryan Doumit hit a solo home run and added an RBI single, and Josh Willingham also had an RBI single. Luis Mendoza suffered the loss for the Royals as he allowed 7 hits and 3 runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Brewers 4 Athletics 3 (10) - Through the first 7 1/2 innings, it was the Yoenis Cespedes show. He hit a 2-run homer in the 1st, and then added a solo homer in the 6th to give the A's a 3-0 lead. The Brewers tied it up in the 8th as Jean Segura hit a 2-run triple and then Aramis Ramirez singled him in. This game went into extra innings and ended on a walk off RBI double by Yuniesky Betancourt. A.J. Griffin was in line for the win as he went 7 shutout innings, but the A's bullpen blew it. John Axford picked up the win in relief for the Brew Crew.

Giants 2 Blue Jays 1 - Flashback to 2008/2009 as we saw some great starting pitching in this game between Tim Lincecum and Josh Johnson. Earning the win, Lincecum went 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 strike outs. Johnson suffered the loss but went 7 innings, allowing 6 hits 2 runs (1 earned), 0 walks and 6 strike outs. Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo blast in the 1st inning, and then Andres Torres hit a game winning 2-run homer in the 2nd inning for the Giants. Sergio Romo picked up his 16th save.

Diamondbacks 7 Cardinals 6 (13) - A battle between Tyler Skaggs and Michael Wacha, two very talented 21 year old pitchers, did not go as expected. Skaggs for Arizona went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, and struck out 4. Wacha for St. Louis went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits, 6 runs and struck out 4. Paul Goldschmidt continues to be one of the best hitters in the game as he went 3 for 6 with a walk, 2 doubles, 3 RBI and a game winning single in the top of the 13th. Veteran Willie Bloomquist went 4 for 6 with 2 runs, and 2 doubles. A.J. Pollock hit a 3-run homer. Josh Collmenter went 5 shutout innings in relief to earn the win and Heath Bell picked up the save.  Victor Marte was tagged with the loss in relief for St. Louis. David Freese had 4 singles, Shane Robinson and Allen Craig hit home runs for the Cards.

Dodgers 9 Padres 7 - After picking up 2 hits and throwing a missile on the fly from the outfield warning track to double up a runner at first to end the game, it was kind of hard for Yasiel Puig to top that performance. However he did. Puig went 3 for 5 with a double, 2 home runs, and 5 RBI. Catcher Tim Federowicz also had a nice game for the Dodgers, going 2-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI and a home run. Ted Lilly started this game for LA and went just 4 innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs (4 earned).  J.P. Howell picked up the win in relief and Brandon League earned his 13th save. For the Padres, Clayton Richard allowed 5 hits and 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings, but Tyson Ross suffered the loss in relief. Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, and Kyle Blanks all howered for the Padres.

Angels 4 Cubs 3 - Jared Weaver did not factor in the win but allowed 6 hits and 3 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings. Robert Coello picked up the win in relief and Ernesto Frieri earned his 13th save. Albert Pujols had a sac fly in the 1st to get the Angels on the board, and then hit a go ahead, game winning 2-run bomb in the bottom of the 8th. Howie Kendrick went 3-3 with a RBI and stolen base. Scott Feldman allowed 2 runs over 6 innings for the Cubs and was in line for the win but Carlos Villanueva gave up the home run to Pujols and ended up suffering the loss in relief. Nate Schierholtz, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Sweeney all had RBI singles.

Mariners 7 White Sox 4 - Felix Hernandez improves to 7-4 on the year after giving up 4 runs and striking out 8 over 7 1/3 innings. Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 14th save. Raul Ibanez doubled, homered and drove in 4 runs. Kendrys Morales, Nick Franklin and Michael Saunders also added 2 hits a piece. Jake Peavy who suffered an injury, was rocked during his 2 1/3 innings of work, allowing 7 hits and 6 runs. Adam Dunn hit his 13th home run of the year, and is now hitting .166.

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