The Rays and Dodgers Keep Winning, the Brewers and Mets Keep Losing, and Mo Doesn’t Convert

This is not Cliff Lee. This is the cliff that the Mariners season is falling off of.

AL East

  • Cliff Lee (1-2) took a 1-0 lead into the 7th but the Rays scored one in the 7th and one in the 8th to defeat the Mariners, 2-1.
  • Lee allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings for his first complete game of the season and lost to Tampa for the second time in 11 days.
  • Ichiro went 0 for 4, ending his streak of seven consecutive multihit games.
  • The Mariners have lost 11 games in an opponent’s final at-bat, nine in the last three weeks.
  • Jose Bautista homered for the third time in two games and Toronto beat the Texas Rangers, 5-2, to complete a three-game sweep.
  • Toronto turned four double plays and extended its winning streak to four.
  • Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He has struck out nine times in his past 13 at-bats.

AL Central

  • Mariano Rivera gave up a grand slam to Jason Kubel as Minnesota defeated the

    Mariano gave up a grand-slam to Jason Kubel

    Yankees, 6-3 in New York.

  • It was the first granny given up by Mo since a Bill Selby walkoff on July 14, 2002 in Cleveland.
  • The homer ended Rivera’s streak of 51 consecutive saves at home; he had been tied with Eric Gagne, who set the mark with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002 to 2004.
  • Before the slam, Rivera walked designated hitter Jim Thome to force in a run.
  • It was the seventh time in his career that Rivera had walked Thome, the most of any player he has faced.
  • It was the first runs allowed by Rivera this season in 11 innings.
  • The Twins had lost 12 straight games to the Yankees.
  • Mark Teixeira is batting .339 (21 for 62) with 20 RBIs in 15 May games after hitting .136 in April.
  • Ramon Santiago hit a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-1.
  • The Tigers became the first team since 1995 to win four straight series at home against reigning playoff teams, according to Stats LLC.
  • They took two of three against Boston after winning three of four over the defending champion Yankees, sweeping the Angels and beating the Twins in two of three games.
  • Detroit has an AL-best 14 home wins.
  • The Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 for their second straight series win.
  • Jake Westbrook threw his 13th career complete game.
  • Westbrook missed his fourth career shutout when Luke Scott hit a two-out homer in the 9th.
  • Cleveland previously won two of three from Kansas City and now has successive series victories for the first time this season.
  • It is Yost not yeast and I don't expect a rapid rise

    Jose Guillen drove in three runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox, 5-3.

  • The Royals won their first home series of the season in their first series under new manager Ned Yost.

AL West

  • Joel Pineiro (3-4) pitched a three-hitter for his sixth career shutout and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics, 4-0.
  • Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer.
  • Game one of the series took 2:05; game two took 2:57; game three took 2:06.

NL East

  • Cole Hamels (4-2) pitched into the 7th inning, and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, to complete a three-game sweep.

    These brewers would probably do better than the current Brewers

  • The Brewers have lost six straight after also being swept at home last week by the Braves.
  • In their last six games the Brewers have been outscored 51-20.
  • The Brewers have lost eight straight at home for the first time since 1996, when they lost nine in a row.
  • The Florida Marlins defeated the Mets, 10-8, to complete a four-game sweep and send the Mets to their fifth straight loss.
  • Chris Coghlan hit a pinch-hit three-run homer.
  • Coghlan’s average has climbed from .123 on April 24 to .214.
  • Marlins starters have given up more than three runs just once this month while going 9-3 with an ERA of 2.97.
  • The last time the Mets were swept in a four-game series was June 5-8, 2008.
  • The last time the Marlins swept a four-game series was Aug. 25-28, 2006, against Milwaukee.
  • The Mets have fallen two games under .500 (18-20) for the first time since they were 7-9 on April 22.
  • Martin Prado hit two home runs to lead the Braves past the Diamondbacks, 13-1.
  • Tim Hudson (4-1) improved to 3-0 in May.
  • After hitting only .194 in April, Troy Glaus has two or more hits in eight of his last 14 games and is now hitting .283.

NL Central

  • Cincy moves into first place, Cardinals to sign Glenn Beck?

    Scott Rolen homered and drove in three runs, and Bronson Arroyo pitched a complete game and drove in two more to lead the Reds to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals.

  • Arroyo threw his first complete game of the season and is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over his last four starts.
  • The Reds have won seven of eight and moved into first place by a half-game in the NL Central.
  • The Reds have outscored opponents 49-15 in the last eight games.
  • Over the last eight games Reds pitchers have a 1.88 ERA.
  • The Reds haven’t committed an error in their last 11 games.
  • Cincinnati leads the NL in fielding percentage.
  • The Reds lead the majors in getting runners from first to third with a single.
  • Cincinnati has not been in first place this deep into a season since June 8, 2006.
  • The Cardinals had been in first place since July 31 and had a five-game lead before losing 9 of their last 12.
  • The Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the visiting Pirates, 4-3, their first victory in eight games against Pittsburgh.
  • Lou Piniella became the 14th manager with 1,800 career wins.

NL West

  • Jeff Francis pitched in a major league game for the first since September 12, 2008, and Colorado defeated Washington, 2-1.
  • Francis missed the 2009 season after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, then started this season on the disabled list after straining the area around his left armpit in his last appearance of spring training.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres, 1-0, for a three-game sweep and their season-high seventh straight victory.
  • Los Angeles has won 12 of 15.
  • The Dodgers had only two hits.
  • Russell Martin extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • The total attendance of 126,819 was the sixth-highest total for a weekend series in Petco Park’s seven-year history.
  • The Astros were well baked by Zito

    Barry Zito (6-1) and the San Francisco Giants finished a three-game sweep of the visiting Houston Astros, 4-3.

  • Andres Torres homered, doubled and scored twice and Aaron Rowand also homered.
  • Brian Wilson earned his ninth save in 10 tries.
  • The Giants swept a three-game series from the Astros for the second time this season.

Suggested Reading

Alan Schwarz in the NY Times on Baseball’s Next Sure Thing: 17-year-old Bryce Harper

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The Schedule

Kansas City at Baltimore 7:05 PM Davies vs Bergesen
Chicago Sox at Detroit 7:05 PM Garcia vs Porcello
Boston at NY Yankees 7:05 PM Matsuzaka vs Hughes
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7:05 PM Morton vs Kendrick
Minnesota at Toronto 7:07 PM Slowey vs Eveland
NY Mets at Atlanta 7:10 PM Pelfrey vs Lowe
Milwaukee at Cincinnati 7:10 PM Gallardo vs Cueto
Arizona at Florida 7:10 PM Jackson vs Volstad
Cleveland at Tampa Bay 7:10 PM Carmona vs Niemann
LA Angels at Texas 8:05 PM Kazmir vs Holland
Colorado at Chicago Cubs 8:05 PM Cook vs Wells
Washington at St. Louis 8:15 PM Stammen vs Lohse
Seattle at Oakland 10:05 PM Rowland-Smith vs Gonzalez
San Francisco at San Diego 10:05 PM Cain vs Richard
Houston at LA Dodgers 10:10 PM Rodriguez vs Ely