Mets Vs Indians
The Mets finally got Johan Santana a win last night beating the Indians 7-6. Although Johan did have his best stuff the offense picked him up.
New York struck first with an infield single RBI by David Wright that drove in Jose Reyes to give them a first inning 1-0 lead. The Indians struck right back scoring 4 unanswered runs on the likes of a Travis Hafner homerun and a Trevor Crowe 2 RBI single.
After the fourth inning Johan begin to settle inning finishing his day throwing 3 scoreless innings to keep the Mets in the game and they rewarded him. They came fighting back started off by back to back bunt singles by Alex Cora and Jose Reyes, Wright then followed that up with another RBI Single. The biggest blow came next with a homerun from Ike Davis broke the 4-4 tie and gave the mets a 6-4 lead.
K-Rod entered the 9th inning with a 3 run lead allowing a 2 run homerun by Shelly Duncan but still held onto the game earning his 14th save of the season.
Phillies Vs Yankees
Going into last nights game it appeared we might have a classic pitcherâ€™s duel on our hands between Roy Halladay and CC Cebathia, but they didnâ€™t quite live up to expectations. In a World Series rematch the Phillies dropped game 1 of the series by the score of 8-3 to the defending champs.
Halladay got reminded last night what it was like to pitch in the AL East going 8 innings and allowing 6 runs to the Bronx Bombers. Bret Gardner got the scoring going with a 2 RBI triple in the 2nd inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In the 3rd inning Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson both went deep off of Halladay to make it a 5-0 Yankee lead.
The Phillies did have some early fight in them scoring 3 runs in the fourth inning with RBI Singles by Werth and Ibanez to make it a 5-3 ballgame, but that is as close as they would get. Sabathia went 7 strong innings allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs for his 7th victory of the season.
Nationals Vs Tigers
John Lannan got knocked around in the series opener as the Tigers defeated the Nationals by the score of 7-4.
The Nationals jumped out to an early lead in this one led by RBI single by both Josh Willingham and Ivan Rodriguez to give Washington a 3-1 lead in the third. The Tigers fought right back to tie the game up in the bottom half then Mike Morse hit a homerun to put the Nationals back up by 1 but that would be the last time they led this ball game.
The Tigers tied the game in the fourth innings thanks to an RBI Double by Magglio Ordonez and a Sac Fly by Carlos Guillen. The Biggest blow of the game came in the 5th inning when Ryan Raburn hit a 3 run homerun to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead and they never looked back.
Jose Valverde came in to close the game for start Max Scherzer who went 6 strong innings earning his 3rd win of the season while Valverde converted his 14th save of the year.
Braves Vs Rays
The top team in each Eastern Division squared off last night with the Rays taking the opener of the series 10-4.
David Price did not have his best stuff of the season as he was in trouble most of the night but he battled his way through 5 solid innings to help lead the Rays earning his league leading 10th win of the season.
The Rays jumped out to an early 4-0 lead from a 1st inning homerun by Evan Longoria and a 2 RBI double by Sean Rodriguez. The closest the Braves got in this one was in the 5th inning when after an RBI Single by Melky Cabrera that made the score 5-3 Rays.
But the Rays offense was too much on this night, Ben Zobrist blew the game wide open after an RBI single in the 6th to make the game 7-3. They added 3 more in the 7th by RBIâ€™s from Crawford, Longoria and Pena.
Marlins Vs Rangers
Hanley Ramirez with a 2 run single
The Marlins spoiled a great pitching performance by Josh Johnson as the bullpen couldnâ€™t hold the lead in the ninth as the Rangers beat the Marlins 3-2 in the series opener.
This was a pitcherâ€™s duel between C.J. Wilson and Josh Johnson each putting in solid performances. Wilson went 6 strong innings for the rangers allowing only 2 hits and 2 earned runs, only to be outdueled by his counterpart Johnson who went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits.
Texas scored their only against Johnson in the first inning from a single by Josh Hamilton that drove home Ian Kinsler. The Marlins did not respond until the 6th inning when Hanley Ramirez hit a 2 run homerun to put the score at 2-1 Florida.
Leo Nunez came in to close it out for the Marlins but the Rangers came fighting back. Pinch-hitter, Matt Treanor stepped up with two men on base and he delivered with a triple that drove in the tying and winning run of the game.
Neftali Feliz then entered the game for the Rangers in the bottom half of the 9th and recorded his 16th save of the season.