Phillies 5, Reds 4: My oh my did the tater tots fly tonight in Philadelphia. Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion ding-donged for the visiting Reds and Chris Coste, Pedro Feliz, and major-league leader Chase Utley homered for the home team. That's Utley's fifth game in a row and the seventh game of eight with a ding dong. That's a lot of ding dongs for someone who endorses Tastykakes! Kyle Kendrick 'earned' the win despite raising his ERA to a fat, round 5.00 with the four runs allowed in five innings. Brad Lidge has now saved fourteen straight for the first place Phils.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 3: Winning games without David Ortiz is hard, y'all! Mike Lowell's eighth inning single brought in Manny Ramirez for the go-ahead run, but Hideki Okajima blew his fifth save in the bottom of the inning, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. Yipes! Adam Jones had the big bases-loaded double over Jacoby Ellsbury's leaping try in left field. Sheesh, rookie...Manny Ramirez would have caught that ball, high-fived a fan in the stands, and completed the Sunday New York Times crossword on the way down. George Sherrill converted his 18th save in 20 chances.
Braves 7, Marlins 5 (10): This game had more blown saves than a busload of Kyle Farnsworths. Well really, the game only had three, but they all stunk worse than a busload of Rich Garceses. John Smoltz had a less-than-triumphant return to the closer role and proceeded to give up a two-out, two-run single to Jeremy Hermida. Whoops! Handed a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the inning, Marlins closer Kevin Gregg threw a wild pitch that allowed Jeff Francouer to score. The game went to extras where Yunel Escobar ended the insanity and walkoff tater-totted off Logan Kensing. No saves were awarded.