Baseball Before Bedtime: It Must Be Love

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Here's what happened in baseball last night when I never thought I'd miss you:

Rockies 7, Mariners 1: Not since the lusty days of Roxtember 2007 have the Rockies won this many Roxalicious games in a Roxrow. Jason Hammel's solid start helped Colorado notch their eleventh consecutive victory; it was the 10th time in the streak that the starter has earned a W. Jim Tracy's boys collected six doubles (including one by Hammel) and battered Mariners starter Jason Vargas like a fish, killing him for seven runs. Just one more win on Tuesday and the Rockies will finally be back at .500 on the year.

Yankees 15, Mets 0: The Yankees set a season high for runs scored and at the same time punished superstar southpaw Johan Santana with his worst career start. Johan got tagged for nine runs on nine hits in just three innings and his ERA jumped almost an entire run; the Yanks 15 runs were collected in just three different innings. After the game, Santana told reporters that lately he's been pitching with an ouchie back, a split fingernail, and blisters, pretty typical for a Mets creampuff.

Royals 7, Reds 1: Kansas City was Broomtown, USA this weekend as the Royals took three straight from Dusty's Ohio boys. Brian Bannister beat Johnny Cueto despite neither pitcher allowing an earned run; the five runs scored off Cueto were unearned thanks to Jerry Hairston's pair of errors. Outfielder Jay Bruce also made an oopsie when a fly ball bounced out of his glove for a two-run triple.

Giants 7, Athletics 1: San Fran got in on the sweeping action, too, behind Nate Schierholtz' inside-the-park feat of tater-tottage and Matt Cain's seventh straight "Tim Who?" performance. Cain's last loss was May 2nd; he's got nine wins now and a crazy 2.39 ERA with 68 Ks. Schierholtz' inside-the-parker came at the expense of adventurous outfielder Jack Cust; it was just the second inside-the-park feat ever by a Giant at AT&T Park, the first being Dustan Mohr back in '04. Don't look now but the Giants have the third best record in the NL. I SAID DON'T LOOK NOW YOU'LL RUIN IT.

Pirates 6, Tigers 3: Pittsburgh took rubber thanks to Dontrelle Willis' wacky wild walking ways as D-Train let in six runs on six hits and a whopping eight free passes. "You can't defend a walk," Willis said. Actually that's not true Mr. Train. Rule 3.43(g) of the MLB rulebook says that if a batter earns a base on balls, the opposing left fielder can get the batter-runner out if he challenges him to an impromptu game of "Battleship", to be conducted on second base. Youngest player goes first, no moving your destroyer allowed.


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