Orioles 11, Red Sox 10: With a seemingly insurmountable nine-run lead in the seventh inning, the Red Sox kicked back and carried on as if Camden Yards was their own home park and the Orioles were their personal whipping boys. With a seven-game winning streak against the O's and having held the Baltimore boys to just one run in the last 16 innings of play, who can blame them? The answer is 'me', 'me' can blame them. The Boston bullpen imploded like a pinata stuffed with C-4 as the home team notched 5 runs in the seventh and 5 runs in the eighth to stage the massive comeback. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first career save against the O's as part of the biggest Red Sox meltdown in 20 years.
Braves 5, Phillies 4 (10): Martin Prado's big RBI single in the tenth inning, his fourth base knock of the game, helped the Braves win in walkoff fashion. Prado ended up with a double, a homer, and four RBI to go along with his career-high four hits. Atlanta overcame Mike Gonzalez' terrible eighth inning in which he allowed solo tater tots to John Mayberry and Pedro Feliz. I suppose Jeff Francouer's underwear is magical after all. UPDATE: Not if his wife was quicker to launder them.
Pirates 3, Cubs 0: In a battle of former Yankees pitchers, Ross Ohlendorf outdueled Ted Lilly and the Pirates got a very special run when Freddy Sanchez managed to score from second base on a passed ball. Brandon Moss struck out on a ball in the dirt, the ball bounced high in the air, and Sanchez slid in ahead of a Geo Soto throw that Lilly mishandled. Sanchez went 3-for-3 with two RBI while Ohlendorf's seven shutout innings featured 8 K's and no walks. That makes June the Cubs first losing month since August 2007.
Diamondbacks 6, Reds 2: Dan Haren, who somehow was part of a rumor that had him going to the Los Angeles Angels of Angelheim earlier in the day, pitched a freaking gem and even clobbered a ding-dong off Bronson Arroyo. Haren went seven innings and struck out nine free-swinging Redleg batters. His league-leading ERA is now a tidy 2.19 and would totally be starting the All Star Game if he got the same run support that Tim Lincecum's been getting. Can you believe that? The Diamondbacks are so bad offensively, I'm contrasting them with the light-hitting Giants.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 1: With two total runs scored in two nights against a rejuvenated Rays team, it's time I brought back the word "worsening" to describe the Blue Jays offensive output. Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, and Willy Ay Ay Aybar all smacked solo ding dongs off Scott Richmond while Matt Garza muppeted his way to a win.