GRAND TIME IN BOSTON
J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell each hit grand slams against Kansas City, becoming the first Red Sox players to hit grand slams in the same game at Fenway Park since Tony Armas and Bill Buckner did it Aug. 7, 1984. The last time Boston had two slams in a game was when the switch-hitting Bill Mueller hit both one from each side at Texas on July 29, 2003.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 598th home run, his first in 90 at-bats, in the first inning of Cincinnati's 8-2 loss at San Diego. Griffey is attempting to become the sixth player to reach 600 homers. His last long ball was on April 23 in Cincinnati off Houston's Chris Sampson, and the 90 at-bat homerless drought was the second-longest of his career.
Josh Hamilton hit a two-out homer in the 10th inning to lift Texas past the Twins 8-7. Acquired in an offseason trade with Cincinnati, Hamilton matched Chicago's Carlos Quentin for the AL lead with 12 homers. He finished 2-for-4 and moved past Minnesota's Joe Mauer for the best average in the league, .335.
Joe Girardi likely won't forget his 100th win as a big league manager. The Yankees skipper, who spent a year with the Marlins, was tossed in the ninth inning in a tie game against Baltimore. He was upset that Jason Giambi was called out on a foul tip, twice throwing down his hat and kicking it once, before kicking the dirt and finishing his rant with another umpire. Girardi had to watch Robinson Cano's winning hit moments later from the clubhouse.
HOUSE OF HORRORS
Mets ace Johan Santana squandered a 2-0 lead while giving up a career-high 12 hits and four runs, three earned, over seven innings in a 4-2 loss at Atlanta. The left-hander lost for the first time since April 12 as New York (22-23) dropped below .500 for the first time since April 13. Atlanta outscored the Mets 27-9 in four games for its 11th sweep of New York at Turner Field, the team's home since 1997. The Braves also improved to 7-2 this season against their NL East rivals, including 6-0 in Atlanta.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Angels' Ervin Santana lost for the first time in six road starts this season. He started in place of Joe Saunders, pushed back because of flulike symptoms. Santana started 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA away from home, one year after going 1-10 with an 8.38 ERA on the road.
Carlos Quentin delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning of the first-place White Sox's 3-1 victory over Cleveland. Quentin is batting .417 with 31 RBIs with runners in scoring position and is tied for the AL lead in homers with 12.
Randy Wolf yielded two runs and four hits in seven innings of San Diego's 8-2 victory over Cincinnati. The left-hander struck out nine, walked one and added an RBI single.
COMING UP EMPTY
Milwaukee got 14 hits but left a season-high 14 on base during an 8-4 loss at Pittsburgh. The Brewers were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, failing repeatedly to get to Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny (4-4), who won despite giving up eight hits and walking four in five-plus innings.
"I felt terrible. I mean, I think I know how hard it is to hit a home run in the major leagues. I had trouble sleeping after something like that." Umpire Tim Welke, who ruled a ball hit by Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday night was in play even though replays showed it ricocheted off a cement staircase behind the outfield fence.