Stats of the Day: Estrada almost perfect
Blue Jays starter didn't allow a baserunner until eighth, settles for no-decision
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday:
• In St. Petersburg, the Blue Jays defeated the Rays, 1-0, in 12 innings. Toronto starter Marco Estrada's bid for a perfect game ended with one out in the eighth inning, and his bid for a win ended when he was pulled with two outs in the ninth and the score still tied at 0-0. Estrada's no-decision saw him work 8 2/3 innings, allow two hits and fan 10 with no walks. His game score for this spectacular outing works out to a 90. Estrada was the first Blue Jays hurler to post a score of at least 90 in a no-decision since Jimmy Key (92) on June 6, 1985.
• The go-ahead run came from a Chris Colabello homer. Before this victory, the Jays had most recently won a 1-0 extra-inning game on the road on Sept. 4, 2014, when they beat the Rays, 1-0, in 10 innings. Before that victory, they hadn't done this since Sept. 26, 1986, a 12-inning victory against the Red Sox. Prior to Colabello's shot, there had been six instances in team history of an extra-inning homer to break a 0-0 tie. The first Blue Jays player to do it was Barry Bonnell, on Aug. 25, 1983, and the most recent had been Colby Rasmus, on Sept. 4, 2014. Five of the seven came on the road.
• Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks in the Indians' 8-2 win over the Tigers. Kipnis extended his hitting streak in home games to 28 -- the longest for a Tribe player since Hal Trosky hit safely in 31 straight home games in 1936. Kipnis also owns a 1.063 OPS out of the leadoff spot. The highest mark out of the No. 1 slot (dating back to 1914) for a player with at least 400 plate appearances while hitting there belongs to Paul Molitor, who posted a 1.037 mark in 1987.
• Chris Sale fanned 10 but allowed six runs (five earned) in 6 2/3 innings and took the loss, as the White Sox dropped a 6-1 decision to the Twins. Sale has struck out at least 10 in seven straight outings. He is the fourth pitcher since 1914 to do this, joining Pedro Martinez in 1999 (streaks of eight in a row and seven in a row that season), Nolan Ryan in '77 (seven), and Randy Johnson in 2001 (seven). Sale has fanned 63 batters this month -- the most in any June since Johnson struck out 66 in June 2001.
• In the Giants' 73rd game of the season, Ryan Vogelsong (six innings, five hits) and three relievers combined for a five-hit shutout to defeat the Padres, 6-0. San Francisco leads the Majors with 12 team shutouts (no other club has more than nine), with the 12 through 73 games the most for any Giants club since the 1960 team had 13. San Diego has been the victim in four of San Francisco's shutouts this season. The NL record for most shutout wins against one opponent in one season is 10, by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Boston Beaneaters in 1906. The Giants and Padres are scheduled for 10 more games this season.
Milestone watch for Thursday
• Miguel Cabrera is two extra-base hits shy of 900 for his career. He would be the sixth player in history -- joining Jimmie Foxx, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Lou Gehrig and Hank Aaron -- to reach 900 through his age-32 season.
• Giancarlo Stanton needs one homer to tie Mike Lowell (28 HR in 2003) for the most by a Marlins player before the All-Star break. Stanton has homered in back-to-back games.