|CC Sabathia lowered his ERA with Milwaukee to 1.57 in seven starts. (Ben Smidt/Associated Press)|
It's not too often that 270-pound Prince Fielder can call himself someone's "mini-me."
It's also not too often a pitcher has a string of success like CC Sabathia.
Sabathia pitched a five-hitter to remain unbeaten with the Brewers and Milwaukee beat the Nationals, 5-0, in Washington last night.
"I'm like his mini-me. When he's out there, I just get excited," the burly Brewers first baseman said of the 290-pound Brewers ace. "Since he's come over here, he's been awesome. You get a pitcher like that, you want to give him everything you've got, so you can make sure he gets the win. He's doing his part."
It was the ninth straight win for Sabathia, who has not lost in 12 starts since June 5. In seven starts with the Brewers since being acquired from the Cleveland Indians July 7, he is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA.
Pirates 2, Phillies 0 - Craig Hansen's first save of his post-Red Sox career was aided by a defensive gem by Brandon Moss, the other player who came to Pittsburgh from Boston in the July 31 trade that sent Manny Ramírez to the Dodgers and brought Jason Bay to the Red Sox.
Moss made a diving grab in left-center on Chase Utley's fly ball with runners on first and second and one out in the 12th inning. Moss threw to Freddy Sanchez covering second to try to double up Jimmy Rollins, but he made it back safely. Sanchez then spun and threw to first, doubling up Shane Victorino to end Pittsburgh win in Philadelphia.
Steve Pearce broke up a scoreless game with a run-scoring double in the 12th.
Angels 10, Yankees 5 - Torii Hunter had four hits with a home run and four RBIs, Howie Kendrick tied a career high with four hits, and host Los Angeles beat New York.
Jered Weaver (10-9) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, including solo homers by Xavier Nady and Alex Rodriguez, who played in his 2,000th regular-season game.
Ian Kennedy (0-4) retired only six of the 16 batters he faced, giving up five runs and nine hits in two-plus innings. The righthander, beginning his third stint with the Yankees this season, was recalled from Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre Thursday.
Dodgers 6, Giants 2 - Brad Penny looked like an ace in his return from the disabled list, Jeff Kent drove in three runs, and visiting Los Angeles was unfazed by an 0-for-5 performance from Manny Ramírez in its win in San Francisco.
Penny (6-9), out nearly two months because of a right shoulder injury, ended his seven-game losing streak. He gave up one hit and one run in five innings to win for the first time since May 2.
Braves 11, Diamondbacks 6 - Chipper Jones returned from the disabled list with a pair of hits, including a home run estimated at 434 feet, powering visiting Atlanta over Arizona.
Jones, out since July 24 with a strained left hamstring, raised his major league-leading batting average to .371.
Mets 3, Marlins 0 - Oliver Perez pitched two-hit ball for seven innings, David Wright and Carlos Delgado homered, and host New York beat Florida.
Wright followed his winning homer Thursday with a two-run shot in the first off Ricky Nolasco, helping the Mets win consecutive games for the first time since taking three in a row July 23-25.
Cubs 3, Cardinals 2 - Henry Blanco singled home the winning run with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, and Chicago beat St. Louis to improve to an NL-best 44-16 at home.
Jim Edmonds, who spent eight seasons with the Cardinals before he was dealt last offseason, hit a pair of solo homers for the Cubs, connecting in the second and seventh innings off Braden Looper.
Orioles 9, Rangers 1 - Jeremy Guthrie allowed one run in seven innings to win his third straight start, Kevin Millar homered twice, and host Baltimore beat Texas.
Brian Roberts, Juan Castro, and Ramon Hernandez each had two RBIs for the Orioles, who have won seven of 11. Aubrey Huff went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, one short of his career high.
Athletics 4, Tigers 2 - Brad Ziegler tied the Athletics' record for consecutive scoreless innings and Oakland snapped its 10-game losing streak with a win in Detroit.
Ziegler pitched the eighth and ninth innings for his first save. He extended his scoreless streak to 37 innings to tie Mike Torrez's club record, set in 1976.
Astros 9, Reds 5 - Carlos Lee hit a two-run double and Hunter Pence followed with a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting visiting Houston over Cincinnati.
Rockies 6, Padres 3 - Glendon Rusch pitched six solid innings against his former team and Ian Stewart homered to lead host Colorado past San Diego.
Indians 5, Blue Jays 2 - In Toronto, Anthony Reyes won his Cleveland debut, allowing one run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Twins 4, Royals 1 - Kevin Slowey limited host Kansas City to one run on seven hits in six innings, and Joe Mauer drove in two runs for Minnesota.