Ike Davis had a rare display of temper last night: he got tossed for arguing with first-base umpire Manny Gonzalez for protesting too vociferously on a pickoff play in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Cubs game. It happened very quickly, so Davis must have said something pretty awful. He had a double in four at bats and might have been able to do something productive in the top of the ninth after David Wright led off with a walk, but we’ll never know, will we? Omar Quintanilla, who replaced Davis in the lineup, flied out and the Mets lost their fourth straight, 4-3.
For the 28th time in his career, Ian Kinsler led off a game with a home run. It was one of two hits he had in the Texas Rangers’ 4-2 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers. The homer was Kinsler’s eighth of the year and the first since June 8. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Rangers.
Ryan Kalish had a pinch-hit double in the seventh inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 5-1. Kalish remained in the game, playing right field, and was hitless in an additional at bat.
Michael Schwimer picked up his first hold, pitching a perfect seventh inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4.
Kevin Youkilis batted second and had a single in four at bats as the visiting Chicago White Sox held off the Minn. Twins, 3-2. Youkilis started at third base before moving over to first in the ninth.
Craig Breslow came on in the ninth-inning of a blowout. He gave up one run on three hits, striking out two, as the Arizona Diamondbacks fell to the host Atlanta Braves, 8-1.
After hitting in 18 straight game, Ryan Braun went hitless for the second game in a row (0-3) as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the host Cinn. Reds, 4-3. Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo had a no hitter going into the eighth.
Jason Marquis did not appear in the San Diego Padres’ 5-3 loss to the host Houston Astros.