Dee Gordon made a long-lasting mark in the Dodgers’ extra-innings defeat of the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami, becoming the only player in recorded franchise history (dating back to at least 1914) to tally five hits and three stolen bases in the same game. He drove in two runs, scored two, and is now batting .357/.387/.464 on the year with 10 RBI and 16 runs in 28 games played. The 26-year-old second baseman is also on pace for 99 steals.
Yasiel Puig contributed a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Carl Crawford slugged a go-ahead two-run blast in the top of the 11th, giving Los Angeles the 9-7 shootout win at the normally-pitcher-friendly Marlins Park. The Dodgers are 18-13 and trail the red-hot Giants by only 1 1/2 games in the National League West standings.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Rays 3, Yankees 9
Cardinals 0, Cubs 3
Athletics 3, Red Sox 6
Orioles 1, Twins 6
Mariners 9, Astros 8
White Sox 0, Indians 2
Nationals 2, Phillies 7
Blue Jays 6, Pirates 8
Tigers 9, Royals 2
Giants 3, Braves 1
Brewers 2, Reds 6
Dodgers 9, Marlins 7 (11 innings)
Mets 10, Rockies 11
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3
Rangers 3, Angels 5
As expected, Major League Baseball’s league-wide home run record, set in 2000, was tied and surpassed on Tuesday night, both by players named Alex who play for AL Central teams.
Tigers outfielder Alex Presley tied the record at 5,693, per MLB.com’s David Adler, with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning against Athletics starter Daniel Gossett. Royals outfielder Alex Gordon broke the record roughly 12 minutes later with a solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth inning against Blue Jays reliever Ryan Tepera.
Major League Baseball saw the record nearly broken last year, when 5,610 home runs were hit. The only other season above 5,500 was 1999 at 5,528.
Earlier this month, Yankees starter CC Sabathia jawed at the Red Sox after Eduardo Nunez laid down a bunt. Sabathia fielded it fine, but threw the ball away for an error. After the game, he called Nunez’s bunt “weak” and said the Red Sox should “swing the bat.” Sabathia, of course, is not that limber these days. Along with being 37 years old, the lefty has also battled knee and hamstring issues this season.
The Twins apparently didn’t hear what Sabathia had to say about bunting. After Brian Dozier singled off of Sabathia to lead off the top of the first inning on Tuesday, Joe Mauer laid down a bunt on the third base side and reached safely. Jorge Polanco then laid down a bunt of his own, also on the third base side, and was initially ruled out, but after replay review was ruled safe to load the bases with no outs.
Fortunately for Sabathia, he was able to limit the damage, getting Eduardo Escobar to ground into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play and inducing an inning-ending ground out from Byron Buxton. It’ll be interesting, though, to see if the Twins continue to bunt against Sabathia throughout the night.