Fascinating facts from Monday's games
Mazzaro's misery unprecedented; Granderson hot vs. southpaws
When the 1999 Cleveland Indians finished the regular season with 1,009 runs scored, they became the first American League team since the 1950 Boston Red Sox to reach that rare level of productivity. Of those, 20 came in one game, on May 7.
Hosting the Devil Rays -- and sporting a lineup that included Kenny Lofton in the leadoff spot, Roberto Alomar in the No. 3 hole, Manny Ramirez batting cleanup and David Justice all the way down in the seventh spot -- the Indians had six runs through the first six innings and then put together back-to-back seven-run innings in the seventh and eighth. Alomar and Justice (who hit two home runs) each collected five RBIs, seven of the regulars had at least two hits, and the Indians were well on their way to that magical 1,000-run plateau.
On Monday night, the Indians scored 19 runs on 20 hits and defeated the Royals, 19-1.
Kansas City reliever Vin Mazzaro was tagged with 14 runs on 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings. In the live-ball era, no pitcher before Mazzaro had allowed that many runs in so little time on the mound.
Fewest innings pitched while allowing 14-plus runs
Mazzaro's 14 runs are the most allowed by a Royals pitcher. The previous high was 11, by Zack Greinke in 2005, Luke Hudson in '06 and Brian Banister in '10.
Mazzaro's 14 runs allowed are the most by a reliever since Tommy Warren surrendered 15 (11 earned) in five innings on April 30, 1944. Mazzaro is the first reliever to give up 14 earned runs since Les McCrabb on April 16, 1942.
Mazzaro entered the game with a career ERA of 4.71; his career ERA now stands at 5.24.
The Indians' 19 runs were the most by the club since scoring 22 on April 18, 2009. Cleveland's 20 hits were the most since July 19, 2010, when it had 20 against Minnesota.
The Indians' 10-run fourth inning marks the second time this season the club has scored that many runs in that particular inning. On April 8, a 10-run fourth led to a 12-3 win over the Mariners.
Six different Tribe players had two hits, including Matt LaPorta, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. LaPorta's two doubles led the club, who also got two-base hits from Travis Hafner, Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shelley Duncan and Shin-Soo Choo.
The Indians' seven doubles were the most by the club since Aug. 27, 2010.
Cleveland's 19 runs came with one home run -- a three-run shot by Michael Brantley. The last time a team scored as many as 19 runs and managed just one home run (or no home runs) was on Sept. 9, 2004, in the first game of a doubleheader between the Royals and Tigers. That day, Kansas City managed 26 runs on 26 hits (19 singles, five doubles, a triple and a home run). The lone homer was struck by Angel Berroa.
The time before that also involved the Royals (on the negative side), on Sept. 27, 2003. The last time a game featured a team with at least 19 runs, one home run at the most, and didn't involve Kansas City was on May 11, 1999. In that game, the Astros defeated the Pirates, 19-8, and they did it without a home run.
Granderson hot vs. southpaws
The Yankees' Curtis Granderson hit his 14th home run of the season -- the second most in the Majors. Granderson's homer came against Rays lefty David Price.
Most home runs vs. left-handed pitchers since 2002
Granderson, who slugged .354 against lefties in 2010, leads the Majors in 2011 with seven home runs against southpaws. From 2002-10, three different left-handed hitters have led the Majors in home runs against lefties.
In 2006, Ortiz was followed by pair of lefties -- Travis Hafner and Ryan Howard -- who hit 16 apiece.
Before Granderson's blast, Price, in 398 plate appearances against left-handed hitters, had allowed one home run: Chase Utley took him deep on June 23, 2009.
Rays on the rise
In their 23rd home game of the season, the Rays beat the Yankees 6-5 to open up a three-game lead in the AL East (the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays are all three games out). The six runs marked the first time this season the Rays had scored more than five at home. That streak of 22 straight home games, with five runs or less, to begin the season, was tied with the 1907 St. Louis Cardinals for the second-longest since 1901. The 1908 Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers franchise) opened the season by failing to reach six runs in their first 26 home games. That streak was broken on June 8, when Brooklyn lost to Pittsburgh, 8-6.
Tomlin entering elite company
The Indians' Josh Tomlin allowed one run on five hits in six innings and earned the win to improve to 5-1. Tomlin, whose 2.56 ERA is ninth in the AL, has gone at least five innings in all 20 of his Major League appearances. That streak to begin a career is tied with Howard Ehmke and Barry Zito for the fifth longest since 1919.
Gonzalez driving in runs in bunches
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 -- with his third hit a game-ending, two-run double -- in Boston's come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Orioles. Gonzalez has 11 multi-RBI games this season -- tied with Granderson for the most in the Majors.
Hanson continues to rack up strikeouts
The Braves' Tommy Hanson allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings, struck out 10 and walked one, and earned the win to improve to 5-3 on the season. It is the second time this season Hanson has reached double digits in K's while issuing no more than one walk. The last time a Braves pitcher had multiple games like this, at this point in the season (through 43 games) was John Smoltz in 1996.
Hot offense for Padres
The Padres' 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks marked the fifth straight game San Diego has scored at least seven runs. That streak is the second longest this season, behind a six-game run by the Cardinals. The Padres had entered May with 77 runs scored -- the fewest in the Majors at that point.
Pineda mowing down Mariners' opponents
Seattle's Michael Pineda pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked none to pick up his fifth win of the year. In his past four starts, the rookie has struck out 31 and walked four. Pineda is averaging 9.117 strikeouts per nine innings (best in the AL) and his ratio of four strikeouts for every walk is fifth best in the league.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.