BC-BBO--This Date in Baseball
1906 — Jesse Tannehill’s 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox ended a 20-game losing streak — 19 at home — for the Boston Red Sox.
1935 — Babe Ruth, winding up his career with the Boston Braves, hit three homers and a single at Pittsburgh, but the Pirates won 11-7. Ruth connected once off Red Lucas and twice off Guy Bush.
1941 — Boston’s Ted Williams raised his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. Williams finished the season at .406.
1951 — Willie Mays, a highly touted rookie for the Giants, went 0-for-5 in his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1982 — Ferguson Jenkins became the seventh pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 loss at San Diego. Jenkins reached the milestone by striking out Garry Templeton in the third inning.
2002 — Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers homered twice in a 10-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, setting a major league record with seven homers in his last three games.
2011 — Mariano Rivera reached a milestone in New York’s 7-3 victory over Toronto. He pitched the ninth inning — his 1,000th game for the Yankees. The star closer became the first to reach the plateau for one team and the 15th overall. Jo-Jo Reyes of the Blue Jays tied a major league record by making his 28th consecutive start without a win.
2011 — Infielder Wilson Valdez wound up as the winning pitcher when the Philadelphia Phillies needed 19 innings to outlast the Cincinnati Reds 5-4. Valdez threw a hitless 19th inning in his first professional pitching appearance. He became the first position player to become a winning pitcher since Colorado catcher Brent Mayne on Aug. 22, 2000.
2012 — Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and tied his career high with eight RBIs, Josh Hamilton hit his 19th home run of the season and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3. Cruz’s grand slam came in the seventh inning and gave Texas a 14-1 lead. He also had a three-run double in the first and an RBI single in the sixth.
2014 — Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday. Beckett struck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit.
2015 — Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami. Matusz entered the May 23 game against the Marlins in the 12th inning. Miami manager Dan Jennings asked umpire Paul Emmel to inspect Matusz’s right arm, and Emmel ejected the pitcher.
2018 — Gleyber Torres became the youngest American League player to homer in four straight games, Aaron Judge threw out a pair of runners from right field and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1. Torres broke a 1-all tie in the seventh against Jim Johnson (2-2) with a drive over the right-field scoreboard, his ninth homer since coming up to the Yankees on April 22 and his fifth in four games. At 21 years, 163 days, he became the fourth-youngest player to homer in four straight games. Only Miguel Cabrera (20 years, 362 days) in 2004, Andrew Jones (21-139) in 1998 and Albert Pujols (21-147) in 2001 were younger. All of them were in the National League.
Today’s birthdays: Ryan Sherriff, 29; Neil Ramirez, 30.