OK, here's the weekend recap I promised you all earlier.
Friday: Only one bad game of note from the first full slate of games after the All-Star break, and it was between the Padres and Cardinals. The Cards scored four runs to rally from behind in the 8th inning against Friars reliever Heath Bell. Bell allowed all four runs on four hits and two walks en route to picking up the loss.
Saturday: The Yankees beat the A's in the 12th inning when Jose Molina was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded by Lenny DiNardo . . . The Tigers and Orioles combined for 21 runs over 11 innings of play. Luke Scott put the O's ahead for good when he hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th against Freddy Dolsi . . . The Royals scored six runs in the 8th inning to kick the White Sox while they were down. Sox reliever Nick Masset allowed three runs on two hits and a walk wihtout recording an out in the 8th inning . . . Pirates starter Yoslan Herrera didn't last long in his outing against the Rockies; in just an inning and two-thirds he allowed seven runs on eight hits . . . The Twins scored 14 runs against the Rangers. Apparently the whole Texas staff took a day off.
Sunday: Somehow the Nationals managed to score 15 runs against the Braves. Atlanta starter Jo-Jo Reyes was pounded for six runs on seven hits and four walks in just two and a third innings of work. His relief wasn't much better; Buddy Carlyle allowed six runs on five hits over 1.2 innings . . . The Padres again lost to the Cardinals in the late innings. This time, it was Aaron Miles's walk-off grand slam off of Bryan Corey that did them in. Heath Bell was also hit hard, allowing three runs in his inning of work . . . Pirates starter Zach Duke allowed nine runs on 10 hits to the Rockies in his losing effort . . . The Dodgers scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks to complete their game winning rally. All five runs came on five hits against DBacks closer Brandon Lyon.