MLB.com Stars of the Game: Wednesday, July 18

MLB.com Stars of the Game: Wednesday, July 18

MLB.com Stars of the Game: Wednesday, July 18
Each day, MLB.com selects one player from each game whose performance stands out:

Yonder Alonso | Padres 8, Astros 4
Alonso hit a pair of RBI doubles, the seventh time this season that he has hit two or more doubles in a game, setting a club record.
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John Axford | Brewers 4, Cardinals 3
One day after losing his closer job, Axford fired 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.
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Billy Butler | Royals 8, Mariners 7
Butler led off the ninth with his 18th home run to cap a three-hit night and help the Royals snap a three-game skid with their third walk-off win of the season.
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Brandon Crawford | Giants 9, Braves 4
Crawford broke a tie in the 11th inning with a three-run homer.
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Doug Fister | Tigers 7, Angels 2
Fister held the Angels to one run on two hits while fanning a season-high 10 over eight innings.
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Tommy Hunter | Orioles 2, Twins 1
Hunter, making his first start since June 19, held the Twins to one run over 7 1/3 innings for the victory. Hunter allowed six hits and did not walk a batter.
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Garrett Jones | Pirates 9, Rockies 6
Jones had three hits, including a three-run homer in the third that ignited a Pirates comeback victory.
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Clayton Kershaw | Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 (12)
Kershaw engaged in a brilliant duel with Cliff Lee, with the Dodgers lefty allowing just one run on five hits and striking out seven over eight innings.
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Jason Kubel | D-backs 7, Reds 1
Kubel hit two home runs in his return to the D-backs' lineup.
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Hiroki Kuroda | Yankees 6, Blue Jays 0 (7)
Kuroda allowed four hits over seven innings to earn the rain-shortened win.
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Adam LaRoche | Nationals 4, Mets 3
LaRoche's two-run homer in the sixth broke a scoreless tie, setting a solid Jordan Zimmermann up for the win as the Nats improved to 17 games over .500.
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Josh Reddick | A's 4, Rangers 3
With the A's trailing by a pair in the seventh, Reddick nearly hit a three-run homer, but settled for a two-run double that tied the game in an eventual walk-off win.
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Cody Ross | Red Sox 10, White Sox 1
Ross drilled two three-run homers and Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in four.
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Carlos Santana | Indians 10, Rays 6
Santana notched two hits, including a three-run homer, and four RBIs.
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Geovany Soto | Cubs 5, Marlins 1
Soto has been struggling lately with runners in scoring position, but he delivered a go-ahead single to spark a four-run seventh.
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