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MLB Notebook: Offensive, mound standouts

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In the live-ball era, the first leadoff hitter to have a two-homer, two-walk game was Athletics second baseman Jimmy Dykes, who did it in the second game of a doubleheader on Oct. 2, 1920. No center fielder would have this kind of day out of the leadoff spot until the Braves' Sam Jethroe had a two-homer, two-walk, four-run, four-RBI standout performance in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 13, 1952.

Since Jethroe's day, four other center fielders have been penciled into the leadoff spot and rewarded their manager with a multi-homer, multi-walk line: Ray Lankford in 1991, Kenny Lofton in 2000, Boston's Ellis Burks on June 10, 1987, and Dexter Fowler on Sunday. On that Wednesday in '87, Burks doubled in the first, walked and scored in the third, hit a grand slam in the fourth, walked (with the bases loaded) and scored in the seventh and then hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

Among all of the leadoff hitters to have a two-walk, two-homer game (and there aren't that many), no one has driven in more runs than Burks with his seven, and no one has collected more total bases than Burks with his 10.

Fowler homered twice, walked twice, scored twice and drove in three runs, and the Rockies won their second straight over the Dodgers, beating them 7-2.

Fowler is the first Rockies player to have a multi-homer, multi-walk game from the leadoff spot. The last leadoff hitter in the Majors before Fowler to have two homers and two walks in a game had been Ian Kinsler on May 15, 2009. Fowler is the 29th leadoff hitter since 1916 to do this.

Fowler reached safely at least four times for the fifth time this season, tying him with two others for the seventh most in the Majors. Miguel Cabrera has done this nine times and Joe Mauer seven times. Fowler's teammate Carlos Gonzalez has six such games, as do Joey Votto, Chris Davis and Norichika Aoki. Joining Fowler with five are Josh Donaldson and Shin-Soo Choo. Larry Walker had the most such games in any one season for the Rockies -- 23 in 1997.

• Rockies southpaw Jorge De La Rosa improved to 7-3 on the season, with seven innings of six-hit, two-run ball. De La Rosa is now 5-0 at Coors Field in 2013, and owns a 2.45 ERA in his work at the Rockies' home park. The most wins in a season at the ballpark is 10, a mark shared by De La Rosa (2009) and Gabe White (2000). Among pitchers with at least 10 starts in a season there, the lowest ERA is Ubaldo Jimenez's 3.19 in 2010.

Marlins' Lucas finds early success

Playing in his third career game, Marlins third baseman Ed Lucas went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Lucas is the first Marlins player and the 48th player since 1916 to have a four-hit game so early into his career. At 31 years and 12 days old, Lucas is the second oldest of the 48. On Sept. 27, 1943, the Cubs' Don Johnson -- at the age of 31 years and 294 days -- was 4-for-7 with a pair of doubles in his second career game.

O's slugger Davis continues hot streak at plate

Chris Davis doubled and homered in the Orioles' 4-2 comeback win over the Tigers.

Davis is the second player in franchise history to have 20 homers through the club's first 57 games, joining Brady Anderson (20 in 1996). Overall, Davis is the 80th player in history with at least 20 through a team's first 57 games;

Davis now has 39 extra-base hits. Those 39 are the most for any Brown/Orioles player -- through 57 games -- since at least 1916. The previous high had been 38, by Ken Williams in 1925. Overall, Davis is the 20th player since 1916 to have at least 39 through his team's first 57 contests. Babe Ruth is at the top, with 46 in 1921.

Brown joins select list of Phillies sluggers

In Philadelphia's 57th game of the year, Domonic Brown hit his 16th home run.

Brown is the 15th player in team history to hit at least 16 through 57 games. By number:
• 20: Cy Williams (1923); Mike Schmidt (1980); Ryan Howard (2006); Raul Ibanez (2009)
• 19: Chuck Klein (1930), Chase Utley (2008)
• 18: Klein (1929); Dick Allen (1969), Howard (2009)
• 17: Klein (1931); Schmidt (1979); Jim Thome (2004)
• 16: Klein (1932), Schmidt (1976); Brown (2013)

Since the beginning of May, Brown's 13 homers tie him with Cabrera for the most in the Majors.

Phillies' Lee notches 11 K's, no walks

Philadelphia's Cliff Lee fanned 11 with no walks while picking up his seventh win of the year.

Lee has 24 career double-digit strikeout games, tying him with Lefty Grove for the 17th most among southpaws since 1916;

Lee has eight career games with at least 11 K's and no walks. Among left-handers since 1916, those eight are the second most, behind Randy Johnson's 25.

D-backs pitchers to begin 9-0
Pitcher Year G IP ERA K:BB OPS Against
Brandon Webb 2008 9 63.1 2.56 49:17 .511
Patrick Corbin 2013 11 74.1 2.06 61:22 .600

D-backs' Corbin remains undefeated

Patrick Corbin allowed four runs in six innings but did pick up a win as the D-backs defeated the Cubs, 8-4. Corbin is the second pitcher in franchise history to open a year with wins in each of his first nine decisions.

Goldschmidt powers D-backs

In a full day on offense, Paul Goldschmidt had a pair of hits, scored three times, drove in a run, walked twice, and stole a pair of bases. Goldschmidt is the 16th first baseman since 1916 to have a multi-hit, multi-walk, multi-run, multi-steal game, and the first to do it since Wally Joyner in 1997. With the day at the plate, Goldschmidt is the NL leader in RBIs, OPS and OPS+, is second in the league in total bases and slugging, and is third in on-base percentage and extra-base hits.

A's continue to roll behind Parker, Crisp

The Athletics defeated the White Sox, 2-0, as Jarrod Parker (6 1/3 IP, two hits) outdueled Chris Sale (6 IP, four hits, one run) in the shutout victory.

The Athletics are 6-6 in Parker's starts this season. In the six victories, Parker has allowed one home run in 36 innings. In his starts in which the team has lost, Parker has surrendered 10 home runs in 32 innings;

Coco Crisp scored both runs in the win. Oakland is 27-13 when Crisp plays, and 7-11 when he does not. Since he returned from the DL on May 15, the club is 14-3.

Buchholz lowers ERA even further

Clay Buchholz allowed two hits in five innings and picked up the win as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees, 3-0, in a rain-shortened affair. Buchholz improved to 8-0, while lowering his ERA to 1.62. Buchholz (who has made 11 starts) is one of three Red Sox pitchers since 1916 to have -- through the club's first 58 games -- an ERA as low as 1.62 with at least eight starts. In 1995, Tim Wakefield owned a 1.61 ERA in eight starts. In 2000, Pedro Martinez owned a 0.95 ERA in 11 starts.

Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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