DARWIN 4, BLACK MESA 3
WP: Chad Billingsley (5-3, 4.53)
LP: Ted Lilly (5-10, 4.94)
SV: Hoffman (25)
Billingsley worked six shutout innings and Jeff Francouer and Carlos Guillen both took Ted Lilly deep as the Finches (63-46) halted a five-game losing streak to stay within three games of East-leading Worcester.
OAKEYLAND 3, S-MART 1
WP: Kevin Millwood (6-9, 4.33)
LP: Alan Embree (1-7, 5.77)
SV: Howry (2)
Kevin Millwood allowed only one run over five-plus innings and Bobby Howry picked up a rare save by blanking the visiting Boom Sticks the rest of the way as the Ballers (52-58) picked up a half-game on the idle Luchadores in the Central Division.
ARIZONA 7, FROSTBITE FALLS 5
WP: Josh Beckett (5-3, 4.58)
LP: Johann Santana (13-7, 3.52)
SV: Cordero (12)
Rookie CF B.J. Upton hit a bases-loaded double to snap a 1-1 tie and key a five-run seventh against Santana, and newly-found closer Francisco Cordero (apparently already being shopped by peripatetic GM Ronald Melkonian) remained perfect in a D-Back ‘uni’ as Arizona (54-53) won at home against the visiting Squirrels (61-46).
YUMA 3, BROOKLYN 2
WP: Roy Halladay (12-5, 3.46)
LP: Mark Buehrle (11-6, 4.19)
Roy Halladay went the whole way in impressive fashion: after Ryan Howard doubled in two runs with one out in the first, Halladay would shut down the visiting Moabs (61-46) and get the win when the Firebirds strung together three consecutive doubles as part of a three-run fourth against Buehrle. Halladay would allow ten hits, but was aided by some bad baserunning as both Derek Lee and Michael Cuddyer were thrown out at home, once by Wells and the other by Guerrero!
WORCESTER 7, SAN JOSE 5
WP: Danny Haren (12-6, 3.54)
LP: Jarrod Washburn (6-11, 4.91)
SV: Castro (10)
San Jose hit four homers after the fourth inning, but the Elims were able to hold on and win for Danny Haren after collecting eight hits in the first three frames, capped by a three-run homer by Carl Crawford, his fifth of the year. After the game, Worcester activated Brad Lidge, who had been out with a stiff shoulder. The Eliminators (64-43) are tied with Yuma for the loop’s best record and boast a two-game lead over Darwin in the Eastern Division.