Games from from the 8th:
Texas Rangers 9 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-4: ground out to second, infield single (run scored), fly out to left, fly out to right. Ichiro also recorded an outfield assist in the bottom of the 3rd (he threw a runner out at second) and extended his hitting streak to 5 games.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Philadelphia Phillies
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) over 6.1 innings of work. Kuroda took the loss and dropped to 7-14. Final line: 6.1 IP, 29 BF, 105-71 NP-S, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.
New York Mets 9 - San Diego Padres 8
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the top of the 8th with runners on first and second, no out, and the game tied at 4. After a sac bunt moved runners to second and third, Igarashi surrendered the go ahead run on an RBI single to Luis Martinez. A strikeout later, he walked Max Venable to load the bases and gave up a bases clearing double to Jason Bartlett, who was then thrown out trying to advance to third. Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 17-8 NP-S, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka's wife gave birth to a baby girl on the 8th. Nishioka wasn't in the starting line-up on the 8th (he was with his wife for the birth but was at the stadium before the game), but was available off the bench. The birth was also announced on the scoreboard after the 6th inning.
It may be even more significant for right-hander Junichi Tazawa, who, more than 16 months removed from Tommy John surgery, has been promoted from Double-A Portland. The right-hander made six starts with Single-A Salem this year, posting a 6.05 ERA, before going 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA with the Sea Dogs. However, he was 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA over his last five outings, one of which was a start.
Tazawa was signed as an international free agent at the end of 2008. He was 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 starts in a 2009 split between Portland and Pawtucket before getting a late-season call-up and making four starts with the Red Sox.