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By / 06.12.08

NL — Billy Wagner did what he did best (squander a three-run lead in the 9th), but it merely set the table for Carlos Beltran's walk-off homer in bottom of the 13th, as the Mets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Arizona… The Reds got their collective mudhole stomped 10-0 by the Cardinals, but primary injury-giver Albert Pujols was struck down by karma, straining a calf that will keep him out for three weeks… Ryan Dempster improved to 8-0 at Wrigley this year by striking out 11 in Braves on his way to a four-hitter, his first complete game in six years, but the Cubs' 7-2 triumph may have been a Pyrrhic victory, as they lost Alsonso Soriano for six weeks to a broken hand… Dan Uggla's walk-off grand slam gave the Marlins a 6-2 win over the Phillies, ruining Cole Hamels's 13-K performance over eight innings

AL — King Felix and Brandon Morrow (also known as the two Mariner pitchers least likely to suck now that J.J. Putz is hurt) held things together as Seattle rallied for a late 2-1 win against Toronto… Bartolo Colon earned his 150th career win with a 6-3 Red Sox victory over the O's.  At this pace, he'll get to 300 by the time he's 49 years old and 570 pounds.  Colon was relieved after six innings (hee hee, relieved colon!)… Justin Verlander remembered that he doesn't actually suck and pitched a complete game four-hitter to power the Tigers over the ChiSox.  But don't worry, South Side: the Museum of Science and Industry still makes you better than Detroit.

Euro 2008 — Why he scored it, I can't say (people just liked it better that way): Turkey's Arda Turan scored a 90th-minute goal to give the Turks a 2-1 victory over host Switzerland, knocking the Swiss out of the tourney and setting up a winner-goes-to-the quarterfinals match with the Czechs, who lost 3-1 to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.  What should we expect from that final group game?  That's nobody's business but the Turks'.


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