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The Juice: Nationals down Mets bullpen in wild win, Angels go airborne in rout of Tigers

Kevin Kaduk
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Wild one in Washington: Any chance the New York Mets could still match Houston's offer for Jeremy Lin? Hey, manager Terry Collins might be willing to try anyone as a reliever at this point after three different relievers faltered in the final innings of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals in 10 innings on Tuesday night.

"There are some guys that are really upset in the (clubhouse), and they should be," Collins told reporters after the loss at Nationals Park.

Who might be on that list? Well, Bobby Parnell gave up a ninth-inning RBI single to Danny Espinosa to send the game into extras and Tim Byrdak allowed a game-tying triple to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the 10th. But the 'pen's pièce de résistance came as Pedro Beato relieved Byrdak with the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch that allowed Ryan Zimmerman to streak home with the game's winning run.

The loss was the Mets' fifth straight and it dropped them seven games behind the Nats for first place in the NL East and 3 1/2 behind the Pirates and Braves in the wild-cards race. There's still plenty of season left, but the Mets have to notch a win to erase the increasing feeling that this is where their relatively feelgood story of a season starts to disappear.

Eat your heart out, Mickey Hatcher: Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo continued their offensive assault in Detroit, making a mockey of Comerica Park's dimensions by tagging Jacob Turner for a pair of tape measure shots. The 13-0 victory over the Tigers featured the fourth four-hit game of Trout's season (upping his AL-leading average to .355) and Trumbo's homer was the sixth in his last eight games. The Garrett Richards-led shutout ended Detroit's streak of 158 games without being shut out.

Home cookin': Georgia native Buster Posey put on a show for all the family and friends who made the trip to Atlanta's Turner Field on Tuesday night, collecting three hits and driving in five runs during a 9-0 win over the Braves. Starter Barry Zito may not have had any familiar faces in the stands, but his performance was no less as important: seven scoreless innings with only three hits and one walk after entering the contest with a 5.19 road ERA. The game ended the Braves' seven-game winning streak.

Youk can (still) do it!: Kevin Youkilis has been simply remarkable in his return to Boston with a three-run homer on Tuesday keying Chicago's 7-5 victory over Boston. Youkilis has gone 4 for 8 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs in the series' two games so far. What's really notable, though, is that Red Sox fans have been cheering his achievements at every turn.

''Fans have treated me unbelievable and I can't thank them enough for all the kind things they keep saying from the stands every day and every inning," Youkilis said to reporters. "Not too many opponents get to come in here and have that opportunity. Usually it's a little more negative at the opposition.''

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Quote of the Day

"I asked why and she said she didn't want them to know she was my wife because she'd be killed in the stands."

— Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, on why his wife was booing him from the stands at Wrigley Field during a 9-5 win over the Cubs

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Photo of the Day: Return of Z

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(AP)

Carlos Zambrano was contrite in his return to Wrigley Field after his trade to the Marlins last winter. The former fiery Cubs pitcher apologized to North Side fans for all the distractions and controversy he created over the years while teammates insisted that he's a changed man.

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Three facts for the water cooler

• San Diego Padres rookie Yonder Alonso hit his first home run at Petco Park during an 8-2 win over the Astros. "It only took, what, three months?" Alonso joked. (He has four total homers on the season.)

• Randy Wolf earned the victory in Milwaukee's 3-2 win over St. Louis and it was the lefty's first since April 30. The drought wasn't all his fault, though. He left the game with a lead seven times during that span, only to see his bullpen blow it. Francisco Rodriguez made sure that didn't happen on Tuesday, successfully closing the door on the Cardinals in his first save opportunity since taking over for John Axford.

• The Pirates became the fifth team in baseball to hit the 50-win mark after a 6-2 triumph in Colorado. They join the Yankees, Rangers, Nationals and Reds and remain one game behind Cincinnati in the NL Central standings.

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