Game of the day: Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. There are only five games on the schedule Thursday, and this series finale is the only one that will feature two teams with a winning record. Right-hander Roy Oswalt (4-5) will start for Philadelphia, and after 10 seasons pitching for Houston, Oswalt has a significant history against the Cardinals. In 29 career appearances vs. St. Louis, Oswalt is 9-8 with a 3.15 ERA. Right-hander Chris Carpenter (1-7) will start for St. Louis, still trying to get his season on track. The former Cy Young Award winner hasn’t earned a win since May 10, and opponents are hitting .288 against him.
Other game to watch:
Minnesota at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. Minnesota entered Wednesday on an eight-game winning streak, and the Twins have climbed back to respectability after a dismal 17-37 start. Left-hander Brian Duensing (4-6) will start for the Twins on Thursday, continuing a roller-coaster season. The Twins won Duensing’s first four starts of the year, then lost his next seven before winning two of his most recent three. Right-hander Tim Lincecum (5-6) will start for San Francisco, looking to work out of a rare rough patch for the phenom. In four June starts, Lincecum is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA.
Games you should have seen:
Los Angeles Angels 6, Florida 5 (10 innings). The Angels let two late leads slip away, but Mike Trumbo hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to give Los Angeles the win over the reeling Marlins. Dewayne Wise tied the game at 5 with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth after the Angels took a 5-4 lead in the top of the inning on an RBI single by Hank Conger. Hanley Ramirez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 7th had tied the game at 4. Florida is 2-20 in June.
Houston 5, Texas 3. The Astros scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to stun their intrastate rivals. Matt Downs hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run to break a 3-3 tie after Chris Johnson hit an RBI double and scored on a passed ball to tie the game earlier in the inning. Colby Lewis had thrown seven scoreless innings for the Rangers before the bullpen blew the lead.
Stat you should know: 10. Home runs this season for Braves second baseman Dan Uggla after he went deep Wednesday in Atlanta’s 5-1 win over Toronto. Despite showing decent power in his first season since being acquired from Florida, Uggla is hitting .177 and has an on-base percentage of .240.
Star of the night: Reds outfielder Chris Heisey went 3 for 5 with three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored in Cincinnati’s 10-2 win over the Yankees in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
Chatter: “I don’t know when’s the last time I hit one, but I wasn’t trying to hit one. They happen for me. I don’t care when they do happen. I’m happy they are, but I’m not going out trying to hit a home run.” – Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who hit his first home run since April 23 on Wednesday in New York’s 4-2 win over Cincinnati in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.