earned run


Definition of earned run 

: a run in baseball that scores without benefit of an error before the fielding team has had a chance to make the third putout of the inning

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Like Brad Hand blowing two saves in a row and giving up five runs in his past three innings after blowing two of 21 save chances and allowing seven earned runs in 35 1/3 innings before that. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres bullpen has shouldered load, now beginning to slump," 26 June 2018 Birmingham outhit Biloxi 18-11 Facts and Figures: After giving up seven earned runs in the first, Ian Clarkin (W, 3-2) shut down the Biloxi lineup over the next four innings. Birmingham Barons, AL.com, "Rose, Barons Slam Shuckers in 11-7 Shootout," 30 Apr. 2018 Cole Hamels and Austin Bibens-Dirkx combined to hold the Royals to one earned run in 13 2/3 innings. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Five reasons the Rangers have a five-game winning streak," 21 June 2018 Ryan Nicholson pitched in the second round against Boyle County, giving up one earned run in five innings. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands baseball prepares for McCracken County in KHSAA State Baseball Tournament," 14 June 2018 South Boston 5, Snowden 1 — Senior Alex Troncoso allowed just one earned run and struck out nine over seven innings and had three hits for the Knights (13-6). Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "Braintree edges Brookline in D1 South baseball playoffs," 12 June 2018 Meanwhile, the Tigers’ bats went cold against Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez, who allowed just two hits and one earned run in six innings pitched. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose to Blue Jays; first loss since appearance of #RallyGoose," 3 June 2018 Senior right-hander Jack Rupe (Mission Hills) allowed one earned run over the first 5 2/3 innings in a 12-3 win that improved his record to 5-2. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "College baseball wrapup: Toreros coach Rich Hill gets 1,000th victory; Aztecs win series at New Mexico; UCSD No. 2 seed in CCAA Tournament," 6 May 2018 Shane Reynolds, a 30-year-old right-hander, pitched all eight innings, surrendered only one earned run and struck out 10 himself. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Kerry Wood and ‘the greatest game ever pitched’: The oral history of May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of earned run

1871, in the meaning defined above

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