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

Examples of earned run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his only appearance against the Rangers, in 2022, the righthander allowed one earned run on one hit in three innings out of the bullpen. Amin Touri, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2023 He’s allowed 47 earned runs and 122 hits in 142 innings. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2023 Lance Lynn, acquired from the White Sox at the trade deadline, has allowed 18 earned runs over 15 innings in his last three starts and struck out three. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 Verlander — also a three-time Cy Young award winner who’d been acquired from the Mets at the deadline to round out a playoff staff — pitched seven innings, allowing one earned run and striking out six. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 In six of his 10 starts, he's allowed two runs or less, including four games with zero earned runs. Andrew Birkle, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2023 In total, Skubal has allowed 22 earned runs (11 in July and 11 in August) but within that run it's been very up and down. Andrew Birkle, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2023 In 34 innings, he’s struck out 46, walked 23 and allowed 13 earned runs. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 In Hall’s past 11 short-relief outings for the Orioles over the past two years, he’s allowed one earned run in 12 innings with three walks against 13 strikeouts. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earned run was in 1871

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“Earned run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earned%20run. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

earned run

: a run in baseball that scores without benefit of an error
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