earned run

noun

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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Hamels was charged with three earned runs on five hits and two walks and had two strikeouts. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Quick work: Tigers knock Cole Hamels out in 1st inning," 7 July 2018 Harvey hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Harvey is good again as the Cincinnati Reds beat St. Louis," 13 July 2018 But Hamels has given up 23 hits and 14 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings in his last three starts. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Yankees' pitching needs mean Manny Machado must wait 'til winter for his pinstripes," 11 July 2018 Rogers has yet to pitch more than four innings in any of his first five starts, striking out 19 and walking six despite allowing 14 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings (7.27 ERA). Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Highly rated pitching talent the Marlins acquired in the offseason starting to impress," 9 July 2018 The lefty has given up 29 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings over eight appearances at Tropicana Field. Mark Didtler, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rays stay hot at home as Daniel Robertson's walk-off single in the 10th beats Tigers," 9 July 2018 McRae has pitched well in his past two starts (one earned run in 12 2/3 innings), enabling him to lower his ERA to 4.61 at Class AAA Indianapolis. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin Eisenhower graduate Alex McRae on his way to big leagues with Pittsburgh Pirates," 7 July 2018 The 32-year-old right-hander has not allowed more than five hits and three earned runs in each of his past five outings, including Sunday against the Blue Jays. Vito Chirco, Detroit Free Press, "Five Detroit Tigers numbers you need to know this week," 2 July 2018 Not counting catcher Chris Gimenez’s ninth inning, Cubs relievers gave up 13 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings for an ERA of a perfect 10. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs need to make a trade for a reliever, maybe two, maybe three, maybe . . .," 25 June 2018

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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