Home field advantage was taken to a new level in Major League Baseball Tuesday night, when all 15 host teams won their games for the first time since MLB expanded to 30 teams in 1998.
It's believed to be the first time ever that every home team has won their game on a night where all MLB teams have been in action. According to STATS LLC, the last time every home team won on the same day was Sept. 16, 1989, when the hosts went 11-0. However, 26 teams were part of MLB at that time, so four teams did not play that day.
Viewing every game as a 50-50 proposition, independent of all others, STATS calculated that the odds of a home sweep on a night with a full major league schedule was 1 in 32,768.
STATS said the 11-0 record by home teams had been accomplished five other times -- three in the 1800s.
Tuesday night's winners, for the record, were Toronto, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Cleveland, Minnesota, Miami, St. Louis, Arizona, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Without saying, it's more difficult on the road," said manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Houston Astros, 3-1. "There's got to be a slight advantage to playing at home and I think your good teams play well at home, they win at home."
Three games required extra innings: Miami beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4 in 10 innings; Seattle defeated Baltimore, 6-5 in 10 innings; and in the night's marathon, Cleveland edged the New York Yankees, 5-4 in 16 innings.
Four visiting teams got shut out: Atlanta at Tampa Bay; Colorado by the Mets; the Angels against the White Sox; and the Nationals at Dodger Stadium.
The last time home clubs went undefeated on a day with more than one game was an 8-0 record on Aug. 28, 2008 -- although road squads were 7-0 on April, 2, 2013, according to STATS.
Seattle squandered a three-run lead in the eighth inning before Austin Jackson's bases-loaded single won it for the Mariners.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.