Cubs Rally To Beat Cards
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Cardinals, 3-2, at Wrigley Field in the opener of a three-game series. Jason Heyward’s RBI sac-fly in the bottom of the eighth plated the go-ahead run as Chicago ended a six-game losing streak. Heyward also had a RBI double in the sixth to tie the game at two, while Kris Bryant put Chicago on the board with a solo shot earlier in the game. Pedro Strop came away with the win and Wade Davis closed it out for his 11th save. St. Louis got off to a quick start with a lead-off homer by Dexter Fowler against his former team. Reliever Trevor Rosenthal was tagged with the loss.
Giants Stymie Phillies
(Philadelphia, PA) — Ty Blach tossed a complete-game gem as the Giants crushed the Phillies, 10-0, in Philadelphia. Blach allowed just seven hits on the way to his fourth victory. Denard Span keyed the San Francisco offense with five-hits, three-runs scored, and an RBI. Eduardo Nunez drove in three Giants’ runs as they snapped a three-game slide. Jerad Eickhoff surrendered five-runs in two-and-two-thirds to take the loss. The Phillies have lost five in a row.
Marlins Edge Diamondbacks
(Miami, FL) — The Marlins put up four runs in the first inning and went on to edge the Diamondbacks, 7-5, in Miami. Justin Bour and Christian Yelich each pounded two-run homers in the first. Giancarlo Stanton added a solo shot in the fifth. Dustin McGowan made five outs in relief to get the win. The Marlins have won five of their past six games. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Iannetta each left the yard for Arizona. Patrick Corbin was charged with the loss, falling to 4-and-6.
Royals Blank Indians
(Kansas City, MO) — Jason Vargas tossed a complete-game gem as the Royals blanked the Indians, 4-0, in Kansas City. Vargas allowed just seven hits on the way to his seventh victory. Whit Merrifield’s two-RBI double put the Royals up in the seventh. An RBI double from Eric Hosmer and solo-homer from Mike Moustakas added insurance in the eighth. Josh Tomlin surrendered three-runs in seven and a third to drop to 3-and-7 on the year for the Tribe. Cleveland has lost two-of-three.
Orioles Nip Red Sox
(Baltimore, MD) — A pair of early home runs proved to be the difference as the Orioles nipped the Red Sox, 3-2, at Camden Yards. Seth Smith and Manny Machado each went deep in the first inning. Hyun-Soo Kim added an RBI-double in the fourth while Alec Asher tossed six-and-a-third frames of two-run ball for the win. Baltimore leads the four-game series, 2-0. Rick Porcello gave up all three runs to fall to 3-and-7 for Boston. Pablo Sandoval went deep for the BoSox, who have dropped four of their past six games.
Pirates Storm Past Mets
(New York, NY) — The Pirates scored seven times in the sixth inning and held on to top the Mets, 12-7, in New York. Elias Diaz crushed a three-run homer in the frame to put Pittsburgh up for good. Diaz also scored three with a double and finished with six RBI. Josh Bell and Josh Harrison also homered for the Bucs as they snapped a two-game slide. Mets’ starter Matt Harvey surrendered six-runs in five-plus innings of work with Paul Sewald giving up five in relief to take the loss. New York has dropped three in a row.
Tigers Bash White Sox
(Detroit, MI) — The Tigers racked up 10 runs after just three innings as they bashed the White Sox, 15-5, in Detroit. J.D. Martinez was a single shy of the cycle, and Miguel Cabrera had four RBI. Mikie Mahtook and John Hicks went deep while Michael Fulmer pitched seven innings for his sixth win. The Tigers are 26-and-28. Derek Holland was chased in the third for the White Sox after giving up eight hits and eight runs. Leury Garcia drove in three as Chicago took its third straight loss.
Blue Jays Take Down Yankees
(Toronto, Ontario) — Josh Donaldson homered twice as the Blue Jays took down the Yankees, 7-5, in Toronto. Donaldson belted solo shots in the first and sixth inning for the Jays. Justin Smoak added a two-run shot and finished with three RBI. Francisco Liriano tossed five-plus innings of two-run ball to get the win. Aaron Judge and Starlin Castro each went deep in the sixth for New York. Michael Pineda gave up 10 hits and five runs to take the loss. The Yankees have alternated wins and losses for the past six games.
Astros Rip Rangers
(Arlington, TX) — Carlos Correa and George Springer each clubbed three-run homers as the Astros ripped the Rangers, 7-1, at Globe Life Park. Dallas Keuchel improved to 9-and-0 with six shutout innings. Yuli Gurriel added an RBI-double for Houston, which improved to 39-and-16. Adrian Beltre prevented the shutout with a ninth inning home run for Texas. Yu Darvish struck out eight over five frames of three-run ball, but fell to 5-and-4.
Padres Nail Rockies
(San Diego, CA) — The Padres dug themselves out of a three-run hole as they nailed the Rockies, 8-5, in San Diego. Yangervis Solarte drilled the go-ahead homer in the fifth inning. Wil Myers and Austin Hedges also went deep for the Friars. Clayton Richard earned the win as the Padres extended their winning streak to five games. German Marquez allowed eight hits and six runs to take the loss for Colorado. Nolan Arenado finished 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Mariners Clobber Rays
(Seattle, WA) — The Mariners took an eight-run lead after three innings and never looked back as they crushed the Rays, 12-4, in Seattle. Taylor Motter keyed a five-run first inning with a grand slam followed by a three-run bomb from Danny Valencia in the third. Valencia also had a bases-loaded walk and run-scoring single to finish with five RBI. The Mariners have won five-of-six. Colby Rasmus, Tim Beckham, and Kevin Kiermaier homered in defeat. Jake Odorizzi was tagged for eight-runs, three-earned, in two-and-a-third innings to take the loss.
Dodgers Dump Brewers In 12 Innings
(Milwaukee, WI) — Cody Bellinger slammed the go-ahead homer in the top of the 12th inning as the Dodgers dumped the Brewers, 2-1, at Miller Park. Yasmani Grandal tied the game with a solo shot in the ninth for L.A. Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 over seven innings of one-run ball and became the second fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach two-thousand strikeouts behind Randy Johnson. The Dodgers finished the game with a team-record 26 strikeouts. Jimmy Nelson struck out 11 over eight shutout innings for Milwaukee. Neftali Feliz was charged with the loss. Domingo Santana homered in the seventh for the Crew. The 42 total strikeouts in the game is a new National League record.
Twins Race Past Angels
(Anaheim, CA) — The Twins jumped out to a seven-run lead and raced past the Angels, 11-5, in Anaheim. Joe Mauer, Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler each drilled early homers to put Minnesota up. The Twins reeled off 15 hits and Kyle Gibson pitched into the sixth for his second win. They’re 16-and-5 on the road this year. Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 for the Angels as he seeks his 600th home run. Danny Espinosa homered in defeat. J.C. Ramirez gave up eight hits and seven runs to take the loss.
Reds Rally Past Braves
(Cincinnati, OH) — Devin Mesoraco nailed the walk-off homer in the 10th inning as the Reds rallied past the Braves, 3-2, in Cincinnati. Eugenio Suarez plated Cincinnati’s first run on a ninth inning double before sending the game into extras by scoring on a wild pitch. Bronson Arroyo tossed six frames of two-run ball, with Raisel Isglesias earning the relief win. The Reds ended a three-game skid. Dansby Swanson homered for Atlanta and Mike Foltynewicz struck out 10 over seven shutout innings. Jim Johnson blew the save and Jose Ramirez gave up the losing homer. The Braves have dropped three-straight.
Nationals Cruise Past A’s
(Oakland, CA) — Stephen Strasburg tossed seven-strong innings to help the Nationals cruise past the Athletics, 13-3, in Oakland. Strasburg gave up two-runs as he improved to 7-and-1. Brian Goodwin hit his first major-league home run to go along with four-hits and two RBI. Michael Taylor, Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth, and Anthony Rendon also went deep as Washington won its fourth-straight. A’s starter Andrew Triggs surrendered six-runs in three-and-two-thirds to take the loss. Oakland has dropped six-of-seven.