Marlins 3 @ Phillies 2
Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Phillies, but it would take extra frames for the Marlins to beat the Phils. The Marlins were trailing 2-0 going into the top of the 9th but were able to get to closer Jeanmar Gomez. Martin Prade went deep in the 11th to put the Marlins ahead. A.J. Ramos slammed the door shut in the 11th to earn his 30th save and the win for the Fish.
Cubs 5 v. Mets 1
The Chicago Cubs snapped their eight game losing streak against the Mets last night. Anthony Rizzo crushed a 3-run HR in the bottom of the third to put the Cubs ahead for good. Lester went 7.2 with three strikeouts to earn the win.
Yankees 2 v. Orioles 1
Alex Rodriguez homered last night, but Ivan Nova was the star of the game by going 6 innings, allowing only 4 hits and one earned run. The Yankees sit at 46-46, in what is really baseball purgatory.
Reds 8 v. Braves 2
The Braves led going in to the Top of the 4th but the Reds opened up with three homers in the inning and never looked back. Starter Brandon Finnegan went 5ip, 7h, 2er, 1bb and 5k’ while Billy Hamilton stole 3 bases, upping his total to 27 on the year.
Tigers 1 v. Twins 0
Justin Upton’s solo home run (his 200th of his career) in the bottom of the second was enough for Matt Boyd and the Tigers. Boyd threw six scoreless innings and was supported by the ‘pen. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 26th save of the season.
Royals 7 v. Indians 3
Corey Kluber exited with a cramp in his calf after warm-up pitches in the top of the 8th with a 2-0 lead. The bullpen promptly blew the lead and the Royals prevailed 7 to 3. Kluber’s injury was the turning point, but Christian Colon’s fake to bunt, pull back, swing away double (he was thrown out at third trying to stretch it to a triple) plated two and tied the game. Alex Gordon would score later in the inning on a Paulo Orlando base knock. Jarrod Dyson would deliver the knockout punch with a grand slam to right to cap the 7 run inning.
Cardinals 10 v. Padres 2
The Padres lost the lead in the bottom of the 5th and the Cardinals never looked back. Mike Leake went 6 on the hill, giving up 6 hits and only allowing one earned run while striking out 11 Friars. Randal Grichuk (12th), Jedd Gyorko (8th) and Stephen Piscotty (13th) all homered for the Red Birds.
Rockies 7 v. Rays 4
The Rockies and Rays were delayed by rain but were eventually able to continue. Trevor Story blasted his 22nd home run (a 2 run shot) in the 5th to put the Rockies up 5 to 1. The Royals battled back a bit off of starter Tyler Anderson to cut the lead to one. Jason Motte struck out the side in the 8th for the Rockies. The Rockies added two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning and Carlos Estevez earned his 6th save of the season to close out the game.
Athletics 7 v. Astros 4
Yonder Alonso powered the A’s to a 7-4 win over the Astros by going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. Khris Davis also added his 4th home run in as many games (his 23rd overall) in support of starting pitcher Kendall Graveman who has won his last five decisions. Graveman went 7ip, giving up 7h, 1bb and fanning 5. Ryan Madson earned his 20th save of the year, but could be on the move with the trade deadline approaching.
Angles 9 v. Rangers 5
Three of the first seven Rangers to step up to the plate hit home runs off of starter Nick Tropeano but it would not be enough for the Rangers.
The Angels battled back to tie the game and took the lead in the bottom of the 6th on a base knock by Johnny Giavotella. Kole Calhoun had the go-ahead RBI but Mike Trout hit his 19th home run in the 7th (a three run job) to provide the Angels with all they needed to nail down the win. A tough loss for the Rangers, who were up 4 to 0 going into the bottom of the 4th.
Mariners 4 v. White Sox 3
The White Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 4th after a 2-run home run by Todd Frazier, but it would not be enough to win the game. Chris Sale, who was attempting to become the first 15-game winner in MLB, held the Mariners scoreless through 8.
Sale was lifted after 100 pitches and eight scoreless innings and replaced by closer David Robertson. The Mariners were down 3-0 with two on and two outs in the inning when Kyle Seager came to the plate. Seager dumped a single into center and Cano scored. The next batter, pinch-hitter Adam Lind, blasted a chest high fastball to right center field for the the walk-off homer to send the home town fans into a frenzy.