Yankees 7 v. Orioles 1
For the second consecutive night the mighty Orioles offense has been held to one run as the Yankees seek to prove to upper management that they are still in the playoff race.
Starlin Castro took Vance Worley deep in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury tacked on some insurance in the bottom of the fifth to extend the league to 3-0.
The Orioles threatened against starter Nate Eovaldi in the top of the sixth and he was forced to leave with the bases loaded. With the score sitting at 3 to 1 when the league leader in home runs, Manager Joe Girardi turned to reliever Anthony Swarzak to face MLB’s home run leader, Mark Trubmo with the bases loaded and one out. Swarzak got Trumbo and the next batter Jonathan Schoop to pop up.
Castro and Chase Headley were the offensive heroes for the Yankees. Castro was 2-4 at the plate with a homer, double and 4 RBI’s while Headley homered.
The Yankees are just 5 games out of the second wild card spot and 6.5 behind the Orioles in the AL East. The Bronx Bombers will need to continue their winning ways for an extended period of time (really, just before the trade deadline) so their most valuable pieces (Carlos Beltran and Andrew Miller) are not dealt.
Dodgers 8 @ Nationals 4
Reynaldo Lopez (Ranked the 48th overall prospect by Baseball America) was called upon to make his first major league start last night for the Nats against the Dodgers. On the third pitch of the game, Chase Utley blasted a home run to right center field. Joc Pederson also drove in a pair in the first.
Scott Kazmir was dealing for the Dodgers. He went seven innings, only allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out eight. He improved to 8 and 3 on the year.
The two teams return to action tonight where Bud Norris will square off against Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
Marlins 2 @ Phillies 1
For the second straight night, the Marlins beat the Phillies in extra innings. Christian Yelich started the scoring in the top of the fourth by blasting a solo shot off of Phillies starter Vince Velasquez.
Tommy Joseph matched Yelich by hitting a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the same inning.
Yelich would provide more offense in the top of the 10th, knocking in the eventual winning run in Adeiny Hechavarria. A.J. Ramos notched his 31st save of the season and the Marlins continue to roll. They have won seven of their last eight.
Pirates 3 @ Brewers 2
Despite a blown save by closer Mark Melancon, the Pirates ended the game in exciting fashion.
Melancon gave up the lead in the top of the ninth with two outs and men on first and second, Hernan Perez singled to score Ryan Braun to keep the Brewers alive.
In the bottom of the ninth, Josh Harrison led off for the Pirates and blasted a shot off of the center field wall that was nearly caught by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The relay throw went in to infielder Scooter Gennett who attempted to throw Harrison out at third. The errant throw instead went out of play and Harrison was able to jog home, giving the Pirates a thrilling win. The win brings the Pirates to within three games of the second NL wildcard spot.
Mets 2 @ Cubs 1
Noah Syndergaard, for one night at least, eased the concern of Mets fans by firing 5.1 innings and fanning eight. But this night was all about the ninth inning. The Mets took the lead 2 to 1 on a Rene Rivera single to right field, scoring Neil Walker.
The Mets then turned the game over to Jeurys Familia who came into the game having converted his last 48 save opportunities. Familia promptly walked the first two hitters and Javier Baez singled to load the bases with no outs.
Matt Szczur then grounded into a fielder’s choice with Mets first baseman James Loney throwing home to force out the tying run. Kris Bryant then stepped to the plate to face Familia.
On a 1-1 pitch, Bryant smashed a ground ball to third. Jose Reyes scooped it up, fired the ball to Walker at second who made an excellent turn to Loney at first who scooped the ball to end a wild one in Chicago.
Braves 5 @ Reds 4
Zack Cozart tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to send it to extras, but the Braves were able to pull take the lead in the 11th on an Ender Inciarte sacrifice fly. Mauricio Cabrera earned his first Major League win.
Twins 6 @ Tigers 2
Tommy Milone was brilliant last night for the Twins, going 8.1 innings and only allow two earned runs against the Tigers. The Tigers threatened in the 9th, but left the bases loaded to end the game.
Red Sox 4 v. Giants 0
Brock Holt and David Ortiz each homered to support Rick Porcello and the led the Red Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Giants. Jake Peavey, a former member of the Boston squad, took the loss. Porcello scattered four hits over 6.1 in the win.
Indians 7 @ Royals 3
Mike Napoli homered in the Indians victory over the Royals after a tough loss on Monday night. Carlos Santana also added a two run single to give the Tribe a 5-0 lead.
The Royals threatened, but it wasn’t enough as the Indians took this AL Central game. Danny Salazar struck out seven over 6.2 and improved to 11 and 3 on the season.
Rays 10 @ Rockies 1
The two teams sat through a two hour rain delay, and only one team decided to play. The Rays pounded the Rockies behind Evan Longoria’s three RBI’s and home run. Blake Snell went six innings in the winning effort and only allowed one hit.
Blue Jays 5 @ Diamondbacks 1
Edwin Encarnacion smashed a three-run homer to give the Jays the lead in the top of the third. Aaron Sanchez, unbeaten in his last 14 starts, pitched well enough to preserve the lead and give the Jays the win. Sanchez went 7, giving up six hits and striking out five. There has been talk that the young righty will be limited down the stretch, but the Jays will have to figure out a way to keep him fresh and pitching deep into September as he has been their most consistent starter.
Athletics 4 v. Astros 3
The Astros had a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but gave up two in the inning and Ken Giles blew the save in the ninth on a Coco Crisp double. The A’s got out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the tenth and won it in the bottom of the same inning on an infield single by Josh Reddick to score Marcus Semien from second base. The hit was in the hole between short and third, corralled by Carlos Correa, who took a few too many steps into shallow left before firing the ball home. The throw was a bit up the first base line, allowing Semien to score.
Angels 8 v. Rangers 6
Albert Pujols mashed two three-run homers last night to lead the Angels past the Rangers for the second night in a row. Pujols was also hit by a pitch in the head later in the game, but it did not seem intentional. The two teams finish their series tonight with Martin Perez throwing for Texas and Hector Santiago for the Angels.
White Sox 6 @ Mariners 1
The White Sox bounced back from a dreadful loss on Monday to defeat the Mariners 6 to 1. Todd Frazier hit a two run homer and Jose Quintana earned his 8th win on the season.