Sunday’s Scores in bold.
Cardinals (20-14) 5 AT Cubs (19-12) 13 – On Friday Kyle Hendricks pitched an 81-pitch shutout. He gave up only 4 hits in the masterpiece. Anthony Rizzo hit a 3-run shot and finished with 3 hits in the 4-0 win. On Saturday Taylor Davis (look up Taylor Davis camera) hit a grand slam for his first major league home run. Javier Baez hit his 11th homer of the year in the 6-5 win. On Sunday Night Baseball the Cubs continued their run as the hottest team in the league. Kris Bryant hit a grand slam as part of a 13-run barrage. The Cardinals dropped their 4th straight and slipped into second place behind the Cubs who have peeled off 7 straight wins.
Athletics (15-21) 3 AT Pirates (16-15) 5 F/13 – On Friday Josh Phegley went 4-5 with a homer and 8 RBI! The A’s scored 14 runs on 16 hits in the 14-1 blowout. On Saturday Josh Bell went deep twice, but the Pirates were still down a run late. Kevin Newman had a 2-run triple in the 7th to give the Pirates the 6-4 win. On Sunday strong pitching held both teams at 1 through 12 innings. Kendrys Morales and Stephen Piscotty had RBI hits to give the A’s a 2-run lead. In the bottom of the inning Adam Frazier singled in a run to tie it and then Starling Marte hit a 3-run shot to walk it off for the Pirates.
Twins (20-12) 1 AT Yankees (19-14) 4 – On Friday James Paxton left early with an injury but the Bullpen only gave up 2 runs in the remaining 6 innings. Gary Sanchez hit his 10th and 11th homers in the 6-3 win. On Saturday Jake Odorizzi pitched 6 shutout innings and Mitch Garver homered and had 3 hits. The Twins had 12 hits in the 7-3 win. On Sunday Domingo German recorded his 6th win by pitching 6.2 innings of 1-run ball. Mike Tauchman homered in the rain-shortened win.
Rays (21-12) 0 AT Orioles (12-22) 3 – On Friday Tyler Glasnow pitched 7 shutout innings to grab his MLB-leading 6th win and drop his ERA to 1.47. Mike Zunino went deep, and Tommy Pham had 3 hits in the 7-0 shutout. On Saturday Dylan Bundy gave up just 3 hits over 7.1 innings. Dwight Smith Jr. went deep in the 3-0 win.
Nationals (14-19) 1 AT Phillies (19-14) 7 – On Friday Rhys Hoskins hit a 3-run blast to give the Phillies the lead for good. Jean Segura also homered in the 4-2 win. On Saturday Kurt Suzuki and Victor Robles went deep in the 8th to put the Nats up in a game featuring plenty of offense. The 2 teams combined for 18 runs on 25 hits, the Nationals came away with the 10-8 win. On Sunday Zach Eflin gave up 1 run over 7 innings for the Phillies. The Phillies scored 5 runs in the 6th on their way to the win.
Braves (18-16) 3 AT Marlins (9-24) 1 F/10 – On Friday The Braves used 5 pitchers to hold the Marlins to 2 runs. Josh Donaldson drove in 3 with 3 hits, and Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann went yard in the 7-2 win. On Saturday the Braves scored 5 in the 6 and 4 more in the 7th. Ozzie Albies hit a grand slam and Ronald Acuna had 4 hits. Mike Soroka didn’t allow an earned run through 7 innings in the 9-2 win. On Sunday Julio Teheran pitched 6 shutout innings. Ender Inciarte doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th to complete the Braves sweep.
Giants (15-19) 6 AT Reds (14-20) 5 – On Friday the craziest game of the year played out. The Reds grabbed an 8-0 lead after just 3 innings and scored 3 more, but the Giants managed to tie it at 11 in the 9th. Evan Longoria homered in the 11th for the winning run. Derek Dietrich homered twice and had 6 RBI in the 12-11 loss. On Saturday The Reds dressed like the early 1900s but hit like the present day. Top prospect, Nick Senzel, hit his first homer (after being robbed by Kevin Pillar) as part of a 5-homer day for the Reds. Yasiel Puig homered and had 3 hits in the 9-2 win. On Sunday the Reds hit back-to-back-to-back homers on 3 pitches in the 1st. The Giants fought back, and a Brandon Crawford home run put them up in the 9th. Kyle Farmer hit the Reds 4th bomb of the day, but it wasn’t enough.
Mariners (19-17) 10 AT Indians (18-14) 0 – On Friday Yusei Kikuchi struck out 10 over 7 innings of 1-run ball and Shane Bieber gave up 1 run over 7.2 innings. Jay Bruce hit his 10th bomb, but Tyler Naquin had a pinch-hit walk-off single to win it 2-1. On Saturday The Mariners hit 4 homers, but Carlos Santana hit the go-ahead jack in the 8th. On Sunday Erik Swanson picked up his first win with 6 scoreless innings. The Mariners held the Indians to 2 hits and picked up 12 of their own. Jay Bruce hit a grand slam and Edwin Encarnacion went deep for the number one offense in the majors.
Royals (12-23) 2 AT Tigers (15-16) 5 F/10 – On Friday Matthew Boyd gave up 2 runs over 7 strong innings. The Tigers scored 3 in the 1st and never trailed. Jorge Soler homered in the 4-3 loss. On Saturday the Royals scored 4 in the 1st and 6 in the 8th on their way to a blowout win. Alex Gordon drove in 5 runs and the team had 19 hits in the 15-3 shellacking. On Sunday Hunter Dozier homered in the 8th to tie the game, but Brandon Dixon made a beautiful catch in the top of the 10th and hit a 3-run shot in the bottom of the frame. Spencer Turnbull had another good start when he threw 7 innings of 1-run ball.
Blue Jays (15-19) 2 AT Rangers (16-16) 10 – On Friday Mike Minor was brilliant through 8 innings and Trent Thornton was great through 7, but neither received any run support. The Blue Jays finally scored in the 12th on a sacrifice bunt. The Rangers were 4-38 in the 1-0 loss. On Saturday Isiah Kiner-Falefa drove in 4 runs from the 9th spot in the Lineup. The Rangers scored all 8 of their runs in the 1st 3 innings in the 8-5 win. Vlad Guerrero Jr. knocked in his first RBI. On Sunday Asdrubal Cabrera and Rougned Odor combined for 4 hits and 7 RBI. The Rangers scored 10 runs on 12 hits.
Red Sox (17-18) 9 AT White Sox (14-18) 2 – On Friday Chris Sale struck out 10 over 6 scoreless innings. Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis homered to give Boston an early 5-0 lead. The Red Sox never trailed in the 6-1 win. On Saturday the Red Sox offense exploded. They had 10 hits in a row as part of a 9-run 3rd. Michael Chavis homered twice, had 4 hits, and drove in 3 runs. The Red Sox pounded out 21 hits in a 15-2 demolition. On Sunday Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and the Red Sox continued their impressive firework display. The Red Sox put up a 7-spot in the 8th, as recently as May 2nd they had a run differential of -25, today its 0.
Mets (16-18) 2 AT Brewers (20-16) 3 – On Friday Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun homered to lead the Brewers. Christian Yelich is still healing, but the Brewers had 10 hits and shut down the Mets in the 3-1 win. On Saturday they played 2 games in 1. The Mets scored in the top of the 18th, but Ryan Braun’s 6th hit won it for the Brewers. Pete Alonso went deep for his 10th of the year in the 4-3 loss. On Sunday Christian Yelich made his return hard to miss as he absolutely demolished his 15th homer. Zach Davies improved to 4-0 with 7.2 strong innings. All 3 games were close, but the Brewers took all 3 and as the famous expression goes “a sweep is a sweep.”
Diamondbacks (20-14) 7 AT Rockies (16-19) 8 – On Friday Coors Field lived up to its billing. The Diamondbacks held a 4-0 lead and then the Rockies scored 4 in the 4th. They led 10-6 going into the 9th and gave up 3 runs. Ketel Marte homered from both sides of the plate for the 3rd time this year in the 10-9 win. On Saturday Luke Weaver pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball to hold the Rockies. Carson Kelly hit his first MLB homer in the 9-2 win. On Sunday Raimel Tapia hit a bases-clearing triple as part of a 5-run 8th for the Rockies to complete an impressive comeback. The win made sure the Rockies avoided the sweep
Dodgers (22-14) 5 AT Padres (19-16) 8 – On Friday Manny Machado homered off Clayton Kershaw in the 1st as the Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers scored 1 run in 4 different innings to claw back. Max Muncy’s RBI single in the 9th gave the Dodgers the winning run in the 4-3 win. On Saturday Manny Machado hit 2 more homers and drove in 3. Max Muncy hit a 3-run shot as part of a 5 run 6th. Alex Verdugo took a bases-loaded walk in the 9th in the 7-6 win. On Sunday It was the Padres turn to come back. In the bottom of the 9th Hunter Renfroe hit a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam. Max Muncy and Chris Taylor went deep for the Dodgers in the loss.
Astros (20-14) 10 AT Angels (15-19) 4 – On Saturday the Astros routed the Angels in Mexico. Alex Bregman went yard twice, him and Michael Brantley each drove in 4 runs. The Astros scored 14 runs on 14 hits in the 14-2 blowout. On Sunday the series in Mexico produced some more offense for the Astros. Alex Bregman hit a grand slam and the Astros collected 13 hits and 3 more homers.