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Nationals (19-31) 4 AT Mets (24-25) 6 – in the beginning it was all about pitching. Steven Matz got through 6 innings of 1-run ball despite giving up 10 hits, and Stephen Strasburg gave up just 2 earned runs through 7. Gerardo Parra singled home 2 runs in the 8th to give the Nationals a 4-3 lead. Carlos Gomez hit a laser over the wall with 2 on and 2 out in the bottom half of the 8th. The Mets won their 4th in a row and completed the sweep of Washington. Juan Soto had 3 hits for the Nationals who lost their 5th straight game and are a full 10 games back from the Phillies.
Rockies (22-26) 6 AT Pirates (25-22) 14 – Gregory Polanco homered, and the Pirates led 8-0 after 5 innings. In the 6th the Rockies scored 6 runs on 6 hits to bring the game within 2. The Pirates responded with 3 home runs in the 7th to increase their lead to 14-6. Josh Bell hit his 16th bomb and had 3 hits to lead a Pirates attack that scored 14 runs on 15 hits.
Yankees (32-17) 6 AT Orioles (15-35) 5 – Even after the series they were having Aaron Boone sat Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez. Even stranger is they still helped the Yankees sweep. Clint Frazier and Luke Voit homered for New York who led at one point 5-1, but Renato Nunez tied the game in the 8th with a blast of his own. The Yankees were down to their last out when Torres pinch-hit and walked followed by Gary Sanchez who pinch-hit and singled. D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks drew walks to push across the winning run for the Yankees 5th consecutive win.
Red Sox (27-23) 8 AT Blue Jays (20-30) 2 – Steve Pierce hit his 1st dinger of the year and had 3 hits for the Red Sox who did most of their scoring late in the win. Ryan Weber gave up 1 run on 3 hits through 6 innings to earn the win for Boston. Everyone in the Lineup had a hit for the Red Sox who had 15 hits in the ballgame.
Marlins (16-31) 5 AT Tigers (18-29) 2 – Neither Starter got a decision, but they both pitched well. Trevor Richards struck out 6 and gave up 1 run over 5.2 innings, and Matthew Boyd pitched 6 shutout innings while striking out 7. Ronny Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera had late RBI and the Tigers led 2-0 going into the 9th. Neil Walker singled home a run to cut the lead in half, and with 2 outs and the bases loaded Garrett Cooper crushed a ball over the left field wall. The Marlins increased their win streak to 6 games.
Phillies (29-21) 9 AT Cubs (29-19) 7 – J.T. Realmuto hit a mammoth shot in the 3rd and Jean Segura hit another homer in the 4th to give the Phillies a 7-0 lead. With the score 8-3, Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo went deep to make it a 2-run game. Rizzo ended up going 4-5 with 3 RBI in the losing effort. Aaron Nola wasn’t great, but he’s now 5-0 and was the only member of the Lineup not to get a hit. It was a great series that may be a preview to a potential playoff matchup come October.
Braves (28-23) 5 AT Giants (21-28) 4 F/13 – Scouts had high marks for Austin Riley, but this is ridiculous. He golfed the game tying homer with 2 outs in the 8th and then picks up the game winning hit in the 13th. After giving up a run in the 7th, the Braves Bullpen held the Giants through 6 innings. The Giants left 10 runners on base in the disappointing loss.
Twins (33-16) 16 AT Angels (22-27) 7 – It was batting practice for both teams as crazy numbers were put up, but it was all Twins from the first pitch to the last. The teams combined for 11 homers and for 23 runs on 27 hits. With the game all but over Tommy La Stella hit a grand slam in the 9th for his 12th homer of the year. The Twins had a bunch of great performances to choose from, but two that stand out are C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop. Cron went 5-6 with a home run and 2 doubles, and Schoop blasted 2 jacks and had 4 RBI. The Twins with their 3rd straight win have built an 8-game lead over the Indians.
Rays (29-18) 7 AT Indians (25-24) 2 – Tommy Pham, Avisail Garcia, and Willy Adames all hit solos in the 1st 2 innings. Ryan Yarbrough pitched 7.1 innings and gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits. In the 6th Kevin Kiermaier benefitted from a nasty collision in the outfield as he hit an inside the parker. The rays combined for 14 hits and kept the pressure on New York.
White Sox (23-26) 4 AT Astros (33-18) 0 – Lucas Giolito continued his impressive season with a complete game shutout. He struck out 9 and held the Astros to just 4 hits. Eloy Jimenez homered again and Yolmer Sanchez added 3 hits in the win.