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Pirates (27-27) 7 AT Reds (26-30) 2 – With the All-Star game pretty much locked down, Josh Bell is looking ahead to the MVP race. He hit his 18th homer yesterday and crossed 50 RBI. Steven Brault held the Reds to just 3 hits over 5.1 scoreless innings. The Reds were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left 9 men on.
Padres (29-27) 0 AT Yankees (36-19) 7 – D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit went back-to-back in the 1st inning for the Yankees. Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres also went deep as the Yankees pounded out 10 hits and 4 homers. James Paxton returned from injury and struck out 7 over 4 hitless innings. The Yankees Bullpen locked down the remaining 5 innings in the shutout win. New York improved to 30-13 when the opposing Starter is a righty.
Angels (26-29) 12 AT Athletics (29-27) 7 F/11 – Cesar Puello hit his 1st big-league homer in the 7th to put the Angels up 5-1. In the 8th inning, with the A’s down 2, Matt Olson hit a 2-run shot to tie it. The Angels scored 2 in the 9th but the A’s retaliated with 2 of their own to send the game into extras. The Angels took advantages of some blunders in the 11th to put up 5 runs and lock down the wild game. Every member of the Lineup had a hit for the Angels who put up 12 runs on 16 hits.
Rangers (27-26) 8 AT Mariners (24-34) 7 – Hunter Pence tripled home 2 runs to give Texas an early lead. Tim Beckham hit his 10th blast of the year and the Mariners took the lead in the 4th. The Rangers snatched the lead back in the 6th, but quickly gave it up in the bottom half of the inning. Mitch Haniger’s 14th homer put Seattle up 7-5. Shin-Soo Choo singled in the tying run in the 8th and Asdrubal Cabrera had the go-ahead knock in the 9th.
Indians (28-27) 14 AT Red Sox (29-27) 9 – It was another wild offensive game as the teams combined for 23 runs and 32 hits. Carlos Santana went deep and had 3 hits and 5 RBI for Cleveland. 7 of the 9 Indians batters had a multi-hit game as the Indians totaled 18 hits. The Red Sox have gone 11-15 when facing teams above .500.
Tigers (21-32) 4 AT Orioles (17-39) 2 – This series featured the 2 teams with the worst run differentials in the majors. Renato Nunez doubled, and Keon Broxton homered to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead going into the 8th. John Hicks went deep in the 8th to tie it and Brandon Dixon put the Tigers ahead with a 2-run homer. The Tigers Bullpen struck out 7 hitters over 4 scoreless innings. Shane Greene saved his 18th game for Detroit and has a 1.13 ERA.
Giants (21-33) 2 AT Marlins (19-34) 4 – Pablo Lopez gave up 1 run over 6 innings and faced off against Maddison Bumgarner who allowed 2 runs over 6 innings. Neil Walker and Harold Ramirez had big RBI hits for the Marlins who picked up another win at the expense of the hapless Giants who have dropped 7 in a row. The Marlins have won 3 in a row and 9 of their last 12.
Blue Jays (21-35) 3 AT Rays (34-19) 4 F/11 – The Rays aren’t dominating teams like the Twins and Astros, but every day they go out and win. Last night it was Willy Adames with the walk-off single in the 11th to pick up the Rays 5th win in a row. The Rays will take it of course but it was a frustrating game for both teams. The Blue Jays were 2-16 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base, and truthfully Tampa wasn’t much better with RISP and left 17 men on.
Nationals (24-32) 14 AT Braves (30-26) 4 – When Juan Soto hit the 1st home run of the game in the 4th it increased the Nats lead to 9-0. The Nationals scored 4 in each of the first 2 innings and put up a 5-spot in the 5th. Anibal Sanchez picked up his 1st win of the year with 6 scoreless innings. The Nationals had 14 runs on 15 hits flashing the talent everyone knows they have. Austin Riley hit a grand slam to get Atlanta on the board in the blowout loss.
Royals (18-37) 7 AT White Sox (26-29) 8 – Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu went deep early for the White Sox who scored 7 runs in the first 2 innings. Jorge Soler hit a 2-run shot and the Royals began a comeback with a 4-run 6th. Nicky Lopez singled home 2 runs in the 8th to tie it, but Tim Anderson’s double gave the lead back to Chicago and this time they kept it and swept the Royals.
Cubs (31-23) 2 AT Astros (37-20) 1 – Wade Miley struck out 9 hitters over 7 innings of 2-run ball, but Kyle Hendricks was better as he let up just 1 run over 8 innings. Kyle Schwarber went deep for the 10th time this year, and Kris Bryant did the same in the 3rd for his 13th of the season. The win was an important one for the Cubs who haven’t been as sharp lately. The Cubs are a full game ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central. A young girl was struck by a foul ball all we can do is pray for her recovery and show support for increased netting.
Cardinals (26-28) 4 AT Phillies (33-22) 11 – Bryce Harper hit the 1st of 4 Phillies homers in the game and he doubled home a run. Harper finished the game with 3 hits and 4 RBI. Aaron Nola improved to 6-0 by striking out 8 over 7 innings of 1-run ball. The Phillies have won 2 in a row and 9 of their last 12.
Diamondbacks (28-28) 4 AT Rockies (27-27) 5 – The Rockies have taken a while to get back to .500, but last night they made it with their 4th win in a row. Trevor Story had 3 hits and Brendan Rodgers knocked in 2 for the Rockies who had 10 hits. The Rockies go for the 4-game sweep today while the D-backs try to avoid falling below .500 with their 4th loss in a row.
Mets (27-28) 8 AT Dodgers (37-19) 9 – Pete Alonso hit his 18th and 19th homers to give the Mets the lead, and then Ahmed Rosario and Dominic Smith increased the lead with blasts of their own. Cory Seager homered in the 8th to make it an 8-5 game going into the 9th. Joc Pederson and max Muncy went back-to-back to start the bottom of the 9th, and then Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game. Alex Verdugo hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to walk it off and stun the Mets.