Sunday’s scores in bold.
Brewers (34-26) 4 AT Pirates (28-30) 2 – On Friday the Pirates used a 6-run 3rd to top the Brewers. Starling Marte had 3 hits for the Pirates who totaled 13 in the 9-4 win. On Saturday the two teams totaled 22 runs on 32 hits. Keston Hiura hit a tying 2-run shot in the 9th and Orlando Arcia hit a 2-run blast in the 13th. Christian Yelich drove in 4 and hit his 22nd homer in the 12-10 extra inning win. On Sunday Zach Davies bolstered his stat line to 6-0 with a 2.20 ERA. Davis threw 107 pitches to get through 8 innings of 2-run ball. Eric Thames homered and drove in a run with a double for the 1st-place Brewers.
Red Sox (30-29) 8 AT Yankees (38-20) 5 – On Friday the Yankees used 5 pitchers to hold the Red Sox to 1 run on 5 hits. D.J. LeMahieu homered and doubled in a run in the 4-1 win. On Saturday Gary Sanchez used his 18th bomb to break a 3-3 tie. The Yankees Bullpen flexed their muscle with 5.1 scoreless innings in the 5-3 win. On Sunday Night Baseball David Price gave up 2 runs over 6.1 innings as the Red Sox salvaged a game from their rivals. J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts went deep to lead the offense which put up 13 hits.
Giants (24-34) 8 AT Orioles (18-41) 1 – On Friday Dwight Smith Jr. hit a grand slam as part of a 6-run 1st for the Orioles who scored 2 more in the 2nd. Trey Mancini and Renato Nunez also went deep, and the Bullpen threw 4 scoreless innings in the 9-6 win. On Saturday Shaun Anderson picked up his first MLB win with 7 innings of 2-run ball. Brandon Belt went 2-3 with 4 RBI in the 8-2 win. On Sunday Jeff Samardzija gave up 1 run over 6 innings to lead the Giants to victory. Brandon Crawford homered twice and Evan Longoria drove in 3 RBI with 3 hits for the Giants.
Nationals (26-33) 4 AT Reds (27-32) 1 – On Friday the Reds put up a 5-spot in the 1st and added 3 more in the 3rd. Curt Casali homered and had 3 hits and 4 RBI in the 9-3 win. On Saturday the Nationals scored all of their runs off of home runs, starting with Gerardo Parra’s 3-run shot in the 2nd. The Nats Bullpen pitched 5 scoreless innings giving up just 2 hits in the 5-2 win. On Sunday Max Scherzer struck out 15 hitters over 8 innings in a dominant performance. Scherzer allowed 1 run on 3 hits and threw 120 pitches in one of the better pitched games of the year. Anthony Rendon had 3 hits to lead the Nats to their 7th win in their last 9 games.
Twins (40-18) 9 AT Rays (35-22) 7 – On Friday the Twins and Rays entered the 9th tied at 3 before Eddie Rosario hit a 2-run single. Jose Berrios gave up 3 runs over 6.2 innings in the 5-3 win. On Saturday Marwin Gonzalez and Byron Buxton went deep to lead the Twins who had 13 hits. Kyle Gibson didn’t allow an earned run over 5 innings in the 6-2 win. On Sunday C.J. Cron’s bases clearing double in the 5th gave the twins a 7-0 lead. Jake Odorizzi improved to 8-2 after pitching 6 scoreless innings and allowing only 3 hits. The Rays managed to put up 7 runs in the 7th and 8th but it was too late to top the Twins who took 3 of 4 from Tampa and became the first AL team to 40 wins.
Tigers (22-34) 4 AT Braves (32-27) 7 – On Friday Niko Goodrum may have put together the best game of the year. He was 5-5 with 2 homers and 3 RBI. Spencer Turnbull pitched 6 innings and allowed just 1 earned run in the 8-2 win. On Saturday Mike Soroka improved to 6-1 with 6.2 innings of 3-run ball. Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley homered in the Braves 10-5 win. On Sunday Julio Teheran pitched 5 scoreless and Dansby Swanson homered for the second straight game for the Braves. The Braves clinched the series and moved just a game behind the Phillies.
Royals (19-40) 1 AT Rangers (30-27) 5 – On Friday Joey Gallo’s grand slam capped a 6-run 6th to give the Rangers the game. Ariel Jurado gave up 2 runs over 6 innings in the 6-2 win. On Saturday Joey Gallo hit his 17th bomb of the year as part of a 4-run 4th. Lance Lynn gave up 2 runs over 6.1 innings in the 6-2 win. On Sunday Adrian Sampson struck out 11 over 7 innings of 1-run ball. Ronald Guzman, Nomar Mazara, and Rougned Odor had RBI base-hits to lead Texas to the series win.
Indians (29-30) 0 AT White Sox (29-30) 2 – On Friday Dylan Covey pitched 6 innings of 1-run ball to pick up his 1st win of 2019. The Indians committed 4 errors and Charlie Tilson had 2 hits and 2 RBI in the 6-1 White Sox win. On Saturday the Indians Bullpen gave up just 1 run over 5 innings. Carlos Santana and Leonys Martin hit jacks in the 5-2 win. On Sunday Lucas Giolito shut down the Indians for 7.1 innings for his 8th win. Tim Anderson provided the offense with a homer and an RBI double to leave the Sox and Indians tied.
Cubs (31-26) 1 AT Cardinals (30-28) 2 – On Friday Yu Darvish gave up 1 run over 6 innings and Miles Mikolas did the same over 7 innings. Matt Carpenter hit a walk-off single in the 10th for the 2-1 win. On Saturday Dexter Fowler and Harrison Bader went deep to add some late insurance for the Cards. Marcel Ozuna had 3 hits and Paul Goldschmidt homered in the 7-4 win. On Sunday Adam Wainwright was allowed to throw 126 pitches to get through 8 shutout innings. Anthony Rizzo looked like he might have a hit to put Chicago on the board, but Kolten Wong made a leaping grab. The Cards swept the Cubs for their 4th win in a row.
Blue Jays (21-38) 1 AT Rockies (31-27) 5 – On Friday Trevor Story went yard twice and drove in 7 runs. The Rockies scored 10 runs in the first 3 innings and put up 17 hits in the 13-6 win. On Saturday Jon Gray pitched 6.2 scoreless innings to shut down the Jays. David Dahl had 3 hits and the Rockies won their 7th straight thanks to the 4-2 win. On Sunday Nolan Arenado hit his 16th homer to lead the Rockies to their 8th win in a row. Antonio Senzatela gave up 1 run over 6 innings as the Rockies completed the sweep.
Mets (28-31) 1 AT Diamondbacks (30-30) 7 – On Friday J.D. Davis singled home a run in the 8th to tie the game and Carlos Gomez had the go-ahead RBI with a ground-rule double. The Mets had 13 hits in the 5-4 comeback win. On Saturday Dominic Smith homered in the 8th to put the Mets up 5-1, but Adam Jones capped the comeback with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the inning. Tim Locastro hit the walk-off in the 11th to beat the Mets 6-5. On Sunday Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar went deep to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead after just 3 batters. Merrill Kelly struck out 10 over 7.2 innings of 1-run ball. Marte had 3 RBI from the leadoff spot in the win.
Astros (40-20) 6 AT Athletics (29-30) 4 F/12 – On Friday Matt Chapman hit his 15th blast to put the A’s up 2-0, but Josh Reddick homered and Tony Kemp doubled home a run to tie it. Derek Fisher hit his first homer of the year to take the lead in the 3-2 win. On Saturday Justin Verlander dominated over 8 innings of 1-run ball putting his record on the year at 9-2. He also passed Cy Young in strikeouts. Josh Reddick and Robinson Chirinos went deep in the 5-1 win. On Sunday Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman homered late to force extras. In the 12th Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel hit RBI singles to give the Astros the extra innings win and the sweep. Myles Straw went 3-4 and stole 3 bases in the win.
Angels (29-30) 13 AT Mariners (25-37) 3 – On Friday Tom Murphy and Jay Bruce went deep to lead the Mariners. Mike Leake gave up 2 runs over 7 innings in the 4-3 win. On Saturday Albert Pujols went deep and Cesar Puello doubled home a run to put the Angels up 3, but Edwin Encarnacion homered twice to tie it. Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout went deep to give the Angels the 6-3 win. On Sunday Albert Pujols capped a 7-run 2nd with his 11th homer of the season. The Angels also put up a 5-run 5th and scored 13 runs on 15 hits in the win. Pujols had 5 RBI and David Fletcher and Mike Trout each picked up 3 hits to lead the Angels. The Mariners traded Jay Bruce to the Phillies.
Marlins (21-36) 9 AT Padres (30-29) 3 – On Friday Joey Lucchesi gave up 1 run over 6.1 innings and only gave up 2 hits. Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes, and Ian Kinsler all went yard in the 5-2 win. On Saturday Josh Naylor hit his first MLB homer to give the Padres a brief lead. The Marlins scored 5 in the 4th and scored 9 runs on 11 hits in the 9-3 win. On Sunday Jorge Alfaro homered and drove in 4 RBI for the Marlins. Hunter Renfroe hit his 16th and 17th homers but it was too little too late for the Padres who have dropped 5 of their last 7.
Phillies (33-26) 0 AT Dodgers (41-19) 8 – On Friday the Dodgers had 12 hits and hit 4 homers to power themselves past the Phillies. Kenta Maeda improved to 7-2 on the season after pitching 6 solid innings in the 6-3 win. On Saturday Bryce Harper tied the game at 3 with a 2-run bomb in the 8th. Will Smith hit a walk-off homer in the 9th to give LA the win. Clayton Kershaw gave up 1 run over 7 innings in the 4-3 win. On Sunday Rich Hill tossed a 7-inning shutout striking out 9 and allowing just 3 hits. David Freese homered in the 7th for the first run of the game and then the rest of the Dodgers caught on with a 7-run 8th. Joc Pederson hit his 18th homer as the Dodgers swept away the Phillies and earned their 5th win in a row. The Phillies made a move to acquire Outfielder Jay Bruce who is hitting .212 with 14 homers and 28 RBI.