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Mets (33-34) 10 AT Yankees (41-25) 4 Double Header – In game 1 Jeff McNeil hit a 3-run shot in the 3rd to give the Mets an early 4-1 lead, but the Yankees answered back with a 5-run 4th. Gio Urshela and Luke Voit hit big homers to lead the Yankees to the 12-5 win. In game 2 Pete Alonso went deep for the 22nd time as it was the Mets who provided the offense. Carlos Gomez and J.D. Davis went yard to power the offense to 10 runs on 11 hits.
Diamondbacks (35-33) 4 AT Phillies (38-29) 7 – Scott Kingery hit a 3-run homer to add to the 2 jacks he hit yesterday for the Phillies. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto had RBI doubles to lead the Phillies who snapped the D-backs 5-game winning streak. Ketel Marte hit his 17th bomb of the year in the loss. Kingery and Marte have produced 2 of the more impressive breakout performances this year. Kingery is hitting .324 with 7 homers and 18 RBI, while Marte is hitting .280 with 17 homers and 47 RBI.
Blue Jays (23-43) 2 AT Orioles (21-45) 4 – John Means continued his strong rookie campaign, with 5 innings of 1-run ball to lower his ERA to 2.60. The Orioles scored all of their runs on 4 doubles and had 6 doubles in total. Anthony Santander was called up from Triple-AAA less than a week ago, but he has hit .389 with an OPS of 1.143. He was 3-4 with an RBI double in the win over the Jays who have lost 5 in a row.
Cardinals (33-32) 7 AT Marlins (23-42) 1 – Dakota Hudson gave up 1 run over 7 innings to earn the win for the Cardinals. Marcell Ozuna hit his 17th homer to lead the Cardinals to 13 hits in the win. Yadier Molina had 2 hits in his return to the Lineup. The Marlins good times are gone as they have dropped their last 6 games.
Rangers (36-30) 9 AT Red Sox (34-34) 5 – Alex Cora and Andrew Benintendi were ejected for arguing with umps in what was a pretty good summation for a frustrating season for the Red Sox. The Rangers had a good day offensively with Hunter Pence hitting an inside-the-parker and the team scoring 9 runs on 9 hits. The Rangers haven’t dominated like the Twins, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say they are the biggest surprise in baseball. After 2 wins in a row, the Rangers sit at 36-30 and 2 games ahead in the Wild Card race. Boston has lost 3 in a row and fell back to .500.
Athletics (34-34) 4 AT Rays (41-25) 3 – Tommy Pham homered in the 1st and Willy Adames stole home on a double steal to hand the Rays an early lead. Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit back-to-back jacks in the 6th to put the A’s ahead. Mike Fiers pitched 6 innings of 2-run ball to earn the win for the Athletics.
Reds (29-36) 1 AT Indians (34-32) 2 F/10 – Many experts had Trevor Bauer as their pick for AL Cy Young, unfortunately he hasn’t lived up to it so far, but he took a step last night. Bauer was strong through 7.2 innings allowing just 1 run in the no-decision. Luis Castillo is having a breakout season for the Reds and continued that with 6 more strong innings. Brad Hand deserves a shout out after pitching 2 shutout innings for the win, Hand has a 0.91 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 29.2 innings. Oscar Mercado won the game on the offensive side with a walk-off single in the 10th.
Mariners (28-42) 5 AT Twins (44-21) 6 – Edwin Encarnacion hit his 21st blast of the season to put the Mariners ahead 3-0. Homers from Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro tied the game in the 4th, but the Mariners came back with another 2 runs to retake the lead. Jorge Polanco kicked off the scoring in the 8th with his 20th double as the Twins put up a 3-run inning for the win.
Nationals (31-36) 5 AT White Sox (32-34) 7 – The fact that Anthony Rendon has never been an All-Star is shocking and so is the fact that he’s only 5th among NL 3B in voting so far. Rendon hit a 2-run homer to give the Nats the early lead, but the White Sox quickly answered with a Wellington Castillo grand slam in the bottom half of the 1st. Rendon homered again but it was far too late to top the Sox who put together a solid performance on both sides of the ball. Eloy Jimenez hit a monster homer in the win.
Brewers (38-29) 8 AT Astros (46-22) 10 – The story was all offense as the two teams combined for 18 runs and 23 hits. Christian Yelich hit his 25th dinger of the year to go along with 54 RBI. Yuli Gurriel had 3 hits and 3 RBI and the Astros hit 4 homers in the win. Yasmani Grandal homered and had 3 hits with 4 RBI in the loss. The Astros are dealing with multiple injuries to All-Star players, but they keep finding sources of offense and have won 8 of their last 10.
Tigers (24-39) 2 AT Royals (21-45) 3 – Spencer Turnbull threw 6 shutout innings while Jakob Junis gave up 2 runs over 7 innings. Nicholas Castellanos and Brandon Dixon went deep to give the Tigers the early lead. Ryan O’Hearn homered to cut the lead in half and Jorge Soler and Cheslor Cuthbert had RBI hits in the 8th to win it for the Royals. It was a surprisingly good ball game from 2 of the worst teams in the league.
Cubs (37-29) 3 AT Rockies (35-31) 10 – Peter Lambert’s 1st start was 7 strong innings against the Cubs, and his 2nd start was 5 strong innings against the Cubs to earn his second win. Daniel Murphy and Ian Desmond each had 3 hits and Charlie Blackmon went deep and drove in 3 for the Rockies. The Rockies scored 10 runs on 13 hits in the win.
Pirates (30-36) 5 AT Braves (38-29) 7 – 4 homers in an inning isn’t what it used to be, but it still counts the same. After homers from Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, Brian McCann, and Ozzie Albies, the Pirates came back with runs in the 4th and 5th to tie the game. Brian McCann won it for the Braves with his second longball of the night, this one a 3-run shot to give the Braves the lead for good. Josh Bell became the first player in baseball to reach 60 RBI in the loss. The Pirates have dropped 5 in a row while the Braves have won their last 5.
Padres (33-34) 5 AT Giants (27-38) 6 – Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in the 1st, but the early Padres advantage was erased by a Steven Duggar 2-run homer. In the 5th Eric Hosmer singled home a couple of runs to give the Padres a 4-3 lead, but Evan Longoria doubled home 2 runs in the 7th which turned out to be a 3-run inning for the Giants. Ian Kinsler went deep to make it a 1-run game which was as close as the Padres would get.
Dodgers (45-23) 3 AT Angels (33-35) 5 – Shohei Ohtani and Justin Bour homered as part of a 5-run 1st for the Angels. Max Muncy hit his 14th and 15th jacks of the season, and David Freese added a homer late to bring the game within 2. The Dodgers don’t have many weaknesses, but they have struggled a bit on the road this year or maybe just looked human, they are 20-16 compared to 25-7 at home.