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Pirates (30-38) 5 AT Braves (40-29) 6 – Freddie Freeman tripled, and Ozzie Albies doubled as part of a 5-run 5th to lead the Braves. The Pirates scored a handful late but couldn’t overcome the deficit. Julio Teheran have up 1 earned run through 6 innings as the Braves won their 7th straight and swept away the Pirates who suffered their 7th defeat in a row.
Mariners (29-43) 5 AT Twins (45-22) 10 – Nelson Cruz hit his 12th jack of the year for the Twins who only led 1-0 after 5. In the 6th the Twins put up a 6-spot and then scored 3 more in the 7th. Michael Pineda pitched 5.2 innings of 1-run ball and the Twins put up 10 runs on 14 hits in the win. Cruz ended up with 3 hits and 3 RBI, and Ehire Adrianza also contributed with 3 hits.
Diamondbacks (37-33) 5 AT Nationals (31-37) 0 – Zack Greinke was unhittable through 6 innings to continue his and the Diamondbacks surge. Greinke pitched 7.1 shutout innings and only allowed 2 hits, he could’ve gone further (he was only at 75 pitches) but was taken out after a rain delay. Greinke is 8-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Alex Avila and Jarrod Dyson each had homers to life Arizona to its 9th win in the last 12 games.
Blue Jays (25-43) 12 AT Orioles (21-47) 3 – Cavan Biggio went deep in the 2nd, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI single, but Anthony Santander had 2 RBI to tie the game in the 5th. Gurriel homered to start the scoring in the 6th and the Jays didn’t stop until it was 9-2. Biggio went deep again in the 7th as Toronto scored 3 more in the offensive explosion. Marcus Stroman gave up 1 earned run over 6 innings in the win and 3 Blue Jays had 3 hits each. The Blue Jays also celebrated some good news from their NBA counterparts.
Rangers (36-32) 6 AT Red Sox (36-34) 7 – Another night brought along another RBI hit for Hunter Pence. J.D. Martinez hit his 13th homer, but it was the lone bright spot in the 1st for Boston who were down 6-1 after just 1 and a half innings. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a 3-run shot to make it a more manageable game and homers from Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers tied the game. Xander Bogaerts hit his 14th jack of the year in the bottom of the 7th to give the Red Sox the lead and the win. David Price left after giving up 6 runs in just 1.1 innings, but the Red Sox used 7 relievers who gave up just 4 hits in 7.2 scoreless innings.
Angels (34-35) 5 AT Rays (41-27) 3 – Albert Pujols hit his 200th Angels home run, putting him with only 5 other hitters who hit 200 long balls with 2 different clubs. Shohei Ohtani stole the show with the first ever cycle from a Japanese player. Ohtani hit a 3-run shot and Pujols a 2-run shot to produce the offense for the Angels. Tyler Skaggs received the win with 5 innings of 3-run ball, but the Bullpen deserved it with their 4 scoreless innings of 3-hit ball. Ohtani ended up going 4-4 with 3 RBI in the Angels 3rd consecutive win.
Tigers (25-40) 3 AT Royals (22-46) 7 – It was the 1st MLB game to ever be played in the state of Nebraska. Nicky Lopez got things started in Omaha with his 1st big league homer, and the Royals jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 6 innings. Homer Bailey gave up just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings in the win. Whit Merrifield had 2 hits and 2 RBI in the Royals 10-hit performance.
Yankees (41-26) 4 AT White Sox (33-34) 5 – Brett Gardner’s 11th dinger of the season gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead in the 4th, but they lost it the next inning thanks to Tim Anderson. Anderson hit a 3-run shot to tie the game after a Leury Garcia RBI double. Garcia came up in the 7th and untied the game with a homer to give the White Sox the win. The Yankees have been beyond incredible with all the injuries, but Yankees fans can’t help looking at the 0-16 the top 4 in the Lineup produced and waiting impatiently for Judge and Stanton.
Padres (33-36) 6 AT Rockies (36-32) 9 – RBI base hits from Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer gave the Padres a 2-0 lead in the 1st, which they quickly squandered. Trevor Story hit his 16th deep fly of the season in the 2nd to give Colorado a 5-2 lead. Charlie Blackmon homered twice and tripled home 2 runs in the win. Manny Machado went deep twice, but it wasn’t enough to come back against the Rockies surging offense. Blackmon ended up with 4 hits and 4 RBI as both teams had 13 hits, but the Rockies had 3 extra runs when it was all said and done.
Cubs (38-30) 3 AT Dodgers (46-23) 7 – Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant went deep to give the Cubs a 3-0 advantage after 3. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy answered with jacks of their own, and then the Dodgers inflicted more damage with Bellinger’s 2nd homer of the game and a long ball from David Freese. Clayton Kershaw improved to 6-1 with 6 innings of 3-run ball in the win. Bellinger now has 22 homers to go along with a .358 average and a 1.153 OPS.