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Rays (43-29) 0 AT Yankees (44-27) 3 – Masahiro Tanaka was incredible last night. Tanaka struck out 10 over a complete game shutout and only gave up 2 hits and a walk. Cameron Maybin went 3-3 with a homer and D.J. LeMahieu also went deep for the Yankees. The Yankees took game 1 of this all-important series between the top 2 teams in the AL East, which the Yankees now lead by a game and a half.
Angels (36-37) 10 AT Blue Jays (26-46) 5 – Justin Upton came back and let it be known with a homer to start a 7-run 2nd. Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout homered, it was the 20th for Trout who went 4-5 with 3 RBI. The Angels clearly enjoyed having Upton back as they scored 10 runs on 13 hits in the win. Cavan Biggio hit 2 jacks for Toronto in the loss.
Astros (48-25) 2 AT Reds (32-38) 3 – There was no scoring from either side until the bottom of the 5th when the Reds scored 3 on RBI singles from Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suarez. The Astros scored 2 in the 7th and fell one short. Luis Castillo improved to 7-1 on the season with 6 innings of 2-run ball, his ERA is at 2.26. Before the loss the Astros were 12-6 in 1-run games while the Reds had been 10-15.
Mets (34-38) 3 AT Braves (43-30) 12 – Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the bottom of the 1st with a long ball and the Braves scored often in the later innings to rout the Mets. Ozzie Albies, Brian McCann, and Acuna each had 3 hits and the trio had 8 RBI. As a team the Braves put up 12 runs on 16 hits in the blowout. Last start against the Pirates was the only bad start of the season for Mike Soroka. Soroka got back to his winning ways and improved to 8-1 and an ERA of 2.12 with a quality start to beat the Mets. The Braves are on fire and have won 10 of their last 11.
Indians (37-34) 2 AT Rangers (39-33) 7 – Lance Lynn was great through his 7 innings, he allowed 1 run and struck out 9 hitters. Danny Santana homered and had 2 hits and 2 RBI to lead the Rangers offense. Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado went yard in the Indians loss. Both teams face long odds to come back in the Division race, but both are in good spots in the Wild Card race. Cleveland will be an interesting team in the trade market.
Red Sox (40-34) 2 AT Twins (47-24) 0 – J.D. Martinez had an RBI single to start the game, but the scoring quickly dried up after that. Jose Berrios gave up just that 1 run over 8 innings with 10 strikeouts, and Rick Porcello struck out 8 over 7 scoreless innings in the pitching duel. In the 9th Xander Bogaerts doubled home a run to push the Red Sox to a 2-run lead in the win. The Red Sox won their 6th in a row in the start of the 3-game series in Minnesota.
Marlins (25-45) 0 AT Cardinals (37-34) 5 – Miles Mikolas held the Marlins scoreless over 6 innings and the Bullpen finished the job as the Cards shut out the Fish. Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler went deep to lead the offense. Carpenter was 3-4 from the leadoff spot in the Cardinals win.
Orioles (21-51) 2 AT Athletics (37-36) 3 – Mike Fiers pitched 6.2 innings and gave up 3 hits without allowing an earned run. All of the scoring happened in the first 3 innings with the A’s putting up 1 in the first and 3 in the 3rd and the O’s scoring up 2 in the 2nd. The 2 teams made only one error a piece, but they were both costly. The Orioles loss was their 6th straight as they are 3 games behind the second worst team in baseball.
Royals (24-48) 6 AT Mariners (31-45) 4 – The Royals put up 2 in the 1st, but the Mariners cut the lead in half in the 4th and then a Tom Murphy 3-run shot put the Mariners up 4-2. Jorge Soler hit his 19th bomb of the season to take the lead in the 8th as the Royals went on to win. The Royals Bullpen tossed 4 scoreless innings of relief striking out 8.
Brewers (40-32) 0 AT Padres (36-37) 2 – Joey Lucchesi gave up just 3 hits over 7 scoreless innings as the Padres shutout the Brewers. Manny Machado went deep in the 3rd to give the Padres a 2-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Despite being 0-7 with runners in scoring position and leaving 9 men on the Padres won, because baseball.
Giants (31-39) 3 AT Dodgers (48-25) 2 – Brandon Crawford started the scoring with an RBI double to score 2 in the 2nd. Max Muncy hit his 17th blast in the bottom of the inning to bring the Dodgers within one, but the Giants picked up another run in the 6th and eventually won 3-2. Tyler Beede gave up 1 run over 6 solid innings to earn his 1st MLB win.