The Chicago Cubs get back on track with some big Kris Bryant hitting, the Boston Red Sox enjoy David Ortiz as they sink the Detroit Tigers, the Houston Astros keep clobbering the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Yankees youth movement keeps them in the playoff race, this time learning about Luis Cessa, earning a win on his first major league start.
New York Mets 9 San Francisco Giants 5: The Giants remain on top of their division, while the Mets get closer in the Wild Card chase, enjoying two home runs from Yoenis Cespedes (24 this season), finishing with 3 RBIs, just like Alejandro De Aza with a 3-run homer.
Texas Rangers 2 Tampa Bay Rays 8: Luke Maile hit his first career home run, Evan Longoria hit his 28th of the season, while Jake Odorizzi had a good start, as the Rangers were held to just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring positions.
Houston Astros 12 Baltimore Orioles 2: The Orioles get clobbered again (give up 27 runs in two games) with home runs from George Springer, Alex Bregman and Jason Castro. Mike Fiers struck out 7 in 7 innings of work.
St. Louis Cardinals 2 Philadelphia Phillies 4: A strong, 8-strikeout performance by Jeremy Hellickson helped the Phillies whether the Cardinals trying to come back from falling behind twice, with a Maikel Franco RBI single and a Aaron Altherr home run bringing the winning offense after the Cards tied the game.
Miami Marlins 3 Pittsburgh Pirates 1: David Phelps allowed only two hits, 0 runs while striking out 9 batters, Fernando Rodney did a great job of closing the game and in between, two RBIs by Xavier Scruggs carried the team on offense.
Oakland Athletics 2 Chicago White Sox 6: Chris Sale put in his best performance in a while, striking out 8 in 8 while holding the A’s scoreless in his time on the mound, while Jose Abreu hit a home rand and Melky Cabrera helped out with 2 RBIs.
Toronto Blue Jays 6 Cleveland Indians 5: The Blue Jays hang on to the top spot in the AL East, grabbing the lead with 5th inning home run from Edwin Encarnacion, and riding that lead until the end, getting the save from Roberto Osuna in the end.
Washington Nationals 11 Atlanta Braves 9: Max Scherzer wasn’t great, but decent enough to let the Nationals offense get the job done, with home runs from Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy. Scherzer did well at the plate with a couple of hits and RBIs.
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 Cincinnati Reds 11: The Dodgers lose their third in a row, with Brett Anderson getting destroyed early. Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter to the 7th inning, finishing with one hit allowed and two walks while striking out 8 in 7 of work.
Minnesota Twins 0 Kansas City Royals 10: The Royals keep advancing, now just 4.5 games behind the wild card. They’ve won 7 in a row, this time making the most of Ian Kennedy pitching an 8-inning shutout, getting their offense from Alex Gordon, hitting two home runs, and Lorenzo Cain with 3 RBIs.
Chicago Cubs 9 Colorado Rockies 2: The Cubs bounce back with a big day for Kris Bryant, hitting an RBI single in the 4th, following that up with a three-run homer in the fifth, making it to 31 this season, finishing with 4 RBIs. Ben Zobrist also hit a home run in the 9th, his 14th of the season.
Boston Red Sox 3 Detroit Tigers 2: The Red Sox keep the Tigers away from the wild card spots while making sure they don’t lose sight of the Blue Jays on top of the AL East, as David Ortiz hit home run number 532 of his career, and Drew Pomeranz actually earned a win in five innings of work.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 San Diego Padres 1: Robbie Ray stops the losing with a 13-strikeout performance and overall holding the Padres to just 3 hits. Rickie Weeks grounding out in the 6th inning actually gave the Diamondbacks their opening to score the winning run.
Milwaukee Brewers 2 Seattle Mariners 8: Felix Hernandez gave up two runs in 8 innings but also struck out 8, improving his win-loss record to 8-4 this season, his ERA dropping to 3.26. Offense came from Mike Zunino with a home run and 3 RBIs, and Norichika Aoki getting 3 hits and 2 RBIs.
New York Yankees 5 Los Angeles Angels 1: Things are going pretty well for the Yankees while starting young players, as Luis Cessa strikes out 5 while allowing only 3 hits in his first major league start. Gary Sanchez hit a home run, while both Brian McCann and Aaron Judge got a couple of RBIs.
American League Standings
|American League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|Toronto Blue Jays||70||53||0.569||—||36–26||34–27|
|Boston Red Sox||68||53||0.562||1||38–27||30–26|
|New York Yankees||62||59||0.512||7||35–27||27–32|
|Tampa Bay Rays||51||70||0.421||18||29–35||22–35|
|Kansas City Royals||63||60||0.512||8||39–21||24–39|
|Chicago White Sox||58||64||0.475||12½||30–27||28–37|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||51||71||0.418||21||28–32||23–39|
National League Standings
|National League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Mets||61||62||0.496||12½||31–30||30–32|
|St. Louis Cardinals||65||57||0.533||13||28–33||37–24|
|San Francisco Giants||68||55||0.553||—||35–27||33–28|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||67||55||0.549||½||38–24||29–31|
|San Diego Padres||52||70||0.426||15½||29–30||23–40|