The San Diego Padres became the team that downed the Chicago Cubs, twice in one day no less. But overall, the day was about two pitchers: Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals with a record-tying 20 strikeouts, and Ryan Syndergaard of the New York Mets, pitching a victory and hitting two home runs.
San Diego Padres 7 Chicago Cubs 4: The Padres rallied late from a 2-4 deficit going into the 7th, taking the lead off of a three run homer by Brett Wallace, while Fernando Rodney picked up his ninth save of the season, keeping his 0.00 ERA.
San Diego Padres 1 Chicago Cubs 0: The Padres took the second half of the double header as well, with Drew Pomeranz allowing only three hits in his start and Rodney getting another save. The Cubs lost despite John Lackey allowing only three hits in his 8-inning performance.
Baltimore Orioles 9 Minnesota Twins 2: The Orioles are tied for the longest winning streak in baseball right now, getting two home runs from Mike Trumbo and one more from Adam Jones, while Tyler Wilson looked solid for seven innings on the mound.
Oakland Athletics 3 Boston Red Sox 13: The Red Sox, like the Orioles, have won four in a row. Jackie Bradley Jr. had two home runs and Dustin Pedroia added another. Rick Porcello improved to 6-1, striking out five in 6.2 innings.
Chicago White Sox 5 Texas Rangers 6: Mat Latos couldn’t get a decision and struggled in his performance, as the Rangers turned the game around in the six, coming from 4-5 down to win thanks to Ian Desmond getting an RBI and Adrian Beltre driving in Desmond himself with a single to center.
Cleveland Indians 3 Houston Astros 5: A Carlos Santana triple sent the game into extra innings, going on until the 16th inning, when Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off of Cody Anderson (0-3, 7.31 ERA) to give the Astros the walk-off win.
Arizona Diamondbacks 7 Colorado Rockies 8: The Rockies entered the 7th inning with a 7-1 lead, but Arizona powered back through three RBIs by Chris Herrmann and the others. That simply made Mike Arenado hitting an 8th winning homer even sweeter, his 13th of the season.
Tampa Bay Rays 5 Seattle Mariners 6: Another late barrage of home runs in this game. Kevin Kiermaier sent the game into extra innings with a home run, but Chris Iannetta hit one of his own in the 11th inning to give the Mariners the walk-off win.
Toronto Blue Jays 4 San Francisco Giants 5: Similar script. The Blue Jays came back from three runs down in the 8th and 9th inning, capping off the comeback with a home run by Michael Saunders, sending us to extra innings. Things got complicated for Ryan Tepera, and with the bases loaded, he walked James Posey, giving the Giants the win.
Kansas City Royals 7 New York Yankees 3: The Royals finally get the Yankees, mostly thanks to a Salvador Perez three-run homer early on and Lorenzo Cain getting two RBIs off of his single in the 6th after the Yankees came back with three runs of their own.
Detroit Tigers 2 Washington Nationals 3: Standing out above everyone else on this day was Max Scherzer, striking out 20 against his former team, tying a Major League record. He did give up two home runs, but Daniel Murphy was great, and Danny Espinosa hit a home run of his own, making sure Scherzer’s performance didn’t go to waste.
Philadelphia Phillies 1 Atlanta Braves 5: A rare win for the Braves (only 8th of the season, improving to 2-16 at home). William Perez looked good for 8 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out four. Freddie Freeman hit a home run while Nick Markakis, the only functioning offense on this team besides Freeman, added an RBI.
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 Cincinnati Reds 4: The Reds held a 4-2 lead heading into the 7th, but the Pirates stormed back with home runs from Jung Ho Kang and Josh Harrison to pick up the win.
Milwaukee Brewers 2 Miami Marlins 3: Wei-Yin Chen struck out 12 in 6.1 innings, while a home run scoring two from Justin Bour did most of the offensive work.
St. Louis Cardinals 5 Los Angeles Angels 2: Matt Shoemaker is now down to 1-5 with a 9.12 ERA, allowing four runs in four innings. Jaime Garcia struck out 8 in seven innings and Trevor Rosenthal got the save. Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty picked up their 22nd RBIs of the season.
New York Mets 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 3: What a performance from Noah Syndergaard: A win with six strikeouts in eight innings, and belting two home runs in his longest career performance. He’s the first pitcher since Arizona’s Micah Owings in 2007 with two home runs in one game.
American League Standings
|Boston Red Sox||21||13||0.618||—||11–7||10–6|
|Toronto Blue Jays||18||18||0.500||4||9–10||9–8|
|Tampa Bay Rays||15||17||0.469||5||9–9||6–8|
|New York Yankees||13||19||0.406||7||9–9||4–10|
|Chicago White Sox||23||12||0.657||—||10–5||13–7|
|Kansas City Royals||16||17||0.485||6||9–5||7–12|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||13||20||0.394||7½||6–11||7–9|
National League Standings
|New York Mets||21||12||0.636||—||9–6||12–6|
|St. Louis Cardinals||18||16||0.529||7½||9–10||9–6|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||17||17||0.500||—||6–10||11–7|
|San Francisco Giants||18||18||0.500||—||11–10||7–8|
|San Diego Padres||15||20||0.429||2½||8–11||7–9|