The Chicago Cubs came out with their hand on top against the Washington Nationals as the series between the two best records in baseball began. The Seattle Mariners extended what is tied for the longest current winning streak, and the Boston Red Sox aren’t too far behind, beating the Chicago White Sox again.
Washington Nationals 2 Chicago Cubs 5: The clash of the two best teams in Baseball so far this season resulted in another impressive performance by the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks looked good for six innings before the bullpen took over, overall allowing only three hits. The offense wasn’t exploding, but it had enough: A two-run homer from Ben Zobrist, two more RBIs from Zobrist on a single and a double from Addison Russell scoring more.
Philadelphia Phillies 0 St. Louis Cardinals 4: Jaime Garcia allowed just two hits in seven innings, striking out five. Brandon Moss hit his seventh home run of the season and a ground rule double by Stephen Piscotty scored two more.
Detroit Tigers 4 Cleveland Indians 9: The Tigers couldn’t contain the Indians, getting 16 hits, of them a first inning home run by Mike Napoli scoring three. Michael Brantley finished with three RBIs and Rajai Davis added two himself.
New York Yankees 0 Baltimore Orioles 1: A day after getting shutout by the Yankees, the Orioles return the favor. The Orioles won in the 10th inning after great work from both Masahiro Tanaka on the losing side and Kevin Gausman for Baltimore, thanks to a sac fly by Pedro Alvarez. Zach Britton got the win.
Texas Rangers 2 Toronto Blue Jays 12: J.A Happ improved to 4-0 on the back of seven innings and five k’s with just six hits. Offense came from Edwin Encarnacion, hitting a home run and a double to finish with six RBIs.
Milwaukee Brewers 5 Cincinnati Reds 9: Alfredo Simon pitched for 7.2 innings to get the win, while home run from Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips and Adam Duvall did most of the leg work on offense.
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 Miami Marlins 4: Not the worst of starts from Robbie Ray, but the offense got only five hits, including just two against Adam Conley who started. Christian Yelich got a home run and two RBIs to lead the Marlins bats.
Boston Red Sox 7 Chicago White Sox 3: The Red Sox continue their way upwards, with seven different players getting RBIs, including home runs for Dustin Pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez.
Seattle Mariners 6 Houston Astros 3: Robinson Cano had four RBIs (making it to 30 this season), three of them coming in a ninth inning double that broke the tie and won the game. Jose Altuve was 4-for-4, hitting his ninth home run of the season, although it wasn’t enough.
New York Mets 3 San Diego Padres 5: The Mets had just four hits the entire game, struggling against Colin Rae, pitching for eight innings, giving up only three hits. The Padres scored their runs through the first six innings to take a 5-0 lead before the Mets made things interesting through home runs by Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes.
Colorado Rockies 17 San Francisco Giants 7: The Rockies had 17 hits, the Giants 16. Colorado were 10-for-14 with runners in scoring positions. The Giants? Only 7-for-24. The home run juggernauts of Mike Arenado and Trevor Story got one more each, while Gerardo Parra added three RBIs as well in the impressive offensive performance. Matt Cain had another disastrous start for the Giants, dropping to 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA.
American League Standings
|Boston Red Sox||17||11||0.607||—||8–7||9–4|
|Toronto Blue Jays||15||15||0.500||3||8–8||7–7|
|Tampa Bay Rays||12||14||0.462||4||9–9||3–5|
|New York Yankees||9||17||0.346||7||5–7||4–10|
|Chicago White Sox||19||10||0.655||—||7–5||12–5|
|Kansas City Royals||14||13||0.519||4||9–5||5–8|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||13||15||0.464||4||6–6||7–9|
National League Standings
|New York Mets||17||10||0.630||1½||9–6||8–4|
|St. Louis Cardinals||15||14||0.517||7||8–8||7–6|
|San Francisco Giants||15||15||0.500||—||8–7||7–8|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||14||14||0.500||—||5–8||9–6|
|San Diego Padres||12||17||0.414||2½||7–9||5–8|