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Travis Wood outdueled Johnny Cueto with the help of homers from Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara as the Cubs beat the Reds, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night. It was Chicago's fourth straight win and seventh in its last nine games.
In a 3-2 win Tuesday night against the Braves, Dillon Gee turned in one of his better starts of the summer, limiting Atlanta to two runs in 6 2/3 innings, as the Mets defense turned four double plays.
The Blue Jays suffered another heartbreaking loss on Tuesday night, but if there was one positive they hope to take away from the game, it's that Jose Bautista might be starting to break out of his slump.
A day after energizing Oriole Park at Camden Yards with five homers and nine runs, it took six innings -- and almost three hours -- to bring the crowd of 16,406 to life on Tuesday. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth, rookie Jonathan Schoop laced a single to left field. Chris Davis raced home from second and the O's had the decisive run in a 4-2 win against the Rays.
Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and Ryan Braun added a solo shot as the Brewers got behind a solid return to the mound by Kyle Lohse in a 10-1 rout of the Padres on Monday night in San Diego.
Mike Moustakas' home run was all Michael Pineda would allow over 6 1/3 innings in the Yankees' fifth straight win, an 8-1 triumph over the Royals on Monday night. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in three runs, while Derek Jeter added two RBIs in his final scheduled appearance in Kansas City.
Francisco Liriano struck out eight in six-plus innings, but reliever Jared Hughes labored in a decisive three-run seventh as the Pirates dropped a 3-2 decision to the Cardinals on Monday night.
The Mets lost David Wright to injury, turned a triple play, piled up uncharacteristic gobs of offense and watched Bartolo Colon thrive Sunday in an 11-3 undressing of the Dodgers, winning for just the second time in seven games -- but winning with aplomb.
Cincinnati scored three runs off former Reds pitcher Aaron Harang during the fourth inning and went on to a 5-3 victory over Atlanta on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
The fathers of Pirates players had heard all about the difficulty their sons have here, so they came to Miller Park to see for themselves. They think they've been put on, after seeing the boys put it to the Brewers for the second straight night. Saturday's 10-2 romp gave the Pirates eight wins in their last 15 games in Miller Park -- following a 7-46 skid here. This latest victory also moved the Bucs within four games of the National League Central-leading Brewers.
Rookie Tyler Holt scored the decisive run on fellow rookie Jose Ramirez's slapped single to left field, delivering a 3-2 victory over the Astros at Progressive Field Saturday night.
They kept everyone guessing, but the Blue Jays managed to pull off an extra-innings victory with a walk-off single from Jose Reyes in the 10th on Saturday against the Rays at Rogers Centre. The game was played under protest after a controversial challenge in the fourth inning.
For a Marlins team that had seen five of its last six games determined by one run, a visit to Coors Field couldn't have come at a better time. Miami jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, as the offense bailed out right-hander Henderson Alvarez for a change in Friday's 13-5 victory at Coors Field.
The Twins shook off their recent woes with runners in scoring position, breaking out offensively for a six-run second inning and a nine-run sixth inning to rout the Tigers, 20-6, on Friday night at Target Field.
The Royals restored their sizzle as a ballclub, snapping back after a loss to knock off the Texas Rangers, 6-3, as 26,991 fans soaked up the Friday evening at Globe Life Park. Billy Butler and Josh Willingham each homered for Kansas City and Yordano Ventura picked up the win.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still believes Danny Santana's position of the future is shortstop, so he plans to keep finding time for him to start there moving forward this season.
When David Ortiz pummeled a solo shot to the back wall of the visitors' bullpen in right field in the bottom of the third inning against the Angels, it marked home run No. 30 on the season. That gave Ortiz eight 30-homer seasons in his career, matching Ted Williams for the most in Red Sox history.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched his way to win No. 13 and Steve Pearce, Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones homered as the Orioles completed a three-game of the White Sox with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night in Chicago.
The Blue Jays had their highest offensive output of the month to salvage at least one game on an otherwise disappointing road trip with a 9-5 victory over the Brewers in Wednesday's series finale at Miller Park.
With a 438-foot shot into the second deck of the left-field stands on Tuesday night, Jhonny Peralta assumed sole possession as the Cardinals' single-season home run leader at the shortstop position.
Coming off a weekend sweep of the mighty Dodgers, the Brewers didn't skip a beat Tuesday night as they slugged their way to a 6-1 win over Toronto at Miller Park.
Jhonny Peralta's third hit Monday night was a walk-off single in the 10th inning that not only gave the Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Reds, it took struggling closer Trevor Rosenthal off the hook after he blew his fifth save of the season.
Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons led off the game with back-to-back home runs as the Braves erupted with a six-run first inning in Monday night's 7-3 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.
Starlin Castro belted an opposite-field home run leading off the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 2-1 victory on Sunday over the Mets, who had tied the game in the eighth on Curtis Granderson's RBI single.
Seattle used a stellar pitching performance from the red-hot Chris Young to capture, at once, Sunday's series finale against the Tigers, the weekend series and, for now, the AL's final playoff spot. Behind six scoreless innings of four-hit ball from Young, the Mariners won, 8-1.
It's been a long, uphill climb, but the Angels -- American League West champions five times from 2004-09 -- are finally in first place again. They beat the Rangers, 5-4, for a franchise-record-tying ninth consecutive time on Saturday night, while the A's fell for the sixth time in the last seven games.
Mark Buehrle turned in a typical performance in his return to Chicago's South Side, but the Blue Jays needed Melky Cabrera's clutch two-run double in the seventh to pull out a 6-3 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night.
David Ortiz capped his monster performance Saturday night with a two-run double that finally created breathing room for the Red Sox in a 10-7 victory over the Astros at Fenway. Ortiz, who tied a career high with six RBIs, also launched a pair of two-run homers, the first of which was his 400th long ball in a Boston uniform.
Rookie Kris Negron notched a career-high four hits, with his fourth hit being a RBI single in the top of the ninth that gave Johnny Cueto and the Reds a 3-2 victory on Friday. It snapped a three-game losing streak.
James Paxton pitched six strong innings and the Mariners leapfrogged the Tigers for the second American League Wild Card spot with a 7-2 win Friday night.
With his two-run homer off Eric Stults in the second inning on Thursday, Jhonny Peralta matched the franchise's single-season record for homers by a shortstop.
Contenders find a way. The Marlins did just that on Thursday night, walking off against the D-backs, 5-4, on Marcell Ozuna's RBI double in the 10th inning.
Rookie Rymer Liriano hit his first Major League home run and Abraham Almonte added a long ball and some sparkling defense as the Padres completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 victory over the Rockies in front of a crowd of 23,902 at Petco Park.
Rookie outfielder Rymer Liriano's first big league home run was a 427-foot laser into the restaurant that sits at the third deck -- that's right, the third deck -- of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building down the left-field line Wednesday at Petco Park.
It wasn't exactly a coming-out party for the Pirates, already strutting on Major League Baseball's Main Street prior to Tuesday night's 4-2 Interleague triumph over Detroit. With the victory in front of 34,919 in PNC Park, the Bucs did return to their season peak of nine games above .500 while gaining a game on each of the three other National League Central contenders, nearing within 1 1/2 games of the leading Brewers.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano makes the game look so easy. He certainly has the folks in Seattle excited. It's August and they are still talking October.
In what has been an ongoing pattern since the All-Star break, the resurgent Padres clipped Colorado, 4-3, on Monday and, once again, a batch of newcomers led the way.
Wasting no time in slotting one of their top prospects into the lineup, the Padres greeted Rymer Liriano on Monday by batting him seventh and sending him to right field as a brief three-game homestand with the Rockies started.
The Astros got to Yu Darvish on Saturday, but they couldn't get to Texas starter Nick Martinez on Sunday afternoon. At least not after the Rangers overcame an early two-run deficit. Given a lead in the fifth inning, Martinez pitched out of a slight jam that inning and kept the Astros at bay. From there, three Texas relievers took over and the Rangers had a much-needed 6-2 win at Minute Maid Park.
The Blue Jays pulled out a win in a marathon series finale against the Tigers at Rogers Centre on Sunday, winning, 6-5, in the longest game in franchise history. Jose Bautista's 19th-inning walk-off single carried Toronto to a series victory.
Third baseman Albert Pujols rocketed an opposite-field home run in the bottom of the 19th inning, lifting the Angels to a 5-4 win over Boston in the longest Major League game this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell questioned whether the ball cleared the fence, but a replay review confirmed the long ball.
A night after erupting for six home runs in a series-opener against the Cardinals on Friday, the balls kept flying out of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A pair of milestone blasts and another homer by Delmon Young off John Lackey carried the O's to a 10-3 win against the Cardinals on Saturday and their seventh straight series victory.
Bartolo Colon's 200th victory was a gem. He twirled eight innings of one-run ball against the Phillies in the Mets' 5-4 win Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. In becoming the third pitcher to win his 200th game as a Met (along with Orel Hershiser and Pedro Martinez), the veteran allowed six hits while posting a 6-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Esmil Rogers fired five solid innings in his first start for the Yankees, while Carlos Beltran belted a grand slam and had five RBIs in a 10-6 win over the Indians on Friday night.
The Mariners muscled up with four home runs on Thursday and rookie Roenis Elias rode that support to his ninth win of the season, as Seattle rolled to a 13-3 victory over the White Sox at Safeco Field.
Edinson Volquez allowed just one hit and struck out seven as the Pirates secured another victory with key pieces sidelined, downing the Marlins, 7-2, on Thursday night at PNC Park. The victory lifted the Pirates to eight games above .500 (61-53), matching a season best, and it marked their sixth home series win in a row.
The Brewers did their part Thursday to ensure their weekend showdown against the Dodgers would pit a pair of first-place teams. A 3-1 win over the Giants at Miller Park, sealed with two runs in the sixth inning, made right-hander Wily Peralta the Majors' first 14-game winner and ensured the Brewers another day alone in first place in the National League Central.
The Dodgers obtained right-handed starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez from the Phillies on Thursday for two players to be named or cash. He will start for Los Angeles on Friday.
Make it five straight series victories for Kansas City. With Mike Moustakas driving in all four runs, the Royals clinched their Interleague series over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-3 decision on Wednesday night at Chase Field. That gave KC wins in the first two of three games.
Right-hander Drew Hutchison came within one out of a complete game while Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night.