Each day, MLB.com selects one player from each game whose performance stands out:
Pedro Alvarez | Pirates 5, Cardinals 0
Alvarez crushed a three-run shot -- his third homer in two games -- to power the Bucs against St. Louis.
Axelrod, starting for the injured Gavin Floyd, allowed one run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings as the White Sox snapped a five-game road losing streak.
Highlights » Josh Donaldson | A's 8, Indians 4
Donaldson's three-run homer in the fourth inning helped propel the A's to their fifth straight win.
Highlights » Yunel Escobar | Blue Jays 8, Yankees 5
Escobar had four hits -- a homer and three doubles -- and five RBIs as the Blue Jays won their first series in a month by beating the Yankees.
Ellis' first career grand slam opened up a nine-run lead in the eighth, but it proved to be the difference after the Rockies rallied for seven in the bottom of the inning.
Highlights » Bryce Harper | Nationals 8, Marlins 4
Harper got the Nats on the board with a two-run homer, he added another one a frame later and kept a runner at third with a great throw home late in the game.
Highlights » Matt Harvey | Mets 3, Phillies 2
Settling in after two early runs, Harvey impressed with 6 1/3 innings, holding down the Phillies while maintaining the slim lead.
Highlights » Chris Heisey | Reds 6, D-backs 2
Heisey tied the game with a home run in the seventh and added another in the eighth to help the Reds become the first team to 80 wins.
Highlights » Eric Hosmer | Royals 1, Tigers 0
Hosmer drove in the game's only run with a bloop single in the fourth inning to help Bruce Chen win his 10th of the season.
Highlights » Evan Longoria | Rays 8, Rangers 4
Longoria crushed two of the Rays' four homers in the series finale.
Highlights » Kendrys Morales | Angels 10, Red Sox 3
The first baseman crushed a two-run homer in the first inning and the Halos' rout was on, as the Angels improved to 5-0 vs. Boston this season.
Highlights » Hunter Pence | Giants 6, Astros 4
Pence clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning vs. his former team.
Highlights » Trevor Plouffe | Twins 10, Mariners 0
Plouffe led the Twins' offensive outburst with four RBIs on a double and a home run, his 20th homer of the season.
Highlights » Jean Segura | Brewers 3, Cubs 1
The rookie shortstop drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh, then stole second and scored an insurance run and also made two impressive defensive plays.
Highlights » Eric Stults | Padres 8, Braves 2
Stults finished unbeaten in August, holding the Braves to one unearned run in six excellent innings.
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