Jordan Lyles took a perfect game into the eight against his former team, striking out ten while Eric Hosmer and Christian Villanueva provided the pop with two RBI a piece.
SUSPENDED: Both Anthony Rendon and Tyler Austin homered, and both Masahiro Tanaka and Gio Gonzalez pitched five innings, giving up three and two runs, respectively.
White Sox 0
Trevor Williams threw seven shutout innings and Reynaldo Lopez got shelled, as basically the entire Pirates offense got involved in this bloodbath.
Alex Wood was today’s hard luck loser, taking the L after pitching six innings of one run ball. Puig and Bellinger homered but it was not enough to break the Dodgers’ newfound habit of losing to bad teams.
In a low-scoring affair, the Braves led going into the 9th inning before Arodys Vizcaino imploded, blowing the save and likely losing his spot as the team’s closer. Though Yu Darvish only pitched four innings, he was effective, giving up just one earned run opposite Mike Foltynewicz (5 IP, 1 ER).
Both Josh Tomlin and Francisco Liriano were ineffective in this slugfest, but Cleveland’s bullpen squandered a four run lead in the 7th. The Tribe now hold a one game lead over Detroit in what is by far the worst division in baseball.
Jose Berrios returned to form and struck out ten over 7.1 innings and catcher Bobby Wilson smacked his first homer of the season as the Twins got a much needed win over St. Louis.
Jonny Venters recorded his first win since 2012 as the Rays came out on top of the Royals in an affair that was tied heading into the final inning.
Blue Jays 2
Buoyed by a five-run 4th, the Mets cruised to victory over the Jays as a wild but effective Thor got the win against the team that traded him.
Red Sox 3
In this one, the story has to be Stephen Piscotty, who homered for the first time since rejoining the team after his mother’s passing. Everyone has to be rooting for this man.
Daniel Descalso was the difference maker in this pitchers’ duel with an RBI single in the bottom of the eight.
In this AL West matchup, another Justin Upton home run was not enough to defeat the Astros, who were led by Jose Altuve and his 3 RBI.
The Cano-less Mariners got the win with a Gil Heredia walk-off single in the 11th, but it was the bullpens that carried this one as each team’s starter gave up five or more earned runs.
Brandon Belt deposited his eighth homer of the season into McCovey Cove, and the Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, drove in a pair of runs to neutralize a strong offensive performance from Eugenio Suarez.