Nationals 7, Cubs 3: Ian Desmond led the Nationals to their fifth straight win going 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Kurt Suzuki and Danny Espinosa added two RBIs a piece and Ross Detwiler limited the Cubs to two runs over 6 2/3 innings despite allowing six doubles on the day.
Tigers 10, Indians 4: Max Schezer improves to 5-0 on the season thanks to home runs from Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks and three RBIs from Alex Avila. The Tigers righty went eight innings allowing four runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven. Nick Swisher was just a home run short of the cycle for the Indians.
Reds 4, Brewers 3: Brandon Phillips continued to play the role of human highlight reel in the Reds close victory over the Brewers. The second baseman drove in two runs and scored two going 2-4 with a walk and a home run and saved the Reds two-run lead in the seventh with a spectacular on a Ryan Braun grounder up the middle to end a possibly Brewers rally.
Pirates 7, Mets 4: The Mets continue to struggle in games not started by Matt Harvey. Garrett Jones went 3-5 with a home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the charge against Shaun Marcum and the Mets. Marcum allowed six runs on nine hits before exiting in the fifth. Wandy Rodriguez held the Mets to one run over six innings, allowing six hits and walking none.
Rays 6, Padres 3: Alex Cobb struck out thirteen in just 4 2/3 innings, setting a record for the most strike outs in less than five innings. After two home runs off Cobb in the first the Padres offense hit a wall, finishing with 18 whiffs in all. Ben Zobrist and Ryan Roberts each drove in two runs in the seventh to put the Rays over the top.
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 0: Jon Lester took a perfect game into the sixth inning but a Maicer Izturis double ended the lefty’s bid. That ended up being the only mark against Lester who threw 118 pitches in the complete-game one-hit shutout. Daniel Nava drove in two runs and scored two and Dustin Pedroia went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI for
Angels 7, White Sox 5: Mike Trout gave the Angels the lead with an RBI single in the seventh and the Angels bullpen gave the 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to bail out starter Barry Enright. The White Sox defense had a big hand in this loss with two errors and runners scoring against them on a passed ball and on a wild pitch.
Orioles 9, Twins 6 (10 innings): The Orioles continue to win extra-inning games and Chris Davis continues to rake. The O’s came back from six runs down with three-run innings in the sixth and seventh that both featured Davis RBI doubles. The Orioles got three runs in the 10 as well, with Manny Machado driving in the go-ahead run.
Yankees 11, Royals 6:
Rangers 4, Astros 2: Nelson Cruz, Jeff Baker and David Murphy all hit solo home runs for the Rangers, providing the bulk of their offense. Astros rookie Dallas Keuchel was solid in his debut going six inning and allowing just two runs on five hits and two walks, but the bullpen faltered after his exit and the offense couldn’t do much even against a shaky Alexi Ogando. Cruz’s shot off Keuchel tied the game in the sixth and Baker’s home run provided the difference one inning later.
Cardinals 3, Rockies 0: Following a leadoff hit to Eric Young Jr., Shelby Miller managed to set down 27 Rockies in order. Young’s early knock took the drama of a perfect game bid away, but Miller was even more dominant that Jon Lester in his complete-game one-hitter with thirteen strikeouts and no walks. Pete Kozma’s RBI single in the second was enough for Miller in this game, but
Diamondback 3, Phillies 2: Miguel Montero hit a solo home run off Mike Adams in the eighth to win this one for
Marlins 5, Dodgers 4: Jose Fernandez recovered after allowing a three run home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning and held the Dodgers scoreless for five more innings. Fellow rookie Derek Dietrich tied things up with the first home run of his career in the fourth and Juan Pierre gave them the lead in the seventh. Chris Coghlan scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's double-play ball immediately after, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Mariners 6, Athletics 3: Hisashi Iwakuma cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one hit and one walk until the sixth. He would finish allowing two runs on four hits with nine strikouts to earn the win. Michael Morse and Justin Smoak gave him an early lead with back-to-back RBIs in the first and Raul Ibanez three run home run in the fourth was the difference for
Giants 8, Braves 2: Matt Cain went eight innings and allowed just two runs on three hits to lead the Giants over the Braves. He even chipped in with an RBI single as a part of the team’s six run fourth inning, helping to chase Tim Hudson from the game. Buster Posey got the scoring started in that inning with an RBI double and Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Cain and Marco Scutaro all piled on after that. Angel Pagan added a two run home run in the sixth as well.
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Zack Greinke got batted around in Class-A but he is confident that the adrenaline of starting in the big leagues will be enough to make the difference and he wants to return to the Dodgers right away. The Dodgers can’t really afford to wait for Greinke to start blowing away minor leaguers. With seven pitchers on the Dl, getting Greinke back is almost certainly better than whatever the alternative might be. Manager Don Mattingley sounded more then a bit desperate in saying "If the doctors say he can pitch, we're going to let him pitch."
The Red Sox can’t catch a break at the closer position. After trading for Andrew Bailey prior to the 2012 season, they lost the former Athletics closer to the DL for over half the year. Now their latest import, Joel Hanrahan, seems destined for season-ending surgery. No decision on surgery has been made at this point, but the Sox righty definitely has tendon damage and it will be at least six weeks before he could throw again in the absolute best case scenario.
The case for robot umpires has never been stronger following several high-profile miscues. Most recently, MLB suspended ump Fieldin Culbreth and fined his crew for incorrectly ruling on a pitching change made by Astros manager Bo Porter. This can just a day after Angel Hernandez and his crew blew a home-run review call and just over a few days after umpire John Hirschbeck threw Bryce Harper out of game for questionable reasons- an act that many considered grandstanding.
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