Mets 3, Cubs 2: Matt Harvey started off shaky, allowing two runs on three straight hits in the first, but the Met’s ace settled down and gave his team 7 1/3 innings with just five hits and no walks allowed while strikeout seven. He also drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the seventh. David Wright and Daniel Murphy both contributed solo home runs.
Phillies 5, Reds 3: Cliff Lee also helped his team on both sides of the ball, doubling and scoring two runs while going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Pirates 5, Astros 4: Astros right fielder Jimmy Paredes collided with second baseman Jake Elmore to turn a routine fly ball into a walk-off win for the Pirates. The Buc’s bullpen gave them 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Jeanmar Gomez’s early exit. \
Indians 6, Mariners 3 (10 innings): Jason Kipnis hit a three run shot with two out in the tenth to give the Indians the walk-off win. Ublado Jimenez went five innings allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks with nine strike outs. Kendry Morales and Raul Ibanez both homered for
Rays 12, Orioles 10: The Rays got a little production from everyone in their lineup and a lot from Kelly Johnson, who went 3-5 with a three run home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. The Orioles scored six runs in the eighth inning to climb back within striking distance of the Rays but it was not enough as Joel Peralta came in to close the door with a four-out save.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 0: Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Blue Jays over eight innings, allowing just two hits and one walk and striking out five. Jayson Nix drove in two and Austin Romine, Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner all plated runs to help the Yankees coast by the Jays.
Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 2: Trevor Cahill pitched eight innings allowing just two runs on five hits and four walks and Paul Goldschmidt was a one-man wrecking crew for the Diamondbacks in this win over
Braves 8, Dodgers 5: Justin Upton’s moon-shot grand slam gave the Braves a 6-4 lead in the sixth and that proved to be enough. Jayson Heyward went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in his return from the DL. Paul Maholm got the win with six innings and four runs allowed on eight hits. The Dodgers bullpen allowed six runs in three innings of work after Hyun-Jin Ryu was pulled for a pinch hitter in the sixth.
Tigers 2, Ranger 1: Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ bullpen managed to shut down
Red Sox 3, Twins 2 (10 innings): Clay Buchholz was excellent once again for Boston, going seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out nine, but the Twins got six strong innings from Vance Worley and both bullpens held on through nine. The Red Sox turned to small-ball in extra innings, stringing together a single, a walk and a sacrifice bunt to set up Jonny Gomes game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 6: David Freeze hit a grand slam to cap off a five-run first inning for the Cards, but Milwaukee fought back. Aramis Ramirez hit a three run home run in the fourth and then another in the sixth to bring the Brewers within one run. The Cardinals relievers held the Brewers to just two hits over 3 2/3 innings to give a shaky Jaime Garcia the win.
White Sox 3, Angels 0: Chris Sale did need anything more than the solo shot Alex Rios gave him in the first to win this one. The White Sox ace shutout the Angels for 7 2/3 innings allowing three hits and two walks while striking out twelve. Conor Gillaspie added an insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh and Adam Dunn went deep in the ninth as the White Sox cruised to their fourth straight win.
Athletics 2, Royals 1: Jarrod Parker and James Shields met up in an epic pitcher’s duel in
Nationals 6, Padres 5 (10 innings): Rafael Soriano blew a two run lead in the ninth but Chad Tracy bailed him out with a pinch-hit homer in the top of the tenth and Drew Storen closed it out in the tenth. Adam LaRoche and Ryan Zimmerman homered for
The Big Three
The Yankees placed Andy Pettite on the DL with a strained left trapezius muscle after the veteran lefty exited his last start against the Mariners in pain. Pettite is 4-3 over 49 1/3 innings with a 3.83 ERA for the Yankees this season at 41 years old. The Yankees are 26-16 and in place in the AL East despite missing Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, thanks in large part to unexpected performances from players like Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner and the middle-aged Pettite, lending credence to the theory that the Yankees are, in fact, magical.
One player people expect to be great for the Yankees is Robinson Cano. Cano has lived up to those expectations so far this season, batting .291/.333/.529 and playing excellent defense at second base. He is also about to become a free agent. The Yankees want to stop that from happening with a long term extension and talks are still ongoing. Owner Hal Steinbrenner hopes the two sides will reach a deal in "the weeks to come, " which is an extraordinarily specific time line to place on such complex dealings. Yankees fans should worry too much though, if recent events are any indication, they could always just platoon the ghost of Joe Gordon with the first player they see on waiver and get 25 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .340 OBP.
Brett Anderson is DL-bound and will miss several months of the season. Additionally, bacon-double cheeseburgers are bad for you, leasing a sports car is not a great way to invest and water tends toward being wet.