Yankees Destroy Red Sox, Win Series
The Yankees took the crucial rubber match against the Red Sox, scoring nine of their eleven runs off of homers. Catcher Kyle Higashioka launched his first career homer to go along with five other Yankees long balls. Aaron Hicks led the offense with three homers and four RBIs. Luis Severino pitched a gem, giving no runs and only two hits across 6 2/3 innings. Red Sox southpaw David Price, however, did not do so well, giving up eight runs (all earned) in 3 1/3 innings, as well as five of New York’s six home runs.
The Boston offense was able to scratch only one run, which came in the ninth against New York pitching. The Yankees won the game 11-1.
The Yankees took two out of three against Boston, and once again, the two teams are tied for first in the AL East, as well as for having the best record in baseball.
Cubs Outslug, Sweep Twins, Gain Ground on Brew Crew
The Cubs have scored 10+ runs for the 14th time this season, including for four games in a row. Eight runs came in the home second, including a three-run homer by Jon Lester, possibly the last player on the Cubs to be expected to hit a dinger. The Twins scored five in the eighth and got the tying run onto second in the ninth, but in the end, the Cubs outslugged the Twins 11-10, sweeping them in the process.
Chicago is now just .5 a game behind Milwaukee for the NL Central’s top spot, as the Brewers dropped two out of four to Cincinnati.
Mariners Sweep Royals, Rays Win 3 of 4 Against Astros
The Mariners won 1-0 against Kansas City, completing a sweep of the Royals. Both starters did well, pitching eight innings each, but Seattle southpaw John Paxton did better, striking out 11, giving up two hits, two walks, and no runs.
The Astros were once again held to only two runs, as Tampa Bay won 3-2, taking the series against the defending champions. Blake Snell pitched a gem, giving up just one run on four hits and a walk, over 7 1/3 innings. He earned his 11th win of the campaign, as the Rays improved to 42-41 on the season.
The Mariners are now just half of a game behind the Astros for the AL West lead.
Giants Win Again, Gain Ground in NL West After Sweeping Arizona
The San Francisco Giants pulled off a sweep on the road against the Diamondbacks, winning Saturday afternoon 9-6. The Giants scored four of their nine runs in the fifth inning. Panik and Belt each drove in two runs in the San Fran victory.
The Dodgers also beat the Rockies on Sunday. The Giants and Dodgers are now tied for second, as they are both 2.5 games behind the D-Backs for first place in the NL West.
Phillies Win in 13 Over Washington
It took a while, but Philadelphia was able to win the game 4-3 and the series 3-1 against the Nationals. Andrew Knapp launched his third homer of the season to walk it off for Philadelphia. The second-place Phillies are now three games ahead of third-place Washington, while the Nats are six games behind the Braves.
Atlanta Sweeps St. Louis, Stay Three Games Ahead of Phillies
Atlanta swept the Cardinals on the road, as they defeated St. Louis 6-5. The Braves scored the game’s first six runs, including five in the sixth, with two runs coming off of Freddie Freeman’s 16th homer of the season. The Cards scored five of their own in the seventh, but they fell short in the end.
The Braves stay three games ahead of the Phillies in the standings.