The Atlanta Braves' march to the National League (NL) East title continued with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

It was Atlanta's seventh straight win in MLB.

Left-hander Max Fried was brilliant, yielding only one hit and striking out nine in seven shut-out innings. Ronald Acuna Jr. keyed the offense with a solo home run and a pair of runs scored.

It was the 21-year-old's 37th home run of the season. According to ESPN, only three players have hit more home runs in a season before age 22: Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews, who hit 47, Mel Ott (42), and Frank Robinson (38).

The win gives Atlanta (87-54) an eight-game lead over the second-placed Nationals (78-61) in the NL East. The Braves' seat atop the division has never seemed in danger since the All-Star break. The Braves have had a consistently "safe" lead of around five to seven games throughout the second half.

Now, they have a chance to issue a death blow to their closest rivals, the Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. Thursday's matchup with the Nationals was the first of 14 straight games the Braves have with Washington and Philadelphia that will see them play home-and-away series against each team through September 19. The Phillies are on the verge of elimination in the division race, but are still just four games back in the wildcard race. The Nationals have a two-game lead in the wildcard chase.

 

Schwarber's grand slam

Kyle Schwarber's grand slam highlighted a five-run sixth inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds had two home runs and drove in three runs in a 10-7 loss to the Miami Marlins. Speaking of hot rookies, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette also had two homers and three RBIs in a 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Seattle Mariners Austin Nola and Kyle Seager both had a pair of home runs against the Houston Astros.

Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was a perfect four for four at the plate and scored three runs in a 10-6 win against the Los Angeles Angels.

 

Woeful Webb

San Francisco Giants starter Logan Webb got touched for seven earned runs in 2.2 innings in a 10-0 loss to the St Louis Cardinals.

 

Moran's debut a memorable one

Marlins left-hander Brian Moran made his MLB debut, and he picked up his first strikeout against a familiar face – his younger brother, Pirates third baseman Colin Moran. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time since 1900 a brother has faced his brother in a pitcher vs. batter matchup in his MLB debut.

Phillip Ervin stuck a dagger in the Phillies' hearts with a walk-off shot for the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th.

Thursday's results

Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox 7-1 Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers 6-4 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 10-0 San Francisco Giants
Oakland Athletics 10-6 Los Angeles Angels
Texas Rangers 3-1 Baltimore Orioles
Miami Marlins 10-7 Pittsburgh Pirates
Minnesota Twins 2-1 Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs 10-5 Milwaukee Brewers
Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 4-2 Washington Nationals
Houston Astros 11-9 Seattle Mariners

 

Yankees at Red Sox

It is the Yankees and Red Sox in September, although this one does not seem so special with Boston on the verge of elimination in the American League (AL) East, and longshots at this point to even win a wildcard spot. Yankees starter Domingo German (17-3, 4.01) still has a good shot at 20 victories.

The New York Mets lost a heartbreaker to Washington, blowing a six-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning at Nationals Park in MLB on Tuesday.

New York fell short 11-10 and the game was brought to a close by a three-run homer from Kurt Suzuki. 

But Suzuki was not the only Washington player that shined, as Juan Soto went three for four with three RBIs and a home run of his own.

New York's Pete Alonso went three for five and notched his 44th home run of the season.

The Nationals have won eight of their past 10 games and are second in the National League (NL) East at 78-59, while the Mets have lost seven of their past 10 and sit fourth in the division.

Superb Sanchez

Gary Sanchez hit two home runs as the New York Yankees took down the Texas Rangers 10-1.

Kyle Schwarber went three for three and hit a home run in the Chicago Cubs' 6-1 win against the Seattle Mariners.

 

Reynolds, Porcello struggle

Bryan Reynolds went 0 for five in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. 

Rick Porcello gave up six runs in four innings in the Boston Red Sox's 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

 

Brilliant Bichette

The Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette showed off some nice arm strength and accuracy.

Tuesday's results

Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 10-1 Texas Rangers
Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Cincinnati Reds
Miami Marlins 5-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals 11-10 New York Mets
Minnesota Twins 6-5 Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox 6-5 Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves 7-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Houston Astros
St Louis Cardinals 1-0 San Francisco Giants
Chicago Cubs 6-1 Seattle Mariners
Kansas City Royals 6-5 Detroit Tigers
Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 San Diego Padres
Oakland Athletics 7-5 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Colorado Rockies

 

White Sox at Indians

Cleveland remain right in the middle of the American League (AL) wildcard race. The Indians will need to keep winning and will send Shane Bieber (12-7, 3.27 ERA) to the mound. The White Sox will counter with Ivan Nova (9-11, 4.48 ERA).

Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers were 7-0 shut-out winners over the New York Yankees in MLB action.

The Rangers pitching staff were so effective, handing the Yankees their first shutout in 220 games to break the second-longest streak in league history.

New York's streak was only shy of a 308-game stretch by the 1931-33 Yankees' team. The last time this current team were shutout was by the Boston Red Sox on June 30, 2018.

Minor had the help of relievers Shawn Kelley and Emmanuel Clase, and had an offensive boost from Elvis Andrus, who was three for five at the plate.

 

Hoskins leads Phillies

Rhys Hoskins helped push the Philadelphia Phillies past the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 after he drove in three runs with two home runs. 

Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings in the St Louis Cardinals' 3-1 win against the San Francisco Giants.

New York Mets righty Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 and allowed three hits over seven shut-out innings in the team's 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

 

Mariners pair struggle despite win

Jake Fraley and Tom Murphy were 0 for four as the Seattle Mariners had just four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Buck Farmer allowed two runs off two hits in less than an inning of work as the Detroit Tigers fell 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

 

Springer puts Astros ahead

It did not take long for George Springer to break a tie as the Houston topped the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2.

This Christian Yelich home run put the Los Angeles Dodgers star at the top of the leaderboard and he joins Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, and Pete Alonso with 43 dingers so far this season.

 

Monday's results

Texas Rangers 7-0 New York Yankees
New York Mets 7-3 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves 6-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago Cubs 5-1 Seattle Mariners
St Louis Cardinals 3-1 San Francisco Giants
Arizona Diamondbacks 14-7 San Diego Padres
Houston Astros 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Cleveland Indians 11-3 Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers 16-9 Colorado Rockies

 

Angels at Athletics 

The A's are just half a game out of the AL wild-card race and open a series against the Angels on Tuesday with the hopes of moving into playoff position. Oakland will start Mike Fiers (13-3, 3.40 ERA) and Los Angeles will counter with Jaime Barria (4-7, 6.10).

Justin Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter in the Houston Astros' win over the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB on Sunday.

He struck out 14 and walked only one in the Astros' 2-0 victory and is now 17-5 this season.

Verlander was able to complete the no-hitter after rookie infielder Abraham Toro broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to put Houston ahead.

The third baseman also made a routine defensive play to seal Verlander's no-hitter.

"Man, I can't put it into words," Verlander said, via MLB.com. "I mean, I've been so close to the third one so many times, it just didn't happen and then tonight, Abraham Toro comes up with a huge homer. Only fitting that he was able to make the last out. Ball is in play, you're just hoping that it's an out. Make an out, make an out, make an out, good throw, good throw, good throw."

The Astros remain in control of the American League (AL) West as they have a 10-game advantage over the second-placed Oakland Athletics.

Zimmerman marks return with homer

Ryan Zimmerman returned from the injured list (IL) and hit one of the Washington Nationals' four home runs in their 9-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Adalberto Mondesi, who also returned from the IL, matched a career-high with four hits. He also stole three bases as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4.

Michael Pineda pitched an effective six innings and allowed just two runs on five hits in the Minnesota Twins' 8-3 win against the Detroit Tigers.

 

Lindor, Santana go hitless

Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana both went 0 for five in the Cleveland Indians' 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Craig Kimbrel struggled on the mound, giving up three runs in just 0.2 innings for the Chicago Cubs.

 

Carrasco's inspiring return

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco made his return to the mound on Sunday. He was diagnosed with leukaemia in June.

Steven Brault's first career home run was a doozy.

Matt Olson made an impressive catch and throw.

Sunday's results

New York Yankees 5-4 Oakland Athletics
St Louis Cardinals 4-3 Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds 5-3 St Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros 2-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins 8-3 Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals 9-3 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 6-4 Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Chicago Cubs
Seattle Mariners 11-3 Texas Rangers
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres 8-4 San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox 4-3 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves 5-3 Chicago White Sox
Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 New York Mets

 

Rangers at Yankees

The Yankees and Rangers will begin a three-game series on Monday. New York will start Masahiro Tanaka (10-7, 4.47 ERA) while Texas will send Mike Minor (11-8, 3.25) to the mound.

The New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 thanks to DJ LeMahieu's walk-off home run in MLB action on Saturday.

New York entered play having lost their last four contests against Oakland but prevailed in their latest courtesy of LeMahieu's heroics in the 11th inning.

LeMahieu blasted a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. 

While LeMahieu went one for five on the day, he came up big when his team needed him most. Gary Sanchez was two for three at the plate and hit two home runs.

The Yankees only tallied six hits but four of them cleared the outfield wall.

Matt Olson notched three hits in his four at-bats and was instrumental to the success of the Athletics' offense.

The Yankees lead the American League East with an 89-48 record, while the Athletics (78-57) are second in the AL West.

 

Garver shines as Twins fall

Mitch Garver hit two home runs in the Minnesota Twins' 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Stephen Strasburg recorded 14 strikeouts as the Washington Nationals blanked the Miami Marlins 7-0.

Anthony Santander hit two home runs in the Baltimore Orioles' 7-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

 

Cardinals clinch doubleheader but Ozuna struggles

Marcell Ozuna went 0 for four as the St Louis Cardinals were 10-6 winners over the Cincinnati Reds before also claiming the second game of the doubleheader 3-2.

Orlando Arcia went 0 for four in the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

 

Carpenter the hero

This clutch hit from Matt Carpenter secured a win for the Cardinals.

 

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 4-3 Oakland Athletics
St Louis Cardinals 10-6 Cincinnati Reds
St Louis Cardinals 3-2 Cincinnati Reds
Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Houston Astros
Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Chicago Cubs
New York Mets 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals 7-0 Miami Marlins
Detroit Tigers 10-7 Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals 7-5 Baltimore Orioles
Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 Colorado Rockies
Atlanta Braves 11-5 Chicago White Sox
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Los Angeles Dodgers
Texas Rangers 3-2 Seattle Mariners
San Diego Padres 4-1 San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Angels 10-4 Boston Red Sox

 

Indians at Rays

Cleveland have dropped two straight games to Tampa Bay, who are just a half-game back in the American League wild-card race. The Athletics are also a half-game adrift of the Indians.

Jurickson Profar had a night to remember – both good and bad – as the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees in MLB on Friday.

First, the bad. The Athletics infielder botched a double play which allowed the Yankees to move into a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.

Then, the good. Profar broke a tie for a second time – the first was with a 0-0 score and a home run in the second – with a two-run double in the sixth to give Oakland the edge for good. The Yankees would not score again and the A's claimed an 8-2 win over the American League (AL) East leaders.

Brett Anderson was awarded the win after pitching six innings, allowing two runs off six hits and striking out one.

Yankees righty Tommy Kahnle was tagged with the loss. He gave up three runs on three hits in just one inning of work.


Quintana shines

Jose Quintana pitched 5.2 shut-out innings and allowed just four hits while striking out three in the Chicago Cubs' 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Todd Frazier hit two three-run home runs as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-5. 

Austin Pruitt, and three Rays relievers, combined on a five-hitter as Tampa Bay shut out the Cleveland Indians 4-0.


Horrible Hall

Matt Hall came in for relief of Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, but was quickly replaced himself after surrendering four runs on three hits in 1.2 innings.

Tim Anderson was 0 for five as the Chicago White Sox went on to lose 10-7 to the Atlanta Braves.


All Betts are on

Mookie Betts swatted two home runs on Friday with the latter breaking a 15th-inning tie to guide the Boston Red Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Right-fielder JD Martinez also homered for Boston before making a costly error in the ninth that extended the contest.


Soler special

Jorge Soler has been a highlight reel of his own this season and he tied the Kansas City Royals' single-season home-run record (37) in a 14-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

George Springer hit a monster three-run home run in the Houston Astros' 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday's results

Chicago Cubs 7-1 Milwaukee Brewers
Oakland Athletics 8-2 New York Yankees
New York Mets 11-5 Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals 7-6 Miami Marlins
Houston Astros 7-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins 13-5 Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves 10-7 Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers 6-3 Seattle Mariners
Baltimore Orioles 14-2 Kansas City Royals
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants 8-3 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Angels 6-7 Boston Red Sox

 

Mets at Phillies

The Phillies cannot afford to give up another game now. The National League wildcard race is heating up and they are currently 3.5 games back of making the cut. A win on Saturday against the Mets, who won the series opener, will almost certainly better their position. Philadelphia will start Jason Vargas (6-6, 4.09 ERA) while New York go with Steven Matz (8-8, 4.06).

The Milwaukee Brewers snapped the St Louis Cardinals' six-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory in MLB on Wednesday.

The Brewers are barely holding on in the race for the National League (NL) Central as they trail St Louis by 5.5 games in the division.

Milwaukee are also 3.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for second in the division and the second wildcard spot.

By virtue of Wednesday's win, in which Keston Hiura smoked a home run and the Brewers handed Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty his first loss since July 7, Milwaukee were able to make up some ground in the division and kept pace in the wildcard race, as Chicago also won on Wednesday.

Milwaukee scored a run in three of the first four innings and used a nine-strikeout performance from Jordan Lyles to earn the victory.

Milwaukee have three games left against the Cardinals and seven against the Cubs, so absolutely nothing is decided in this division.

Hernandez heroics

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez went three for five with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored in a 12-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani tossed seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins.

Jason Kipnis went two for four with two home runs in the Cleveland Indians' 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

 

Syndergaard struggles

Noah Syndergaard gave up 10 runs (nine earned) in three innings in the New York Mets' 10-7 loss to the Cubs.

 

DeShields robs Goodwin

Texas Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields Jr. robbed Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin of a home run.

Wednesday's results

Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 St Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees 7-3 Seattle Mariners
Philadelphia Phillies 12-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals 8-4 Baltimore Orioles
Atlanta Braves 9-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians 4-2 Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds 5-0 Miami Marlins
Chicago Cubs 10-7 New York Mets
Minnesota Twins 8-2 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 8-6 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 6-4 Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox 7-4 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 San Diego Padres
Texas Rangers 3-0 Los Angeles Angels

 

Rays at Astros

Zack Greinke (4-0, 2.45 ERA) has not lost yet in his time with the Astros, so it is going to be a challenge for the Rays to take a game in this series. The Astros have won the first two by a combined score of 23-7.

The Houston Astros showed off their classy offense in a thrashing of the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB on Tuesday.

Two teams could hit 300 or more home runs as the Minnesota Twins are on pace to do it and the New York Yankees have a shot as well, and both of those organisations are getting well-deserved credit for their success.

In Houston, though, the Astros have been somewhat forgotten. But as they showed on Tuesday by scoring six runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings off American League Cy Young candidate Charlie Morton in a 15-1 win over the Rays, this lineup is as good as any in MLB.

The Astros scored two runs in the third, four in the fourth, five in the sixth and another in the seventh. They had eight extra-base hits (three home runs) including two homers from rookie Yordan Alvarez, who is now one away from Carlos Correa's Astros rookie record of 22.

Every batter in the lineup had at least one hit while four had at least two. Josh Reddick, Alex Bregman and Alvarez all had three apiece.

The Rays had the second-best ERA in MLB at 3.56 coming into the game but the Astros' offense has quietly been on par with the best in MLB all season.

 

Darvish delights

Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish threw eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-2 win over the New York Mets.

Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak went two for three with a home run, two RBIs and a walk in Toronto's 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Franmil Reyes went two for three with a home run, three RBIs and two walks in a 10-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.

 

Woeful Nationals

Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Adams and Yan Gomes combined to go 0 for 19 with eight strikeouts in the Washington Nationals' 2-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Brilliance from Brault

Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Steven Brault made a great catch in a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tuesday's results

Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Philadelphia Phillies
Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Washington Nationals
Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 Atlanta Braves
Cleveland Indians 10-1 Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Miami Marlins
Chicago Cubs 5-2 New York Mets
St Louis Cardinals 6-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 3-1 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 15-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Oakland Athletics 2-1 Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox 10-6 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 San Diego Padres
New York Yankees 7-0 Seattle Mariners

 

Cardinals at Brewers

Forget the fact this is a game between two contenders for the National League Central and watch this game for this: Jack Flaherty is pitching for St Louis and he is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA for the Cardinals in his past seven starts and has not given up more than two runs in a start since July 2. He is a sight to behold right now.

The St Louis Cardinals are on a roll and Monday's 12-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers extended their winning streak to five games in MLB.

St Louis' hits matched their RBIs on the night, as they notched 12 of each. They also had home runs from Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong.

The Brewers, on the other hand, had nine hits but struggled to bring runners home in the contest. Monday's loss was their second in a row, dropping them to 67-64 for the season.

St Louis lead the National League Central at 72-58, leaving Milwaukee five and a half games behind.

Only the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals have better records than the Cardinals in the National League.

 

Galvis inspires Reds

Freddy Galvis went three for five and tallied four RBIs to help the Cincinnati Reds top the Miami Marlins 6-3.

JT Realmuto went three for five and scored two runs in the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ryan McMahon hit a two-run homer to lift the Colorado Rockies past the Braves 3-1.

 

Gonzalez costly as Brewers lose

Milwaukee's Gio Gonzalez forked up nine runs (seven earned) in five innings of work.

 

Rodriguez hits walk-off homer

Sean Rodriguez gave the Phillies a win with this walk-off home run in the 11th inning.

 

Monday's results

Colorado Rockies 3-1 Atlanta Braves
St Louis Cardinals 12-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Miami Marlins
Oakland Athletics 19-4 Kansas City Royals
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 San Francisco Giants
New York Yankees 5-4 Seattle Mariners
San Diego Padres 4-3 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Cubs at Mets

The Chicago Cubs are just two games ahead of the New York Mets in the National League wildcard race. The Cubs were swept by the Nationals in their last series while the Mets were swept by the Braves. Both teams need wins.

For all the exciting young talent on the Atlanta Braves, a pair of veterans did all the heavy lifting in Sunday's 2-1 win over the New York Mets in MLB.

Josh Donaldson hit a pair of solo home runs, and 31-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven, to pick up the victory.

The 33-year-old Donaldson, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Braves, now has 32 home runs this year, and 24 homers since June 11, tied with Mike Trout (24) for most in the majors in that span.

The Braves (80-52) have now won eight straight. Yet they cannot shake the Washington Nationals, who defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-5 in 11 innings to win their fifth straight and 12th out of 14. Howie Kendrick scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Tyler Chatwood, and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single for insurance, one of his four hits for the day.

The Nats (73-57) remain six games behind the Braves.

O'Hearn shines

Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn hit a pair of solo home runs, the second providing the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as Kansas City beat the Cleveland Indians 9-8.

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman went four for four and scored three runs in a 9-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Matt Carpenter had three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs in the St Louis Cardinals' 11-4 win over the Colorado Rockies.

 

Cole struggles

Los Angeles Angels reliever Taylor Cole gave up seven earned runs in one inning in an 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

Buster Posey struck out four times and stranded six runners in the San Francisco Giants' 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics.

 

Fabulous Fletcher

Angels third baseman David Fletcher made an incredible catch.

Nolan Arenado turns hits into outs more routinely than arguably anyone.

Sunday's results

Baltimore Orioles 8-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 9-8 Cleveland Indians
Miami Marlins 3-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves 2-1 New York Mets
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox 2-0 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 11-2 Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 7-4 Detroit Tigers
St Louis Cardinals 11-4 Colorado Rockies
Washington Nationals 7-5 Chicago Cubs
San Francisco Giants 5-4 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 3-1 Boston Red Sox
Seattle Mariners 3-1 Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees 5-1 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Cardinals at Brewers

These two playoff contenders just met in a three-game series early last week in St Louis. The Cards took two of three, moving them into first place in the National League (NL) Central. Third-placed Milwaukee trail the Cards by 4.5 games, and the second-placed Cubs by two games. The Brewers will go with lefty Gio Gonzalez, who gave up only one earned run and struck out six against the Cardinals last Tuesday. Adam Wainwright will look to rebound from a tough outing against the Brewers on August 21, when he gave up five earned runs in five innings.

Two of the best teams in MLB faced off and the Los Angeles Dodgers came out on top 2-1 against the New York Yankees.

Justin Turner led the way as the Dodgers levelled the three-game series on Saturday.

Turner blasted a two-run homer in the third inning to bring in Los Angeles' only runs of the contest. 

"It doesn't matter what you did the day before," Turner told reporters after the game. "You gotta show up the next day at 0-0. 

"And those guys [pitchers] are 60 feet away trying to get out[s]. Tonight two runs were enough."

The Yankees tallied a run in the fourth inning but could not muster more scoring against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles are now 86-45, while the Yankees sit at 84-47 for the season.

 

Bell inspires Pirates rout

Josh Bell went one for four with a three-run home run to help the Pittsburgh Pirates crush the Cincinnati Reds 14-0.

Corey Dickerson went four for five with five RBIs in the Philadelphia Phillies' 9-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Pedro Severino hit a grand slam to power the Baltimore Orioles' 7-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Frazier struggles as Mets lose

Todd Frazier went 0 for four with a strikeout in the New York Mets' 9-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Hunter Dozier struck out in all three of his official at-bats as the Kansas City Royals fell to the Cleveland Indians 4-2.

 

No look, no worries

This was a nice no-look catch by Stephen Piscotty.

 

Saturday's results

Washington Nationals 7-2 Chicago Cubs
Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 Miami Marlins
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Pittsburgh Pirates 14-0 Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians 4-2 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Arizona Diamondbacks
Houston Astros 5-2 Los Angeles Angels
Atlanta Braves 9-5 New York Mets
Texas Rangers 4-0 Chicago White Sox
St Louis Cardinals 6-0 Colorado Rockies
Minnesota Twins 8-5 Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox 5-4 San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants 10-5 Oakland Athletics
Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Seattle Mariners

 

Yankees at Dodgers

New York and Los Angeles are both top World Series contenders, so Sunday's game should be exciting. After all, this could be a sneak peak of the championship round.

The New York Mets had an impressive pitching performance against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, but fell short 2-1 in MLB.

New York tied a National League record by recording 26 strikeouts against Atlanta, and 13 of those came from Jacob deGrom in the 14-inning contest. Eight different Mets pitchers notched Ks.

Not a single Brave got more than one hit in the game, but Freddie Freeman and Billy Hamilton each had RBIs.

Atlanta have now won six straight and still sit atop the National League (NL) East with a 78-52 record.

The Mets, on the other hand, had their five-game winning streak snapped. They are 67-61 in 2019 and only two games back from the NL's second wildcard spot.

Stellar Soto

Juan Soto went three for four and hit a home run in the Washington Nationals' 9-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

Aristides Aquino went three for four and hit a home run in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Soler struggles

Jorge Soler was hitless in four at-bats as the Kansas City Royals fell to the Cleveland Indians 4-1.

Ty Blach game up seven runs in four innings in the Baltimore Orioles' 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Sanchez makes history

The New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez reached 100 home runs faster than any catcher in the history of MLB.

Friday's results

Washington Nationals 9-3 Chicago Cubs
Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 Baltimore Orioles
Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians 4-1 Kansas City Royals
Miami Marlins 19-11 Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves 2-1 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 8-3 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 5-4 Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
Detroit Tigers 9-6 Minnesota Twins
St Louis Cardinals 8-3 Colorado Rockies
Boston Red Sox 11-0 San Diego Padres
New York Yankees 10-2 Los Angeles Dodgers
Seattle Mariners 7-4 Toronto Blue Jays

 

Braves at Mets

New York are chasing Atlanta in the division standings and are hoping to move into playoff contention soon. Friday's matchup went down to the wire and the second game of the series should be a quality game as well. 

Atlanta Braves star and MLB MVP hopeful Ronald Acuna Jr. led the way in a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins.

All-Star Acuna delivered a walk-off single as the Braves topped the Marlins on Thursday.

Acuna is batting .296 with 36 home runs, 88 RBIs and 29 stolen bases in 128 games this season.

The 21-year-old outfielder has been everything Braves fans have wanted, and more. This month, Acuna has 11 home runs and 23 RBIs. That is to go with a slash line of .325/.391/.759.

As impressive as that is, it should almost be expected. Last August – Acuna's rookie year – the then 20-year-old batted .336/.405/.698 with 11 homers, 21 RBIs and six stolen bases.

The challenge for him this year, though, is two-fold. While he is undoubtedly in the MVP discussion, defending National League MVP Christian Yelich and Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger are having better seasons and will be hard to catch in a race.

And secondly, Braves team-mate Freddie Freeman has also impressed as he is batting .304 with 34 home runs and 103 RBIs. He could very well steal some MVP votes from Acuna.

 

Brantley extends streak

Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley went three for four with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 15 games in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks threw seven shut-out innings while allowing three hits in a 1-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

Washington Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick went three for five with three RBIs as his team eased past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1.

 

Biagini almost blows lead

Astros reliever Joe Biagini gave up three runs and three hits (including two home runs) while nearly blowing Houston's 6-0 lead in the ninth against the Tigers. Closer Roberto Osuna came in with a runner on and two outs, walked a batter to put the tying run on and nearly allowed a three-run homer to tie it, so he is not free from criticism either.

 

Davis denies Indians

J.D. Davis is playing in a big park in New York, so he figured he would make an over-the-shoulder catch.

 

Thursday's results

Chicago Cubs 1-0 San Francisco Giants
Washington Nationals 7-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Baltimore Orioles
New York Mets 2-0 Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves 3-2 Miami Marlins
St Louis Cardinals 6-5 Colorado Rockies
Chicago White Sox 6-1 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 6-3 Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics 5-3 New York Yankees
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox 5-4 Kansas City Royals (completion of game suspended on August 7)

 

Nationals at Cubs

In what very well could be a preview of the NL wild-card game, Washington will face off with Chicago in a three-game series starting Friday. The Cubs can still win their division and the Nationals have an outside shot to claim theirs, but they will have to win series like these if they want to have a chance to do that.

The Detroit Tigers upstaged the Houston Astros 2-1 in MLB action on Wednesday.

Houston wasted a complete-game, two-hit, two-run performance from Astros ace Justin Verlander, who became just the fifth pitcher in history to record at least 10 strikeouts in seven successive games.

The story of the game came in the eighth and ninth innings when the Astros ran into the final out at third base twice.

A player is never supposed to make the last out at third. Jose Altuve and Robinson Chirinos did it in consecutive innings. The latter did it to end the game.

Chirinos doubled to right to go four for four in the game and with Houston trailing 2-1 in the final frame, he was doing all he could to get as close to home as he could. He was caught after a good relay, though, and that sealed the Astros' fate.

In the previous inning, Altuve was caught trying to advance from first to third on a groundout by Alex Bregman to shortstop.

Verlander only allowed two hits but both were solo home runs. The Astros star has now given up a career-high 33 homers this season. Every single run Verlander has given up in his last two starts has come by way of solo homers.

 

Giolito blanks Twins

Chicago White Sox righty Lucas Giolito threw a three-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins with 12 strikeouts and zero walks.

Washington Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin threw eight shut-out innings while striking out four in an 11-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Padres pair struggle

Josh Naylor and Hunter Renfroe both went 0 for four with two strikeouts in the San Diego Padres' 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Cubs' Castellanos stays hot

Nicholas Castellanos has homered in three straight games for the Chicago Cubs. He has eight homers in 19 games since being traded to Chicago.

 

Wednesday's results

Cincinnati Reds 4-2 San Diego Padres
Chicago White Sox 4-0 Minnesota Twins
Colorado Rockies 7-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 Seattle Mariners
Baltimore Orioles 8-1 Kansas City Royals
Texas Rangers 8-7 Los Angeles Angels
Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals 11-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Atlanta Braves 5-0 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 4-3 Cleveland Indians
Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 St Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs 12-11 San Francisco Giants
Detroit Tigers 2-1 Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics 6-4 New York Yankees
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Toronto Blue Jays

 

Indians at Mets

The Mets came back in dramatic fashion to win on Wednesday after giving up the lead in the 10th inning. This series has been very good already and we expect Thursday's game to be great too.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Washington Nationals star Anthony Rendon impressed in MLB on Tuesday.

This year's MVP race in the National League is one for the history books.

Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers have stolen all the headlines and rightfully so. They are probably going to finish with more than 50 home runs apiece while playing good defense.

As good as those two have been, though, do not forget about Freeman and Nationals third baseman Rendon.

Freeman, 29, has consistently been one of the best players in baseball and he is having a career year. He came into Tuesday's game batting .303 with 31 home runs and 98 RBIs and he led the Braves to a win again, going three for four with two home runs and four RBIs in a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

As for Rendon, he can put up fantastic numbers and has done just that again this year. He came into Tuesday hitting .317 with 27 home runs and 97 RBIs and also led his team, going three for three with a walk and an RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates, although Washington lost 4-1.

Heaney heroic for Angels

Los Angeles Angels lefty Andrew Heaney struck out 14 batters while allowing just one run in eight innings of work in a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

Cincinnati Reds starter Sonny Gray struck out 10 in six innings while allowing one run in a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

Nelson Cruz went four for five with three doubles, a home run and three RBIs in the Minnesota Twins' 14-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

 

Sloppy Sanchez

After being part of a no-hitter in his first start in Houston, Aaron Sanchez has taken a step back. He gave up three runs in 2.1 innings while allowing four hits and two walks to the Detroit Tigers. Houston did overcome the poor performance, though, and won 6-3.

 

Brilliant Bader

St Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader made a fantastic diving catch against the Brewers.

Tuesday's results

Los Angeles Angels 5-1 Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers 3-2 Los Angeles Angels
Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Kansas City Royals
Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Washington Nationals
Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Boston Red Sox
Cincinnati Reds 3-2 San Diego Padres
New York Mets 9-2 Cleveland Indians
Seattle Mariners 7-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves 5-1 Miami Marlins
St Louis Cardinals 9-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs 5-3 San Francisco Giants
Houston Astros 6-3 Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins 14-4 Chicago White Sox
Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7 Colorado Rockies
Oakland Athletics 6-2 New York Yankees
Los Angeles Dodgers 16-3 Toronto Blue Jays

 

Indians at Mets

These two teams are heavily involved in both wildcard races. The Indians will put Adam Plutko (5-3, 4.67 ERA) on the hill while the Mets are set to counter with Marcus Stroman (1-0, 5.17 ERA).

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