The Chicago Cubs moved Jason Heyward into the leadoff spot and it seems to be paying off after a win over the Milwaukee Brewers in MLB on Friday.

Chicago beat Milwaukee 6-2 after Heyward started the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning.

It was the right fielder's 16th homer of the season and helped pull the team within half a game of the National League (NL) Central-leading St Louis Cardinals.

"It's about me wanting to make the most of my time playing baseball," Heyward said, via MLB.com.

"Whatever works best for whatever team I'm on, I'm going to try to do that. And right now, that's what they feel is best, so let's go. It's not looking around and see what works best for me. If it can be done, try and get it done.

"I just asked [manager] Joe [Maddon] to be patient with me. Just give me a shot and here we go."

Jose Quintana and Willson Contreras added to the Cubs' total and Javier Baez led the offense after he chipped in a home run and drove in three runs.

The Brewers' two runs were highlighted by a Ryan Braun homer.

Zach Davies ultimately got tagged with the loss. He gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings pitched.

Quintana was awarded the win after toeing the rubber for six innings. 

 

Marte magic lifts Pirates

Starling Marte's three-run home run in the seventh inning helped the Pirates snap the New York Mets' seven-game winning streak. Pittsburgh went on to win 8-4.

Freddy Galvis homered for one of his three hits in the Toronto Blue Jays' 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger won his fifth straight decision as the Cleveland Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3.

 

Misery for Mariners, Kikuchi

It was a great night for the Houston Astros, but not for the Seattle Mariners. Yusei Kikuchi was stuck with the loss after allowing six runs on nine hits in just four innings of work.

Victor Reyes, Jake Rogers and Jordy Mercer all went 0 for four at the plate for the Detroit Tigers against the Texas Rangers.

 

Yastrzemski's huge homer

Mike Yastrzemski's 472-foot home run was the longest by a San Francisco Giants player since Brandon Belt in 2015.

Gleyber Torres hit the go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the first inning on his first pitch swinging. The New York Yankees went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2.

Friday's results

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

 

Brewers at Cubs

After the Cardinals had the day off on Friday and the Cubs picked up a big win, they can move one step closer to the top of the standings with another victory on Saturday. Chicago will send Cole Hamels (6-3, 2.98 ERA) while Milwaukee counter with Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.48).

The New York Mets are on a roll in MLB, extending their winning streak to seven on Thursday.

New York completed a sweep of the White Sox with a 4-0 victory in Chicago to continue their fine form.

Zack Wheeler shut down Chicago en route to the win. He threw seven scoreless innings and allowed just four hits while striking out seven.

Wheeler had been at the center of trade rumours for most of July, but ultimately ended up remaining with New York after no deal was reached before the deadline.

"I go out there every time just trying to win a ballgame and keep zeros on the board," Wheeler said after the game, via SNY. "Pitching's clicking, hitting's clicking. The guys out there in the field made some amazing plays … Everything's clicking right and we're just rolling."

Robinson Cano hit a home run and recorded two RBIs for New York. Wilson Ramos also drove in a run.

The Mets have worked their way back into the playoff conversation and finished play on Thursday four games out of the second National League (NL) wildcard spot with a 53-55 record. The White Sox dropped to 46-60 with the loss.

Fabulous Flaherty

Jack Flaherty threw seven shut-out innings as the St Louis Cardinals topped the Cubs 8-0. Chicago managed a single hit in the game.

Alex Bregman went three for three with two RBIs in the Houston Astros' 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.

 

Rodriguez struggles

San Francisco Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez surrendered seven runs (four earned) in three innings in a 10-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baltimore Orioles reliever Jimmy Yacabonis allowed four runs in one inning of work in an 11-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Guerrero goes deep

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. crushed a ball for the Blue Jays.

Jason Heyward took an incredible running catch for the Cubs.

Thursday's results

Miami Marlins 5-4 Minnesota Twins
Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 San Francisco Giants
New York Mets 4-0 Chicago White Sox
Oakland Athletics 5-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 Baltimore Orioles
Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 Boston Red Sox
Houston Astros 7-1 Cleveland Indians
St Louis Cardinals 8-0 Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves 4-1 Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers 8-2 San Diego Padres

 

Brewers at Cubs

The NL Central rivals will begin a three-game series on Friday with just one game separating them in the standings. The Brewers will send Zach Davies (8-4, 3.56 ERA) to the hill while the Cubs will counter with Jose Quintana (8-7, 4.47 ERA).

While most other contenders were making a big trade or two at Wednesday's deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers were relatively quiet before trumping the Colorado Rockies 5-1.

The Dodgers struck a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for left-handed reliever Adam Kolarek – who does not remind anyone of their top relief target Pittsburgh Pirates flamethrower Felipe Vazquez. And they acquired light-hitting utility infielder Jedd Gyorko from the St Louis Cardinals.

That is it. While many Dodgers fans were unhappy the team did not make a bigger acquisition, the Dodgers can make the case they are already set for the postseason, thank you very much. They entered the day with MLB's best record, and they added an exclamation point to that in their afternoon game against the Rockies.

The Dodgers broke open a scoreless tie at Coors Field with five runs in the ninth inning to win midweek. Dodgers catcher Will Smith had the big hit, a three-run homer off Wade Davis.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched six scoreless frames for the Dodgers but got a no decision.

Sure, the Dodgers wanted Vazquez, but did not want to pay the Pirates' reported asking price of two of Los Angeles' top four prospects.

So, the Dodgers (71-39) will have to hope the players they already have can carry them to their first World Series title since 1988. There is some help on the way from the farm — Los Angeles re reportedly calling up their top pitching prospect Dustin May from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Friday at home against the San Diego Padres.

 

Berrios lifts Twins past Marlins

Jose Berrios pitched seven scoreless against the Miami Marlins, striking out 11 and giving up only two hits as the Minnesota Twins prevailed 7-4.

Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez hit two home runs and drove in four to key a 10-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

Luis Castillo held the Pirates to one run and struck out seven in seven innings in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-1 win.

 

Garcia costly as Angels fall

Los Angeles Angels reliever Luis Garcia gave up a pair of homers and five runs in the eighth inning in a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

 

Donaldson brings the rain

Josh Donaldson stuns Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle with this 10th-inning homer in the Atlanta Braves' 5-4 win.

 

Wednesday's results

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

 

Cubs at Cardinals

The National League Central seems headed for a down-to-the-wire finish between the Cubs, Cardinals and Brewers. Winning your games against divisional rivals is critical. The Cubs will send Jon Lester (9-6, 3.63 ERA) against Jack Flaherty (4-6, 4.17 ERA).

The Washington Nationals tried to put together a late rally, but the Atlanta Braves managed to pull off a win in MLB on Tuesday.

The 11-8 Atlanta victory came a day after Washington won by the same margin of victory and was led by the efforts of Adam Duvall.

He hit two home runs to help give the Braves enough of a cushion to withstand the seven runs scored by the Nationals in the final three innings.

Along with the win, the Braves added a reliever to their bullpen. 

Atlanta picked up righty Chris Martin from the Texas Rangers in exchange for former top prospect Kolby Allard. 

Wonderful Verlander

Justin Verlander struck out 13 across seven scoreless innings as the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0. 

Diamondbacks rookie Taylor Clarke impressed in his Yankee Stadium debut. He picked up a win as Arizona went on to beat New York 4-2.

Avisail Garcia hit a home run and added a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth to push the Tampa Bay Rays past the Boston Red Sox 6-5.

 

Cabrera can't lift Rangers

Asdrubal Cabrera was the only player in the Rangers' starting lineup to not record a hit. He went 0 for three as Texas fell 8-5 to the Seattle Mariners.

The San Francisco Giants' Tyler Beede gave up four runs on 10 hits through five innings of work on his way to a loss against the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Goldschmidt homers again

The St Louis Cardinals struck gold with Paul Goldschmidt's 25th home run of the season.

Tuesday's results

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

 

Pirates at Reds

After another bench-clearing brawl between these two teams, it will be interesting to see if tempers flare when they continue the series on Wednesday. Pittsburgh will start Dario Agrazal (2-1, 3.24 ERA) after beating Cincinnati 11-4. The Reds will counter with Luis Castillo (9-4, 2.71 ERA).

Anthony Rendon broke a tie in spectacular fashion as the Washington Nationals topped the Atlanta Braves 6-3 in MLB.

Nationals third baseman Rendon hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to put his team ahead of the Braves for good on Monday.

Juan Soto and Trea Turner also brought in runs as the Nationals moved to 57-49 and four-and-a-half games behind the National League East-leading Braves. 

Atlanta tried to chip away at their deficit with a run in the ninth, but it was not enough to catch Washington.

Dallas Keuchel was tagged with the loss after pitching 5.3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits. 

Patrick Corbin got the win after he gave up just two runs and five hits in six innings of work.

 

Votto lifts Reds past Pirates

Joey Votto went three for four with a two-RBI single in the Cincinnati Reds' 11-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Eight Miami Marlins players recorded at least one RBI in their 11-6 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

 

Staumont struggles as Royals fall to Jays

Kansas City Royals reliever Josh Staumont allowed two earned runs and recorded one out in a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Iglesias settles contest with slam

Jose Iglesias ended a 10-run inning with a grand slam.

What a play by San Diego Padres infielder Fernando Tatis Jr. Not so much for Baltimore Orioles starter David Hess.

 

Monday's results

Washington Nationals 6-3 Atlanta Braves
Cincinnati Reds 11-6 Pittsburgh Pirates
Miami Marlins 11-6 Arizona Diamondbacks
Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Kansas City Royals
Colorado Rockies 9-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Detroit Tigers 7-2 Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres 8-1 Baltimore Orioles

 

Cubs at Cardinals  

A full slate of MLB games is on the schedule on Tuesday, including the Chicago Cubs taking on the St Louis Cardinals. They both sit atop the NL Central with 56-49 records, but St Louis have been on more of a hot streak, winning seven of their last 10 games. Chicago have split their last 10 (5-5) but are coming off a win in Milwaukee. The Cubs will start Yu Darvish (3-4, 4.54 ERA) and the Cardinals will counter with Adam Wainwright (7-7, 4.63 ERA).

The Philadelphia Phillies were able to avoid a sweep against the Atlanta Braves in MLB on Sunday.

J.T. Realmuto blasted a grand slam and three others, including Bryce Harper, hit home runs as Philadelphia beat Atlanta 9-4.

The win also helped move the Phillies within one game of the National League (NL) wildcard teams – the Chicago Cubs, St Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals – and 6.5 games behind the NL East-leading Braves.

The win was especially meaningful after Philadelphia lost their past two outings against Atlanta by a combined score of 24-9.

"All our goals are still here," Realmuto said after the game. "We feel like we have a team here to do something special."

Aaron Nola breezed through six scoreless innings before the Braves scored all four of their runs in the seventh. Ender Inciarte and Johan Camargo both hit home runs.

Nola surrendered seven hits in 6.2 innings of work and had eight strikeouts, along with three walks, against the Braves.

Kevin Gausman allowed six runs and nine hits with eight strikeouts for Atlanta.

 

Pujols gets to 650

The Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols became just the sixth player in MLB history to reach the 650 home-run mark with a two-run dinger.

Kyle Schwarber almost singled handily brought down the Milwaukee Brewers after he hit two home runs to plate the Cubs' first seven runs. 

Michael Conforto highlighted the New York Mets' six-run first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a two-run homer.

 

Jones struggles

Adam Jones went 0 for four in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Walker Buehler gave up seven runs (four earned) and eight hits as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 11-4 to the Nationals.

 

Super Springer

George Springer started things off with his 31st career lead-off home run.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez was red hot after striking out the first six batters he faced. He finished with 10 total Ks.

Sunday's results

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

 

Tigers at Angels

The Angels hope to creep up the standings when they host the Tigers for a three-game series starting on Monday. Los Angeles are five games out of the American League wildcard race and are coming off a narrow victory against the Orioles.

The Toronto Blue Jays topped the Tampa Bay Rays in dramatic fashion in MLB on Saturday.

The Blue Jays trailed the Rays by four runs entering the ninth inning, but rallied to score four and extend play.

Teoscar Hernandez secured an impressive 10-9 comeback victory by blasting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning.

The 26-year-old outfielder went two for six at the plate and notched two home runs. He has 14 this year and helped Toronto end a two-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay's Travis d'Arnaud also had a good day, and went two for five, notching a home run of his own as well as three RBIs.

The Blue Jays are fourth in the American League (AL) East standings with a 40-66 record – 18.5 games back from the Rays.

Kershaw irresistible for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw struck out nine Washington Nationals batters in six innings in a 9-3 Los Angeles Dodgers win.

Steven Matz pitched a complete game and helped the New York Mets shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0.

Yoan Moncada went three for four and tallied a home run and two RBIs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1.

 

Castellanos goes hitless

Nicholas Castellanos went 0 for four in the Detroit Tigers' 8-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Jordan Yamamoto gave up six earned runs in four innings as the Miami Marlins fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2.

Aaron Judge was hitless in five at-bats in the New York Yankees' 9-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

 

Correa's grand slam

Houston's Carlos Correa notched his first career grand slam against the St Louis Cardinals. The Astros won 8-2.

Saturday's results

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

 

Pirates at Mets

New York have won three straight and are looking to catch up to the Phillies in the National League (NL) East. They have a chance to get on a roll against the team at the bottom of the NL Central in Pittsburgh.

The St Louis Cardinals moved top of the MLB's National League Central for the first time since May on Friday.

St Louis claimed the NL Central lead thanks to a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros as they extended their winning streak to six games.

Coupled with the Chicago Cubs' 4-3 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cardinals top the division for the first time since May 6.

Paul Goldschmidt highlighted the Cardinals' efforts after hitting his fifth home run in as many days.

St Louis were trailing the Astros 3-2 until Goldschmidt's three-run homer put the Cardinals ahead for good.

Matt Wieters also hit a home run and Kolten Wong had an RBI single earlier in the game to score Goldschmidt.

Houston scored twice in the fourth inning and brought in one more run in the eighth, but then the Astros were shut down in the final frame. They moved to 66-39 with the loss, which was given to Ryan Pressly.

Andrew Miller was given the win and Carlos Martinez earned the save. 

 

Cruz leads Twins past White Sox

Nelson Cruz is on fire. He homered for the seventh time in his last five games during the Minnesota Twins' 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Zack Wheeler made his first appearance since July 7 after suffering right shoulder fatigue. He struck out seven over 5.3 innings as the New York Mets were 6-3 victors against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Mookie Betts hit three home runs against James Paxton during the first four innings of the Boston Red Sox's 10-5 win over the New York Yankees.

 

Castillo can't prevent defeat

Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo had a tough outing against the Colorado Rockies. He gave up eight hits and six earned runs in five innings of work during the 12-2 loss.

It was a low-run night for both the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in the former's 3-1 triumph. However, Toronto really struggled to get things going as five batters came up empty, including Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr, who were both 0 for 4.

 

Verdugo says no!

Two highlights in one? We will take it if Alex Verdugo keeps making plays like these for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat the Washington Nationals 4-2.

 

Friday's results

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

 

Yankees at Red Sox 

In the last two matchups, the Red Sox have obliterated the Yankees. New York will try to get one back when they start CC Sabathia (5-5, 4.50 ERA) on Saturday. Boston will counter with Eduardo Rodríguez (12-4, 4.10).

The St Louis Cardinals produced a stunning second inning to see off the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-8 in MLB action on Wednesday.

During the second frame, the Cardinals scored nine runs while collecting eight extra-base hits (three home runs, five doubles) to equal an MLB record.

In that inning, Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run in his third straight game, which tied a career high, and Paul DeJong hit his first of three homers in the game.

DeJong is the first every-day shortstop in Cardinals history to hit three home runs in a game. He is also the youngest St Louis player to do it since Albert Pujols in 2004. He finished the night four for four with the three home runs, a double and five RBIs.

It saw the Cardinals extend their winning streak to four games, with seven victories in their last eight games.

St Louis really struggled in the month of May but now sit just half a game back of the Chicago Cubs for first in the National League Central. The Pirates are last in the division but just eight-and-a-half games adrift.

 

Bieber blanks Blue Jays

Cleveland Indians starter Shane Bieber threw a shutout while allowing just one hit and one walk with 10 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over the
Toronto Blue Jays.

In that same game, Toronto starter Marcus Stroman gave up just one run on five hits and a walk in what might have been his last start for the Blue Jays.

Justin Verlander struck out 11 in six innings while allowing just one unearned run in the Houston Astros' 4-2 victory against the Oakland Athletics.

 

Castellanos can't spark Tigers

Nicholas Castellanos went 0 for four with three strikeouts as the Detroit Tigers lost 4-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Donaldson gets down low

Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson made an impressive throw from his knees during a 2-0 defeat to the Kansas City Royals.

 

Wednesday's results

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

 

Rangers at Athletics

Do not let the Athletics' series loss to the Astros fool you. This is a team that can compete for the American League pennant with a couple of key additions at the trade deadline. The Rangers have fallen on hard times of late, but they are still very competitive. However, this next week is key for Texas as, if they continue to struggle, selling might be inevitable.

Robinson Cano surprisingly led the New York Mets to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on Tuesday.

The second baseman went four for four and hit three home runs in the victory. He also drove in all five of his team's runs.

The Mets also received a solid pitching performance from Jason Vargas, who totalled eight strikeouts in six innings of work. 

The Padres only managed five hits and have struggled as of late. They have lost four of their past five and have dropped to 47-53 this season. New York, on the other hand, now hold a 46-54 record.

Stellar Smith

Caleb Smith notched nine strikeouts in seven innings in a 5-1 victory for the Miami Marlins against the Chicago White Sox.

Trevor Bauer tallied nine strikeouts as the Cleveland Indians fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 in 10 innings.

Trea Turner went four for five with two RBIs as the Washington Nationals dominated the Colorado Rockies 11-1.

Didi Gregorius had a game to remember. He went five for five with two runs scored and seven RBIs in the New York Yankees' thrilling 14-12 10-inning win over the Minnesota Twins.

 

Miserable Moran

Colin Moran went 0 for four with three strikeouts in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 4-3 loss to the St Louis Cardinals.

Nick Markakis was hitless in five at-bats in the Atlanta Braves' 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

 

Gurriel's inside-the-park homer

The Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel managed to complete an inside-the-park home run against the Oakland Athletics.

Tuesday's results

St Louis Cardinals 4-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals 11-1 Colorado Rockies
Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Cleveland Indians
Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Detroit Tigers
New York Mets 5-2 San Diego Padres
Boston Red Sox 5-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 5-4 Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins 5-1 Chicago White Sox
Oakland Athletics 4-3 Houston Astros
Cincinnati Reds 14-6 Milwaukee Brewers
New York Yankees 14-12 Minnesota Twins
Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Texas Rangers 7-2 Seattle Mariners
San Francisco Giants 5-4 Chicago Cubs
Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Royals at Braves

Kansas City topped Atlanta on Tuesday, but the Braves still lead the National League East by a wide margin. The Royals have been on a hot streak and will look to remain competitive against one of MLB's top teams at SunTrust Park.

The Los Angeles Dodgers dominated Miami 9-0 to complete a sweep of the Marlins in MLB on Sunday.

The Dodgers notched three home runs in the shutout but starter Walker Buehler stole the show.

Buehler, 24, tallied 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work and is 9-1 this season.

Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro went two for four and was the only Marlins batter to record multiple hits in the loss.

Los Angeles have a commanding lead in the National League (NL) West with a 67-35 record, while the Marlins are last in the NL East at 36-61.

Wonderful Wojciechowski

Asher Wojciechowski struck out 10 batters as the Baltimore Orioles shut out the Boston Red Sox 5-0.

Michael Brantley went a perfect three for three and hit two home runs in the Houston Astros' 5-3 victory against the Texas Rangers.

Max Kepler went three for six with a home run and four RBIs as the Minnesota Twins topped the Oakland Athletics 7-6.

 

Poor Guerrero

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was hitless in three at-bats in the Toronto Blue Jays' 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

J.P. Crawford went 0 for four as the Seattle Mariners fell to the Los Angeles Angels 9-3

 

Super Soler

The Kansas City Royals' Jorge Soler robbed a home run with an amazing catch.

Jeff McNeil covered some major ground to make a play.

Sunday's results

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

 

Red Sox at Rays

Boston lost two of their past three games to a struggling Orioles team. The defending champions are three games out of the second wildcard spot and could use this as an opportunity to jump Tampa Bay in the standings.

The New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4, while Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero smashed his maiden MLB grand slam.

After narrowly losing to the Giants 1-0 on Friday, the Mets bounced back 24 hours later thanks to Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso.

Smith went three for five and tallied four RBIs, while Alonso blasted a three-run homer in his lone at-bat as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning on Saturday.

Pablo Sandoval was a bright spot for the Giants, going four for four at the plate.

The Mets are now 45-53 and sit fourth in the National League East. The Giants are 49-50 and third in the NL West.

Guerrero became the youngest player in Blue Jays history to hit a grand slam in Toronto's 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.

At 20 years, 126 days, Guerrero eclipsed Brett Lawrie's record by over a year with his 441-foot blast. The Blue Jays star also became the youngest MLB player to celebrate a grand slam since Jose Reyes in 2003.

 

Giolito gets the job done

Lucas Giolito struck out nine batters as the Chicago White Sox took down the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1.

Jose Urquidy struck out nine batters in seven innings to help the Houston Astros top the Texas Rangers 6-1.

Pittsburgh Pirates star Starling Marte went three for five at the plate and tallied one RBI in the 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Senzatela struggles

Antonio Senzatela gave up seven hits and six earned runs in one-and-a-half innings of work as the Colorado Rockies were beaten 11-5 by the New York Yankees.

Oscar Mercado was hitless in four at-bats as the Cleveland Indians fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0.

 

Baez says no!

Javier Baez pulled off this amazing blind tag in the Chicago Cubs' 6-5 win against the San Diego Padres.

 

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 11-5 Colorado Rockies
Chicago Cubs 6-5 San Diego Padres
Chicago White Sox 2-1 Tampa Bay Rays
New York Mets 11-4 San Francisco Giants
Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox 17-6 Baltimore Orioles
Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 Philadelphia Phillies
Oakland Athletics 5-4 Minnesota Twins
Houston Astros 6-1 Texas Rangers
Kansas City Royals 1-0 Cleveland Indians
Cincinnati Reds 3-2 St Louis Cardinals
Washington Nationals 5-3 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6 Miami Marlins

 

Nationals at Braves

Washington topped Atlanta on Saturday and are just five-and-a-half games back from the lead in the NL East. The Braves are trying to stay on top of the division, while the Nationals are creeping closer and threatening to close the margin.

The St Louis Cardinals came from 7-0 down in the sixth inning to topple the Cincinnati Reds 12-11 at Great American Ball Park on Friday.

A staggering 10 runs were scored by St Louis in the sixth to take control of the game and they did not look back.

Jose Martinez and Paul DeJong each notched one home run for the Cardinals, while the Reds' Ryan Lavarnway went three for four and tallied two home runs, with Cincinnati out-hitting the Cardinals 18-12 in the contest.

St Louis extended their winning streak to three and are just two-and-a-half games back from the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

The @Cardinals were down 7-0 entering the 6th.

A casual 10-run (!) inning has changed that. pic.twitter.com/EANZDceTqj

— MLB (@MLB) July 20, 2019


Cincinnati moved to 43-52 for the season and are now last in the division having lost four straight games.
 

Mercado stars for Cleveland

Oscar Mercado had a perfect five-for-five night as the Cleveland Indians topped the Kansas City Royals 10-5.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went three for five in the Toronto Blue Jays' 12-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.

 

Marte and Blackmon go hitless

Starling Marte was hitless in four at-bats in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Charlie Blackmon was hitless in five at-bats as the Colorado Rockies fell to an 8-2 defeat to the New York Yankees.

 

Donaldson walks off in Braves win

Josh Donaldson led the Atlanta Braves to victory over the Washington Nationals with this walk-off single.

Friday's results

Chicago Cubs 6-5 San Diego Padres
Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Baltimore Orioles 11-2 Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees 8-2 Colorado Rockies
Chicago White Sox 9-2 Tampa Bay Rays
Cleveland Indians 10-5 Kansas City Royals
St. Louis Cardinals 12-11 Cincinnati Reds
Toronto Blue Jays 12-1 Detroit Tigers
Atlanta Braves 4-3 Washington Nationals
Houston Astros 4-3 Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics 5-3 Minnesota Twins
Arizona Diamondbacks 10-7 Milwaukee Brewers
LA Dodgers 2-1 Miami Marlins
Seattle Mariners 10-0 LA Angels
San Francisco Giants 1-0 New York Mets

Red Sox at Orioles

Boston suffered a surprising 11-2 defeat to Baltimore on Friday and the reigning champions will look to bounce back on Saturday against an Orioles team with one of the worst records in MLB.

The Houston Astros reminded everyone why they are the best team in the American League (AL) West, beating the Los Angeles Angels again in MLB.

Houston dropped the Angels 6-2 on the road on Thursday to win their second straight game over Los Angeles, forcing a split in a four-game series.

The Astros outscored LA 17-4 in those two games.

The Astros got a much-needed win when the Oakland Athletics lost, stretching their lead to 5.5 games in the West. It also made a point both for the good and bad. The Astros are the best team in MLB when their top three pitchers (Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley) are on the mound, but they also need desperate help at the back end of their rotation.

Houston are 42-19 (.688 winning percentage) when those three are on the bump this year (Miley got the win on Thursday). That would be the best winning percentage in MLB. Without them, however, they are 19-19. That could be good enough to earn a wildcard spot in the National League (NL), but in the AL, it absolutely is not. So, Houston's top priority will be going after a pitcher at the deadline.

Who have the Astros been linked to? Just about everyone from Noah Syndergaard to Robbie Ray to Matthew Boyd to Madison Bumgarner. They could also be eyeing some under-the-radar players like Caleb Smith of the Miami Marlins.

The Astros have to add and the past 20 games are a perfect example why. Houston are 11-2 with their top three on the mound and 2-5 in the others. In that time, the Athletics have cut significantly into Houston's lead atop the division. In this series against the Angels, the Astros went 0-2 with all other pitchers and 2-0 with Cole and Miley.

 

Splendid Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg was good on the mound in the Washington Nationals' 13-4 win over the Atlanta Braves as he tossed 5.1 innings while allowing three earned runs. He also went three for three at the plate with a three-run homer and five RBIs.

Chris Sale struck out 12 in six scoreless innings while allowing two hits in a 5-0 Boston Red Sox win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Goldschmidt goes hitless

Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for four with four strikeouts but the St Louis Cardinals did come away with a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Cain's catch

Lorenzo Cain made a difficult catch look remarkably easy.

Thursday's results

Miami Marlins 4-3 San Diego Padres
Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Red Sox 5-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals 6-5 Chicago White Sox
New York Yankees 6-2 Tampa Bay Rays
New York Yankees 5-1 Tampa Bay Rays
St Louis Cardinals 7-4 Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians 6-3 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 13-4 Atlanta Braves
Minnesota Twins 6-3 Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros 6-2 Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
San Francisco Giants 3-2 New York Mets

 

Athletics at Twins

This is an important game for several reasons. The Indians are charging hard at the Twins in the AL Central and the Athletics are not only trying to keep pace with the Astros, but they are also in the middle of a heated wildcard race. Every single game matters from here on out.

The San Francisco Giants completed a sweep of the Colorado Rockies to complicate the National League (NL) West in MLB.

With San Francisco's 11-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday, the Giants swept a four-game series over Colorado and are now a half-game up on the Rockies for third in the West.

Even more complicated, San Francisco are 2.5 games out of the second wildcard spot in the NL, and if they really wanted to, they could consider buying and getting into the race in Farhan Zaidi's first year running the organisation.

The Giants have some talent and have had some good performances this year, but their starting lineup averaged 29.2 years of age on opening day, Madison Bumgarner is likely to leave in free agency and Jeff Samardzija has just one year left on his deal. It is time to rebuild and the Giants know it.

Because the Giants dominated the Rockies so thoroughly, Colorado are starting to consider making some moves. And if Colorado decide to sell, the trade market changes massively. Jon Gray and Scott Oberg could become available, Daniel Murphy could be on the move and maybe even Jake McGee could be considered as a chip.

Murphy could fetch a hefty price on the market and might just be the best bat available, McGee would possibly be the best non-closer lefty out there and Gray is a former top-three pick. The Rockies could get huge returns on their investments if they decide to sell and teams could get some really valuable pieces.

The Giants did not just sweep the Rockies, they may have changed the landscape of the deadline.

Rosario brilliant for Mets

Amed Rosario went four for four with a home run, triple, two singles, three RBIs and a walk in the New York Mets' 14-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Jurickson Profar went two for three with two home runs and four RBIs in the Oakland Athletics' 10-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

 

Chavez struggles

Jesse Chavez gave up seven earned runs in 0.2 of an inning in the Texas Rangers' loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

Smoak punished

Justin Smoak really should not have run to second base on a long single to center in the Toronto Blue Jays' loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Wednesday's results

New York Mets 14-4 Minnesota Twins
St Louis Cardinals 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 5-2 Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants 11-8 Colorado Rockies
Oakland Athletics 10-2 Seattle Mariners
Baltimore Orioles 9-2 Washington Nationals
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Boston Red Sox 5-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians 7-2 Detroit Tigers
San Diego Padres 3-2 Miami Marlins
Arizona Diamondbacks 19-4 Texas Rangers
Kansas City Royals 7-5 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 11-2 Los Angeles Angels

 

Tigers at Indians

The Indians are within four games of the Twins. They could get to within three on Thursday and they have Trevor Bauer (8-7, 3.65 ERA) on the mound. The issue for Cleveland is Matthew Boyd (6-7, 3.95) is on the mound for the Tigers. He is a hot commodity on the market, as well. There are a lot of interesting storylines surrounding this game.

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