Gennett’s granny, Trout’s latest and Twins inch closer

Mike Trout hit a bases clearing, go-ahead triple in the top of the ninth to give Los Angeles their third straight win. (Photo: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees (60-53) 0
Toronto Blue Jays (54-60) 4
TORONTO– Jose Bautista came around to score twice and drove in a run of his own to lead the Blue Jays to a series win. Earning a win for the first time in his last thirteen outings, Marco Estrada tossed seven scoreless innings to go along with six strikeouts. His counterpart, Sonny Gray, finished with a stat line of three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in six innings of work for the Yankees.

Baltimore Orioles (57-58) 7
Oakland Athletics (50-65) 2
OAKLAND– Trey Mancini and Adam Jones combined for three home runs and five runs batted in to give the Orioles their fourth win in their past six games. Baltimore’s Wade Miley was dominant on the mound as he allowed just an unearned run while walking three and fanning seven batters. Chris Smith was saddled with the loss for Oakland after giving up five runs on seven hits, four of which were home runs, in six innings. Jed Lowrie provided all of the A’s offense by driving in two runs.

Cleveland Indians (60-52) 1
Tampa Bay Rays (59-57) 4
TAMPA BAY– Corey Dickerson launched a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning for the Rays as they took the series opener from the Indians. On the hill for Tampa Bay, Blake Snell tossed six-and-one-third innings of one run ball on four hits. Cleveland’s Danny Salazar surrendered one run on seven hits in five-and-one-third innings while also fanning eight batters.

Pittsburgh Pirates (57-58) 7
Detroit Tigers (52-62) 5
DETROIT– Josh Bell connected for a home run and plated three runs to push the Tigers past the Pirates. Improving to 6-3 in his last ten starts, Gerrit Cole lasted eight innings, yielding three runs on six hits to go along with seven punchouts. Drew VerHagen was saddled with the loss for Detroit after getting lit up for six runs on nine hits in three-and-two-thirds innings. Pacing the Tigers’ offense was Nick Castellanos who had two hits and two runs batted in.

Kansas City Royals (57-57) 6
St. Louis Cardinals (59-56) 8
ST. LOUIS– Dexter Fowler launched a grand slam and drove in five runs as the Cardinals won their season-high sixth straight game. Struggling with command after allowing five walks and six hits for St. Louis, Lance Lynn was charged with three runs (two earned) over a span of six innings. Kansas City’s Jason Hammel went five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits to go along with seven strikeouts. At the plate, Lorenzo Cain led the Royals lineup with four base hits and a run scored.

Minnesota Twins (57-56) 7
Milwaukee Brewers (59-58) 2
MILWAUKEE– Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton had three hits apiece as well as a combined three runs scored to give the Twins their fourth consecutive victory. Dietrich Enns got the nod for Minnesota, going two-and-one-third innings and letting up two runs (one earned) on five hits. Opposing him, Zach Davies was tagged for seven runs (six earned) and eleven hits in five-and-two-thirds innings. Minnesota moved within a half game in the wild card race.

Houston Astros (71-43) 2
Chicago White Sox (44-68) 3
CHICAGO– Yoan Moncada hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning and then his first career walk-off in the eleventh as the White Sox completed the sweep of the Astros. On the mound, Carlos Rodon tossed eight innings of two run ball on nine hits to go along with four strikeouts. For Houston, Brad Peacock gave up one run and seven hits in six-and-one-third innings. Providing the Astros’ offense were Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez who each drove in a run.

Los Angeles Angels (58-58) 6
Seattle Mariners (59-57) 3
SEATTLE– Mike Trout proved to be the hero yet again for the Angels as he hit a bases clearing, go-ahead triple in the top of the ninth to give Los Angeles their third straight win. Making his second start since coming off the disabled list, Tyler Skaggs proved to be tough to score on. In six-and-one-third innings, the southpaw yielded five hits and no runs while eliminating five on strikes. Seattle’s James Paxton countered by lasting the same amount of innings but also surrendering three runs on five hits to go along with six strikeouts. He exited the game early with a strained pectoral muscle during the seventh inning.

New York Mets (51-61) 10
Philadelphia Phillies (42-70) 0
PHILADELPHIA– Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto combined to plate six runs as the Mets trounced the Phillies. Neil Walker was also a key contributor at the plate as he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Backed by the run support, Jacob DeGrom tossed six-and-two-thirds dominant innings, allowing four hits while eliminating nine batters on strikes. However, his night would be cut short after he was drilled by a line drive on his right tricep. For the Phillies, Vincent Velasquez gave up three runs and three hits in just one inning pitched.

Miami Marlins (53-60) 2
Washington Nationals (68-45) 3
WASHINGTON– Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead home run and two RBI as the Nationals earned the series win over the Marlins. Known to struggle against Miami (5-8, 4.27  career ERA), Tanner Roark pitched six innings of two run ball on four hits while walking five. Opposing him on the mound, Dan Straily yielded two runs and four hits in five-and-two-thirds innings. Headlining the Marlins’ offense was Giancarlo Stanton who homered for the sixth time in his past seven games.

San Diego Padres (50-64) 3
Cincinnati Reds (48-67) 1o
CINCINNATI– Scooter Gennett‘s grand slam highlighted a five-run seventh inning for the Reds as they took three out of four games from the Padres. Luis Castillo started for Cincinnati, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. San Diego’s Dinelson Lamet went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks. During his relief appearance, Brad Hand saw his 24-inning scoreless streak for the Padres come to an end courtesy of Gennett’s home run.

Los Angeles Dodgers (81-33) 8
Arizona Diamondbacks (64-50) 6
ARIZONA– Enrique Hernandez drove in three runs to help lead the Dodgers to their fifteenth win in their past seventeen games. Making his second start for Los Angeles, Yu Darvish let up two runs in five innings while setting down ten on strikes. Arizona’s Anthony Banda was dealt the loss after lasting four innings and surrendering three runs on four hits. At the plate, Daniel Descalso was a catalyst for the offense as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.

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