Here's your MLB scores from a day when two guys hit three dingers -- one of whom makes sense, and one of whom, HUH??!?!?!!? -- a ragtag bunch of Blue Jays pitched a shutout, and Chris Davis and Domonic Brown willed their teams to wins.
Cubs, 9, White Sox, 3: Dioner Navarro hit three home runs. No, seriously. He's the first Cubs catcher to do it since 1974 when -- wait for it -- George Mitterwald did it, and as Rob Neyer wrote, he's one of the least likely players ever to join the three-homer club. Unfortunately for Navarro, he'll still back up Welington Castillo.
Let's watch him slug, anyway:
Indians, 5, Reds, 2: Justin Masterson couldn't keep Joey Votto from going deep, but it was the only run allowed by the 28-year-old as Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak. Jason Giambi and Mark Reynolds each provided dingers off of Bronson Arroyo.
Mets, 9, Yankees 4: It was a yikes effort for David Phelps, who after wins in two consecutive starts, failed to make it out of the top of the first. The Mets batted around before the Yankees would see the plate, scoring five in the first inning. Meanwhile, the Yankees would score four runs on the game, allowing Jeremy Hefner to get his first win of the year. The Mets are in serious danger of pulling off the four-game sweep against the Yankees, which is a head-scratcher.
Phillies, 4, Red Sox, 3: The Phils got all four runs on solo shots, including two solo shots from Domonic Brown, who is on an absolute tear: five homers in five games, and after earning NL Player of the Week honors for last week, he's well in line to get it again. Remember, dude had 12 homers coming into the year... and now has 13 on the season. Jonathan Papelbon gave up a run, but held on for his second save against his ex-team in as many games.
Orioles, 9, Nationals, 6: There aren't many things more fun than just watching two sluggers each trying to will their team to victory, and that's what we had here. On the Nats, Ryan Zimmerman, blasting three bombs off Chris Tillman with four RBI. On the O's, Chris Davis, who remained hot as ever:
(GIF from @GDixon410)
Davis went 4-for-4 with two dingers, including the capper in a six-run seventh after the team had already chased Jordan Zimmermann from the game.
Pirates, 5, Tigers, 3: Anibal Sanchez looked fantastic, with eight strikeouts and only one run allowed in six innings. Then, he snapped, allowing five straight batters to reach base, with Pedro Alvarez and Travis Snider driving in three runs on back-to-back doubles, Snider advancing to third on a wild pitch, and Jordy Mercer getting him home on a suicide squeeze. A.J. Burnett got the win, despite a Miguel Cabrera homer.
Blue Jays, 3, Braves, 0: Starting pitchers are overrated. So are major league pitchers, for that matter. Reliever Esmil Rogers worked 3⅓ scoreless innings in the start -- his first since 2011 -- and Triple-A callups Juan Perez and Neil Wagner got the game to the ninth, when Casey Janssen shut it down. Melky Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBI to provide mild run support with a weird pitching crew locking down the Braves' bats. Perez got the win, because wins are a valuable MLB stat.
Rays, 3, Marlins, 1: Roberto Hernandez got 26 of 27 outs and didn't allow any earned runs -- the only time the Marlins got on the board was due to a Matt Joyce fielding error -- which was enough for the win. The Rays offense was pretty meek -- they scored two runs on a single and a double play with the bases loaded in the first inning -- but with Hernandez dealing after a couple of shaky outings, they'll take it.
Twins, 4, Brewers, 1: Both teams needed strong starts a night after the teams went 14 innings in Milwaukee, and Samuel Deduno answered: in only his second outing of the year, the Twins pitcher went seven-plus innings, allowing only one run and lowering his ERA from a ghastly 10.13. The Twins' bullpen got some rest, Aaron Hicks tagged a homer for the second straight game, and Minnesota got the win.
Cardinals, 5, Royals, 3: Aaron Crow gets the blame here, taking a 3-1 Kansas City lead and turning it into a 5-3 loss, giving up a homer to Carlos Beltran and then letting the Cards load the bases. The Cardinals pinch hit Daniel Descalso with the bases juiced and the score tied at three, because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, and he came through, singling to center and giving the team the deciding runs.
CORPORAL DESCALSO HERE IS YOUR MEDAL OF CLUTCH #stlcards— alex fritz (@boxcar_fritz) May 30, 2013
Astros 6, Rockies 3: Troy Tulowitzki put on a show, knocking in all three of Colorado's runs on three hits, but it's hard to win a game all by oneself. The Astros spread the love around a bit more, and it paid off. J.D. Martinez delivered the knockout blow in the eighth with an RBI single. Tyler Chatwood threw six strong innings for the Rockies, striking out a career-high 10 and dropping his earned-run average to 2.12, which seems like a typo.
Angels 4, Dodgers 3: Jered Weaver returned to the mound for the Halos after a month and a half on the sidelines. Weave pitched well, striking out seven in six innings of one-run ball, but his velocity remains a concern. He hit 90 on the gun just three times -- all in the first inning -- averaging 88 miles per hour with the fastball overall. Mark Trumbo drove in three for the Angels, two coming on a go-ahead blast off of Chris Capuano.
Padres 3, Mariners 2 (F. 10): Just your typical Joe Saunders/Eric Stults pitching duel. Seattle took a 2-1 lead in the ninth on a big fly from Jason Bay, but closer Tom Wilhelmsen couldn't seal the deal. Will Venable, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth, delivered the walk-off single for the Padres in the tenth:
A's 9, Giants 6: Poor Tim Lincecum. The guy just doesn't have it anymore. Los Gigantes did their best to come back from the five-run hole Timmy left them, but they couldn't quite make it. It didn't make things any easier that they committed three errors on the defensive side of things. Cue Benny Hill...
D'Backs @ Rangers: PPD. Hot rain.