Rays 2, Red Sox 1: The Rays took over first place in the AL East Monday night, doing so on the back of David Price, who pitched 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walking none.
The Rays appear to have benefited from some "human error" in this one, as it looks as though Daniel Nava should have been called safe here.
The close call didn't keep the Rays' and Red Sox's Twitter accounts from exchanging some snark...
Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 30, 2013
Don't worry @raysbaseball we look forward to seeing you in Tampa in September for our home games at the Trop.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 30, 2013
Rangers 4, Angels 3: The Rangers would come back from a one-run deficit with two solo-home runs in the ninth inning of this one. A.J. Pierzynski tied the game up, and then Geovany Soto walked-off on this:
Giambi, who nearly became the Rockies' manager this offseason, accomplished something special with that home run.
Pirates 9, Cardinals 2: In the first of a five-game series between the two teams atop the NL Central, the Pirates cruised to a victory. Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook was not very effective Monday, allowing four runs in the first inning. Pedro Alvarez did all the necessary work with a three-run home run in the first.
Braves 9, Rockies 8: After his absurd defensive show on Sunday night, Andrelton Simmons followed that up by hitting a walk-off home run. The Braves only had to get to that point because Jordan Walden blew a save. Craig Kimbrel had been used a lot lately, and the team likely wanted to rest him.
Brewers 5, Cubs 0: This game was scoreless until the ninth inning, when the Brewers erupted for five runs off the recently acquired Pedro Strop. The go-ahead run came on an RBI single by Carlos Gomez.
Athletics 9, Blue Jays 4: Of all the games from Monday, this one really lacked the storyline or drama of the others. The A's scored a bunch, A.J. Griffin was solid, and Yoenis Cespedes hit a triple and a home run.