Rangers 2, Angels 1: Martin Perez and two Texas relievers held the Angels to just four hits all game, with Josh Hamilton's 16th home run of the season accounting for LA's only run of the game. Jerome Williams kept the Angels in the game, holding Texas to just one run over 7⅔ innings. However, it was Adrian Beltre's ninth inning home run that gave the walk off victory to the Rangers and helped set an Angels record.
Via @EliasSports: Angels are 3rd team in MLB history to lose 3 straight games via walk-off HR ('01 Phillies, '99 Expos the others)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 1, 2013
Marlins 3, Mets 2: An inch or two more and this game may have gone into extra innings. In the third inning, the Mets' Eric Young Jr. drove a ball deep into right field, where it looked to have bounced off the top of the outfield wall and back into play. After video review, it was declared a triple rather than a home run. The Mets failed to bring him home. Henderson Alvarez had a nice outing for the Marlins, and with Young missing the homer, two late runs by the Mets were not enough to overcome Miami's lead. David Wright appeared to injure his leg sliding into second in the eighth inning of the game.
Braves 9, Rockies 0: Anchored by a Brian McCann three-run home run, the Braves plated seven in the third inning. That, along with seven innings of two-hit ball by Mike Minor, was enough to do the Rockies in for the day. Colorado never stood a chance in this one.
Diamondbacks 7, Rays 0: Wade Miley walked five batters over 6⅓ innings, but just two hits and eight strikeouts helped him hold the Rays scoreless. Heath Bell and J.J. Putz finished off the game giving up just one hit between them to keep Tampa Bay off the board. Paul Goldschmidt led the way offensively for Arizona, going 2-3 with a walk, a homer and three runs scored.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 4: After five innings, the two teams were tied with four runs apiece. The Pirates took a one-run lead in the eighth when Russell Martin singled home Neil Walker. St. Louis didn't put up a fight in the ninth, going down in order. The Pirates extended their lead in the NL Central to 2½ games with the victory. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have now lost seven consecutive games.
Giants 9, Phillies 2: Two recent call-ups led the way for the Giants offensively. Brett Pill had his second consecutive three-hit game as he drove in four runs and scored two. He hit a solo homer in the seventh inning. Roger Kieschnick, making his major league debut, picked up two hits and two RBIs. That was more than enough support for Chad Gaudin, who held the Phillies to one run over seven innings of four-hit ball.
Astros 11, Orioles 0: Brett Oberholtzer could not have done much better in his first major league start. He allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out six in seven innings against the AL's fourth most potent scoring team. The Astros supported him with two big innings, scoring four runs in the second and five runs in the fourth. Jason Castro was 3-4 with a walk and a grand slam while Matt Dominguez picked up four hits, two RBIs, three runs and a solo home run.
Indians 6, White Sox 5 (10 innings): Cleveland just had to break Chicago's hearts in this one. The White Sox came back from an 3-0 deficit in with a three-run sixth inning, then took the lead in the top of the ninth with two runs. Not to be outdone, the Indians brought home two of their own in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras. It wouldn't last much longer as Carlos Santana launched his 12th home run of the year to secure the walk off victory.
Reds 4, Padres 1: Homer Bailey pitched 8⅓ innings and only ran into trouble in the final frame when a Joey Votto fielding error and a Chase Headley double brought in an unearned run. Bailey was pulled in favor of Aroldis Chapman following that, but he allowed just six hits and no walks while striking out seven Padres hitters on the day. Brandon Phillips put Cincinnati on the board with a solo homer in the second inning. Three more Reds' runs in the seventh inning made sure the lead stayed safe.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2 (10 innings): Despite four Toronto errors, the Athletics offense could only plate two runs. R.A. Dickey had a fine start to help keep Oakland from scoring more, giving up six hits and a walk over six innings. Four Toronto relievers combined to give up just two hits over the remaining four innings. Two walks (one of which was intentional), two singles and a double brought home three runs in the tenth inning for Toronto.
Tigers 11, Nationals 1: Torii Hunter and the Tigers had a big day at the plate with the team posting two five-run innings. Hunter was 4-5 and came a triple shy of a cycle as he drove in three runs and scored two more. Alex Avila reached base in all three of his plate appearances, including a two-run homer. Wednesday was not Gio Gonzalez's day. The Nationals starter allowed ten earned runs in just 3⅔ innings of work.
Royals 4, Twins 3: Despite giving up ten hits, Kevin Correia held the Royals to two runs over six innings, matching Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie, who gave up two on six hits. After Minnesota secured the first two outs of the seventh inning without incident, Alex Gordon hit a triple and scored an unearned run on an Eric Hosmer fielding error. That allowed the Royals to take the lead. Billy Butler followed that up with an RBI single to push the lead to two runs and prevent a late run by the Twins from tying the game.
Cubs 6, Brewers 1: A 66-minute rain delay only held off the inevitable for Milwaukee. The Cubs had already scored four runs when the rain struck in the sixth inning, then two more after play was resumed. The Brewers managed to out-hit Chicago, 9-8, but a lack of timely hitting against Edwin Jackson kept the team out of contention.
Red Sox 5, Mariners 4: The two teams went back and forth in the middle innings before sending the game into extras. The Mariners struck first with a run in the fourth, then the Red Sox put up two in the fifth. Seattle took the lead back with two of their own the next inning before Boston took a 4-3 lead with another two-spot in the seventh. The Mariners then scored one more in the eighth inning and that would be it for scoring until the two squads reached the bottom of the 15th. Three Lucas Luetge walks loaded the bases for Stephen Drew, who ended the game with a two-out RBI single.
Yankees 3, Dodgers 0: Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw put on a pitching clinic for most of the game. Kuroda allowed five hits over seven shutout innings while Kershaw did the same over eight innings. Derek Jeter led off the ninth inning with a walk against Ronnie Belisario and was taken out in favor of pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez, who reached second on a groundout. Nunez remained at second as Alfonso Soriano grounded into the second out of the inning before Belisario intentionally walked Ichiro Suzuki. With runners on first and second and two outs, Paco Rodriguez came in to pitch for the Dodgers and proceeded to allow an RBI single to Lyle Overbay. The Yankees would go on to score two more insurance runs on a Mark Ellis fielding error.