Cardinals 6, Reds 1: The Reds were able to get on base against Joe Kelly, but the Cardinals' pitcher would allow Cincinnati to score just one run on eight hits and three walks over six innings. St. Louis's bats were a bit more timely as they used nine hits to score four runs during six innings of work from Mat Latos. The Cardinals bullpen was dominant for the next three innings, preserving the lead and keeping St. Louis atop the NL Central.
Royals 6, Twins 1: For seven innings, it seemed as if neither team would ever score. James Shields and Kevin Correia pitched tough as they dueled to a 0-0 tie for most of the game. Shields had given up just a hit and three walks at the time while Kevin Correia exited with six hits and two walks against him. As soon as Correia left, the Royals put up a five-spot in the eighth frame. The Twins might have done the same after three hits and a walk against Shields, but he was pulled in favor of Will Smith, who stopped the bleeding.
White Sox 4, Astros 3: After spreading out their three runs throughout the game, it looked like Houston might pull out a victory in this battle of the titans. The Astros entered the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead and Erik Bedard coming out for a second frame after a strong seventh inning. The White Sox bats woke up just then, however, putting three runs on the board and stealing the win.
Mets 5, Phillies 0: Jonathan Niese did all he could to help Mets fans forget about Matt Harvey for a little while. Niese threw a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and a walk to the Phillies. New York only had five hits of their own, but two errors helped them to score four unearned runs, more than enough to help support Niese this time around.
Angels 6, Rays 5: After scoring two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, the Rays must have felt comfortable with a 5-1 lead. Starter Roberto Hernandez allowed two singles to lead off the inning before being replaced by Jake McGee, who promptly loaded the bases with a walk. A groundout and single later, and the lead was down to one. Former Angel Fernando Rodney couldn't maintain that slim lead, allowing a two-run double to Erick Aybar to give L.A. the win.
Oh, and C.J. Wilson tripped. See ya next fall!
Braves 2, Indians 0: He may have allowed five hits and four walks in just under six innings pitched, but Alex Wood doesn't care. Not when exactly zero of those base runners managed to cross home plate. And certainly not when four Braves relievers combined to allow just one hit and preserve the shutout. The Braves offense was not as impressive, but was timely. Atlanta had two of its three hits and one of two walks in the second inning when a Elliot Johnson plated both the team's runs.
Red Sox 13, Orioles 2: Things got so bad in this game for Baltimore that they had Taylor Teagarden pinch-hit for Chris Davis in the late innings. Wei-Yin Chen was bad enough that he felt the need to apologize to his team after the start. Chen couldn't even make it four innings as he allowed eight runs on eight hits and three walks. Shane Victorino did not have a bad day. He reached base in all four of his plate appearances, hit two home runs, scored four runs and drove in seven. Not a bad day in the office for him.
Athletics 6, Tigers 3 (Game called in the sixth inning): With pouring rain came down in the fifth inning while the two teams were locked in a 3-3 tie, it looked like the game might have to continue at a later time. Oakland outfielder Brandon Moss had other plans, hitting a two run go-ahead homer off Justin Verlander. Seth Smith added on another solo home run off reliever Bruce Rondon before the game was officially called after halting in the sixth inning. That was enough time for the result to be official.
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 1: The Yankees won, but they almost lost a lot more. Robinson Cano left the game after being hit on the wrist by a pitch, but appears to have escaped with just a contusion and is day-to-day. His replacement at second, Eduardo Nunez, also left the game with an injury. An Alfonso Soriano three-run homer highlighted a four-run first inning for the Yankees. Seven strong innings from Andy Pettitte insured New York's lead would stand.
Brewers 7, Pirates 6: The Brewers lost a lead twice, but managed to hold on to their third lead long enough to win. Kyle Lohse looked good at first as Milwaukee took a 5-0 lead, but he allowed four runs in the fifth inning to allow the Bucs to get back in the game. Lohse then gave up the lead in the sixth before being pulled from the game. The two teams traded off runs in the seventh before Caleb Gindl knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth. Aramis Ramirez hit the 350th homer of his career in fourth inning and drove in four runs altogether.
The #Brewers improve to 49-0 this season when leading after 8 innings, the only team in the majors without a loss.— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) August 28, 2013
Nationals 2, Marlins 1: Ross Ohlendorf built the foundations for a great Nationals' pitching performance, tossing five innings of one-run ball while allowing just three hits and a walk. Four Washington relievers took care of the rest, combining to give up one hit and strikeout six batters. Nathan Eovaldi and the Marlins bullpen almost matched Ohlendorf and the Nats, but not quite. Both of Washington's runs came in the first inning. It turned out those two runs were just enough.
Giants 5, Rockies 3: Two home runs in the first inning, including an absolute blast from Hunter Pence, led to three runs for the Giants. Colorado looked like it might be posing a comeback with two runs between the third and fourth frames, but San Francisco tagged on a couple of insurance runs. Those proved crucial as the Rockies plated a third run in the seventh.
ESPN Stats & Info had Hunter Pence's homer at 476 feet, the longest in MLB this season.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 28, 2013
Diamondbacks 10, Padres 9 (10 innings): Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill singled to left in the bottom of the 10th to force San Diego to walk off the field in defeat. This was not a game for the relievers to relax in the bullpen. Between the two teams, 12 relievers got into the contest because few of them could keep their opponents from scoring. Eight runs were scored in the eighth and ninth innings alone. Gerardo Parra had a three-run home run for Arizona and a five-RBI day.
Cubs 3, Dodgers 2: Clayton Kershaw didn't make it out of the sixth inning for Los Angeles, making his shortest start since going five innings April 23. He still allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out nine. However, his offense just didn't give him any run support to make up for it. Cubs starter allowed just a run over seven innings for the win. Dioner Navarro had three hits, drove in a run and scored a run for the Cubs. Hanley Ramirez had three hits for L.A.
Rangers 4, Mariners 3 (10 innings): It would have sounded impressive as a "walk-off balk," but alas Texas was visiting Seattle. The Rangers scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 10th inning when Ian Kinsler scored on a balk by Seattle reliever Danny Farquhar. Despite a four-hit game by Kinsler, that was actually the only run he scored all game. Joe Nathan picked up his 36th save.