MLB roundup: Anthony Rizzo stays hot, Gavin Floyd has season-ending surgery

Mike McGinnis

The Cubs have responded well to their young first baseman's red-hot June.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued his red-hot June on Thursday by going 3-for-4 with a double in his team's 5-3 win over the Nationals.

Rizzo is hitting .337/.416/.663 with eight doubles, seven home runs, 20 runs scored and 16 RBI in 24 games in June. The 24-year-old slugger, who was a highly touted prospect upon making his big league debut in 2011, is coming into his own in 2014. Rizzo his hitting .291 with an on-base percentage exceeding .400 and has 17 home runs a little less than halfway through his second full season in the majors.

The Cubs have responded to their star first baseman's success by going 13-11 this month. If they can keep that up, they'll finish June with their first winning month since July 2013.

Floyd undergoes season-ending surgery

Braves starter Gavin Floyd will miss the rest of 2014 after undergoing surgery on his fractured right elbow, according to Major League Baseball.

Floyd exited the Braves' game against the Nationals on June 19 with swelling in the elbow, and X-rays later revealed the true extent of the injury. The 31-year-old right-hander was in the midst of an impressive bounce-back campaign, posting a 2.65 ERA with 45 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 54⅓ innings.

Harper nearing return

Bryce Harper is reportedly close to rejoining the Nationals. The star outfielder will make a few more rehab appearances before possibly returning for the Nats' series against the Rockies:

Pirates plate go-ahead run during pickle

Ike Davis isn't really known as a threat to steal bases. The 6'4, 220-pound first baseman has seven steals over the course of his five-year big league career. That didn't stop his former team from trying to catch him slipping with two outs and runners at the corners, and Andrew McCutchen took full advantage:

Rookie sensation Gregory Polanco later hit the decisive three-run home run in the Bucs' win over the Mets.

Thursday scores

Astros 6, Braves 1
Angels 6, Twins 4
Pirates 5, Mets 2
Blue Jays 7, White Sox 0
Tigers 6, Rangers 0
Cubs 5, Nationals 3
Phillies 5, Marlins 3 (14)
Brewers 7, Rockies 4
Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0
Reds 3, Giants 1

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