Chicago Cubs 7 – Philadelphia Phillies 9
Highlights: Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto homered off Jon Lester, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 9-7 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series between division leaders. Andrew McCutchen added two hits and two RBI as Philadelphia won for the fifth time in seven games. Aaron Nola (5-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball in his second straight victory. Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber hit homers for Chicago, which had won three of four. Rizzo finished with four hits and three RBI, but the NL Central-leading Cubs were unable to overcome a second consecutive shaky performance by Lester (3-3). After pitcher Tyler Chatwood‘s pinch-hit double got Chicago within two in the ninth, Hector Neris struck out Addison Russell and retired Victor Caratini on a fly ball to left to close out his eighth save in eight chances. Neris entered with runners on first and second in the eighth and retired Javier Baez on a deep fly ball to left. Lester has allowed nine earned runs and 17 hits in his last two outings after yielding five earned runs and 35 hits in his first seven starts combined.
Chicago White Sox 4 – Houston Astros 0
Highlights: Lucas Giolito pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, rookie Eloy Jimenez hit his third homer in two games and the White Sox beat the Astros 4-0. Yoan Moncada had an RBI double and Tim Anderson added a run-scoring single for the White Sox, who earned a four-game series split by handing Houston its first set of consecutive losses since May 1-2. Giolito (6-1) struck out a season-best nine and walked one in winning his fourth start in a row and fifth straight decision. It was the first nine-inning complete game by a White Sox pitcher since Chris Sale beat Kansas City 7-4 in September 2016, and their first complete-game shutout since Sale threw a two-hitter in a 1-0 win at Tampa Bay on April 15, 2016. Giolito threw 82 of his season-high 107 pitches for strikes against a first-place team that began the day leading the majors with an .860 OPS and had homered in 19 consecutive games. All the hits Giolito allowed were singles. Previously, his longest start was 7 1/3 innings. Jimenez, who was 0 for 7 in the first two games of the series before hitting two homers in a win Wednesday night, connected off fellow rookie Corbin Martin (1-1) for a solo shot in the fourth inning that made it 4-0. Martin gave up six hits and four runs over 3 1/3 innings in his third career start. Missing injured sluggers Jose Altuve and George Springer, the Astros couldn’t get anything going on offense. Their streak of 19 straight games with at least one home run was tied for the longest stretch in franchise history.
- Washington Nationals 4 – New York Mets 6
- Colorado Rockies 6 – Pittsburgh Pirates 14
- New York Yankees 6 – Baltimore Orioles 5
- Boston Red Sox 8 – Toronto Blue Jays 2
- Miami Marlins 5 – Detroit Tigers 2
- Philadelphia Phillies 9 – Chicago Cubs 7 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Atlanta Braves 5 – San Francisco Giants 4
- Tampa Bay Rays 7 – Cleveland Indians 2
- Chicago White Sox 4 – Houston Astros 0 (See Chicago Sports News)
UPDATE: Cespedes Has Surgery, Likely To Miss Season – New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes is expected to miss the entire season after having ankle surgery, the team announced Thursday. The Mets said the 33-year-old Cespedes, who suffered a broken right ankle in an accident on his ranch, had the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Cespedes hadn’t played this season while recovering from surgery to remove calcification on both of his heels. The two-time All-Star played just 38 games last year and has played only 119 games since signing a four-year, $110 million deal before the 2017 season. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said this week the team was told Saturday night that Cespedes sustained multiple ankle fractures on his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the club’s spring training complex is located.
Chicago Cubs 8 – Philadelphia Phillies 4
Highlights: Cole Hamels struggled in his first start against his original team, Albert Almora Jr. hit his first career grand-slam and the Cubs rallied from an early three-run deficit with three homers, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Wednesday night. With the game tied at 3 in the fifth, Almora launched Cole Irvin‘s changeup into the shrubs in the center-field batter’s eye. The 25-year-old Almora popped out of the dugout for a curtain call and doffed his helmet to an ovation from the crowd of 39,246. Irvin got Almora to ground out with the bases loaded and two outs in the first, but not a second time. Anthony Rizzo hit his 12th homer, a mammoth shot in the third inning that struck the neon beer sign atop the right field scoreboard, tying it at 3-all. That allowed Hamels to escape with a no-decision and remain unbeaten this season, despite allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks through four innings. Javier Baez added a solo shot in the seventh. He started at shortstop after being held out of the lineup for two games with a bruised right heel. Tyler Chatwood (3-0) earned the win with four innings of one-run, three-hit relief. Steve Cishek worked around a single and got the final three outs. Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a solo homer off Chatwood in the eighth. Jean Segura extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single and a double as the Phillies dropped their second straight to Chicago in a four-game series between division leaders. Irvin (2-1) was roughed up for seven runs on seven hits after winning his first two starts following his recall from Triple-A.
Chicago White Sox 9 – Houston Astros 4
Highlights: The Chicago White Sox used a rare combination to beat the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam for his first career homer and the White Sox turned the only triple play in the majors this season during a 9-4 victory. It’s the first time in franchise history the White Sox have smacked a grand slam and pulled off a triple play in the same game — and only the fourth time a major league team has done it since 1979. The last club to accomplish the feat was the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 8, 2017. Eloy Jimenez homered twice for Chicago, and Tilson’s slam highlighted a six-run sixth inning. A night after managing just one hit in a 5-1 loss, the White Sox got going early in this one, with Jimenez connecting in the second inning and Jose Abreu adding a solo shot in the fourth to give them a 2-0 lead. The Astros got a homer from Alex Bregman in a three-run fourth to go on top before Chicago’s big inning. White Sox starter Ivan Nova (3-4) allowed 10 hits but just three runs in seven-plus innings to bounce back after giving up nine runs in his previous start. He was helped by a defense that turned four double plays and ended the third inning with Chicago’s first triple play since July 2016 against Atlanta. Astros’ Gerrit Cole yielded seven hits and six runs while striking out seven in five-plus innings.
- Cincinnati Reds 9 – Milwaukee Brewers 11
- Oakland Athletics 7 – Cleveland Indians 2
- Kansas City Royals 8 – St. Louis Cardinals 2
- Seattle Mariners 1 – Texas Rangers 2
- Arizona Diamondbacks 2 – San Diego Padres 5
- Colorado Rockies 9 – Pittsburgh Pirates 3
- New York Yankees 7 – Baltimore Orioles 5
- Boston Red Sox 6 – Toronto Blue Jays 5
- Los Angeles Dodgers 1 – Tampa Bay Rays 8
- Miami Marlins 6 – Detroit Tigers 3
- Washington Nationals 1 – New York Mets 6
- Philadelphia Phillies 4 – Chicago Cubs 8 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Chicago White Sox 9 – Houston Astros 4 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Minnesota Twins – Los Angeles Angels POSTPONED
- Atlanta Braves 9 – San Francisco Giants 2
Chicago Cubs 3 – Philadelphia Phillies 2
Highlights: The heart of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup, including a taped-up Javier Baez, proved to be too much for the Philadelphia Phillies and their tired bullpen. Baez’s pinch-hit single capped a two-run, ninth-inning rally and lifted the Cubs over Philadelphia 3-2 on Tuesday night to stop the Phillies’ four-game winning streak. Baez didn’t start for a second straight game because of a jammed right heel, but the 2018 NL MVP runner-up came through immediately off the bench with the game on the line. “I’m impressed, but not surprised,” said Kris Bryant, who had three hits and used his speed to slide home with two runs. “He’s been doing stuff like that the last couple of years. Thankfully, he was up there in that situation to win the game like that.” Chicago trailed 2-1 starting the ninth, but Juan Nicasio (0-2) walked Bryant leading off, Anthony Rizzo doubled and, after Willson Contreras hit a shallow flyout, Jason Heyward was intentionally walked. Bryant scored when Albert Almora Jr. hit a chopper toward first, and Nicasio’s underhand toss to catcher J.T. Realmuto was late, a call upheld by a video review. Baez, lined Nicasio’s first pitch to right over a drawn-in infield. Kyle Ryan (1-1) got two outs for the win. Nicasio earned his first save by getting the final two outs in the Phillies’ 5-4 win in 10 innings on Monday night. Manager Gabe Kapler was forced to go with Nicasio again after Hector Neris tossed an inning on Monday and Seranthony Dominguez pitched two. Cubs starter Jose Quintana allowed two hits in six shutout innings, leaving after 100 pitches. Philadelphia’s Zach Eflin settled down after a 32-pitch first inning that included three walks and allowed one run and six hits in six innings.
Chicago White Sox 1 – Houston Astros 5
Highlights: Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 12 to lead the Astros to a 5-1 win over the White Sox. Verlander (8-1), who said his slider was his best pitch Tuesday night, was in control from the first pitch, allowing one hit and walking one in eight innings for his fourth straight win and the seventh in eight starts. The only hit off him came when Jose Abreu sent the first pitch of his at-bat just over the wall and out of reach of a leaping Jake Marisnick in straightaway center field with one out in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-1. Yuli Gurriel hit a solo homer off Dylan Covey (0-3) in the fourth inning to give the Astros home runs in 18 straight games, tying the second-longest streak in franchise history. Verlander, who threw no-hitters in 2007 and 2011, retired his first five batters with three strikeouts before walking Yonder Alonso with two outs in the second. But he got right back on track, sitting down Tim Anderson to end the inning. Covey allowed four hits, walked four and allowed four runs in four-plus innings.
- Oakland Athletics 5 – Cleveland Indians 3
- Philadelphia Phillies – Chicago Cubs (See Chicago Sports News)
- Colorado Rockies 5 – Pittsburgh Pirates 0
- New York Yankees 11 – Baltimore Orioles 4
- Boston Red Sox 3 – Toronto Blue Jays 10
- Los Angeles Dodgers 7 – Tampa Bay Rays 3
- Miami Marlins 5 – Detroit Tigers 4
- Washington Nationals 5 – New York Mets 6
- Cincinnati Reds 3 – Milwaukee Brewers 0
- Seattle Mariners 3 – Texas Rangers 5
- Chicago White Sox 1 – Houston Astros 5 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Kansas City Royals – St. Louis Cardinals POSTPONED
- Atlanta Braves 3 – San Francisco Giants 4
- Minnesota Twins 8 – Los Angeles Angels 3
- Arizona Diamondbacks 2 – San Diego Padres 3