Though he was largely overshadowed by another Aaron - you know, the power forward-sized slugger who hit gargantuan home runs and inspired his own rooting section in right field at Yankee Stadium - Hicks was having a breakout season when he checked a swing in the third inning June 25. Gary Sanchez singled. Aaron Judge walked. Reed was replaced by Joe Kelly, who gave up a bloop single to Didi Gregorius to tie the game at 3-3.
Although the Cardinals' 8-5 win keeps them within a game of the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs, Atlanta continue to disappoint, moving to 11 games off.500.
Upping their record to 60-56 with a seventh straight win, the Cardinals got two doubles and three RBIs from Paul DeJong, plus two hits and two RBIs from Randal Grichuk. Benintendi homered into the second deck in right field in the fifth. We've had our difficulties against NY this year, we recognize that. But then there's this: The switch-hitting 27-year-old is batting.292 with a.395 on-base percentage against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Yoenis Cespedes crushed a three-run homer and had four RBIs after NY fell behind 3-0. Rosario put the Indians ahead with a three-run homer in the fourth, one inning after Kepler hit a two-run shot.
Carlos Carrasco was borderline flawless in the Cleveland Indians' 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Reynaldo Lopez pitched six strong innings in his White Sox debut, giving up two runs and four hits. Cleveland (61-52) scored five runs in the fifth inning. Boston had the tying runs in scoring position with no outs. Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez tossed a two hitter over six scoreless frames before Addison Reed gave up four runs in the 8th without recording an out while Joe Kelly gave up a run in 2/3 of an inning.
White Sox center fielder Adam Engel broke a tie with an RBI triple in the seventh inning and scored with a headfirst slide on Yolmer Sanchez's sacrifice bunt one batter later.
In his first two starts since the trade, in fact, Gray has received just one run of support with nothing to show for posting a 3.00 ERA in those outings. Jean Segura's throwing error allowed Mike Trout to score the tiebreaking run, leaving the Angels and Mariners a half-game behind Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth.
Zack Cozart and Tucker Barnhart hit solo home runs and Cincinnati pounded out 15 hits but still had to hold off a late rally in a victory over Milwaukee.
In 5.2 innings, Garcia was charged with three runs on seven hits and three walks. The reliable Yankees reliever kept the deficit at three runs through the top of the eighth.