Even before meeting up with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers are streaking. Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer off Chris Capuano that bounced off the top of the left-field wall, Yovani Gallardo won for the second time since mid-April and the Rangers beat the New York Yankees 5-2 Sunday night for their fifth consecutive win. ''To come in and sweep a good team like this, especially here, is very difficult,'' Prince Fielder said.
Preston Tucker's major league career is just over two weeks old, and already he's hit a pair of big home runs. Once I step into the box, I feel the same, but just the process of it is something I'm not really used to,'' Tucker said. ''That's pretty cool that I've been able to help us win.'' Tucker's three-run shot in the sixth inning Sunday tied the game, and the Houston Astros went on to a 10-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Chad Bettis came close to his first complete game. Bettis pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning and Nolan Arenado had four hits and four RBIs, leading the Colorado Rockies to an 11-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Troy Tulowitzki and Nick Hundley each drove in two runs as Rockies earned a split of the rain-soaked, four-game series.
Justin Upton erupted Sunday, in a positive way for the San Diego Padres. Upton hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as the Padres broke loose, backing unbeaten James Shields in an 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A day after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, Upton tied his career high for RBIs.
Trying to get Paul Goldschmidt to talk about himself is a futile exercise. ''Best player in the game,'' Hellickson said. Goldschmidt hit his second home run in three days and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday to win the three-game series.
When Michael Wacha is on the mound, Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals like their chances. Wacha pitched seven sparkling innings for his seventh straight win, and the Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Carpenter, who hit a two-run homer off Yordano Ventura (3-4) in the sixth, said the NL Central leaders believe they are going to win when Wacha (7-0) takes the mound.
Two innings in a row, new Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings went to the mound to switch pitchers. Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn't impressed by the moves. ''They used what, three guys three days in a row out of the bullpen to get it done?'' Showalter said.
Indians manager Terry Francona isn't picky when it comes to winning. ''We'll take anything,'' Francona said after Cleveland's sixth straight win. Instead of facing ace Johnny Cueto, who missed the start because of a sore right elbow, the Indians went against rookie Raisel Iglesias, making his fifth major league appearance.