Matt Wieters was sitting around for more than five hours when Orioles manager Buck Showalter summoned him to handle an extremely difficult task: Go to plate as a pinch-hitter to face Aroldis Chapman, who regularly busts the radar gun at over 100 mph. Wieters followed a lengthy rain delay with a tiebreaking two-run, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied past the New York Yankees 3-1 Sunday. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth, Baltimore had runners at first and second and one out when play was halted by heavy rain.
The wait was worth it for the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. ''It ended up being a good day, other than it was long,'' manager Terry Francona said after his team completed a four-game sweep of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals with a rain-delayed 7-0 victory. Francisco Lindor hit one of Cleveland's four solo homers and drove in three runs.
Jake Arrieta had been winning at such a remarkable rate it was almost jarring to see the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner lose a game. Arrieta's franchise-record streak ended at 20 wins when Patrick Corbin and the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Sunday. ''Well, it was a good run,'' Arrieta said.
A daring dash from Elvis Andrus put Jurickson Profar in position to come through in his second game as the replacement for benched Texas slugger Prince Fielder. Andrus scored the tying run on a short sacrifice fly when he appeared to fool Seattle left fielder Stefen Romero, and Profar had a tiebreaking single to give the Rangers a 3-2 win Sunday and a three-game sweep of the series between the top two teams in the AL West. The three-run burst in the fifth inning sent Texas to its 12th win in 15 games.