The Tigers got a ton of offense Tuesday night - and that wasn't even the most important part of their 11-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The most encouraging aspect of Detroit's seventh straight win was Anibal Sanchez's performance. ''This might be the best I've pitched all year,'' said Sanchez, who lost his rotation spot in June but got it back due to injuries.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano put a charge into Safeco Field in the eighth inning, and then reliever Edwin Diaz got to shut it all down for the first time. Cano hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run eighth, new closer Diaz got his first major league save and the Mariners overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Tuesday night. Cano capped the comeback with his 24th homer, off newly acquired Red Sox reliever Fernando Abad (1-5).
Cubs manager Joe Maddon's decision to lift a dominant Jason Hammel for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning looked dubious when Miguel Montero struck out and Pedro Strop got into trouble in the seventh. All it took was a big play in the outfield and some 104 mph heat from Aroldis Chapman to give Maddon and the Cubs another win. Hammel threw six scoreless innings, Dexter Fowler had three hits and Chicago beat Miami ace Jose Fernandez and the Marlins 3-2 on Tuesday night for its third straight victory.
R.A. Dickey's knuckleball was working Tuesday night, and the Blue Jays got just enough offense to pull out a win. Dickey threw seven solid innings, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion homered and Toronto beat the Houston Astros 2-1. ''A lot of swing and miss,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Paul Molitor has learned a major league manager can never relax. Molitor watched his Minnesota team nearly blow an eight-run lead before the Twins hung on to beat the Cleveland Indians 10-6 Tuesday night. Minnesota rookie Max Kepler homered for the fourth time in two games.
Aaron Altherr is glad to be healthy and back helping the Phillies. Altherr had a homer and five RBIs, Maikel Franco homered and went 4 for 4 and Philadelphia used a five-run eighth inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 13-8 in a wild game Tuesday night. Altherr broke a tie with a two-run single in the eighth, Cameron Rupp hit a three-run homer and Cesar Hernandez added four hits for the Phillies.
Even before taking the mound against the New York Yankees, Jacob deGrom was excited: Jay Bruce was in the lineup, a day after the Mets acquired him in a trade with Cincinnati. The right-hander pitched seven innings to extend his scoreless streak to 14, Alejandro De Aza and Travis d'Arnaud homered off Masahiro Tanaka, and the Mets' offense woke up in a 7-1 Subway Series win on Tuesday night. Just like last season, the Mets hope a new bat will spark them to a second-half spurt.
Scott Schebler stood and watched his first career game-ending homer stay inside the foul pole, and then flipped his bat and made the tour of the bases. Schebler's three-run homer in the ninth inning rallied the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night in their first game without Jay Bruce. Schebler was called up earlier in the day to take his roster spot, and wound up winning a game.
Dylan Bundy wasn't going to go past the seventh inning, no matter what. Bundy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the second game in a row, Pedro Alvarez hit two of Baltimore's four solo homers and the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Tuesday night in a duel between AL division leaders. Making his fourth career start, Bundy allowed one hit and a walk over seven sparkling innings against a potent lineup featuring newcomers Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy.