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.
Brian Dozier thinks the Minnesota Twins bring their aggressive style against all their opponents. Dozier homered twice and drove in four runs and the Twins beat the White Sox 8-1 on Sunday. Dozier hit a solo shot off Jose Quintana (2-5) in the first inning and a three-run homer off Scott Carroll in the seventh for his second career multi-home run game.