When Madison Bumgarner pitches at Citi Field, he gets World Series-type results. Bumgarner pitched through rain to extend his scoreless streak at the Mets to 18 innings, Hunter Pence homered and drove in three runs, and the San Francisco Giants ran at will against Noah Syndergaard in a 6-1 victory Sunday that stopped New York's eight-game winning streak. ''It is a fun place to pitch in,'' said Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP.
The Los Angeles Angels' bullpen responded in a big way when it got an early call Sunday. Angels relievers combined for four scoreless innings until the ninth in a 9-6 win Sunday that ended the Texas Rangers' four-game winning streak. ''Can't say enough about our bullpen,'' manager Mike Scioscia said.
The Los Angeles Dodgers desperately needed a stopper to end their six-game losing streak. Up stepped Clayton Kershaw, with his arm and bat. Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, struck out 14 and also singled home the only run, leading the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 1-0 on Sunday.
Doug Fister didn't have much margin for error, not with Houston managing only two hits - none after the third inning. Fister pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Jose Altuve homered leading off a game for the fourth time this season and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Sunday to avoid a series sweep. ''Without a doubt that was his best stuff, best aggressiveness and strike-throwing,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.
When Chris Carter gets in a slump, he tries to forget about the past. A two-homer day, though, is a game to remember for the Milwaukee Brewers' slugger. Carter busted out of a three-game hitless stretch on Sunday by going 3 for 5 with two home runs and three RBIs, and Milwaukee used a season-high, 18-hit barrage to beat Miami 14-5 on Sunday.
Max Scherzer always makes sure to eat some toasted ravioli when he comes back to Missouri. After he pitched seven strong innings Sunday to beat his hometown team for the first time, maybe Scherzer should have the St. Louis specialty more often. ''That's the best I've seen Max this year,'' Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker said after his team completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 6-1 victory.
Scott Schebler hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Sunday. The Pirates had won six in a row. Eugenio Suarez led off the Reds 11th with a triple past diving left fielder Starling Marte and scored on Schebler's hit off Ryan Vogelsong (1-1).