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Smiles by Lyles

Not much has gone right for the Houston Astros over the past couple of seasons, but they do have a couple of kids to keep the fan base hopeful for the future.  Jordan Lyles is one of those guys and his game log has been unbelievable.  Minus a 4 inning outing against the Texas Rangers, he has allowed just 3 earned runs once.  In those 8 other starts, Lyles ERA is just 2.29!  Last night he dominated the Seattle Mariners, striking out 10 over 7 innings in a 6-1 Astros victory.  This was his 3rd start out of his last 4 in which he finished the 7th inning.  At just 22 years old, Lyles has a bright future ahead of him.

The craziest part about Lyles start is that he left the game without a chance to earn a W as it was scoreless until the bottom of the 8th, when Nick Franklin drove in Endy Chavez for the Mariners lone run.  The Astros scored all 6 runs in the top of the 9th, 5off Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen, with hits from Chris Carter (2 RBI 2B), Jose Altuve (2RBI 1B), Brandon Barnes (RBI 1B) and Trevor Crowe (RBI BB).  9 'Stros reached base in that inning.

The Los Angeles Angels took advantage of a 6 run 7th inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-6 and avoided being swept.  Erick Aybar hit a bases loaded triple and scored on an error before Albert Pujols hit a two run jack to cap the top of the 7th.  Chris Davis hit his 21st double and 21st home run of the season, and added two RBI raising his season total to 54.  Adam Jones homered as well, his 14th, and picked up 2 RBI in the lose and has 45 on the year. 

Both Mike Leake and Travis Wood were great last night but in the end it was the Reds beating the Cubs 2-1.  Both pitchers have ERA's under 3 on the year.  Aroldis Chapman saved his 17th game.  Nate Schierholtz gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the 2nd, his 8th.  Brandon Phillips tied it in the 6th with an RBI single, scoring Shin-Soo Choo and Todd Frazier had a game winning home run in the 7th, his 8th.  There were only 9 hits all game, and thsi one was over in less than two and a half hours.  The Reds are up 3-0 in this 4 game set, outscoring the Cubs 20-5 at Wrigley Field.

The Royals took the rubber game, at home, from the Tigers and Justin Verlander was cheated out of a win, AGAIN!.  Verlander left with a 2-0 lead after 7, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 8 Royals.  Lorenzo Cain tied it in the 9th with a two run bomb and then an Eric Hosmer walk off single sealed the deal.  James Shields pitched well for Kansas City, lowered his ERA to 2.79 but is still just 2-6.

San Diego swept a 3 game series from Atlanta as Edinson Volquez got back to .500 and held the Braves to a run over 7 innings.  A 3 run first inning and a 2 run Chris Denofria homer in the 5th would be enough for the Padres.  Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman each had two hits, but only a Heyward double and an Upton solo shot went for extra bases.

The Red Sox took 2 of 3 from the Rays in Tampa, with a 2-1 win last night.  Daniel Nava hit a 2 run homer in the 3rd, his 9th and his 43rd and 44th RBI, and Evan Longoria hit a solo shot in the 6th for all of the runs scored in this one.  Andrew Bailey saved his 7th game.  There were just 11 hits in this one, but 8 walks and 21 strikeouts made this game a LONG one, at 3 hours and 22 minutes.

Pittsburgh beat up on Barry Zito last night, scoring 8 runs in 4.2 inning of work.  Francisco Liriano wasn't much better for the Pirates, 4 earned over 6, but he did walk away with his 5th victory.  Pittsburgh's 1-4; Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez combined for 13 of the Pirates 18 hits and McCutchen drove in 3 runs.  Neil Walker added his 5th home run and picked up 3 RBI.  The Giants had 15 hits themselves, and Joaquin Arias picked up 3 RBI, filling in for Pablo Sandoval.  The Pirates have taken the first two of the three game set.

The Cleveland Indians took 2 of 3 from the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington, thanks to home runs from Mike Aviles and Jason Kipnis.  Kipnis picked up 3 hits and Ubaldo Jimenez won his 5th start.  Jurickson Profar had 3 hits for the Rangers and Leonys Martin hit his 3rd homer.  Nelson Cruz and Chris McGuiness each struck out 3 times for the Rangers in the loss.

Shelby Miller struck out 10 Mets last night, but was done in by Lucas Duda and David Wright home runs.  Wright also doubled in this one and scored twice, while Duda picked up another RBI on a single to score Daniel MurphyMarlon Byrd added a home run later in the game, as did Allen Craig for the Cardinals.  Dillon Gee got the win and has now thrown together 3 great starts, striking out 26 in 21 innings and winning all 3 starts.

The Brewers took the rubber game with Marlins by a score of 10-1, with 4 RBI coming from Jonathon Lucroy and 3 more from Carlos Gomez.  The Brewers catcher hit his 4th triple of the year while Gomez hit his 7th and 8th triples, two of his 4 hits.  Jean Segura popped his 10th homer over the wall for the Brew Crew.  Alfredo Figaro shut out the Marlins over 7 innings.

Glen Perkins was able to earn his 15h save thanks to a big day from Clete Thomas.who hit 2 doubles in a Twins comeback win over the Phillies.  Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd left with a 3-1 lead after 5, but Antonio Bastardo allowed 2 runs in the 8th giving the Twins the lead for good.  Domonic Brown, Delmon Young and Ben Revere had RBI for the Phils, Pedro Florimon Jr. was the only other Twin to pick up a runner.  Revere had 3 hits as did Oswaldo Arcia for Minnesota.

Russ Ohlendorf won his first start of the season, beating Jorge De La Rosa and the Rockies 5-1.  Ohlendorf lasted 6 innings and allowed just 2 hits and a single run, on a Carlos Gonzalez triple.  Ian Desmond had 2 hits and 3 RBI to lead the Nats. 

The Athletics tacked on 2 insurance runs off Joba Chamberlain in teh bottom of the 8th to secure a 5-2 win.  The Yankees managed just 4 hits off Oakland pitching as Dan Straily won his 4th start.  Brandon Moss' two home runs and John Jaso's RBi single and double would be all the A's need.  Seth Smith walked 4 times in this one.

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored half of their runs in the top of the 10th inning and ended up beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Miguel Montero and Cody Ross each had 4 hits, the Dbacks had 20 in total, but it was Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra who were the lone Diamondbacks with 2 RBI.  Neither Patrick Corbin or Hyun-Jin Ryu were very effective combining for 11 innings 19 hits and 7 earned runs..Adrian Gonzalez struck out 3 times.

The Blue Jays and White Sox were rained out