Harper Slam Sinks Cubs
– The Chicago Cubs blew an opportunity to regain sole possession of the NL Central lead. Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning to cap a six-run rally that sent the Phillies over the Chicago Cubs, 7-5. Pinch-hitter Brad Miller chased reliever Rowan Wick with an RBI single in the ninth that cut it to 5-2. Roman Quinn greeted Pedro Strop (strohp) with an RBI single to make it a two-run game. The Phils rallied after Yu Darvish struck out 10 over seven strong innings.
Reds Shutdown Cards
The Cardinals were 2-1 losers to the Reds as Sonny Gray and three Cincinnati relievers combined on a two-hitter. Gray struck out a season-high 10, allowing just one hit and three walks in five innings. Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suarez drove in Cincinnati’s runs as the Reds snapped a four-game skid and the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.
Twins Route Rangers
– Luis Arraez hit the first of three more homers by Minnesota in a 13-6 rout of the Rangers. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario also went deep for the Twins, whose 236 home runs and 31 off the record set by the Yankees last season. Marwin Gonzalez had a pair of RBI singles among his four hits.
Angels Power Past Soxs
– Mike Trout crushed his AL-leading 40th home run while going 4-for-4 with four runs scored in the Angels’ 8-7 win against the White Sox. The two-time AL MVP became the fastest player to 40 homers in Angels history and the fifth-fastest in the majors in this century by reaching the mark in 123 games. Andrew Heaney limited Chicago to four hits while yielding three runs over seven innings.