The Atlanta Braves moved another step toward an NL East championship while also hampering Philadelphia’s playoff push. Mike Foltynewicz threw seven impressive innings and the Braves homered twice in a 7-2 win over the Phillies. Foltynewicz retired the first 13 batters before Corey Dickerson went deep in the fifth. He gave up a run and three hits while striking out seven in his fifth straight win since a 1-5 start. Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the game with his 38th home run. Josh Donaldson ripped an opposite-field, three-run shot off Nick Pivetta in the seventh to give the Braves a 7-1 lead. The Braves’ 10th win in 11 games leaves them with a magic number of 10. The Phillies are three games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card.
The Cubs rolled to a 10-2 win over the Padres as touted prospect Nico Hoerner had three hits and four RBIs in his big league debut. Hoerner also made some nice plays at shortstop following his recall from Double-A Tennessee. Nicholas Castellanos slammed a two-run homer in the first inning and Kyle Schwarber provided a solo shot leading off the five-run fifth.
The Brewers have a four-game winning streak after rookie Trent Grisham had a career-high five hits and two RBIs in an 8-3 win at Miami. Milwaukee led 4-3 in the seventh until Grisham hit a two-run triple and scored on Yasmani Grandal’s two-run homer. Lorenzo Cain was 3-for-5 with an RBI to help the Brewers stay two games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card with 19 to play.
Rookie Pete Alonso took over the big league home run lead by belting his 46th and 47th in the Mets’ 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Jacob deGrom struck out 11 over seven innings while holding Arizona to three hits, including a solo blast by former teammate Wilmer Flores. Seth Lugo fanned four in a two-inning save as the Mets dropped the DBacks 2 ½ games out of an NL playoff slot.
Robinson Chirinos and Yordan Alvarez each homered twice and the Astros hit a major league-record six round-trippers over the first two innings of a 15-0 shellacking of the Athletics. Alex Bregman started the offensive display with a three-run homer and Jose Altuve added a two-run blast to open the scoring in the second inning. Michael Brantley also went deep and Zack Greinke allowed two hits over six innings as Houston stayed tied with the Yankees for the best record in the majors.
Cleveland’s 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels leaves the Indians a half-game behind Oakland for the second AL wild card. Shane Bieber improved to 14-7 by holding the Halos to one run and five hits while striking out eight over seven innings. Jason Kipnis belted a two-run homer and Yu Chang smacked his first major league blast, a three-run shot that put the Indians ahead, 6-1 in the sixth inning.
Bryan Reynolds laced a go-ahead single against his former team during a four-run ninth that pushed the Pirates past the Giants, 6-4. Kevin Newman tied it with a two-run single before Reynolds delivered his second hit of the game. Brandon Belt had three hits, including a two-run double for San Francisco.
James Paxton won his eighth straight start and the Yankees officially eliminated the Red Sox from the AL East race by blanking the defending World Series champs, 5-0 at Fenway Park. Paxton gave up four hits over 6 2/3 innings to improve to 13-6. Austin Romine and Gio Urshela each hit solo homers as the Yankees finished 14-5 versus their arch-rivals this season.
TODAY'S GAMES (MT)
N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 4:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, 5:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 5:05 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 5:07 p.m.
Arizona at N.Y. Mets, 5:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Miami, 5:10 p.m.
Washington at Minnesota, 5:40 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Texas, 6:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 6:10 p.m.
Oakland at Houston, 6:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Colorado, 6:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 7:45 p.m.
Cleveland at L.A. Angels, 8:07 p.m.
Cincinnati at Seattle, 8:10 p.m
Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 8:10 p.m.