Rougned Odor hit his 19th home run of the season in Thursday's win over the Royals.
Odor connected with a Yordano Ventura pitch in the second inning for one of three solo home runs hit by Rangers batters on the evening. He's already surpassed his single-season high for homers, besting the 16 he hit last year with two months still left to play. With 52 RBI, 62 runs scored and 10 steals to go with a .277/.297/.487 line, the 22-year-old could set a number of personal bests before the year is out.
Yordano Ventura allowed three runs in an eight-inning, complete-game loss to the Rangers on Thursday.
Ventura gave up a solitary walk and just four hits, but three of them -- two by Mitch Moreland and one by Rougned Odor -- left the yard. It was enough to saddle Ventura with the loss, dropping him to 6-9. He's now lost five straight decisions and owns a 4.88 ERA in 20 starts. Ventura will try to stop the bleeding Tuesday at the Rays.
Sam Dyson worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Royals on Thursday to earn his 21st save.
Dyson issued a free pass to Kendrys Morales to lead off the inning but it didn't come back to haunt him, as he recovered to get three straight groundouts to end the game. Dyson is now 21-for-23 in save opportunities this year. The right-hander has a 2.47 ERA and 1.16 WHIP through 47 1/3 innings of work overall.
Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect 1 1/3 innings Thursday, closing out the Cubs' 3-1 win over the White Sox.
The four-out save was also the first save in Chapman's Cubs career. The southpaw struck out two in the outing. He's now got 21 saves total, owning a 1.87 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 48/8 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. An elite closer on an elite team, Chapman could put up some gaudy numbers over the season's final two months.
Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Thursday against the White Sox.
Zobrist's run-scoring single off Chris Sale in the third inning turned out to be the game-winning RBI, and he doubled and scored in the eighth inning to provide an insurance run for John Lackey and company. After a cold snap coming out of the All-Star break, Zobrist now has multi-hit games in three of his last six contests. The 35-year-old is batting .271/.380/.440 with 13 homers, 51 RBI and 62 runs scored overall.
John Lackey limited the White Sox to one run over six innings in a win Thursday.
Lackey yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out four in the outing. The win snapped a streak of eight straight starts without a victory for Lackey, who improved to 8-7 through 21 starts overall. The 37-year-old will carry a 3.69 ERA and 1.09 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Marlins.
The Giants are expected to activate Ehire Adrianza (foot) Tuesday against the Phillies.
Adrianza has absolutely slaughtered the ball during his rehab assignment, batting .346 with six homers and 14 RBI across 13 games for High-A San Jose and Triple-A Sacramento. He's been out since breaking his foot in mid-April. Adrianza's role is somewhat unclear now that the Giants have acquired utility infielder Eduardo Nunez from Minnesota. He'll likely back up Joe Panik at second base and Brandon Crawford at shortstop.
Chris Sale allowed two runs over six innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.
Sale, making his first in 10 days after being scratched and ultimately suspended for five games for his actions prior to last Sunday's scheduled start, looked rusty early, allowing runs in two of the first three innings before settling down. He gave up six hits and three walks in total while striking out four. Sale fell to 14-4 with the loss. He'll sport a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 133/32 K/BB ratio heading into Wednesday's start against the Tigers.