John Lackey allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings but settled for a no-decision Thursday against the Mets.
Lackey gave up a one-out single in the seventh inning, leading Cubs manager Joe Maddon to remove him at 101 pitches. A combination of Joel Peralta and Pedro Strop, aided by a Javier Baez error, managed to blow Lackey's lead later in the inning, leaving him winless since June 8. The veteran right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 107/29 K/BB ratio over 104 2/3 innings this year. He'll seek that elusive win Tuesday against the Reds.
Steven Matz allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Cubs.
Matz didn't stick around long enough to factor in the decision, leaving him still without a win since May 25. On Thursday, he gave up seven hits and walked three before exiting, striking out six. He hasn't been the same since that May 25 start, seeing his ERA rise from 2.36 to 3.40 in that stretch. The southpaw will try to get back on track Tuesday against the Marlins.
Diamondbacks placed OF Rickie Weeks on the bereavement list.
He'll be away from the team for 3-7 days. The Diamondbacks will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday. The 33-year-old outfielder has hit .245 across 98 at-bats this year.
Carlos Carrasco struck out a season-high 14 batters over 7 1/3 innings Thursday, allowing just one run in the Indians' 4-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Carrasco yielded just three hits, including a Josh Donaldson solo homer, while walking two on the evening. The 14 punchouts were easily his highest total this season, blowing away his previous high of eight. He had four double-digit strikeout games in his breakout 2015 season. Carrasco has been brilliant in 10 starts this season, posting a 2.56 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio. The 29-year-old will next set his sights on the Tigers when the teams meet Tuesday.
Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two runs scored in a win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Davis connected for a solo homer against Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the second inning, his eighth home run of the year. He's got multi-hit performances in four of his last seven starts, swatting four doubles and a home run in that time. The 35-year-old is hitting .271/.333/.433 with 29 RBI, 40 runs scored and a league-best 21 stolen bases overall.
R.A. Dickey allowed eight hits and three runs over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Indians.
Dickey gave up two solo home runs among his eight hits allowed, running his total to 19 homers allowed through 17 starts. He also walked one and struck out four in the loss. Dickey fell to 5-9 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the year, dropping three of his last four decisions. He'll try to get back in the win column Tuesday against the Royals.
Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.
Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the first inning, adding the solo shot in the third for good measure. The second baseman now has three homers in his last seven games and 11 overall. He's hitting .271/.328/.452 with 45 RBI and 39 runs scored.
Ubaldo Jimenez will start Sunday's game against the Mariners.
Jimenez is slowly winning back Buck Showalter's trust after being dropped from the rotation earlier this month. He scattered three hits and one run over five solid innings in his last outing Tuesday against San Diego. Since rejoining the rotation on June 22, Jimenez has lowered his ERA from 7.34 to 6.63.