Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 28th save as the Braves won against the Mets on Thursday.
Kimbrel, recently named to the National League All-Star roster, made quick work of the Mets, recording a strikeout in the process. He has pitched four consecutive perfect ninth innings. Kimbrel, as expected, has been dominant, having converted 28 of 32 save opportunities with a 1.96 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 61/15 K/BB ratio.
Bartolo Colon evened out his record at 8-8 with a loss after allowing three runs in eight innings to the Braves in Thursday's start.
Colon rebounded from a pair of rough outings against the Pirates and Rangers, but he was out-pitched by fellow veteran Aaron Harang. Colon allowed ten hits, walked none, and struck out seven. Going into the All-Star break, Colon carries a 3.99 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and an 89/17 K/BB ratio.
Aaron Harang earned win number nine after limiting the Mets to one run over seven innings of work in Thursday's start.
Harang has now won four consecutive contests. Thursday's start was the 14th out of 19 in which Harang has allowed two or fewer earned runs as well. Overall, the right-hander allowed only four hits while walking four and striking out two. The 36-year-old right-hander owns a 3.53 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a 95/44 K/BB ratio heading into the All-Star break.
Wei-Yin Chen improved his record to 9-3, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Orioles won by a 4-3 margin over the Nationals on Thursday.
Chen narrowly outpitched Gio Gonzalez and received just enough run support to eke out the victory. The lefty yielded eight hits without a walk while striking out six. Chen will go into the All-Star break carrying a 4.15 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 75/18 K/BB ratio.
X-rays on Ian Desmond's right hand came back clean.
Desmond had to leave Thursday's game after being hit on the hand by a pitch, but it appears he's dodged a bullet. He could sit out a game or two due to soreness, but the shortstop will avoid the disabled lost.
Gio Gonzalez fell to 6-5, allowing four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss against the Orioles.
Gonzalez entered the start having pitched 22 consecutive scoreless innings, but Steve Pearce put an end to that quickly, blasting a solo home run in the first inning. The O's later rallied for three runs in the third inning, all with two outs. Overall, Gonzalez allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out seven. The lefty will go into the All-Star break with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 85/33 K/BB ratio.
Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning en route to save number 15 as the Orioles emerged victorious over the Nationals on Thursday.
It would have been a 1-2-3 inning if not for Anthony Rendon's two-out infield single. Britton, however, was able to get Jayson Werth to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice to end the contest. The 26-year-old lefty is now 15-for-17 in save chances with a 1.33 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 37/13 K/BB ratio.
Jayson Werth hit a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, as the Nationals were handed a one-run loss by the Orioles on Thursday.
Werth has found his power stroke in July, having homered yesterday as well, giving him four in eight games this month. His sixth-inning homer brought the Nationals to within 4-2 and Ian Desmond would later make it 4-3, but the O's were able to hang on. Werth's slugging percentage was as low as .370 on June 30, but is now .427. He's slashing .278/.361/.427 overall with 10 home runs and 47 RBI.