Mike Leake was knocked around again Wednesday, surrendering six runs over five innings in a loss to the Rockies.
He served up two home runs among nine hits while also walking a pair. Leake got off to a fantastic start this season but has fallen apart of late, allowing a whopping 20 runs over his last three starts to push his ERA from 2.36 to 4.66. He'll try to bounce back next week in Philadelphia.
X-rays on Kevin Kiermaier's right ankle came back negative.
Kiermaier was hit on the ankle by a pitch Wednesday, but he'll be fine. "It's all good," he said. "I'll be good to go."
John Axford struck out one over a perfect inning while recording a save in Wednesday's win over the Reds.
He struck out Brandon Phillips and also got a flyout and groundout to preserve the two-run victory. Axford has been surprisingly effective for the Rockies, nailing down all eight of his save chances while posting a 0.75 ERA. He's allowed just two hits over his last seven appearances.
Brad Boxberger took the loss in a non-save situation on Wednesday, allowing a three-run home run in his only inning of work as the Rays dropped Wednesday's matinee with the Mariners 3-0.
Chris Archer and Felix Hernandez were trading zeroes, but Boxberger took the mound to start the ninth. He issued a pair of two-out walks to bring Cruz to the plate, and Cruz made him pay, blasting a three-run home run to center. It was a non-save situation, so Boxberger remains 13-for-13 in save situations with a 2.95 ERA and a 27/8 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
Chris Archer struck out 12 batters across eight scoreless innings, but took a no-decision as the Rays lost late to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Archer was out-dueling Felix Hernandez, but closer Brad Boxberger took the hill in the ninth inning despite Archer having thrown only 95 pitches. Archer allowed only two hits and walked zero batters. The right-hander has a terrific 2.12 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and an 82/20 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column when he faces the Angels on the road in his next outing.
Nolan Arenado singled and smacked a three-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Reds.
Arenado got things going in the first inning, taking Mike Leake deep with two outs and two aboard. The talented third baseman had been in a bit of a funk but has snapped out of it in a big way of late, going 9-for-16 with three dingers and 10 RBI over his last four games. He now has 10 home runs and 31 RBI for the season.
Felix Hernandez tossed a four-hit shutout against the Rays on Wednesday, improving to 8-1.
Hernandez scattered four hits -- all singles -- and a walk while striking out eight to cinch his second shutout of the season. The right-hander has been predictably stellar through 10 starts, sitting on a 1.91 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and a 71/15 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings. Hernandez will look for his ninth win in his next start at home against the Yankees.
Todd Frazier doubled and belted a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.
He also drew a walk, providing much of the offense for the Reds in their afternoon loss to Colorado. The longball was the Frazier's 14th this season, pushing him past Giancarlo Stanton for second place in the NL in homers behind Bryce Harper. Frazier also has 28 RBI.