Barry Zito struck out a season-high eight batters over just 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Monday.
The left-hander collected 102 pitches before he was pulled. Zito walked three and gave up six hits, allowing two runs. He's 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the season. Zito has won just one game since April 21.
Tim Hudson surrendered just one run on six hits and three walks over his seven frames Monday against the Mets.
He struck out six. Hudson (4-6, 4.17 ERA) was in line for the loss before Freddie Freeman's walk-off homer took him off the hook. The veteran entered June with an unsightly 5.37 ERA, but he's been lights-out this month, allowing just five earned runs in 28 2/3 innings covering four starts, all of which were quality outings. There were whispers late last month that Hudson might lose his rotation spot, but you'll hear nothing of the sort now.
Freddie Freeman delivered a walk-off two-run homer as the Braves came back to beat the Mets 2-1 on Monday.
Atlanta mustered zero offense off Dillon Gee before Justin Upton led off the ninth with a single and Freeman homered -- his first since June 3 -- to end the game. Freeman ended the game 3-for-4 and also collected a double. He's now batting a superb .327/.383/.489 on the season.
Lucas Duda went 4-for-4 with a double in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Braves.
Making his first start at first base this season, Duda raised his average 15 points (from .226 to .241). Mets manager Terry Collins has resisted trying Duda at first base in anticipation of an eventual Ike Davis return, but there's no doubt that New York is a better team with Duda at first and Daniel Murphy at second. Duda's a terrible defender, but he's posted a nice .241/.348/.454 slash line through 216 at-bats.
Dillon Gee was slapped with a loss despite pitching a gem Monday, allowing two runs over 8 1/3 innings to the Braves.
He struck out six and walked one. Gee was absolutely cruising through eight innings and entered the ninth in Atlanta with a 1-0 lead. He surrendered a leadoff single to Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman ended the game with a 365-foot blast to right field. Gee revealed after his last start that he's dealt with flexor tendonitis all season, but he appeared just fine on Monday. He's 5-7 with a 4.56 ERA.
Rich Hill allowed a bunt single to David Lough on Monday.
Hill relieved Brian Shaw in a 1-1 game in the ninth inning with runners on first and second. After Lough reached, Matt Albers replaced Hill and threw a wild to gift Kansas City with a 2-1 lead. Hill, a non-roster invitee who made the club out of spring training, may be reaching the end of his rope as Cleveland's left-handed specialist. He has a 7.79 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings over 26 appearances.
Jason Vargas whiffed a season-best nine batters and surrendered a mere two runs over seven innings in Monday's 11-3 win against the Mariners.
Vargas allowed four hits and a walk to his former club. Monday's strikeouts are clearly a bonus for owners -- Vargas has struck out about six batters per nine innings this year -- but Vargas has established himself as a rotation stalwart in his first season in LA. He's now 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA.
Josh Hamilton went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI against the Mariners on Monday.
Coming off a Sunday off-day against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, Hamilton teed off in an easier matchup, taking Aaron Harang deep for a two-run shot in the second. Hamilton owners, much like the Angels, are stuck in a holding pattern with the former top slugger. Nobody is going to take his .217/.273/.395 slash line off your hands and offer you value back, but it's unlikely that you have a more talented backup to insert into the lineup until Hamilton regains his stroke.