Kevin Jepsen allowed two runs but was able to earn his sixth save Sunday against the Mariners.
Nelson Cruz hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning with the host Mariners trailing 5-2, but that quickly got erased when Kyle Seager grounded into a double play. Adam Lind followed with a two-out single and then Franklin Gutierrez socked a two-out, two-run homer to deep center. Jepsen was left in to face pinch-hitter Dae Ho Lee and struck him out on three pitches to end the growing threat. He has an unsightly 5.91 ERA for the year, but Jepsen's job seems safe for now.
Ricky Nolasco held the Mariners to two earned runs in six innings Sunday for his second win.
It was the best start in five weeks for Nolasco, who dropped his ERA from 5.54 to 5.28. He struck out seven, issued only one walk, and only gave up three hits. Nolasco will try to stay in this groove for his next scheduled start at home against the Rays. He can't be trusted yet in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Taijuan Walker yielded five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Twins.
It looked like a great matchup on paper for Walker -- a home start versus the light-hitting Twins -- but Robbie Grossman, Joe Mauer, and Miguel Sano all homered against the young right-hander as he fell to 2-5 on the year. Walker does still have a shiny 3.31 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 50/11 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings, and he should be a safe start next time out in Arlington, Texas.
Sean Doolittle notched his third save of the season Sunday in the A's 4-2 win over the Tigers.
Doolittle needed just eight pitches in a perfect ninth, retiring Nick Castellanos, Justin Upton, and Cameron Maybin in order. Athletics closer Ryan Madson worked the eighth inning Sunday against J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez, also retiring three batters in order for a perfect frame.
Mike Pelfrey allowed three (unearned) runs in 5 2/3 innings Sunday as the Tigers fell to the A's.
Pelfrey was cruising until the bottom of the sixth, when Yonder Alonso reached on an Ian Kinsler fielding error and plated Danny Valencia. Billy Butler would then crank a two-run single to right. Pelfrey now stands 0-5 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 52 2/3 innings (10 starts) this season. He should not be rostered in a standard mixed fantasy league.
Archie Bradley pitched into the eighth inning Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 6-3 defeat of the Padres.
Bradley gave up a run in the top of the second on a Christian Bethancourt RBI single, a run in the top of the top of the fifth on an Alexei Ramirez homer, and one more in the top of the eighth on a Wil Myers groundout. But he yielded only four total hits and one walk over 7 1/3 official frames while striking out nine. The former top prospect has been terrific this season at Triple-A Reno and might finally be ready to translate his strong minor league numbers to the major league level. There is legit fantasy upside here.
Drew Pomeranz surrendered six earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.
It was the worst start of the season for Pomeranz, who entered the outing with a 1.70 ERA and left it with his ERA at 2.48. He struck out nine, but the Diamondbacks smacked five hits against him and drew four walks. Pomeranz will try to get back on the right track next time out against the Rockies.
Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI double in Sunday's win over the White Sox.
Cain opened the contest with an RBI double off Chris Sale in the first inning. He wouldn't strike again until the eighth. Entering that frame, the Royals trailed by a score of 4-2. Cain cut the lead to one with a solo homer off Nate Jones. His squad would ultimately score three runs in the inning to take the lead. The 30-year-old outfielder has notched multiple hits in six of his last 10 games and is slashing .292/.343/.443 with seven homers, 28 RBI and six steals across 185 at-bats.