Taylor Jungmann stayed hot, firing eight innings of one-run ball as the Brewers defeated the Reds 6-1 on Sunday.
Jungmann held the opposition to four hits and a pair of walks with four strikeouts in the outing. The lone run came around in his final inning on a Brandon Phillips RBI double. The 25-year-old, in six starts, has been excellent, compiling a 2.43 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and a 27/10 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. Jungmann will be tested in his next start as he'll face the Dodgers in L.A.
Mike Leake notched a quality start but lost to the Brewers on Sunday, yielding three runs in six innings.
Leake allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out four. The Brewers weren't hitting him particularly hard, as six of the eight hits were singles, but they were hitting him often. Leake has earned a quality start in three of his last four outings, but still has a mediocre 4.39 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and a 69/30 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back into the win column in his next start on the road against the Marlins.
Gerardo Parra went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as the Brewers topped the Reds on Sunday.
Parra homered in the seventh inning off of Carlos Contreras, extending the Brewers' lead to 4-0. The outfielder has racked up five consecutive multi-hit games to open up the month of July. The surge has raised his triple-slash line to .308/.345/.477 with seven home runs and 25 RBI.
Cubs signed RHP Ben Rowen to a minor league contract.
Rowen recently opted out of his minor league deal with the Orioles after posting a 2.41 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 37 1/3 innings. He'll give the Cubs some relief depth.
Braves RHP prospect Touki Toussaint hurled five shutout innings Saturday in a win for Low-A Rome.
The game was called in the sixth inning because of rain. 34 of his 57 pitches went for strikes. Saturday was Toussaint's first win as a member of the Braves organization. The 2014 first-round pick was acquired from Arizona last month. Opponents have hit just .200 against the right-hander in 48 1/3 innings this season.
Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run as the Brewers extended their winning streak to eight games on Sunday versus the Reds.
Lind has knocked in a run in each of his last nine ballgames, homering four times with five multi-hit games in that span of time. On Sunday, he gave the Brewers some insurance with an RBI single in the fifth inning, then homered in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Reds. Lind is batting a productive .298/.373/.518 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI on the year.
Rangers optioned INF Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock.
Alberto hit .247/.267/.301 across 25 games for the big club. He could get another shot at some point in the second half.
Rangers activated OF Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list.
DeShields is back from his hamstring injury after completing a six-game rehab assignment. With Josh Hamilton's (groin) status up in the air, he could wind up playing a lot in left field.