Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the ninth inning to close out the Reds' 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Chapman fanned Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk before getting Mark Reynolds to fly out to end the game. The left-hander now owns a 1.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 81/24 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings this year. He could have gained some trade value with a move at the deadline, but even in Cincinnati Chapman is the game's best reliever.
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.
Carpenter took Anthony DeSclafani deep in the third inning for his 14th homer of the season. After a terrible stretch that saw his batting average drop to .252, Carpenter is hitting .264/.363/.454 with 54 RBI and 60 runs scored this year.
Danny Duffy tossed seven innings of one-run ball, earning the win as the Royals topped the Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday.
The lone run came around in the sixth inning on a Victor Martinez RBI single. It was one of five hits Duffy allowed on the evening along with four walks and two strikeouts. The lefty has been quite good since the beginning of July, holding the opposition to two or fewer runs in six-plus innings in five of his last six starts. All told, Duffy has a 4.04 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 54/37 K/BB ratio over 89 innings. He'll play host to the White Sox in his next start.
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
Phillips has come alive in recent days, as he's 10-for-21 in his last five games. He's also stolen four bases in that span, including swiping third base off Yadier Molina -- but mostly John Lackey -- in Tuesday's game. He's now got 15 stolen bases this season, the most since 2012. Phillips is hitting .282/.318/.374 with 50 runs scored on the year.
Justin Verlander lost on Tuesday facing the Royals, allowing five runs in seven innings.
The Royals scored at least one run in four of his seven frames, as the right-hander was under constant duress. Verlander allowed 10 hits and only struck out five, though he issued zero walks. One of his mistake pitches resulted in a two-run home run to Salvador Perez in the fourth inning. Verlander will head into a home start versus the Red Sox with a 5.05 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 40/12 K/BB ratio over 57 innings.
Nick Castellanos had a three-hit night, but it was wasted in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.
The two batters ahead of him combined to go 0-for-7 with a walk, and the three hitters behind him combined to go 0-for-8 with two walks. In that context, it's understandable why he never scored a run nor knocked one in. Castellanos started to pick things up in July, but had slumped in his last 11 games entering Tuesday, batting .154 (6-for-39). Overall, he's hitting .243/.294/.401 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in his sophomore season.
Salvador Perez had a terrific night in the batter's box, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's win versus the Tigers.
Perez put the Royals up 1-0 in the second inning with an RBI single, then extended it to 3-0 in the fourth with a two-run home run off of Justin Verlander. The backstop had been mired in a slump, batting .074 (2-for-27) in his last eight games. Perez is carrying a slugging-heavy .249/.262/.425 batting line with 16 home runs and 46 RBI this season.
Jay Bruce had an RBI double and a run scored against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Bruce chopped a run-scoring double down the third base line in the Reds' three-run first inning, his only hit in four at-bats. The double was his fifth in his last four games, and Bruce has a modest six-game hitting streak going. The 28-year-old is hitting .260/.341/.492 with 17 homers and 61 RBI on the year after a slow start.