Kyle Gibson posted a stellar start against the Mariners in Saturday's no-decision, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings.
Gibson struck out four and walked one on the evening. A run came home in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Robinson Cano, but Gibson wouldn't allow another one until the sixth inning, when Nelson Cruz took him deep for a solo shot. The Twins would rally from the 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Gibson had allowed 12 runs in his last 10 1/3 innings (covering two starts) and this was a nice rebound. The owner of a 3.37 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 92/40 K/BB ratio in 131 innings, Gibson will take to the road to face the Blue Jays' offensive machine in his next start.
Mike Montgomery pitched well but came away with a no-decision in Saturday's contest with the Twins, as he allowed one run on four hits over six innings.
Montgomery struck out six and walked two in the contest. He was actually in line to earn a tough 2-1 win, but the Mariner bullpen self-destructed and allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Montgomery struggled with the home run in July, allowing seven taters over the month, but the problem did not rear its head on Saturday. He'll take a 3.07 ERA and 1.19 WHIP into his next start, a home outing against the Rangers.
Rays recalled OF Mikie Mahtook from Triple-A Durham.
He'll replace Steven Souza, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a broken hand. This will be Mahtook's fourth stint with the Rays this year. In 11 games, he's hit .208 with two homers and four RBI.
Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.
With the big game, Blackmon's now hit six triples. He's slashing .292/.361/.464 with 12 homers and 44 RBI. The Rockies are playing out the string, but that's not Blackmon's fault, and he's hitting toward career highs in multiple offensive categories to this point in the season.
Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.
Peralta jerked a Jorge De La Rosa offering out of the park in the fourth inning for his lone hit of the game. The tater was his 16th of the season. In addition to those 16 dingers, Peralta has driven in 54 runs and is hitting .288/.344/.468. He's homered in each of his last two games.
Astros optioned RHP Vincent Velasquez to Double-A Corpus Christi.
Velasquez lost his spot in the rotation when the Astros acquired Scott Kazmir from Oakland last week. The 23-year-old performed admirably during his first big league stint, compiling an impressive 9.29 K/9 in nine appearances. He'll be back with Houston as soon a rotation spot opens up.
Jorge De La Rosa pitched well in Saturday's win over the Cardinals, yielding two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
De La Rosa struck out four without walking a batter. Outside of solitary runs in the fourth and seventh innings, he kept the Cardinal offense at bay. He needed a start like this, as he had allowed six runs in each of his last two outings. De La Rosa holds a 4.87 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 92/46 K/BB ratio in 97 innings. Up next on the docket, a road start against the Nationals.
Lance Lynn couldn't provide the Cardinals depth in Saturday's loss to the Rockies, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.
Two of the four runs against Lynn came home after he coughed up a two-run home run to Nolan Arenado. He struck out five and walked three in the outing. The performance wasn't particularly impressive, but Lynn's been money for most of the season and currently holds a 2.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 129/40 K/BB ratio across 121 1/3 innings. A road outing against the Brewers awaits him next time he takes the ball.