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Dallas Keuchel won his AL-leading 11th game on Monday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Astros topped the Indians 9-4.

Keuchel was relatively hittable, allowing a season-high nine hits, but gave up only one walk and struck out eight to limit the damage. Along with a terrific 11-3 record, the newly-minted AL All-Star has a 2.14 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 110/32 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings. Keuchel's final start of the first half will occur in Tampa against the Rays.
Jul 6 - 10:58 PM

Carlos Carrasco didn't last long in Monday's loss to the Astros, surrendering five runs in four innings.

Carrasco was one strike away from a no-hitter in his last outing, but he didn't have much working on Monday. The Astros racked up 10 hits and drew a walk, leading to five runs. Carrasco struck out five. He has a mediocre 4.17 ERA on the year with a 1.20 WHIP and a 115/22 K/BB ratio over 101 1/3 innings. He'll try to end the first half on a positive note, facing the Athletics at home.
Jul 6 - 10:55 PM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in Monday's loss to the Astros.

Moss tripled in a run in the fourth inning to reduce the Indians' deficit to 5-2, then added an RBI single in the sixth. He's already up to nine RBI in six July games. On the season, Moss is hitting an adequate .232/.306/.450 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI.
Jul 6 - 10:53 PM

Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Monday's win over the Indians.

Gonzalez knocked in the fourth and final run in the first inning against Carlos Carrasco. He added a solo home run in the seventh inning against reliever Jeff Manship. Gonzalez hasn't been much to write home about at the plate this year, hitting .256/.280/.422 with six home runs and 20 RBI.
Jul 6 - 10:50 PM

Preston Tucker had the best game of his young career, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored to lead the Astros past the Indians on Monday.

Tucker, celebrating his 25th birthday, drilled a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning against Carlos Carrasco and added an RBI single in the sixth. It's the first four-hit game of his young career. He's hitting .252/.316/.434 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
Jul 6 - 10:48 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed a lone run in 7 2/3 innings of work but was left with a no-decision as the Pirates walked off in the bottom of the ninth 2-1 winners over the Padres.

Burnett scattered five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The Padres got on the board in the second inning with a sacrifice fly, but otherwise couldn't accomplish much against the right-hander. Burnett, an NL All-Star, has a 1.99 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 94/30 K/BB ratio in 113 innings. He'll polish off his stellar first half with a home start against the Cardinals.
Jul 6 - 10:44 PM

James Shields allowed only two hits and a lone unearned run in seven innings, but took a no-decision as the Padres lost a pitcher's duel to the Pirates on Monday.

The lone run came around in the second inning when Andrew McCutchen doubled and later scored on a Yangervis Solarte throwing error. Along with two mere hits, Shields walked one and struck out three. The effort deflates his ERA to 3.88 with a 1.27 WHIP and a 126/36 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. Shields will close out the first half with a road match-up against the Rangers.
Jul 6 - 10:42 PM

Andrew McCutchen doubled, walked twice, and scored both Pirate runs in four plate appearances in a win over the Padres on Monday.

McCutchen doubled with one out in the seventh inning and scored the Pirates' first run later when Yangervis Solarte made a throwing error. He walked with one out in the bottom of the ninth and came around to score the winning run on Pedro Alvarez's single. Now a starting outfielder for the 2015 NL All-Star squad, McCutchen is hitting .299/.395/.497 with 10 home runs, 51 RBI, and 45 runs scored.
Jul 6 - 10:39 PM
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