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Chris Heston tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings, but the Giants weren't able to score and wound up losing to the Mets on Monday.

Heston and opposing starter Jon Niese were trading zeroes on the scoreboard. Ultimately, the Giants' bullpen couldn't hold. Heston allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out two on the evening. The right-hander owns a solid 3.51 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and an 82/30 K/BB ratio in 105 innings on the year. He'll close out the first half with a terrific match-up as he'll face the Phillies at home.
Jul 7 - 12:40 AM

Jon Niese kept the Giants off the board over eight innings, earning his fourth win of the season on Monday.

Niese limited the Giants to five base runners (three hits and two walks) while striking out four. The lefty hit the kids in May but has racked up quality starts in each of his last six starts. As a result, his ERA is down to 3.58 with a 1.42 WHIP and a 67/33 K/BB ratio in 98 innings. The Mets, who have been attempting to trade him, couldn't be happier. Niese will take on the Diamondbacks at home in his final first half start.
Jul 7 - 12:38 AM

Johnny Monell hit a two-run double in the ninth inning to help the Mets hold off the Giants on Monday.

Neither the Mets nor the Giants seemed very interested in scoring runs after eight innings, but perhaps Monell just wanted to go home. Finishing 1-for-4, he doubled in a pair of runs off of Santiago Casilla to break a scoreless tie. He later came around to score on a Juan Lagares single. Monell had accrued an RBI in only one of his other 20 games this season, back on May 10 against the Phillies. He's batting an unimpressive .189/.250/.243 with four RBI.
Jul 7 - 12:35 AM

Felix Doubront has officially been confirmed as the Blue Jays' starter on Tuesday in Chicago.

It had been the assumption that he was taking the ball as long as he wasn't need in relief the last couple days, and he was not. Doubront posted a 2.44 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings at Triple-A Buffalo and allowed one run over 2 1/3 relief frames last Friday with the big club.
Jul 7 - 12:19 AM

Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a double, but the Cubs lost Monday's game 6-0 to the Cardinals.

Soler was the only Cub to register multiple hits, and he was also the only Cub to register an extra-base hit on the evening. He went 0-for-3 on Sunday, his first game back since being activated from the disabled list following an ankle injury. The 23-year-old is hitting .267/.322/.405 with four home runs and 19 RBI this season.
Jul 7 - 12:18 AM

Kolten Wong did a little bit of everything in Monday's win against the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, an a stolen base.

Wong was mired in a slump, entering the game 2-for-20 in his last six games. He added what was at the time a crucial insurance run, singling in Jason Heyward in the seventh inning to make it 2-0. He scored as part of a four-run ninth inning as well. The second baseman, snubbed for the NL All-Star team, is hitting .281/.339/.444 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 43 runs scored, and eight stolen bases.
Jul 7 - 12:16 AM

John Lackey hurled seven shutout innings to earn the win against the Cubs on Monday.

Opposing starter Jon Lester was attempting to throw a no-hitter, but Lackey was still able to outlast him. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk while striking out four. Aside from one horrific start on June 8, Lackey has been brilliant this season, sporting a 3.09 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and an 81/27 K/BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings. He makes one more first half start in Pittsburgh against the Pirates ahead of the All-Star break.
Jul 7 - 12:14 AM

Jon Lester brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ultimately lost it and the game on Monday after giving up two unearned runs in seven innings against the Cardinals.

The highlight of the game may have been Jon Lester ending a career-long 0-for-66 skid at the plate when he beat out an infield single in the second inning. He brought a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but lost it when Jhonny Peralta, fittingly, reached on an infield single. Kris Bryant later committed an error, which set up two unearned runs. Lester allowed two hits overall, walked two, and struck out eight on the evening. Lester has pitched quite well after a tough April, owning a 3.48 ERA on the year with a 1.28 WHIP and a 101/30 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He wraps up his first half with a home start against the White Sox.
Jul 7 - 12:11 AM
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