Nick Martinez allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Giants.
Martinez allowed runs in the first and second, but managed to hold the Giants off the board the rest of the way. He struck out four and walked a pair en route to his first win since way back on June 9. The 24-year-old has faded since a hot start to the season and now owns a 4.01 ERA and 68/41 K/BB ratio over 112 1/3 innings. Derek Holland (shoulder) could take Martinez's rotation spot before long, but he lines up for a start against the Astros next week at home.
Madison Bumgarner was tagged for six runs over seven innings in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.
Bumgarner gave up a two-run homer to Adrian Beltre in the first inning and a four-spot in the second. Frustration appeared to boil over for him in the fourth inning, as he incited a benches-clearing incident after Delino DeShields flipped his bat on a pop-up. Bumgarner settled down from there, but the damage was already done in this one. The southpaw fanned eight and walked none in the loss and now sits at 11-6 with a 3.39 ERA on the year. He'll face the Braves next Wednesday on the road.
Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Giants.
Beltre's two-run shot off Madison Bumgarner gave the Rangers the lead in the bottom of the first inning and they never looked back. It was just his second home run in 32 games since returning from his thumb injury. He recently admitted that he's not getting better, so expectations should be tempered for him the rest of the way.
Elvis Andrus was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored against the Giants on Friday.
Andrus doubled and scored in the first inning before taking Madison Bumgarner deep in the second. He's now up to four home runs and 38 RBI on the year. The 26-year-old has shown some long-awaited signs of life recently, hitting .350 (21-for-60) over his last 15 games.
Brandon Crawford launched a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Rangers.
It was his 16th home run of the season and his fourth in his last nine games. The 28-year-old has been a surprising force at the shortstop position this season, batting .268/.331/.481 across 99 games.
Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with an RBI double Friday in a losing effort against the Rangers.
With the Giants playing under American League rules, Aoki batted ninth Friday while Angel Pagan was in the leadoff spot. Aoki was the primary leadoff hitter prior to landing on the disabled list with a fractured right fibula in late June, but it looks like he's going to bounce around the order for now.
Red Sox acquired RHP Ryan Cook from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The 28-year-old right-hander and former closer of the Athletics has spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Nashville where he has posted a 4.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 26/14 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings. He's a nice low-cost gamble for the Red Sox.
Wilmer Flores clubbed a walk-off homer in the 12th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Friday.
You couldn't write it up any better. Flores, who cried on the field Wednesday night after believing that he had been traded to the Brewers, drove in both runs for the Mets on Friday night and was the most popular person at Citi Field. After hitting an RBI single in the fourth inning, he took Felipe Rivero deep to lead off the bottom of the 12th to end it. It was a feel-good moment for Flores and for the Mets, who are two games back of the Nationals in the NL East.