Chris Carter swatted his 14th home run of the season in a 1-for-4 effort as the Astros downed the Royals 6-1 on Monday.
Carter added some superfluous offense with a solo shot off of Brandon Finnegan in the fifth inning for what turned out to be the Astros' final run. The slugger is hitting .198/.315/.405 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 76 games. It's worth noting that, through 76 games last season, he had a .189/.269/.421 batting line with 15 home runs and 35 RBI. He finished the year at .227/.308/.491 with 37 home runs and 88 RBI, so a summer surge may yet await him.
Jose Altuve walked and hit a solo home run in four plate appearances on Monday as the Astros topped the Royals.
Altuve slugged a solo home run to left field off of Joe Blanton in the third inning, padding his club's lead to 3-0 at the time. He's now on an eight-game hitting streak while carrying a .292/.336/.415 batting line with seven home runs, 31 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.
Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
Lance McCullers held the Royals to a lone run in seven innings of work to pick up the win on Monday.
McCullers scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The lone run came in the seventh inning on a Salvador Perez home run. It's only the third time in nine starts the right-hander has pitched into the seventh inning, but he has otherwise had a terrific start to his major league career, brandishing a 2.19 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP and a 58/18 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. McCullers will match up with the Red Sox at Fenway Park next.
Mike Bolsinger left Monday's start against the Diamondbacks after four innings due to a bout of food poisoning.
You couldn't tell from his results that Bolsinger had been battling food poisoning, as he tossed four shutout frames before exiting. Evidently it just became too much, though, and the Dodgers didn't want to push him any further. He'll probably be fine for his next turn later this week.
Mike Leake gave up seven runs in four innings, taking a no-decision as the Reds slugged their way to an 11-7 victory on Monday against the Twins.
Leake was handed a 9-1 lead after three innings, but gave six of those runs back in the top of the fourth. He allowed nine hits and a walk overall while striking out five. Monday's outing breaks a streak of five consecutive starts in which he held the opposition to three runs or fewer. Leake owns a 4.38 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 65/27 K/BB ratio over 100 2/3 innings. He'll start at home against the Brewers next.
Jedd Gyorko will be recalled prior to Tuesday's game versus the Mariners.
The Padres are expected to place someone on the disabled list, with Will Middlebrooks (ankle) and Cory Spangenberg (knee) being the most likely options. Gyorko has hit .283/.368/.500 with four homers over 15 games for Triple-A El Paso after being sent down earlier this month. He could wind up seeing a decent amount of playing time, depending on what the club's corresponding move is.
Mike Pelfrey was hammered for eight runs in two-plus innings of work, earning the loss on Monday against the Reds.
Pelfrey allowed three runs in the first inning and one in the second, then allowed the first four hitters he faced in the third inning to reach base before departing. They all came around to score. Pelfrey gave up nine hits overall while walking three and striking out one. It marks the third time in his last four starts that he has allowed at least nine hits, and he's given up eight runs in two of those four starts. Pelfrey will bring an escalating 3.81 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and a 42/29 K/BB ratio over 87 1/3 innings into a weekend start in Kansas City against the Royals.