Adam Lind hit a three-run homer in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.
The hit was Lind's only in four at-bats, but it was enough to give the Jays the win. Lind is quietly putting together a terrific season, as the homer was his ninth to go with a .340/.406/.555 batting line.
Gio Gonzalez struck out 11 and permitted just two runs and two hits over seven innings in Wednesday's 6-2 extra-innings win over the Phillies.
Gonzalez yielded hits to Ben Revere (single) and Michael Young (homer) to start off the game, and that was it. He was in line for a loss but wound up with a no-decision after his teammates rallied in the ninth and won it in the 11th. Gonzalez boasts a 2.26 ERA since the beginning of May and has struck out 93 over 91 2/3 frames this season. He'll take on the D'Backs at home next.
Josh Rutledge went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, dropping his average to .045 in the five games since being recalled on June 14.
The shortstop was hitting well at Triple-A Colorado Springs before the promotion but his bat has gone ice cold with the big club, as he's just 1-for-22 in the five games. He's also struck out seven times while walking only once. The Rockies don't have many better options while Troy Tulowitzki is out, though, so Rutledge will likely continue to see playing time unless his struggles persist.
Kyle Kendrick deserved a win but was dealt a no-decision Wednesday, as he held the Nationals to one run on just two hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings.
Kendrick struck out six and gave up only an Adam LaRoche single in the second and Jayson Werth RBI single in the seventh, but Jonathan Papelbon was unable to nail down the one-run victory. The outing comes after Kendrick's worst of the season, though that was at Coors Field and, thus, forgivable. He'll get the Padres in San Diego next.
Mark Buehrle allowed two runs over five innings to earn the win against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Buehrle wasn't sharp, as he allowed eight hits and a walk on the evening, but he was good enough to pick up his fourth win. The southpaw has started to find his groove of late, as his ERA is down to 4.60 after spending much of the first two months above 6. He'll try to get his record above .500 on Tuesday as he takes on the Rays in Tampa.
Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save of the season Wednesday, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in a loss to the Nationals.
Papelbon retired the next two hitters after a leadoff single, but he then walked Adam LaRoche before Jayson Werth poked one into left field to knot things up. It was the second blown save of the series for Paps. The Nationals wound up winning in extra innings.
Ian Desmond's 11th-inning grand slam propelled the Nationals to a comeback win over the Phillies Wednesday.
Desmond was hitless with three strikeouts in his first four plate appearances, but he came through in extras, depositing a Michael Stutes hanger into the left-center field seats. The shortstop is now hitting .280 with 10 homers and 38 RBI on the season.
Juan Nicasio allowed four runs -- two earned -- in five innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Nicasio was hurt mostly by one swing, an Adam Lind three-run homer in the first inning. Otherwise he was fairly effective, limiting the Blue Jays to a total of four hits and a walk on the night. With Jeff Francis being sent to Triple-A, it appears Nicasio's spot in the rotation is safe for now. He'll go again Tuesday in an interleague tilt with the Red Sox in Boston.