Huston Street earned his 14th save of the year Monday as the Padres beat the Giants 5-3.
Street entered with a 5-3 lead in the 13th inning and stranded Gregor Blanco, who reached on a single. Street isn't striking anyone out -- he has 13 over 24 games -- and has tossed only four perfect innings in 2013. Despite Street's struggles, he's 14-for-15 in save conversions and has a good amount of job security.
Edinson Volquez allowed four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings in his start Monday against the Giants.
Volquez (5-5, 5.84 ERA) struck out six in the no-decision. The right-hander occasionally shows his talent in mixed-league worthy performances, such as his last start against the Braves (one run over seven innings). Far too often, however, he turns in frustrating performances such as Monday's or gets outright shelled. He's a fringy NL-only pitcher.
Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-6 with a stolen base against the Giants on Monday.
Acquired from the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later on Friday, Ciriaco is now 3-for-9 over three games for the Friars. Ciriaco doesn't figure to play or hit enough to become fantasy relevant, but he's usable in deeper NL-only formats at the moment due to Jedd Gyorko's injury.
Barry Zito struck out a season-high eight batters over just 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Monday.
The left-hander collected 102 pitches before he was pulled. Zito walked three and gave up six hits, allowing two runs. He's 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the season. Zito has won just one game since April 21.
Tim Hudson surrendered just one run on six hits and three walks over his seven frames Monday against the Mets.
He struck out six. Hudson (4-6, 4.17 ERA) was in line for the loss before Freddie Freeman's walk-off homer took him off the hook. The veteran entered June with an unsightly 5.37 ERA, but he's been lights-out this month, allowing just five earned runs in 28 2/3 innings covering four starts, all of which were quality outings. There were whispers late last month that Hudson might lose his rotation spot, but you'll hear nothing of the sort now.
Freddie Freeman delivered a walk-off two-run homer as the Braves came back to beat the Mets 2-1 on Monday.
Atlanta mustered zero offense off Dillon Gee before Justin Upton led off the ninth with a single and Freeman homered -- his first since June 3 -- to end the game. Freeman ended the game 3-for-4 and also collected a double. He's now batting a superb .327/.383/.489 on the season.
Lucas Duda went 4-for-4 with a double in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Braves.
Making his first start at first base this season, Duda raised his average 15 points (from .226 to .241). Mets manager Terry Collins has resisted trying Duda at first base in anticipation of an eventual Ike Davis return, but there's no doubt that New York is a better team with Duda at first and Daniel Murphy at second. Duda's a terrible defender, but he's posted a nice .241/.348/.454 slash line through 216 at-bats.
Dillon Gee was slapped with a loss despite pitching a gem Monday, allowing two runs over 8 1/3 innings to the Braves.
He struck out six and walked one. Gee was absolutely cruising through eight innings and entered the ninth in Atlanta with a 1-0 lead. He surrendered a leadoff single to Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman ended the game with a 365-foot blast to right field. Gee revealed after his last start that he's dealt with flexor tendonitis all season, but he appeared just fine on Monday. He's 5-7 with a 4.56 ERA.