Ryan Howard led the Phillies with three hits Saturday in a blowout win over the Braves.
Howard contributed an RBI single during the Phillies' four-run fourth inning. The former MVP is hitting a robust .313 since the All-Star break. He leads Philadelphia in home runs (18), RBI (60) and strikeouts (101) this season. Despite winning eight of their last nine, the Phillies remain 14 and a half games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.
Jacob deGrom pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Nationals on Saturday, yielding two runs on six hits over six innings.
Both runs against deGrom came home in the very first inning, when Ian Desmond nicked him for a two-run single. The Nationals wouldn't score again, but the Met offense struggled against Joe Ross and deGrom was unable to earn the victory despite a nice pitching performance. The 27-year-old right-hander holds some impressive numbers this season, including a 2.09 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 135/24 K/BB ratio in 133 1/3 innings. Up next on his schedule, a road date with the Rays.
Joe Ross pitched a nice game against the Mets on Saturday, yielding two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Ross struck out six and walked one, with both runs scoring on solo home runs by Lucas Duda in the fourth and seventh innings. He's now allowed three or fewer runs in each of his first six starts to open his career in the bigs. Not too shabby. Ross'll take a 3.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 40/4 K/BB ratio (over 39 innings) into his next start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
Craig Kimbrel notched his 31st save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday.
Kimbrel took the mound with the Padres holding onto a 5-3 lead. He retired all three batters he faced and ended the game with a strikeout of J.T. Realmuto. At various times over the last week, the all-world closer was attached to multiple trade rumors. None of them came to fruition, though, and Kimbrel should close out the season in San Diego. He holds a 2.76 ERA and 58/15 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings while going 31-for-33 in save chances.
The wheels fell off for Anibal Sanchez Saturday in a 6-2 loss to Baltimore.
The O's torched Sanchez for six runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two home runs, raising his season total to 24. Among AL starters, only Phil Hughes has surrendered more long balls than Sanchez. The right-hander's 4.77 ERA is his highest since 2008.
Kevin Gausman evened his record at 2-2 Saturday in a win over the Tigers.
He limited Detroit to four hits and two runs over seven solid innings. Gausman struck out six without allowing a walk. The 24-year-old hadn't won a decision since April 7. He'll look for win No. 3 next time out against the Angels.
Dee Gordon went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Saturday's loss to the Padres.
Gordon drew the Marlins to within 5-2 with an RBI single off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne in the fifth inning, but the fish would only score once more as they fell to 20 games under .500. Said horrible record isn't Gordon's fault, as the second baseman is hitting .330/.352/.406 with 23 RBI and 48 runs scored. He's also stolen 34 bases in 47 attempts.
Manny Machado homered for the second game in a row Saturday in a win over the Tigers.
He's hit .381 with four RBI over his five-game hitting streak. Among big league third basemen, Machado is fourth in slugging percentage (.525) and second in OPS (.890). The 23-year-old has emerged as a legitimate MVP candidate and is a big reason why the Orioles are only a half game behind Minnesota in the AL Wild Card Race.