Drew Storen got into two-out trouble but escaped with his fourth save as the Nationals topped the Phillies on Sunday.
Storen allowed a leadoff single to Ryan Howard, then a two-out single to Ben Revere to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of pinch-hitter Chase Utley. Storen got Utley to tap out back to the mound for a 1-3 putout to end the game. The 27-year-old has had only one hiccup in five appearances and is now 4-for-4 in save opportunities with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
David Buchanan was much improved on Sunday but still fell to 0-3 after allowing three runs in five innings to the Nationals.
Buchanan entered the start having allowed 11 runs in 8 2/3 innings over his first two starts. He managed to blank the Nats over his first four innings before a three-run fifth inning helped to end his afternoon. Buchanan, in total, allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out four. He didn't have much fantasy value heading into the season and there's still no reason to consider him. Buchanan will try to earn his first win when he takes on the Braves at home next.
Shane Greene finally gave up a run but moved to 3-0, anyway, tossing seven frames of one-run ball in a 9-1 victory over the White Sox.
The one tally charged against him easily could have been unearned, as J.D. Martinez misplayed a ball in the sixth inning that was scored a triple. Greene went 21 2/3 frames before giving up a run this season. He walked four and struck out just three, but the righty surrendered only five hits, with the questionable triple being the only one that went for extra bases. Greene will take a microscopic 0.39 ERA into a start against the Indians next weekend.
Rays prospect Daniel Robertson belted his first home run of the season Saturday for Double-A Montgomery
The homer was part of a 3-for-5 effort. Robertson came over from Oakland in the Ben Zobrist trade this winter. He's MLB.com's 65th-ranked prospect and No. 2 in the Rays' system. Robertson could join Tampa in September when the rosters expand but it's more likely he makes his debut in 2016.
Stephen Strasburg had his first good start of the season on Sunday, giving just one run in 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Phillies.
Strasburg had retired the first 14 Phillies he faced before Carlos Ruiz singled to left field with two outs in the fifth inning. He had shut the Phillies out over his first seven innings as well, but relented a run in the eighth on a Freddy Galvis RBI single to center. Overall, Strasburg allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out seven. His first two starts were subpar, so it was nice to see him get back on track, even if it was against the lowly Phillies. Strasburg will look to keep it going next weekend in Miami against the Marlins.
Jose Quintana was clobbered for nine runs across four innings of work in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.
Quintana was one pitch away from getting out of the first inning unscathed, but he left a pitch over the plate and Yoenis Cespedes lined it over the left-field wall for a grand slam. Cespedes got to him again with a two-run shot in the third. The left-hander has now had two clunkers in three starts, but impatient owners need to sit tight. Quintana will rebound and has a decent shot to do so next weekend versus the Royals.
Matt Harvey earned this third win of the season, allowing four runs in six-plus innings as the Mets held on to a 7-6 win versus the Marlins on Sunday.
Harvey had limited the Marlins to two runs over the first six innings, but started the seventh inning and allowed a run on three consecutive singles before departing. Reliever Alex Torres later allowed Harvey's runner to score on a wild pitch. On the afternoon, Harvey gave up eight hits, walked none, and struck out seven. He owns a 3.50 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 24/1 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Harvey will face the Yankees in the Bronx next weekend.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday that Jose Reyes could return to the Blue Jays lineup on Tuesday.
Reyes will be limited to hitting only from the right side of the plate as he's dealing with a small fracture in his left rib cage, but it looks as though he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.