Anthony DeSclafini shut out the Cardinals for seven innings, allowing just three hits, to win Wednesday.
DeSclafini won for the first time since June 9. He's been pretty mediocre since opening the season with a 1.04 ERA in April, but there's little reason to disappoint. Some thought he might be a long-term reliever when the Reds picked him up from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, but he's shown enough to suggest he'll last a middle-of-the-rotation guy instead.
John Lackey took a tough loss after allowing just one run and two hits over eight innings Wednesday against the Reds.
Anthony DeSclafini was just a little better. Lackey was at 88 pitches and probably could have gone for the complete-game loss tonight if the Cardinals hadn't needed to pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the eighth. He's now 9-6 with a 2.78 ERA.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Mets backed out of the proposed trade to acquire Carlos Gomez from the Brewers due to concern over his hip issue.
Scott Boras, the agent for Gomez, has stated that his client is "injury-free" and that he has "no problem whatsoever" with his hip. The Mets will have to continue shopping elsewhere to acquire the big bat they would like to add to the outfield.
Jay Bruce hit his 17th homer Wednesday to score the only run in the Reds' 1-0 defeat of the Cardinals.
Randal Grichuk had a play on the homer in center, but couldn't quite get there. Bruce has overcome a tough start to hit .288 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 184 at-bats since the beginning of June. He should bring back a couple of nice pieces if the Reds decide to move him.
Angels optioned RHP Mike Morin to Triple-A Salt Lake.
The 24-year-old right-hander has struggled in his 29 appearances with the Angles this season, compiling a 7.43 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 23 innings. He'll look to get back on track in the minors before hopefully rejoining the Angels bullpen later in the summer.
Jose Quintana held the Red Sox to two runs in 6 1/3 innings to pick up a win on Wednesday.
Quintana got a month's worth of run support tonight, as the White Sox busted out for nine runs to give him his sixth win of the season. It's the first time they've done so well in one of his starts since July 2014. With a shutout of the Indians last time out, Quintana has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
Rick Porcello was pounded for six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in two-plus innings by the White Sox on Wednesday.
Just when it looked like Porcello might have gotten it together (5 ER in 18 IP last three starts), he fings himself right back at square one tonight. He's lost nine of his last 10 decisions, and his ERA is back up to 5.81 now. This is just completely and totally a lost year for him.
Adam Eaton went 3-for-6 with a leadoff homer against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Eaton has nine homers in 93 games this year after hitting one in 123 games last year. He's been one of the keys to the White Sox's turnaround of late, spending the last two months as one of the AL's best leadoff men after spending the first two months as one of the worst.