Jeff Samardzija pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Padres, hurling 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
The only blemish on Samardzija's night came in the form of a solo home run by Jon Jay in the sixth inning. Otherwise, smooth sailing for the 31-year-old right-hander. With the win, he improved to 7-2. Next up, a road start against the Braves. Samardzija will carry a 2.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 62/16 K/BB ratio over 71 innings into that one.
Carlos Correa hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Astros a walk-off, 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
Correa was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts before delivering the game-winning hit in the 13th. He's been streaky in his first full season in the majors, striking out in a surprising 25.1 percent of his plate appearances while also hitting seven homers with eight steals on the year. It all adds up to a .250/.343/.409 line that should be more attractive by season's end.
Andrew Cashner pitched respectably in his return from the 15-day disabled list, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.
Cashner, who was shelved with a right hamstring strain in early May, struck out one and walked four in his return to the mound. The Giants would score two of their three runs against the 29-year-old right-hander in the sixth inning, with Buster Posey (RBI double) and Brandon Crawford (RBI single) striking to snap a 1-1 tie. Prior to hitting the disabled list, Cashner held a 4.93 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 28/14 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings. Until he can improve on those bloated numbers, he does not make for an appealing fantasy option outside of the deepest of NL-only formats. He will take to the road for a date with the Mariners next time he toes the rubber.
Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the season Tuesday against the Astros.
Alvarez hit a solo homer off Astros starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning, his only hit in five at-bats. The blast was his first since May 8. Thought to be a potential fantasy sleeper heading into the season after signing with the Orioles in March, the 29-year-old has instead batted .191/.300/.351 with three homers and 10 RBI in 32 games.
Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.
Valbuena finished 2-for-4 in the game, with his two-run shot off Chris Tillman in the fifth inning giving the Astros a fleeting lead. The homer was just his third of the season after he broke out with 25 dingers last year. One thing he has carried over is his struggle to hit for average, as the 30-year-old is hitting a measly .207/.294/.347 in 39 games.
George Springer was on base five times Tuesday, collecting three hits and drawing two walks in a win over the Orioles.
Springer had a double to go with two singles in four official at-bats. The travesty is that he never came around to score, nor did he drive in a run from the leadoff spot. Springer had a 10-game hitting streak snapped Sunday, and Tuesday's good showing has his overall line up to .265/.364/.464. Perhaps Tuesday will be the start of another streak.
Chris Tillman held the Astros to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday.
Tillman yielded just three hits and three walks, but a Luis Valbuena two-run homer in the fifth inning was enough to saddle Tillman with a no-decision. Still, it was the latest in a string of strong starts from the 28-year-old. Tillman now has seven consecutive quality starts dating back to mid-April, and the right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.13 WHIP overall. Tillman will try to keep the train rolling Sunday at the Indians.
Doug Fister allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Orioles.
The good was that Fister allowed just three hits with three walks. The bad was that two of those hits left the yard. Either way, the right-hander left long before the game was decided in extra innings, leaving his record at 4-3 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through nine starts. Fister is set to next take on the Angels on Sunday.