Gregorio Petit blasted his first career home run in the eighth inning on Friday, powering the Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays.
With Marwin Gonzalez still recovering from a hamstring injury and needing an occasional day off, Petit got the start at shortstop and delivered the biggest blow of the ballgame with his eighth inning shot off Aaron Loup to break a 1-1 tie. He has done a nice job in his limited time with the Astros, going 4-for-13 (.308).
Chad Qualls worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Blue Jays on Friday, protecting a two-run lead and earning his 12th save of the season.
The veteran right-hander struck out a pair while allowing one hit in his inning of work. He has done a nice job out of the Astros bullpen this season, compiling a 3.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 37/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings.
Collin McHugh delivered a strong start in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits over 6 1/3 frames.
McHugh punched out five on the evening and issued one walk. After a sacrifice fly in the first inning, he was able to keep the high-powered Jays offense at bay for the remainder of the evening, allowing his team to come back and win. He'll bring a solid 3.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 107/35 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Red Sox 4-3 win over the Yankees on Friday.
Pedroia hit a ground rule double in the third to knock in Brock Holt after Holt tripled, then smacked an RBI single in the seventh to drive in rookie Mookie Betts. It was a nice game for Pedroia, who could use a lot more like this. This season, he's hitting .278/.343/.374. The average and OBP are fine, but it's clear that Pedroia has lost a bit of his laser show power as injuries and the inevitable march of time have worn on him.
Dioner Navarro went 1-for-3 and plated the Blue Jays lone run in Friday's loss to the Astros in Houston.
Navarro's first inning sacrifice fly was the only offense the Jays could generate against Collin McHugh and company. The switch-hitting backstop has done a nice job in his first season in Toronto, hitting .275/.315/.392 with eight long balls and 47 RBI.
Jose Reyes had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Astros, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
He also left three men on base. He's performed as one of the top offensive shortstops in the league this season, slashing .276/.327/.405 with eight homers, 33 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
J.A. Happ pitched well in Friday's no-decision against the Astros, allowing just one run on three hits over seven strong innings.
Happ racked up six strikeouts on the evening and issued a pair of free passes. The only mark against him on the night came on an RBI single by Jesus Guzman in the fourth inning. He'll carry a 4.34 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 77/38 K/BB ratio into Thursday's home tilt against the Orioles. He should continue to be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Allen Craig went 1-for-4 with a double on Friday in his first game with Boston.
Craig hit the double off of Yankee starter Chris Capuano. While his slash line on the season is a disappointing .237/.291/.346, it will be interesting to see if he can bounce back with a new club and some fresh surroundings. Prior to this season, Craig had not hit under .300 since his rookie season (2010)and was putting up slugging percentages of .450 and higher.