Brett Eibner's RBI single capped off a seven-run rally in the ninth inning on Saturday as the Royals stunned the White Sox 8-7 in Kansas City.
The Royals entered the final frame trailing 7-1 and the White Sox lock-down closer David Robertson on the hill. After a strikeout to begin the inning, Cheslor Cuthbert singled, Eibner doubled and Omar Infante walked to load the bases. Alcides Escobar worked a bases loaded walk, then Whit Merrifield delivered a two-run single. Lorenzo Cain reached on a fielder's choice to plate another run, and then back-to-back run scoring doubles from Eric Hosmer and Drew Butera tied it up. After a pair of intentional walks re-loaded the bases, Eibner came through with the game-winning RBI single, making him a hero in just his second day with the big league club.
Yordano Ventura was knocked around again in Saturday's no-decision against the White Sox, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his seven innings of work.
The right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter. To his credit, Ventura was able to settle down after the White Sox had scored six times in the first four innings, and was able to give his club seven innings and save the bullpen. He has been a major disappointment this season, compiling a 5.17 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 55 2/3 innings in his first 10 starts. He'll try to right the ship on Thursday against the Indians in Cleveland.
Avisail Garcia clubbed his fifth home run of the season on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the White Sox to victory over the Royals.
Garcia blasted a three-run homer off Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning that increased the White Sox lead to 6-1. He also singled and scored in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-4. For the season, Garcia is hitting .259/.316/.424 with five homers and 18 RBI.
Dodgers designated OF James Ramsey for assignment on Saturday.
The Dodgers needed to make room for RHP Casey Fien on the 40-man roster. Ramsey is only hitting .222/.285/.429 with a 33.3 percent strikeout rate in Triple-A Oklahoma City, so the 26-year-old outfielder seemed to be an obvious choice for this move.
Carlos Rodon suffered a tough-luck no-decision on Saturday after limiting the Royals to one run on six hits over his five innings of work.
Rodon struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. He wasn't very economical with his pitches, as the elevated pitch count led to an early exit, but he departed with a comfortable 7-1 lead and in line for his third victory until the White Sox bullpen collapsed late. He'll carry a 4.24 ERA and 1.48 WHIP into Friday's start against the Tigers in Detroit.
Russell Martin homered and drove home three runs on Saturday as the Blue Jays rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Red Sox 10-9 on Saturday.
Martin blasted his homer off Rick Porcello in the sixth inning, pulling the Jays to within three runs at 7-4. He added an RBI single as part of a four-run uprising to tie the game in the eighth inning. His biggest contribution came with two-outs in the ninth inning, where his RBI double plated the tying run off Craig Kimbrel. Martin then came around to score the winning run on a single by Devon Travis. He finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI, raising his season slash to .194/.260/.273 to go along with three homers and 14 RBI.
Marcus Stroman was hit hard in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Saturday, allowing seven runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.
The right-hander punched out five while walking one on the afternoon. He made it through the first three innings unscathed, but the Red Sox offense woke up the second time through the order. Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw each blasted home runs as part of the damage against Stroman. He'll look to improve upon a 4.46 ERA and 1.25 WHIP when he does battle against these same Red Sox in Boston on Friday.
David Ortiz clubbed a solo home run to give his club the lead in the ninth inning on Saturday, but it would prove to be futile in a loss to the Blue Jays.
The Red Sox led the majority of the game, but gave up the lead when the Jays rallied for four runs in the eighth. Papi made sure to right the ship quickly, tagging Gavin Floyd for his 13th homer of the season with one out in the ninth inning. Ortiz also doubled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-5. He is having another outstanding season at the dish, slashing .339/.420/.720 with 13 long balls and 46 RBI.