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Cliff Pennington delivered a game-tying single in the sixth and a game-ending sac fly in the 10th as the Diamondbacks topped the Rockies 4-3 on Friday.

Pennington remains a fine utilityman, but the Diamondbacks haven't gotten a ton of use from him this year with Nick Ahmed playing well at short and Aaron Hill acting as the primary fallback at second and third. The runs batted in he collected tonight were just his sixth and seventh of the season, and it was also only his second multihit game.
Jul 4 - 1:58 AM

Brandon Barnes went 0-for-3 before being removed as part of a double-switch Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Barnes should start losing some time now that the Rockies have brought Drew Stubbs back to the majors. Barnes still has a decent .276 average, but it's going down quickly and he doesn't bring much else to the table.
Jul 4 - 1:54 AM

Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Mets beat the Dodgers 2-1 on Friday.

Flores singled in the Mets' first run in the fourth and collected an infield single during the ninth-inning rally that decided the game. The three hits match his total from his previous six starts combined. He does have 10 homers this season, but getting on base just hasn't been a strength for him.
Jul 4 - 1:52 AM

Noah Syndergaard was lifted after allowing one run and two hits in six innings Friday against the Dodgers.

Syndergaard only walked two, but it still took him 107 pitches to get through six. Needless to say, the Mets weren't going to give him a chance to match last week's eight innings of one-run ball against the Reds. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 3.38. He's allowed one or no earned runs in six of his 10 starts.
Jul 4 - 1:50 AM

Michael Bourn went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Friday's win over the Pirates.

Bourn doubled in a run in the fourth inning, then punched in two more with a single in the eighth to give his team a three run lead and some much needed breathing room. They would ultimately win 5-2. While he does have five hits in his last 11 at-bats, Bourn is still hitting just .234/.305/.284 for the year. He only has 10 extra-base hits and has yet to connect on his first home run.
Jul 4 - 1:48 AM

Clayton Kershaw wasn't involved in the decision after allowing one run in seven innings Friday against the Mets.

At least it wasn't a fourth straight loss. Kershaw just isn't getting any help from the Dodgers, and he might well miss out on the All-Star Game because of it. He's 5-6 with a 3.08 ERA and a 147/27 K/BB in 114 IP.
Jul 4 - 1:47 AM

Michael Cuddyer struck out as a pinch-hitter Friday against the Dodgers.

It was his first appearance since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore knee. It's possible he'll rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday.
Jul 4 - 1:44 AM

Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Indians.

The 0-for-4 jaunt snapped Marte's eight-game hitting streak. It's been a career best season to this point for the outfielder, who will set a personal best for homers when he hits his next one (he's currently at 13, same as the number he hit all of last year). He's hitting .284/.333/.465 through 299 at-bats in 2015.
Jul 4 - 1:43 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Indians.

McCutchen homered with a runner on against Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning, the only runs that the Pirates would score in the game. After hitting just .194/.302/.333 in April, McCutchen has posted batting averages north of .300 and slugging percentages north of .500 in each of the last two months. Overall, he's slashing .296/.390/.493 with 10 homers and 49 RBI.
Jul 4 - 1:37 AM

Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates.

Moss launched his two-run shot off of Pirates starter Charlie Morton in the second inning. It was the first baseman's 14th bomb of the season and pushed his RBI total to 44. He might not hit for much average (currently .230), but his 14 homers put him on track to come close to--if not surpass--the career-high 30 he smacked in 2013. Moss is looking to post his fourth straight season with 20 or more long balls.
Jul 4 - 1:31 AM

Trevor Bauer locked down the Pirates on Friday, hurling 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball to earn his seventh win of the season.

Bauer could have conceivably pitched deeper into the game were it not for a rain delay, which came in the seventh inning. At that point, the right-hander had only thrown 74 pitches. He would not return to the contest when festivities resumed. Bauer struck out three and walked one, with both runs against him coming home via a homer by Andrew McCutchen. Bauer now holds a 3.88 ERA and 1.25 WHIP and will look to improve to 8-5 in a home showdown with the Astros next time he takes the ball.
Jul 4 - 1:29 AM

Charlie Morton provided a quality start in Friday's loss to the Indians, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings.

Morton struck out three and walked three in the outing. Runs scored in the second and fourth innings, when Morton allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss and an RBI double to Michael Bourne, respectively. The loss dropped him to 6-2 on the season. In addition to the solid record, Morton holds a 4.30 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Up next on the docket, a home start against the Padres.
Jul 4 - 1:23 AM

Jedd Gyorko hit a game-tying homer in the seventh inning and a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth to help lead the Padres to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

Gyorko was just called up on June 30 to help fill in for the injured Cory Spangenberg (knee). He showed his worth on Friday when he homered off of the ever-dominant Michael Wacha in the seventh inning to tie the game at 1-1. He then helped ensure things wouldn't move to extras when he singled home Yangervis Solarte in the ninth inning to put the Padres up 2-1. Gyorko hit .283/.368/.500 with four home runs in 15 games for Triple-A El Paso after being sent down in early June and should see his share of playing time in the near future, though there's little to love on the fantasy front here.
Jul 4 - 1:21 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 and hit his 21st homer Friday as the Mariners beat the A's 9-5.

Cruz has two homers in three games during July after hitting just one in 25 games in June. It's not likely that he'll catch fire again like he did in April, but he should be a reliable power bat from here on in.
Jul 4 - 1:17 AM

Working the ninth with the Mariners up by six, Carson Smith allowed two runs in his inning Friday against the A's.

The Mariners haven't had any save chances since Fernando Rodney got the nod over Smith last Friday against the Angels. It might well be that Rodney gets the call again next time out. Smith hasn't done anything wrong, but Lloyd McClendon wants Rodney to win back the job.
Jul 4 - 1:15 AM



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