Martin Perez held the Red Sox to one run over six innings Sunday in the Rangers' 6-2 win.
Texas had a three-run lead after the first inning and Perez went into cruise control from there, scattering six hits and two walks across six solid frames. The one run he gave up came on a Bryce Brentz solo shot in the top of the sixth. Perez will carry a 7-4 record and 3.44 ERA into his next start on the road against the Twins.
Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.
Texas jumped all over Buchholz in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on five singles and two walks. Prince Fielder then slugged a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth and Buchholz was removed two batters later. The right-hander is now 3-8 with a 5.90 season ERA. He might be headed back to the bullpen.
Adonis Garcia went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Mets.
The Braves held just a 1-0 lead heading into the eighth inning, but opened up some much-needed breathing room with a four-run frame. The big blow came courtesy of Garcia, who provided in the clutch when he launched a three-run homer off reliever Logan Verrett. For the season, the 31-year-old third baseman is slashing .253/.296/.356 with five homers and 21 RBI over 194 at-bats. He can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes.
Wilmer Flores (hand) went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Braves.
While Flores was dealing with a left hand contusion entering the weekend series, he has played in-full during each of the last two games. On Sunday, he was the only Mets batter to finish with more than one hit. His ninth-inning RBI single drew the team to within 5-2, but that would be the last of the game's scoring. With a .240/.309/.368 triple-slash over 125 at-bats, Flores does not make for any sort of legitimate fantasy option.
Bud Norris was superb in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mets, hurling seven innings of shutout ball.
The eight strikeouts marked a season-high for Norris. He scattered four hits and did not walk a batter over his seven innings of work. Since entering the starting rotation at the beginning of June, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed more than two runs just once in five starts (he allowed three in the outlier). He will look to continue this nice roll in a home showdown with the Marlins next time he toes the rubber.