Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the ninth inning to close out the Reds' 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Chapman fanned Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk before getting Mark Reynolds to fly out to end the game. The left-hander now owns a 1.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 81/24 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings this year. He could have gained some trade value with a move at the deadline, but even in Cincinnati Chapman is the game's best reliever.
Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.
Carpenter took Anthony DeSclafani deep in the third inning for his 14th homer of the season. After a terrible stretch that saw his batting average drop to .252, Carpenter is hitting .264/.363/.454 with 54 RBI and 60 runs scored this year.
Danny Duffy tossed seven innings of one-run ball, earning the win as the Royals topped the Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday.
The lone run came around in the sixth inning on a Victor Martinez RBI single. It was one of five hits Duffy allowed on the evening along with four walks and two strikeouts. The lefty has been quite good since the beginning of July, holding the opposition to two or fewer runs in six-plus innings in five of his last six starts. All told, Duffy has a 4.04 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 54/37 K/BB ratio over 89 innings. He'll play host to the White Sox in his next start.
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
Phillips has come alive in recent days, as he's 10-for-21 in his last five games. He's also stolen four bases in that span, including swiping third base off Yadier Molina -- but mostly John Lackey -- in Tuesday's game. He's now got 15 stolen bases this season, the most since 2012. Phillips is hitting .282/.318/.374 with 50 runs scored on the year.
Justin Verlander lost on Tuesday facing the Royals, allowing five runs in seven innings.
The Royals scored at least one run in four of his seven frames, as the right-hander was under constant duress. Verlander allowed 10 hits and only struck out five, though he issued zero walks. One of his mistake pitches resulted in a two-run home run to Salvador Perez in the fourth inning. Verlander will head into a home start versus the Red Sox with a 5.05 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 40/12 K/BB ratio over 57 innings.