Joc Pederson is on one of those streaks. He hit his third home run in his last three games to help the LA Dodgers shut out the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-0. Pederson’s four dinger of the year came in the second inning with one man on and was his only hit in four at-bats. The win brings the Dodgers’ record to the .500 mark at 30-30.
Meanwhile, Kevin Pillar hit #5, accounting for half of the offensive production for the Toronto Blue Jays (26-34) in their 7-2 loss to the visiting NY Yankees. The solo blast came in seventh and, like Pederson, accounted for his only hit on the night in three at-bats. Pillar also made this nice catch in the fourth.
Danny Valencia‘s sacrifice fly in the first gave the Baltimore Orioles (18-41) the margin in their 2-1 win over the sliding host NY Mets. He was hitless in three official plate appearances. Valencia made a throwing error in the eighth after Richard Bleier entered with one on and one out to put runners on first and second, but the lefty reliever induced an inning-ending double play to earn his seventh hold. The Orioles — with the worst road record in baseball — handed the Mets their fifth straight loss.
Ryan Braun was 1-for-4, striking out twice, as the Milwaukee Brewers (37-24) lost to the host Cleveland Indians, 3-2.
Alex Bregman singled in four at-bats as the Houston Astros (37-25) lost to the host Seattle Mariners, 7-1.
Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 as the leadoff batter but the LA Angels (34-28) held off the visiting KC Royals behind a one-hitter by Andrew Heaney, pitching on his 27th birthday.
Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (32-26) beat the host Chicago Cubs, 6-1