The Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more.Toronto Blue Jays entered play on Saturday losers in four of their last five. No worries, though. Jose Bautista can fix that with two swings of the bat, which is exactly what he did. With the first, he connected for a solo shot in the sixth. With the second, he put Toronto ahead with a tw0-run blast in the eighth that ended up being the game winner in Toronto's 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
On the season, those were home runs No. 17 and 18 for Bautista. On the grander scale, the homers were number 200 and 201 in his career. 142 have come since 2010. From 2004-09 he hit 59.
Cuddyer keeps rolling in Rockies win: There was no drama on Saturday as Michael Cuddyer extended his MLB best hitting streak to 26 games with a first inning RBI single. That put Colorado up 1-0 and would stand as their only run until the ninth inning when rookie Nolan Arenado singled home Josh Rutledge for the 2-1 walk-off victory.
First to 50: Unless you're a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals or Cincinnati Reds, you have to be enjoying the roll the Pittsburgh Pirates are on right now. With their 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers — thanks to solo home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones — the Battlin' Buccos have now won eight consecutive games. But not only that! They're also the first team to reach 50 wins this season. Remarkable doesn't cover it.
Mashing at a historic pace: With two more home runs on Saturday, Chris Davis became the first player in Baltimore Orioles history to reach 30 home runs before the end of June. Davis got there by hitting a three-run homer off of David Phelps in the first inning and a two-run blast off Ivan Nova in the sixth. Both of those helped the O's dispose of the Yankees, 11-3, and the five RBIs raised his season total to 79. That's six shy of his career high with half a season still to go.
Mets 5, Nationals 1: New York grabbed the lead in the fifth inning on a double-error by Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond and never looked back. Dillon Gee earned his sixth win on the hill.
Cardinals 7, A’s 1: Adam Wainwright didn’t need a lot of help in winning his 11th game, but Matt Adams provided it with his first career two-homer game.
Twins 6, Royals 2: Successful debut for Minnesota’s top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. In six innings, he allowed two earned runs on eight hits while striking out five. His offense spotting him a 5-0 lead in the first inning probably didn’t hurt.
Indians 4, White Sox 3: Another day, another blown lead for the Southsiders. The Indians stole their third in a row in the series with a two run sixth, and then the winner came in the eighth on Nick Swisher’s RBI single.
Braves 11, Diamondbacks 5: Atlanta scored two in the fifth on zero hits and five walks. In the eighth, they added seven more on five hits, a walk and two hit batsmen.
Angels 7, Astros 2: Josh Hamilton stole the show for the Angels... with his defense.
Marlins 7, Padres 1: Jacob Turner went the distance for his first career complete game. He sports a sparkling 1.76 ERA through six starts.
Rays 4, Tigers 3: (10 inn.): Trailing 3-0 against Justin Verlander in the third, Tampa Bay pecked away with single runs in the third, fifth and eighth to tie it and then won it in the tenth on Yunel Escobar's RBI single.
Reds 6, Rangers 4 (11 inn.): Devin Mesoraco is your hero with a two-run homer in the 11th.
Cubs 5, Mariners 3: (11 inn.): Basically the same script in Seattle with a different score. Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer was the difference.
Dodgers 4, Phillies 3: Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the first and scored on A.J. Ellis' game-winning single in the ninth to bring Los Angeles within five games of the division leading D-Backs.
''We didn't deserve to win the game. We walked five in an inning without a hit and only gave up two runs. Then we gave them seven walks, three hit batsmen, made an error. Just melted down. Didn't play good at all. It's frustrating. It's disappointing for sure.''
— Arizona Diamondbacks Kirk Gibson on his team's ugly pitching performance.
• The Braves and Red Sox are the only teams that haven't been below .500 at any point this season.
• Michael Cuddyer has also reached base in 45 straight games, which is the longest streak by a National League player since Jim Edmonds in 2004 (47).
• Jose Bautista has 19 multi-homer games since 2010. The next closest player is five away according to ESPN Stats & Info.
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