Jose Fernandez delivered another gem at Marlins Park, allowing one run in seven innings and striking out 13 Sunday to help Miami beat the faltering Chicago Cubs, 6-1. The Marlins won three of four from the injury-depleted Cubs, who went 1-6 for the week but still have baseball's best record. Fernandez improved his career record at home to 24-1 with a 1.48 ERA, and this year the right-hander has been pretty good everywhere — he's 10-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 138 strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth for the Marlins, who went 7-3 on their homestand. At 41-35, they're six games above .500 for the first time since June 2012, their first season in Marlins Park.
Entering the top of the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Royals, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve already had a single, double, and a home run, leaving him just a triple shy of the cycle. With an 0-2 count against Chien-Ming Wang, Altuve hit the ball exactly where he needed to: in the gap in left-center. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and left fielder Alex Gordon converged, and it was Cain who came up with the ball. It looked like a sure-fire triple, but there was just one problem: Altuve tripped as he prepared to round the second base bag. The three-time All-Star settled for another double, but he was guaranteed at least one more at-bat before the end of the game. Altuve, however, grounded