Starter Jon Gray pretended he was closing out the first inning. Gray (9-6) surrendered four hits and struck out eight in a crisp performance for his first win since Aug. 2. Gray started strong, which hasn't always been the case this season.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 thanks to in-form pitcher Rick Porcello in MLB on Monday. Porcello gave up three runs in seven innings to help the Red Sox top the Rays as he earned his MLB-leading 18th win in the process. The Cy Young
The Brewers swept the Colorado Rockies out of Miller Park in a three game set to open the week, and welcomed in a reeling Pirates team (rum, perhaps?) that had lost five of six and was struggling to stay in the Wild Card race. Given the Pirates’ history in Milwaukee over the past decade plus, it looked like the Brewers were primed for their best week since the trade deadline. The Pirates swept all four from the Brewers, moving within a half game of the Cards for the final wild card spot. The Brewers sit eighth in the WC standings, trailing by just 12.5 games with 33 left on the schedule. Perhaps more importantly, the Brewers now are seventh in the Tank for Hank race, with only the Braves seemingly