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On the day in which the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers each lost a member of their starting lineups to a 50-game Biogenesis suspension, both teams at least managed victories on the field.
The Rangers lost slugger Nelson Cruz and the Tigers lost shortstop Jhonny Peralta, making them two of the team most affected by the Biogenesis rulings. But their replacements were productive on Monday — now, both teams have to hope that happens more often than not.
Tigers stun Indians with ninth-inning rally: This is one way to bring a team together after a tough day. Score four runs in the ninth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and go on to a 4-2 victory. That's what the Tigers did, largely thanks to Alex Avila's three-run homer. It was the team's ninth straight victory.
Jose Iglesias, acquired last week in a three-team trade to take Peralta's place, wasn't huge for the Tigers, but he did have a hit. Anibal Sanchez started for the Tigers and struck out 11, but it was reliever Al Alburquerque who collected the victory.
Rangers beat Angels after Cruz's clubhouse speech: Cruz spoke to his teammates before Monday's game, then they went out and beat the division-rival Los Angeles Angels 5-2.
Adrian Beltre homered for the Rangers while Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar each had RBIs for the Rangers. Cruz's replacement in right field, David Murphy, had a hit and scored two runs.
''It's disappointing,'' said second baseman Ian Kinsler, Cruz's longtime teammate. ''But at the same time, we all love Nelson, and we're going to support him through this, help him get through this. He's serving the suspension like he should, and we're going to help him go on with this.''
Braves 3, Nationals 2: The Braves winning streak jumps to 11 games, thanks to a go-ahead home run from Justin Upton in the eighth inning.
Giants 4, Brewers 2: Jeff Francoeur's pinch-hit single in the eighth keys a three-run rally as the Giants beat Milwaukee.
Astros 2, Red Sox 0: It was Biogenesis day. Anything could happen — like the team with the worst record in the AL shutting out the team with the best record in the AL. Rookie Brett Oberholtzer impresses again on the mound for Houston.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 1: Jays score three in the eighth to overtake Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners. R.A. Dickey gets the win for Toronto.
Royals 13, Twins 0: Jeremy Guthrie pitches a four-hit shutout as the red-hot Royals rout the Twins.
Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: The Dodgers got a strong game out of Zack Greinke — 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball plus an RBI at the plate — to improve their road winning streak to 15 games.
''You want to step on their necks, especially when we've got this big of a lead. We can expand it a little bit more against them. I think we set the tone tonight.''
— Freddie Freeman, about the Braves' series with NL East foes, the Nats.
Keep your eye on the ball, Brett Lawrie.
• Astros rookie Brett Oberholtzer became the first pitcher since Marty Bystrom of the 1980 Phillies to throw at least seven scoreless in each of his first two starts. (via ESPN Stats & Info)
• Jamey Carroll, the 39-year-old Twins infielder, pitched the eighth inning Monday as his team was being routing by the Royals. It was his first time pitching in an MLB game. He retired the Royals in order.
• Jayson Werth and Adrian Belte won the NL and AL players of the month, respectively, for July.
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