Freddie Freeman added three more hits to his burgeoning MVP campaign, Ozzie Albies clubbed two of Atlanta's six homers and the Braves battered New York Mets pitching Friday night in a 15-2 blowout that thrust them closer to a third consecutive NL East title. Max Fried (7-0) returned from a brief stay on the injured list due to a back spasm and breezed through five innings that only help his Cy Young Award credentials. Freeman laced a two-run double and Marcell Ozuna followed with a long two-run homer in the second off Steven Matz (0-5), handed his latest drubbing in a lost season as he came back from shoulder discomfort.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Kole Calhoun hit two home runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over former teammate Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros 6-3 on Friday night.
Red Sox legend David Ortiz reveals he tested positive for COVID-19 and his brother spent a week in the hospital battling the virus.
Dylan Carlson's first taste of the big leagues didn't go as planned. The St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect hit just .169 in 23 games before being sent to the team's alternate camp earlier this month in hopes of finding a reset. The 21-year-old outfielder drilled a three-run homer to cap a six-run outburst in the sixth inning against the mistake-prone Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, helping lift St. Louis to a 7-2 victory and a doubleheader sweep.
Brian Anderson tied a franchise record with three homers and drove in seven runs Friday to help the Miami Marlins earn a doubleheader split by beating the Washington Nationals 14-3. Corey Dickerson hit a solo homer for the Marlins, who remained in second place in the NL East as they chase their first playoff berth since 2003. The Marlins matched their season-high run total after they were shut out in the opener.
Detroit Tigers' Austin Romine departed from Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a left wrist injury but won't need the injured list.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom is trying to win his third-straight Cy Young, a feat that hasn't been achieved since Randy Johnson won his third-straight in 2001 (followed by his fourth-straight in 2002). Here's where things stand with deGrom and his closest competitors for the award...
Kyle Hendricks tossed eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to outduel Rich Hill, and the Chicago Cubs edged the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Hendricks stuck out 10 and walked one before Jeremy Jeffress worked around two walks in the ninth for his eighth save. After 104 pitches - including 73 strikes - Hendricks narrowly missed his fifth career shutout and his second this season.
Former Red Sox utility man Brock Holt took the mound for the Nationals on Friday, and it was a pitching appearance you won't want to miss.
Bryce Harper hit a tying, two-run double and scored the go-ahead run on an error following Alec Bohm's infield single, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rally to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Friday night and earn their first doubleheader sweep in eight years. Zach Eflin struck out nine in a four-hitter and Harper went deep in Philadelphia's 7-0 win in the opener. The Phillies came back twice in the nightcap.
The Detroit Tigers recorded six hits Friday at Comerica Park, but they lost, 1-0, to the Cleveland Indians as right-hander Zach Plesac led the way.
The Reds hitter in the deepest slump kept their winning streak going. Jesse Winker hit a three-run homer - one of four off White Sox starter Jonathan Stiever - and Cincinnati extended its surge into playoff contention with a 7-1 win Friday night for its season-high sixth victory in a row. The Reds moved to .500 (26-26) for the first time since Aug. 3.
DETROIT (AP) -- Zach Plesac pitched impressively into the eighth inning, and Brad Hand worked out of a jam in the ninth to send the Cleveland Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Bryce Harper and Alec Bohm weren't the only two reasons why the Phillies swept a doubleheader for the first time in 8 years but this was an enormous day for the two- and three-hitters. By Corey Seidman
Tyler Glasnow struck out 10 over five innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat Alex Cobb and the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Friday night. Glasnow (4-1) allowed one run, four hits and a pair of walks. The right-hander has won four straight decisions, a streak that began with a 13-strikeout performance against the Orioles on Aug. 25.