It does not matter whether a team has two hits or 15, there is always a way to lose a game, and the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees proved it on Wednesday.
For the Cubs, they simply could not figure out Cleveland Indians starter Adam Plutko during their 1-0 loss.
Plutko held Chicago hitless through six innings and led Cleveland to a shut-out victory.
"It was nice to see because we know when he commands he can be pretty good," Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters after the game. "But on a night when he didn't command real well, he still did pretty damn good."
As for the Yankees, they suffered a 12-10 loss to the Texas Rangers.
The Yankees could not stop scoring runs as they managed to hit four home runs, tally seven extra-base hits and 14 hits in total.
Yet, they could not stop a Rangers line-up last in the American League (AL) West in runs per game.
Aaron Judge smacked a 471-foot homer, but that was not enough to overcome seven earned runs from CC Sabathia, and five runs in three innings of relief between Chasen Shreve, David Robertson and Dellin Betances.
ENGELS INSPIRES CRUSHING WIN
Chicago White Sox centerfielder Adam Engel nearly doubled his hit total for the month going four for four with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs in a 11-1 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.
Josh Harrison went four for six and hit a go-ahead triple in the 12th to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
GODLEY UNABLE TO LIFT SLUMPING D-BACKS
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley was no help in stopping the team's skid as he allowed eight runs (six earned) in 3.3 innings of a 9-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He matched a season-worst six walks in the defeat.
CALHOUN LEADS NINTH-INNING RALLY
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has a good arm, but it would be hard to believe anyone knew it was at this level when he caught Curtis Granderson tagging up as the Toronto Blue Jays tried to tie the game up in the ninth inning of a 5-4 Los Angeles win.
Detroit Tigers 4-1 Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Houston Astros 4-1 San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals 5-2 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 12-10 New York Yankees
San Diego Padres 3-1 Washington Nationals
Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 Atlanta Braves
Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Cleveland Indians 1-0 Chicago Cubs
Miami Marlins 2-1 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 11-1 Baltimore Orioles
Seattle Mariners 1-0 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 Colorado Rockies
ASTROS AT INDIANS
It is a rematch of the series opener between the Indians and Houston Astros last week. It is Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) against Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87 ERA), but this time it is in Cleveland. Both teams are coming off two-game sweeps with the Astros dropping the San Francisco Giants and the Indians beating the Cubs. It is a four-game series and every game promises to be a close one. Thursday will just get it started.
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|Nationals place Adams on 10-day DL with broken finger|
|Yankees, Nationals split unconventional doubleheader|
|Nationals acquire closer Herrera from Royals|
|Angels star Ohtani to be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks|
|Rangers score four runs in ninth to pick up walk-off win over Rockies|
|Astros top Royals, push winning streak to 10|
|Cubs take control early, cruise to win over Cardinals|
|Royals´ Soler suffers hand fracture|
|Red Sox hold off Mariners´ magic in 2-1 victory|
|Red-hot Mariners win again, but challenges loom|
|Gregorius hits two home runs in Yankees´ victory over Nationals|
|Tigers´ Cabrera out for season with ruptured biceps tendon|
|Red Sox break scoreless tie in 12th to top Orioles|
|Mets release first baseman Gonzalez, recall Smith|
|Pirates bats awaken to avoid Cubs sweep|
|Astros score go-ahead run against Rangers on ninth-inning balk|
|Maddon unsure if Darvish will return before All-Star break|
|Rays send Miller to Brewers|
|Mets fall to Yankees, losing streak reaches eight|
|Yankees win Subway Series opener as Mets´ woes continue|
|Ohtani elbowed out of action for Angels|
|Dodgers sluggers Pederson, Bellinger starting to heat up|
|Dickerson powers Pirates past Dodgers, Heyward hits walk-off slam to stun Phillies|
|Goldschmidt gets back on track, breaks Diamondbacks record|
|Astros take Correa, Bregman´s brothers|
|Scherzer first to 10 wins as Nationals beat Rays|
|Red Sox, Braves place starting pitchers on DL|
|Cardinals activate Martinez, Molina from disabled list|
|Giants activate Bumgarner off DL|
|Rangers grant three-time World Series champ Lincecum his release|
|Yankees, Tigers split doubleheader as Severino shines|
|Tigers take pitcher Mize number one overall in MLB Draft|
|Cubs sweep four-game series from Mets in New York for first time since 1991|
|Yankees cruise as Stanton goes deep, Tanaka picks up seventh win|
|Foltynewicz throws shutout in Braves´ win over Nationals|
|Red Sox star Betts placed on 10-day DL with abdominal strain|
|Dodgers ace Kershaw set to miss a month|
|Blue Jays third baseman Donaldson goes on 10-day DL|
|Kershaw´s back problem flares in Dodgers comeback|
|Severino strikes out 11 in Yankees´ win over Astros|
|Torres provides Yankees with walk-off win over Astros|
|Mets pitcher Matz leaves start against Braves with hand injury|
|Verlander continues dominance of Yankees|
|Red Sox´s Price can´t stop calling himself ´soft´ after games|
|Indians top Astros in 14 innings as Cole-Bauer duel turns into marathon|
|Brewers pull away for blowout win over Mets|
|Choo makes history with walk-off home run, Rangers seeking ball|
|Shin-Soo Choo makes history with walk-off home run, Rangers seeking ball|
|Indians reliever Miller headed back to disabled list|
|Gleyber Torres makes history as Yankees beat Angels|
|MLB extends Roberto Osuna´s administrative leave for third time|
|Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment|
|Trout hits 15th HR, Bundy strikes out 14|
|Pedroia to return for Red Sox on Friday|
|Cubs, Yankees find very different ways to lose|
|Cardinals´ Ozuna absent from line-up because he overslept|
|Brewers extend Diamondbacks´ losing streak to six|
|Mets sign Bautista, start him same day|
|Yankees´ home runs fuel win over Rangers|
|Nationals´ Juan Soto hits homer in second career at-bat|
|MLB extends Blue Jays closer Osuna´s administrative leave|
|Ohtani says he´s not good enough for Home Run Derby yet|
|Braves rally for six runs in the ninth to defeat Marlins|
|Indians ace Kluber becomes first in AL to seven wins|
|Jacob deGrom leads Mets to much-needed win|
|Mets outfielder Lagares expected to miss rest of season with toe injury|
|Cardinals´ DeJong suffers fractured hand, to miss ´significant time´|