Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman saved the day by hitting a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Wednesday.
Houston (54-28) have now won 17 of their last 20 games, as both the rotation and lineup have caught fire in June. Bregman went three for five with two runs scored and the two-run blast ending the game.
Evan Gattis added two hits and three RBIs for the Astros, while Marwin Gonzalez launched his sixth home run in the eighth.
Kevin Pillar led the Blue Jays with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Aledmys Diaz added three more hits and an RBI.
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, really the only member of the rotation struggling for consistent form, allowed six earned runs in 5.1 innings, raising his season ERA up to 4.22.
The Astros now have a 3.5-game lead over the Mariners in the American League West.
HOSKINS, EFLIN LEAD PHILLIES
Phillies stars Rhys Hoskins and Zach Eflin led Philadelphia to a 3-0 win over the Yankees. Hoskins had two hits, a home run (12) and three RBIs, while Eflin tossed seven shut-out innings with six strikeouts to improve to 6-2 this season.
Rangers starter Mike Minor took a perfect game into the seventh, before ultimately finishing the 5-2 win over the Padres with seven shut-out innings, one hit allowed and five strikeouts. Minor improved to 6-4 with the win.
Orioles starter Alex Cobb had an odd offseason, failing to sign with a team until weeks before the start of the regular season, and he continued his struggles Wednesday by allowing five earned runs off eight hits in 4.2 innings. Cobb now has a 6.75 ERA, and Baltimore lost the game 8-7 in 11.
MARTINEZ HOMERS AGAIN
J.D. Martinez just keeps hitting home runs.
It is June 27 and Martinez has 25 homers. No Red Sox player had 25 home runs all of last year.
Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Atlanta Braves
Houston Astros 7-6 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals 5-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Seattle Mariners 8-7 Baltimore Orioles
Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 9-6 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 3-0 Detroit Tigers
Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 New York Mets
Texas Rangers 5-2 San Diego Padres
Chicago White Sox 6-1 Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians 5-1 St Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants 1-0 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Chicago Cubs
CUBS AT DODGERS
Jose Quintana (6-6, 4.26) has looked better lately after a rough start, and the Cubs will send him to the mound to take on Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.94). Both teams are hanging in their respective division races, as they are both currently second.
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