Gerrit Cole stayed hot to lead the New York Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3, while MLB World Series champions the Washington Nationals returned to winning ways.
Yankees ace Cole earned his 18th consecutive regular-season win as the star-studded New York franchise trounced the Orioles on Wednesday.
A high-profile recruit from the Houston Astros, the three-time All-Star retired 14 successive batters and 19 of 20 following Jose Iglesias' first-inning RBI double in a seven-strikeout effort.
It was Cole's second victory in as many starts for the Yankees, who were also fuelled by home runs from DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks.
The Yankees, whose schedule has been altered due to the coronavirus outbreak within the Miami Marlins clubhouse, top the American League (AL) East with a 3-1 record.
As for the Nationals, they ended their slump via a 4-0 extra-inning win against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Nationals had lost three straight games to sit 1-4 but snapped their skid thanks to a four-run 10th inning after playing as a home team in their own ballpark for the first time.
The Blue Jays – set to be based in Buffalo for their home fixtures – have been forced to relocate from Toronto due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Ohtani hits first homer of 2020, Dodgers sweep Astros
After struggling in his long-awaited return, Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani enjoyed a better outing against the Seattle Mariners. He hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. It also marked the first home run of Ohtani's career on 0-2 count.
Almost three years after losing the 2017 World Series to the Houston Astros, which has since been overshadowed by the sign-stealing scandal, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally claimed a series against their rivals. Edwin Rios' two-run homer guided the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park and a two-game sweep.
Brandon Woodruff's dominant display helped the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0. Woodruff struck out 10 batters and retired 17 consecutive batters as the Brewers earned their first series triumph of 2020.
Hand struggles to stop White Sox
Cleveland Indians reliver Brad Hand was ineffective in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. After Zach Plesac struck out a career-high 11 to shut out the White Sox on three hits through eight innings, Hand was unable to continue the job. He gave up a walk and hit a batter in the ninth before sacrifice flies from Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jimenez helped the White Sox end a three-game losing streak.
Cubs' first triple play since 1997
The Chicago Cubs lost 12-7 to the Cincinnati Reds but they completed a 23-year first for the franchise. For the first time since 1997 against the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs produced a triple play in the seventh inning.
Triple play!— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 30, 2020
Detroit Tigers 5-4 Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox 4-0 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals 4-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers 7-4 Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 5-1 Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners 10-7 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants 7-6 San Diego Padres
Minnesota Twins 3-0 St Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees 9-3 Baltimore Orioles
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Houston Astros
Boston Red Sox 6-5 New York Mets
Atlanta Braves 7-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds 12-7 Chicago Cubs
Indians at Twins
The Minnesota Twins will look to improve to an AL-best 5-1 record when they host Central rivals the Indians on Thursday. Jose Berrios will take to the mound, while the Indians are set to counter with Shane Bieber.
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