Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer as the Chicago Cubs shutout the San Diego Padres for a 3-0 win.It took third baseman Bryant 73 at-bats to get his first MLB home run, but now the highly touted rookie has five longballs in his last 42 times at the plate.
Bryant’s home run on Thursday – his fifth of the season – also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Kyle Hendrick threw his first career complete game, allowing five singles with no walks and seven strikeouts for the Cubs, who claimed the series 2-1.
Defending world champions the San Francisco Giants are on a hot streak of their own after blitzing the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0.
Not only did Madison Bumgarner support himself with a home run off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but he out-pitched the reigning National League Cy Young award winner as the Giants completed their three-game shutout sweep of the Dodgers.
The win was also the sixth straight home victory against the Dodgers — the longest since 1972.
There were also shutout wins for the New York Mets (5-0 over the St Louis Cardinals) and the Tampa Bay Rays (4-0 against the Oakland Athletics), while the Atlanta Braves crushed the Milwaukee Brewers 10-1.
Elsewhere, the Arizona Diamondbacks (7-6 against the Miami Marlins), Detroit Tigers (6-5 over the Houston Astros), Colorado Rockies (7-3 versus the Philadelphia Phillies), Toronto Blue Jays (8-4 against the Los Angeles Angels) and Cleveland Indians (5-2 at the Chicago White Sox) all notched victories.
The Baltimore Orioles edged the Seattle Mariners 5-4 and the Boston Red Sox lost 3-1 to the Texas Rangers.
James McCann, Detroit Tigers: McCann belted his second career homer; this time in walk-off fashion. He hit an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall in the 11th inning to give the Tigers a win over the Astros.
Ryan Goins, Toronto Blue Jays: Goins had two doubles on the night to go along with two runs scored and a walk.
David DeJesus, Tampa Bay Rays: DeJesus was two-for-four with an RBI double and a solo homer.
Athletics pitcher Edward Mujica was hit hard on the his right hand by the ball but still made the play at first despite his thumb being split open and fractured.
Astros reliever Josh Fields had to leave the game after an Anthony Gose line-drive hit him on the right knee in the ninth inning.
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitched three scoreless innings in a successful rehab start for Triple-A outfit Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tanaka was placed on the DL in April due to a strain in his right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist.
GOOD: Angels third baseman David Freese was two-for-four with an RBI double and a two-run homer. He now has 25 RBIs on the year.
BAD: Brewers pitcher Will Smith was ejected in the seventh inning for having a substance on his right arm. To make matters worse, the Braves scored seven runs in the inning to break a 1-1 tie.
FACTS OF THE DAY:
The Giants’ 19-8 win-loss record since April 21 is the best in the major leagues in that span.
Jorge De La Rosa’s fourth inning strikeout of Philadelphia’s Freddy Galvis gave him 774 career strikeouts with the Rockies, a new franchise record.
Astros slugger Chris Carter has as many strikeouts (434) in his last 323 games as Padres’ great Tony Gwynn had in his entire 2,440-game career.
“It’s like a shotgun off his bat,” Mets’ Michael Cuddyer said about Lucas Duda’s home runs, via MLB.com.
“Too many times that phrase, ‘It’s a different sound off his bat’ gets thrown around. With him it’s like a deep [boom] — like an explosion off his bat.”
Felix Hernandez will look to bounce back from his first loss of the season as the Mariners lock horns with the Blue Jays on Friday, the battle of Ohio gets underway with the Cincinnati Reds travelling to the Indians, while Chris Young will take the mound for the Kansas City Royals against the Cardinals.