There were no double-digit blow-outs during today’s matinee games. In the National League, the Braves put away the Nationals 3-1 in a game featuring Evan Gattis’ two-run homer off of Stephen Strasburg and a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman to cement the Braves’ at eight games. The Braves record improved to 10-1 and they lead the Nationals by 3 games.
In Chicago, Marco Scutaro assisted in propelling the visiting Giants to a close win over the Cubs, 3-2. Scutaro had three hits, an RBI, and scored a run for the Giants. The Cubs threatened in the 8th with bases loaded butWellington Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play to dash the hometown hopes. San Francisco improved to 8-4 in the NL West – now even with the Arizona D-Backs. The Cubs drop to 4-7, 2.5 games back of the Cardinals in the Central.
In Boston, the Red Sox and Rays played bonus baseball into the bottom of the tenth with the scored tied at 1-1. Jacoby Ellsbury singled up the middle after a lead-off strike-out by Jarrod Saltalamachia. Ellsbury managed a steal of second with Shane Victorino at the plate, and proceeded to third when the throw-down bounced into right-center field. John Maddon then called in Matt Joyce from left field and added an additional infielder into the defensive posture of the Rays. Somehow, Victorino managed to thread a needle with an in-field ground ball that allowed Ellsbury to score uncontested for the walk-off. Boston is now 6-4, 0.5 games ahead of the Yankees whose game remains in progress with Baltimore.
- Red Sox’ Jacoby Ellsbury hopes team continues to score runs with hustle, patience, and guile (boston.com)
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