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Mets' Jeurys Familia returns to dominance for 28th save Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:19 pm ET) Mets closer Jeurys Familia overcame his recent struggles, as he retired the side in order to pick up his 28th save of the season on Saturday. Familia needed just 10 pitches to protect the 3-2 win over the Nationals, striking out Michael Taylor to end the game.

This was Familia's first save since the All-Star break, as had been unable to convert his previous three chances.


Mets SP Jacob deGrom overcomes rocky start for solid outing
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:16 pm ET) Mets ace Jacob deGrom battled and labored in his start against the Nationals on Saturday, but he came away with a no-decision in the 3-2 win. deGrom allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven, throwing a season-high 117 pitches.

deGrom got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs in the first inning. His pitch count was elevating, but he seemingly got stronger as the game went along. He did a good job of working out of trouble, keeping the Nationals off of the board the rest of the way.

The young right-hander owns a sparkling 1.54 over his past six starts for the Mets.


Phillies SP Aaron Nola goes five innings in win over Braves
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:15 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola was solid during his start against the Braves on Saturday.

Nola tossed five innings, allowed two runs on five hits and gave up a home run while picking up his fifth win of the season. He received plenty of help from his offense, as he left the start with a cool 6-0 lead.

With the win, Nola improved to 2-1 on the season. He now has a 3.38 ERA in 18 2/3 innings this year.


Tigers' Anibal Sanchez able to eat up innings, but struggles in loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:09 pm ET) Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez struggled in his outing against the Orioles on Saturday. The veteran right-hander allowed six runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, but he was left with his ninth loss of the year in the 6-2 defeat.

Sanchez (10-9, 4.77 ERA) got off to a shaky start in this one, allowing two runs in the first and another in the second to put the team down 3-0 before he could blink. Things got worse for Sanchez as he allowed a two-run home run to Caleb Joseph in the fourth inning. 

Sanchez started the seventh, but he gave up a solo home run to Manny Machado, which would be the end of the night for Sanchez, who threw 95 pitches (66 strikes) on the night.

He is now 4-2 with a 5.05 ERA over his past seven starts for the Tigers.


Orioles SP Kevin Gausman with another strong outing on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:02 pm ET) Orioles starter Kevin Gausman threw a second consecutive gem on Saturday, as he limited the Tigers to two runs on four hits over seven sharp innings. Gausman struck out six and did not issue a walk in the 6-2 victory.

Gausman evened his record to 2-2 with the solid outing, throwing 68 of his 106 pitches for strikes. The only mistake he made came on a two-run home run to Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning. But the Orioles were already leading by five at that point, and Gausman lowered his ERA to 3.97.

The young right-hander struggled in his two starts sandwiching the All-Star break, allowing 11 earned runs over 9 2/3 innings. But in past two outings, he has an impressive 1.23 ERA.


Rays to recall CF Mikie Mahtook from Triple-A
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:57 pm ET) The Rays will recall center fielder Mikie Mahtook from Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Mahtook was demoted to Durham on Friday, but will make his way back to the team in the wake of Steven Souza's imminent trip to the disabled list.


Marlins SP Jose Urena has rough outing vs. Padres on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:54 pm ET) Marlins rookie starter Jose Urena struggled in his latest outing against the Padres on Saturday night. Urena allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over five innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter in the 5-3 loss.

Urena was unable to get into a groove in this one. He allowed an early run in the first inning, followed by a four spot in the third, thanks in part to a fielding error.

Urena (1-5, 4.37 ERA) was making his first appearance for the Marlins since June 28. He was throwing well before that demotion, allowing a total of seven runs in his previous four starts.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel bounces back for 31st save on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:52 pm ET) A night after blowing the save, Padres closer Craig Kimbrel got right back out there and nailed down his 31st save of the year on Saturday. Kimbrel needed 13 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth, protecting a 5-3 victory over the Marlins.

Kimbrel allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Friday, but was able to rebound nicely a day later. 


Padres SP Odrisamer Despaigne battles for fifth win on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:50 pm ET) Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne pitched well in his outing against the Marlins on Saturday. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits over six-plus innings. He walked one and struck out five in the 5-3 victory.

Despaigne (5-7) cruised through the first four innings, keeping the Marlins off the board. But he gave up a pair of runs in the fifth, and another in the seventh before being pulled from the game.

But the Padres' offense had given their starter an early lead, and he was able to make it stand up. 

Despaigne is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA over his past five appearances (four starts).


Astros SP Mike Fiers to make team debut on Tuesday vs. Rangers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8:58 pm ET) Newly-acquired pitcher Mike Fiers will make his Astros debut and start Tuesday's game against the Rangers, manager A.J. Hinch announced on Saturday. Fiers' next scheduled day would have been Monday, but Hinch said he wanted to give the right-hander an extra day of rest.

"He's willing to do anything and he's raring to go," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "I wanted to see physically. He hasn't done a ton for a couple days ... He's had to move himself here and get himself ready, and some of the baseball for a pitcher has taken a little bit of a back seat for 48 hours."

Fiers was acquired along with Carlos Gomez from the Brewers on Thursday. Fiers is 5-9 with a 3.87 ERA so far in 2015.


 
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