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Cubs' Kyle Schwarber snaps skid, hits fourth home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:39 am ET) Cubs rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber enjoyed a productive night at the plate in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. Schwarber went 2 for 4 with his fourth career home run.

Schwarber's seventh-inning solo blast gave the Cubs their fourth and final run. The youngster has been getting regular playing time since returning to the majors about two weeks ago.

But he has been struggling with the bat recently, going 5 for his last 22 over the last seven games.


Astros C Hank Conger homers twice in career night on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:33 am ET) Astros catcher Hank Conger had a huge night at the plate in the 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Conger went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs, his first career multi-home run game of his career.

Conger feasted on the pitching of Jeremy Hellickson on Saturday. He launched a solo shot in the third inning, and then blasted his first-career grand slam in the fourth inning.

Conger now has eight home runs on the year, which represents a new career-high.

He has been sharing time behind the plate with Jason Castro. But Conger is 8 for 26 with three homers and eight RBI over his past eight games.


Giants' Hunter Pence hits 11th home run in 11th inning on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:29 am ET) Giants right fielder (and Texas-native) Hunter Pence came through with the biggest hit of the night on Saturday. Pence drilled a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning, en route to the 9-7 win over the Rangers. 

Pence, who was born in Fort Worth and went to Arlington High School, went 2 for 5 in the game with his 11th home run of the season.

Of Pence's 191 career home runs, 74 were of the go-ahead variety. Over his past 10 games, Pence is batting .342 with two homers and seven RBI.


Giants' Buster Posey homers among three hits in win Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:22 am ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey--who served as the designated hitter on Saturday--went 3 for 5 with a double and a home run in the 9-7 win over the Rangers. 

Posey hit a solo home run--his 15th of the year--off Cole Hamels in the seventh inning to cut the Rangers' lead to one run. Then, after the Rangers had tacked on a couple of runs, Posey added an RBI double in the eighth to once again bring the Giants within one. He score the tying run later in the inning, and the Giants won the game in 11 innings.

Posey has been scorching at the plate recently. Over his past eight games, Posey is batting a robust .438 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI. He continued his ownership over Hamels, as he is now 13 for 27 with two home runs against the left-hander.


Athletics RP Pat Venditte throws Triple-A rehab game Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:17 am ET) Athletics relief pitcher Pat Venditte played in a rehab game for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

Venditte tossed 2/3 of an inning and allowed one hit. He is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt slugs two solo home runs in win Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:14 am ET) Giants 1B Brandon Belt had a big night at the plate in the 9-7 win over the Rangers. The Texas-native went 2 for 4 with a pair of solo home runs in the extra-innings victory.

Belt bookended the Giants' scoring on Saturday. He got the Giants on the board with a solo home run in the third inning, cutting the Rangers' lead to one. Then, after the Giants took a 9-8 lead in the 11th, he delivered his second solo dinger of the night, giving him 12 homers on the year.

Both of Belt's home runs on Saturday came off of left-handers--he had not homered off of a southpaw this season prior to Saturday. 

After Saturday's performance, Belt is batting .306 with three home runs and nine home runs over his past 10 games.


Indians SP Cody Anderson picks up third loss of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:11 am ET) Indians starting pitcher Cody Anderson didn't have his best stuff during his start against the Athletics on Saturday.

Anderson allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. He gave up two walks and a home run while earning his third loss of the season.

With the loss, Anderson dropped tp 2-3 on the year with a 3.38 ERA.


Giants RP Santiago Casilla gets 27th save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:08 am ET) Giants closer Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday to claim his 27th save of the season. Casilla, who gave up one hit in the inning, needed just 12 pitches to preserve the 9-7 extra-innings win over the Rangers. 

Casilla has now converted seven consecutive save chances, and his 27 saves represent a career-high for the 12-year veteran.


Giants' Chris Heston can't go five innings on Saturday vs. Rangers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:05 am ET) Giants starter Chris Heston labored in his outing against the Rangers on Saturday. The young right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits, but was unable to get out of the fifth inning. He lasted 4 2/3, walking two and striking out two. He threw 93 pitches, with just 51 going for strikes. 

Heston took a no-decision, as the Giants won the game 9-7 in extra innings. He got off to a shaky start, giving up two runs in the first inning. He got through the next two frames unscathed, despite a couple of baserunners.

But he allowed a third run in the fourth, and was never really able to get anything going in this one. Still, Heston is 3-0 with a very solid 1.64 ERA over his past five starts.


Athletics' Aaron Brooks looks dominant in first start


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:01 am ET) Athletics pitcher Aaron Brooks didn't look like someone making their first start of the season on Saturday against the Indians, he looked like an ace.

Brooks allowed just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five batters and didn't give up any walks.

With the win, Brooks improved to 1-0 on the year with a 3.09 ERA.


Rangers' Cole Hamels gives up five runs in team debut


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:00 am ET) Making his Rangers debut, starter Cole Hamels battled on Saturday against the Giants, but was left with a no-decision. Hamels allowed five runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, throwing 61 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The Rangers wound up losing 9-7 in extra innings.

The Rangers gave Hamels a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but he allowed three runs to score in the third, including a solo home run by Brandon Belt. 

Hamels settled in after that, putting up zeroes over the next four frames. But he gave up another solo home run in the seventh--this time to Buster Posey. He started the eighth, but was pulled after putting a runner on second with two outs. That run (and two more) would end up scoring.

This was Hamels' first start since tossing a no-hitter against the Cubs last weekend. Despite the shaky outing on Saturday, he received a standing ovation from the home crowd as he departed the game.


Astros SS Carlos Correa pops two home runs in win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa had yet another big night at the plate in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks. The top prospect went 2 for 5 with a pair of home runs in the big victory.

Correa got the Astros on the board early when he slugged a solo home run in the first inning. He later added a two-run shot in the sixth to close out the scoring for the Astros. 

The 20-year-old has hit safely in 15 of his past 16 games, batting .357 with three home runs and 13 RBI over that stretch.


Orioles' Manny Machado chips in solo home run in Saturday win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 2 for 4 in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Tigers. Machado went deep for his 23rd home run in the seventh inning, giving the O's their sixth and final run of the night.

Machado is batting .275 with a pair of homers over his past 10 games.


Orioles C Caleb Joseph delivers two-run homer in win Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph continued a recent power surge on Saturday, as he went deep for the third time in past eight games. Joseph popped a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the 6-2 win over the Tigers. 

Joseph, who gets partial playing time for the O's, is batting .333 over those eight contests.


Tigers' Nick Castellanos continued recent power surge Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Third baseman Nick Castellanos was the source of the Tigers' only runs in the 6-2 loss to the Orioles on Saturday. Castellanos went 1 for 3 with his 11th home run of the year.

The two-run blast came in the fifth inning, but the Tigers were alread down by five runs at that point. 

The young third baseman has now homered five times in his last 12 games, but he has also struck out 17 times--compared to six walks--over that stretch.


Orioles' Gerardo Parra extends hit streak in first game with new team


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) New Orioles outfielder Gerardo Parra made his team debut in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Tigers. Parra went 1 for 3 with a double (his 25th of the year) and a run scored. 

With the two-bagger, Parra increased his current hit streak to 15 games, tying new teammate J.J. Hardy for the longest active streak in the majors.

Parra, who has been swinging the bat well all year, is batting .453 with five doubles, three triples and a home run over the course of his streak.


Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allows four runs, three walks in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn lasted just five innings during his start against the Rockies on Saturday.

Lynn gave up four runs on seven hits, allowed three walks and saw two home runs leave the park.

With the loss, Lynn dropped to 8-6 on the season with a 2.89 ERA.


Orioles SS J.J. Hardy extends hit streak to 15 games Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 1 for 4 with a run scored in the 6-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. With the basehit, Hardy extended his current hitting streak to 15 games, which is tied with current (and new) teammate Gerardo Parra for the longest active in the majors.

Hardy as just one multi-hit game over the course of the streak, giving him a .291 batting average in the 15 games. 


Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa looks sharp in win over Cardinals


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa gave up just two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Saturday.

De La Rosa allowed seven hits and a home run, but his command was crisp as he struck out four batters and did not give up a single walk.

With the win, De La Rosa improved to 7-4 on the season with a 4.87 ERA.\


Mariners' Nelson Cruz homers, doubles to extend hit streak


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz stayed hot at the plate on Saturday, as he went 2 for 4 with his 28th home run in the 3-2 loss to the Twins. Cruz, who also hit his 17th double in the game, pushed his hitting streak up to 12 games with the two-hit night.

The 12-game hot streak has lifted Cruz's average from .300 to its current .316 mark.


Twins SP Kyle Gibson posts fine outing in no-decision on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Twins young right-hander Kyle Gibson was solid in his start against the Mariners on Saturday. Gibson allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four, but was left with a no-decision in the 3-2 walk-off win.

Gibson gave up an early run in the first, and then surrendered a solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the sixth, accounting for all the damage against him on Saturday.

Gibson left the game trailing by a run, but the Twins were able to rally for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to get him off the hook.

It was a strong bounceback effort from Gibson, who had allowed 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings over his previous two starts.


Mariners RP Carson Smith blows save, loses third straight outing


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith recorded his fifth blown save of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Twins. With the Mariners leading by one, Smith gave up a double to leadoff the ninth inning. 

He was able to retire the next batter on a strikeout, but then uncorked a wild pitch moving the runner to third. After getting the second out, he issued an intentional walk before throwing yet another wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score. Finally, Kurt Suzuki singled in the winning run, giving Smith the blown save and the loss.

Smith (1-5) has picked up a loss in three straight appearances, allowing five earned runs in those games. Nevertheless, manager Lloyd McClendon appears committed to Smith as his closer, claiming the rookie right-hander would get the ball in a possible save chance on Sunday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune


Yankees SP Bryan Mitchell gives up four runs in loss Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs in just four innings during his start against the White Sox on Saturday.

Mitchell, who earned his first loss of the season, allowed a home run and two walks during the outing. He did manage to record five strikeouts, a season high.

Mitchell has a 4.73 ERA in 13 1/3 innings this season.


Phillies 2B Chase Utley (ankle) to start rehab assignment Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Injured Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. 

Utley has been out of action since the end of June due to right ankle inflammation. It is not known how many rehab games Utley will require before being activated from the 15-day disabled list.


Mariners waste strong start from Mike Montgomery on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Mariners rookie starter Mike Montgomery posted a strong outing against the Twins on Saturday. The young left-hander allowed just one run on four hits over six solid innings. He walked two and struck out six, but was left with a no-decision in the 3-2 loss.

Montgomery left the game leading 2-1, but the bullpen coughed up the lead in the bottom of the ninth, making this the fourth straight start without a win for Montgomery.

Montgomery has been rather inconsistent over his last handful of starts, but he has been better his last two times out. He has allowed a total of three runs in 12 2/3 innings in those pair of outings.