Rockies' Ben Paulsen hits late home run in Friday's victory
Paulsen did not start the game, but he has been quite productive at the plate since being called up on May 19. In the 11 games since being added to the roster, Paulsen is hitting .371 with the two home runs and seven RBI. He's been eating into the playing time of Wilin Rosario at first base with his solid hitting.
Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki belts two solo home runs Friday
The two home runs doubled his season total to four. Friday was the first time Tulowitzki had at least four hits in a game since he had five on June 5, 2013, and his season batting average was increased to .285.
Phillies SP Cole Hamels delivers quality performance on Friday
Unfortunately for the Phillies, Hamels was outdueld by Chad Bettis, who came with eight outs of a perfect game. Still, it was an impressive performance by Hamels, who has now pitched at least seven innings in six of his 11 starts this season.
Hamels (5-4) also tied a season-high with nine strikeouts, while walking one on the evening. He lowered his ERA to 2.91 and will take the mound next on Thursday at home against the Reds.
Rockies SP Chad Bettis flirts with perfection in win on Friday
Bettis still carried a no-hitter into the eighth, until Cody Asche recorded a hit with one out in the inning.
Overall, Bettis threw eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits on the evening, as he improved to 2-0. He struck out seven batters, which matches a career-high, set in his previous start.
In his last two starts, Bettis has allowed just two runs and eight hits in 16 1/3 innings, and his ERA has dropped to 2.96. He'll look to keep the good times rolling in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday at home against Dodgers.
Mets RF Curtis Granderson belts sixth home run in loss on Friday
Home runs aside, Granderson has been struggling at the plate. Over his last 10 games, he has just six hits in 34 at-bats.
Marlins 1B Justin Bour belts three-run home run in Friday's win
The home run, his fourth of the season, was Bour's only hit of the game. Now the primary option at first base for the Marlins, Bour has 10 hits in 31 at-bats over his last 10 games.
Jose Bautista plans return to right field, Monday for Blue Jays
Bautista hasn't played in the field since April 21, due to a strained shoulder. He's been playing designated hitter for the Jays.
Monday starts a series at Washington, meaning the DH will not be available.
"Yeah, I think he might be out there this week," manager John Gibbons said per MLB.com. "Before we left, he threw out to 120 feet and felt pretty good. So, he's slowly getting there."
Mets 1B Lucas Duda goes yard in loss on Friday
The solo shot was Duda's sixth in his last seven games, and he maintains an impressive .304 batting average on the season.
Marlins closer A.J. Ramos gives up run, earns third save
Entering the game with a two-run lead, Ramos gave up a lead-off single to Ruben Tejada, who went to second on a wild pitch. Daniel Murphy brought Tejada in on a bloop double to draw the Mets to within a run.
But Ramos was able to get Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer to strike out before enducing a game-ending ground ball from Wilmer Flores.
Ramos had recorded 11 straight scoreless outings before Friday night's run. Still, he's a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities since taking the closer's job from Steve Cishek.
Marlins SP Dan Haren earns fifth win of the season on Friday
The only runs scored against Haren came on solo home runs from Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson. Otherwise, the Mets' offense wasn't able to get anything going against the veteran right-hander.
Haren has thrown at least six innings in all but two of his 10 starts so far this season. He'll take a 3.03 ERA into his next start on Wednesday at home against the Cubs.
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