Giants acquire SP Mike Leake from Reds for two minor leaguers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:24 am ET) The Giants have acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the Reds, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Leake had been solid in the Reds' rotation this year, going 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA. He has been even better here in July, as he posted a 1.25 ERA in five starts this month. 

The Giants have officially announced the trade. They are sending two minor leaguers, right-hander Keury Meila and first baseman Adam Duvall, to the Reds in exchange for Leake.

Brewers waste seven shutout innings by Jimmy Nelson on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson had a strong outing against the Cubs on Thursday. The youngster fired seven shutout innnings, allowing just two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. He threw 104 pitches on the evening.

Despite the brilliant effort, Nelson was left with a no-decision after the bullpen allowed the Cubs to score five runs over the final two innings in the 5-2 Cubs' win.

Nelson had a strong month of July, going 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts.

Pirates SP A.J. Burnett rocked by Reds
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) A.J. Burnett was roughed-up by the Reds on Thursday in one of his worst starts of the season, allowing eight runs and 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings as the Pirates were blown out. 

Burnett gave up a first-inning home run and wasn't very effective after that. He threw 97 pitches in his short stint, walking two and striking out four. 

Burnett has now lost two straight games, and has seen his ERA rise from 1.99 on July 6 to 3.06.

Cubs SP Jake Arrieta takes no-decision despite quality start
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was solid against the Brewers on Thursday, but was left with a no-decision in the 5-2 win. Arrieta allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, walking three and striking out six. 

Arrieta actually left the game trailing 2-0, but the Cubs were able to rally back late in the game to get the right-hander off the hook. 

Arrieta was brilliant in his six July starts. He went 4-1 with an impressive 1.90 ERA and a 44:11 K:BB ratio. He has now thrown eight consecutive quality starts.

Reds SP David Holmberg wins first start of season
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Recalled from Triple-A to make the start when the Reds traded Johnny Cueto, starter David Holmberg was excellent Thursday in picking up his first win of the season, shutting down the Pirates. 

Holmberg went six innings, allowing just five hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out four, and was the beneficiary of a ton of offensive support. 

Holmberg was 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA in eight prior MLB appearances, six of them starts. 

Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez struggles in no-decision on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Cardinals young starter Carlos Martinez endured a rough outing against the Rockies on Thursday. The right-hander allowed five runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He was left with a no-decision, as the Cardinals won 9-8 in walk-off fashion.

Martinez had a 2-1 lead after the second inning. But in the fourth, he gave up three more runs, including a two-run home run by the opposing pitcher Chris Rusin. Martinez allowed another run to score in the fifth before his night was done. He threw 100 pitches (69 strikes) in his five innings of work.

This was Martinez's worst start in quite some time, as it was the first time he had allowed more than three runs since May 9. In five starts this month, Martinez went 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA.

Rockies SP Chris Rusin homers, gets rocked by Cardinals Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Rockies starter Chris Rusin got shelled by the Cardinals on Thursday. The left-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five, and he did not factor in the decision as the Rockies lost 9-8 in walk-off fashion.

Rusin got off to a shaky start, allowing four runs through the first two innings, including a three-run homer by Matt Carpenter in the second. Carpenter got to Rusin again in the fifth, as he blasted a solo shot as part of a two-run inning. 

The young hurler did help his own cause in this one, as he went 2 for 2 at the plate, including his first career home run--a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

The Rockies' southpaw finishes July 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA over six appearances--five starts.

Braves' Shelby Miller gives up 10 singles, takes loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller endured a rather peculiar start on Thursday against the Phillies. The right-hander allowed four runs on 11 hits over six innings. He walked one and struck four, but was stuck with the loss in the 4-1 final.

Of the 11 hits--which tied a season-high--all but one went for singles. Domoninc Brown launched a solo home run in the sixth inning for the only extra-base hit against Miller.

But the Phillies scored two in the fourth, and one each in the fifth and sixth innings, en route to the victory. 

Miller went 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA in five starts this month.

Phillies SP Aaron Harang picks up win in first start off DL
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Fresh off the disabled list, Phillies starter Aaron Harang earned his fifth win of the season in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Braves. Harang was just activated from the DL earlier on Thursday, after missing nearly a month with a foot injury.

On Thursday, Harang limited the Braves to one run on nine hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three, throwing 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

Harang (5-11, 3.97 ERA) gave up an early run in the third inning, but the Phillies were able to rally back in the middle innings to secure the victory.

This was a good return for Harang, who had allowed eight runs on 14 hits in his previous start back on July 1. With the win, Harang snapped a personal eight-game losing streak. He had not won a start since May 14.

Padres' Andrew Cashner gets roughed up by Mets in no-decision
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Padres starter--and possible trade candidate--Andrew Cashner had a disaster of an outing against the Mets on Thursday. The right-hander allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three, and was able to escape with a no-decision after the Padres rallied for a late-inning 8-7 victory.

Cashner allowed an early run in the first inning, but cruised through the next three frames without giving up a run. But he gave up a three-run home run to Curtis Granderson in the fifth before allowing three more runs to cross in the sixth, including a solo blast by Juan Uribe.

Cashner, who has been mentioned in trade rumors recently, was making just his second start since the All-Star break. He is 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA over his past six starts.

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