The Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 15-5 victory at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. The 15 runs were a season high, and the win was their sixth consecutive, which tied their longest streak of the season.
The Phillies made one more trade before Sunday's midnight waiver Trade Deadline, shipping outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays in exchange for Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
Perhaps the only sour note on an otherwise brilliant Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park for the Giants was the performance of Tim Lincecum. The righty made his first appearance since his move to the bullpen in the eighth inning of the Giants' 15-5 victory against the Brewers.
Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list and delivered seven strong innings and Juan Uribe drove in two runs in a 7-1 win over the Padres on Sunday as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep and stayed 2 1/2 games ahead of the persistent Giants in the National League West.
After Evan Gattis provided support with a homer, Alex Wood willed the Braves to a 1-0 victory Sunday evening at Turner Field. Wood scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts. The Braves moved to within six games of the first-place Nationals, and are just 1 1/2 games back in the race for the National League's second Wild Card entry.
The Dustin Ackley hit parade continued on Sunday, as the Mariners avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals at Safeco Field.
After five months and 136 games, the Cards will enter September positioned precisely as hoped. They are again co-leaders in the National League Central. A little less than two hours after stunning the Cubs with a come-from-behind, 9-6 win, the Cardinals moved into a tie with the Brewers, who were blown out in San Francisco. Matt Holliday homered, drove in four runs and hit the game-winner.
With an 8-1 win on Sunday, the Angels swept the A's in a four-game series for the first time since 1997, winning their sixth game in a row and building a season-high five-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. The Halos also improved to 30 games above .500.
The Tigers committed three errors in the first two innings, and four total, in Sunday's finale against the White Sox and went down to a 6-2 defeat at U.S. Cellular Field. Starter Rick Porcello gave up six runs, but just three were earned, over 6 2/3 innings.
John Lackey understands Spanish well enough to know what Starlin Castro was saying, but didn't grasp that the Cubs' shortstop was mad at himself, not at the Cardinals pitcher. Castro was upset after he flew out to center to end the fourth inning Sunday, and he yelled something in Spanish. Lackey took exception to what was said, and Cubs first-base coach Eric Hinske and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to be peacemakers.
Chase Anderson has been remarkably consistent against the Rockies this year, and on Sunday afternoon, he helped lead the D-backs past the Rockies, 6-2, at Chase Field.
No individual, not even the peerless Mike Trout, has played a more significant role in the transformation of the Angels than Matt Shoemaker, who has eased the pain of Garrett Richards' loss to knee surgery.
After experiencing an alarming "pop" in his left wrist during a Sunday strikeout, Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez needs further tests to determine whether he will miss time for a struggling team trying to hold on to first place in its division.
Though he has added plenty of unwanted tension along the way, Trevor Rosenthal joined select Cardinals company on Sunday when he nailed down the team's 9-6 win with his 40th save of this season.
The red-hot bat of Jose Altuve rescued the Astros. Altuve stroked a two-out, tiebreaking RBI single into center field to score Jake Marisnick from third base -- his career-high-tying fourth hit of the game -- to send the Astros to their third win in four games against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.
J.J. Hardy crushed a grand slam that highlighted a seven-run sixth inning as the Orioles downed Minnesota, 12-8, in front of 40,905 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday that, paired with the Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto, gave them a nine-game lead in the American League East.
In the seventh inning of Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Pirates, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton swiped second following an infield single. It gave Hamilton 54 stolen bases this season, tying the 105-year-old rookie record set by Bob Bescher in 1909.