Acquired to provide some power with Hunter Pence on the disabled list with an oblique strain, Marlon Byrd came as advertised in his debut with the Giants on Friday, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer as part of a 6-4 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park.
Byrd also singled and doubled. His two-run blast was part of a three-run first inning against Jeff Locke. The Giants added two more runs in the second inning on a long home run from Madison Bumgarner. He has gone deep in back-to-back starts and now has five home runs on the season.
Bumgarner struck out six while allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings to secure the victory. He’s now 15-6 with a 3.02 ERA on the year.
The Giants sit 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers for first place in the National League West and four games back of the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot. They’ll welcome Mike Leake back from the disabled list to pitch against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole this afternoon.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Braves 3, Cubs 5
Twins 4, Orioles 3
Indians 7, Yankees 3
Brewers 10, Nationals 3
Rangers 2, Tigers 0
Giants 6, Pirates 4
Royals 2, Red Sox 7
Diamondbacks 6, Reds 3
Blue Jays 9, Angels 3
Dodgers 0, Astros 3
Phillies 7, Marlins 1
Rays 2, Athletics 1
Mets 14, Rockies 9
White Sox 11, Mariners 4
Cardinals 3, Padres 9
Dustin Pedroia has been on the shelf since July 22 with a nagging right hamstring strain and he’s still a ways off from rejoining the Red Sox.
According to Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com, acting Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo said this afternoon that Pedroia is not expected to return until at least September 10. It appeared that he was close after taking batting practice on Monday, but tests today revealed that his hamstring hasn’t sufficiently healed.
“He had some imagining done and the imaging is saying that he needs to continue strengthening for another ten days which will get him right around to the end of the month where he’ll begin running activity and ramp up for 10-14 days,” Lovullo said. “And sometime around the 10th of September we’re looking for his return. Inside of that first set of strengthening we’ll also include hitting, some really light ground balls, nothing too strenuous. All along the lines of continuing to strengthen that area behind his knee and get him ready for some running activity to ramp him up for that day in September.”
With the Red Sox playing out the string in what will likely be their second straight last-place finish, there’s no need to push things. It’s too bad about the hamstring, as Pedroia was having a really nice year before initially suffering the injury in late June. He went 1-for-22 upon his return before hitting the disabled list again. Pedroia is batting .287 with nine home runs and a .774 OPS over 75 games on the year.
Rays right-hander Chris Archer dominated the Astros tonight, allowing just one hit in a 1-0 victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Archer struck out 11 batters and walked just one in the victory. The only hit was a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus. Archer needed only 98 pitches to go the distance, so this qualifies as a “Maddux.” For those not familiar, a “Maddux” is a shutout thrown with fewer than 100 pitches.
The only offense of the night came on a Desmond Jennings RBI single off Collin McHugh in the fourth inning. However, it was enough with Archer dealing.
This was Archer’s third career shutout and his first since 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 2.77 ERA and 205/42 K/BB ratio in 169 innings across 26 starts this season.