New York is clinging to a half-game lead over Washington in the National League East standings.
Yasmany Tomas of the Diamondbacks finally went yard Saturday in his 23rd major league game …
Tomas was dubbed as a big-time slugger when he defected from his native Cuba and signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with Arizona. But the 24-year-old has been more of singles hitter in the early going, batting .297/.348/.375 in 69 plate appearances. Maybe his first big fly Saturday will be the start of something big.
Jon Lester allowed nine hits but yielded only one earned run Saturday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs defeated the visiting Pirates by a score of 4-1.
That’s now six straight victories for Chicago — the longest current winning streak in the major leagues.
Lester was a little shaky in his four starts with the Cubs, but the $155 million left-hander has found a groove as the weather has begun to warm. Since the first of May, Lester owns a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings.
Anthony Rizzo, meanwhile, continues to emerge as one of the very best hitters in baseball. He went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and an RBI on Saturday afternoon, and the 25-year-old first baseman is now batting .349/.469/.612 over 161 plate appearances.
With the Cardinals losing Saturday to the Tigers, the Cubs are only three games back of first place.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Tigers 4, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)
Check out this montage of all 18 of Corey Kluber’s strikeouts Wednesday against the Cardinals …
Kluber was lifted after eight innings of scoreless, zero-walk, one-hit ball with a pitch count of 113. He registered the highest Game Score for an eight-inning outing in the history of Major League Baseball.
Watch as Indians manager Terry Francona discusses Corey Kluber’s 18-strikeout outing …
Francona was ejected in the top of the fourth, so he got to watch the final four innings of Kluber’s historically-great performance against the Cardinals from a comfortable chair in his office.