It had been 10 years since a National League player hit 50 home runs. The All-Star, who played Class-A baseball in Greensboro in 2008, also walked, doubled home a run and singled in four plate appearances, hiking his average to.296. He proceeded to continue his dominance as he mashed his 50th home run of the season and brought his RBI total up to 108.
Blash hit out of the fifth spot on Friday night, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run that briefly put the Padres in front. Ichiro Suzuki singled for his 22nd pinch hit of the season, breaking the Marlins record set by Ross Gload in 2009. Buxton had four hits, scored four runs and stole a base. The Marlins on Monday start a three-game series at the first-place Washington Nationals. The Miami Marlins have won eight straight games when scoring more than one run. The Friars took the lead with a big 6th inning. In his past seven starts, he has allowed just one homer.
The Indians haven't given up a run in 28 innings, while Kansas City hasn't scored in 34 consecutive innings, a team record.
CLEVELAND - Yan Gomes hit a grand slam to highlight Cleveland's nine-run second inning, and the AL Central-leading Indians completed a three-game shutout sweep.
Astros 7, Angels 5: Brian McCann tripled with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, rallying Houston to the road win.
WHITE SOX 7, TIGERS 1: Lucas Giolito threw seven scoreless innings to earn his first major league victory, and Matt Davidson homered to help Chicago beat visiting Detroit. Boston has been handed three lopsided defeats in a row, slicing its AL East lead to 3 1/2 games over the New York Yankees.