Murphy, Baez lead Cubs past Tigers
Daniel Murphy made an instant impact on Wednesday for the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago acquired Murphy a day earlier from the Washington Nationals after claiming him off waivers. He made his Cubs debut, batting leadoff and collecting two hits in an 8-2 win over the Tigers.
Murphy, now batting .303 this season, also scored and drove in a run. The Cubs had been searching for veteran infield depth, someone who could get on base consistently, and Murphy has already proved his value.
Javier Baez continued his MVP-calibre season, finishing the game 2 for 5 with his 26th home run of the season and three RBIs. He is now batting .292 with 92 RBIs.
Jon Lester started for the Cubs, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run baseball. He struck out three batters while improving to 14-5 this season.
The Cubs (72-53) maintained their National League Central lead and are starting to look like serious World Series contenders.
YELICH, PERALTA ON SONG
Brewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich went 4 for 4 with a walk, home run and two runs scored in a 4-0 win over the Reds. Yelich is now batting .314 this season and Milwaukee starting pitcher Freddy Peralta improved to 6-4 by tossing seven shutout innings.
Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, a home run and three RBIs in a 10-7 win over the Seattle Mariners. Maldonado now has two three-hit games in his last four starts, while proving to be an underrated acquisition for the Astros before the July 31 trade deadline.
JACKSON'S REVIVAL HALTED
Athletics starting pitcher Edwin Jackson had been enjoying a career revival, but he allowed four earned runs off seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings. Oakland lost 4-2 to the Texas Rangers, and Jackson fell to 4-3 with a 2.97 ERA this season.
ACUNA JR DOES IT AGAIN
Ronald Acuna Jr. bashed another lead-off home run, as the Atlanta Braves dropped the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1.
San Diego Padres 2-6 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Angels 1-5 Arizona Diamondbacks
St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Baltimore Orioles 0-6 Toronto Blue Jays
Cincinnati Reds 0-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 3-7 Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers 4-2 Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros 10-7 Seattle Mariners
Atlanta Braves 2-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Philadelphia Phillies 7-8 Washington Nationals
San Francisco Giants 3-5 New York Mets
Chicago Cubs 8-2 Detroit Tigers
New York Yankees 3-9 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 3-6 Tampa Bay Rays
Cleveland Indians 4-10 Boston Red Sox
PHILLIES AT NATIONALS
The National League Cy Young award race gets a head-to-head look on Thursday when Max Scherzer (16-5, 2.11 ERA) takes on Philadelphia's Aaron Nola (14-3, 2.23 ERA.) The Washington Nationals are basically out of the postseason hunt, but the Phillies are still trying to sneak their way in.