Usually a day earmarked for nightmares, Friday the 13th proved a good one for the Chicago Cubs as they bounced back from their double loss on Thursday with a 9-4 MLB win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The win ended the Cubs' first two-game skid of the season as Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and David Ross all went deep to keep their team on top of the National League (NL) Central division.
Neighbours the Chicago White Sox were also successful on their trip to New York, smashing the Yankees 7-1 as Chris Sale pitched eight innings to go 8-0 from eight starts.
The Houston Astros ended the Boston Red Sox's hot-streak with the bat by winning an entertaining affair 7-6 off the back of a George Springer go-ahead, two-run homer.
The Philadelphia Phillies knocked off the Cincinnati Reds 3-2, the Baltimore Orioles edged the Detroit Tigers 1-0, the Washington Capitals were too strong for the Miami Marlins 5-3 and the Colorado Rockies got the better of the New York Mets 5-2.
The Cleveland Indians claimed a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins, Danny Valencia hit two home runs in a 6-3 win for the Oakland Athletics against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the San Diego Padres 1-0, while the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Texas Rangers 5-0.
Edinson Volquez put in seven strong innings to help the Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, while the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1, the Los Angeles Angels knocked off the Seattle Mariners 7-6 and the Los Angeles Dodgers trumped the St Louis Cardinals 8-4.
VALENICA DELIVERS VICTORY
In his first start since Monday and third since recovering from an injured hamstring, Valencia belted two home runs in the A's victory over the Rays. The homers were Valencia's first and second of the season and his third multi-homer game of his career.