Rick Porcello's career year continued on Tuesday with a dominant performance against the New York Yankees.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander struck out six Yankees batters with one walk while allowing two runs off seven hits over eight innings in a 5-3 victory at Fenway Park.
Porcello tied Toronto's J.A. Happ and Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the MLB lead with his 15th victory. The 15 wins ties a career high for Porcello, who went 15-13 for the Detroit Tigers in 2014. He's now 15-3 with a 3.40 ERA this season and this win was the 100th of his career.
It looked like White Sox ace Chris Sale would join Porcello in the 15-win club, but he took a no-decision in Chicago's 7-5 victory in Kansas City against the Royals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers comfortably beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3, the Oakland Athletics edged the Baltimore Orioles 2-1, the Cincinnati Reds got the better of the St Louis Cardinals 7-4, and the Houston Astros defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-5.
The Atlanta Braves edged the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-1, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets 5-3, and the Miami Marlins shut out the San Francisco Giants in a 2-0 win.
The Tampa Bay Rays thrashed the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 6-4, the Cleveland Indians got the better of the Washington Nationals 3-1, and the Texas Rangers defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-5.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners needed 15 innings to get past the Detroit TIgers 6-5.
It is appearing like the Red Sox made the right choice to call up Andrew Benintendi from Double-A Portland. Following his 3-for-3 day on Tuesday, Benintendi is now batting .500 in 16 at-bats through six games. He barely missed a home run on Tuesday, settling for a double off Fenway Park's Green Monster. It was still the first extra-base hit of his MLB career.
Raul Mondesi knew he couldn't make the play, so the Royals second baseman flipped it to someone who could.
Beautiful pic.twitter.com/8goyWCwlgT-- Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 10, 2016
CUBS CONTINUE RUN
The Cubs made it eight consecutive wins that sent them to their 70th victory, the quickest they have reached 70 wins since 1945 - which coincidentally was their last World Series appearance.
Jeff Samardzija (9-8, 4.40 ERA) has struggled in his last two outings, but the Giants are hoping he can right the ship Wednesday. Countering him for the Marlins will be David Phelps (5-5, 2.45 ERA).