The Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton did not like sitting on the bench, and the rested outfielder made up for lost time by blasting two three-run homers in a 10-5 win against the Boston Red Sox.
With two hits on Sunday following two more Saturday, Upton exceeded his trips to first base in the 10 games leading up to the weekend. In fact, he only had seven hits all month before re-entering the line-up on Saturday and continuing his success Sunday.
Upton, who signed a six-year $132.75 million contract this offseason, is hitting just .231 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.
The Tigers are currently seven games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League (AL) Central, so they need more games like this out of Upton moving forward.
The Indians came from behind to edge the Toronto Blue Jays, with two runs in the eighth inning sealing a 3-2 win, while the Los Angeles Dodgers got the better of the Cincinnati Reds 4-0.
A seven-run first inning helped the Colorado Rockies to an 11-4 win over the Chicago Cubs, and the Kansas City Royals moved to eight straight wins with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The Tampa Bay Rays recorded an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.
The St. Louis Cardinals shut out the Philadelphia Phillies in a 9-0 thumping, the Atlanta Braves edged the Washington Nationals in a 7-6 thriller, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Seattle Mariners by the same scoreline, the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2, and the Chicago White Sox got the better of the Oakland Athletics 4-2.
The Houston Astros defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-3, the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 2-0, the San Diego Padres smashed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1, and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado unloaded on the Cubs by collecting four hits, two home runs and six RBIs. The talented 25-year-old looks destined to win two of the three National League (NL) Triple Crown categories this season, considering he is leading home runs (32) and RBIs (104).
4-for-5-- Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 22, 2016
Two 3-run home runs
Nolan Arenado pic.twitter.com/P1sKFfOUQK
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria shows off his impressive range by gunning a laser to first base.
"Wow!" https://t.co/b815nd81mD-- MLB (@MLB) August 21, 2016
Jason Hammel became the first Cubs pitcher to allow 10 runs in a game twice in the same season since Sheriff Blake in 1930 Sunday in a 11-4 loss against the Rockies. Though only six of them were earned runs, Hammel was bounced after 3.1 innings of awful pitching.
NATIONALS MEET ORIOLES
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.59 ERA), who has given up 19 earned runs in his last three starts, takes the mound against promising Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy (6-4, 3.36 ERA).