Martin powers Blue Jays, Mets smash Cubs
The Cleveland Indians' run of good form is well and truly over after being on the wrong end of a thrashing from the Toronto Blue Jays as they split the four-game series.
The Jays lost the opening two game but stormed back in the remaining two, winning Sunday's contest 17-1 as Russell Martin went three-for-four with a three-run homer and five RBIs for the day.
The New York Mets were also in the mood as they smashed the Chicago Cubs 14-3 to hand them their 30th loss of the season.
Wilmer Flores did the majority of the damage with two homers as he matched a club record by going six-for-six.
The Washington Nationals posted a big score of their own as they routed the Cincinnati Reds 12-1 to join the winners' list in style, while the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1.
It was considerably closer in Arizona where the Diamondbacks lost 5-4 to the San Francisco Giants after 11 innings, while the New York Yankees also endured a tight game against the San Diego Padres, winning 6-3.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ran out 4-1 winners over the Colorado Rockies, the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-3 and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Milwaukee Brewers 9-8.
Jose Quintana allowed just two hits as he helped the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros, while Cole Hamels had no such luck for the Texas Rangers as he allowed five runs in just four-plus innings as the Minnesota Twins prevailed 5-4.
The Boston Red Sox enjoyed a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angles, the Philadelphia Phillies were on song to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 and the Miami Marlins overcame the Atlanta Braves 5-2.
STRASBURG AND ESPINOSA STAR
Two Nationals stars turned in memorable performances against the Reds. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left the game with a no-hitter still intact after 6.2 innings. He had already thrown 109 pitches and manager Dusty Baker did not want to push him in his first start back from the disabled list.
Shortstop Danny Espinosa was arguably even more impressive than his team-mate. The once soon-to-be-replaced infielder went four-for-five with two home runs with six RBIs, including a grand slam, his second of the series.
Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty hit a monstrous grand slam.
TIGERS ON FORM
After completing their sweep of the Rays, the Tigers have now won six straight games, and 10 straight against teams other than the Indians. Ian Kinsler led the way Sunday by collecting two hits, a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.
RANGERS TAKE ON RED SOX
Texas will start their series against the mercurial Red Sox with Nick Martinez (1-0, 5.00 ERA) on the mound. For a team eight and a half games ahead in their division, the Rangers still seem to be underrated.