The Boston Red Sox finally won back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month as they knocked off the Texas Rangers 12-5 in Monday's MLB action.
Boston's day got off to a terrible start, with the Red Sox down by four runs after half an inning, but Brock Holt's go-ahead two-run homer to cap off a four-run third inning set the team on their way to a 45th win of the season.
The Toronto Blue Jays won their third successive game as Aaron Sanchez pitched his way to a victory as the bats left it until the seventh inning to secure the 6-2 triumph over the Kansas City Royals.
The Chicago Cubs were also back in form as they accounted for the Cincinnati Reds 10-4, with Jason Heyward's two-run double getting Chicago off to the best possible start.
Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Brewers had Junior Guerra to thank after he struck out seven during their 1-0 win against the Washington Nationals, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 and the Chicago White Sox triumphed 8-2 over the New York Yankees.
The Oakland Athletics saw off the Minnesota Twins 3-1, the Houston Astros were 2-1 winners over the Seattle Mariners, the St Louis Cardinals went down 4-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies were too good for the Atlanta Braves 8-2.
Angel Pagan's go-ahead two-run shot won the day for the San Francisco Giants at home to the Colorado Rockies 3-1, the New York Mets edged the Miami Marlins 8-6, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 and the San Diego Padres defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4.
The Cleveland Indians got back to winning ways with a 5-3 triumph over the Detroit Tigers.
FRAZIER SHOWS QUALITY
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier reached base five times in the win over the Yankees. Frazier went three for three with two runs scored, an RBI and two walks. Despite his flashes of greatness this season, the former Reds slugger is batting just .212 with just three multi-hit games since May 23.
Brock Holt steadied a rocky Red Sox ship after the Boston outfit got off to a terrible start. His two-run homer in the third set his side on their way to an important win over the Rangers.
NOT ALL BAD FOR BRYANT
Before Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left the game with a leg contusion, he belted his third home run in five career at-bats on July 4. He also became the fourth-youngest Cub to reach 50 home runs. The Cubs went on to beat the Reds, ending their four-game losing streak.
BUMGARNER LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT
Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 2.20ERA) totes the rubber after struggling in his last two starts (seven earned runs). On Tuesday, he will face off against Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 3.15), who is returning from a stint on the disabled list (back).