Alex Rodriguez returned to top form as he fired the New York Yankees to a shock win over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
The game was scoreless when 'A-Rod' stepped up to the plate at the bottom of the second innings and he went deep off Kevin Gausman to get the Yankees on the board.
Jonathan Schoop equalised for the Orioles at the top of the third before Brett Gardner scored on a sacrifice fly to centre from Brian McGann at the bottom of the same inning.
Jon Lester picked up his 10th win for the season as the Chicago Cubs earned a 5-1 win over the New York Mets, with Anthony Rizzo's three-run blast getting things off to a great start for the visitors at the bottom of the third.
The Detroit Tigers improved to 49-44 with a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins, Justin Upton's second-inning homer proving decisive, while the Kansas City Royals' bats had a field day at home against the Cleveland Indians, winning 7-3.
Still, it was the St. Louis Cardinals who had the best performance with the bat on the day, thrashing the San Diego Padres 10-2 as Mike Leake got it done from the mound, allowing just one run and striking out 11.
The Miami Marlins outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 in an 11-inning marathon, the Chicago White Sox lost to the Seattle Mariners 4-3, the Colorado Rockies were 7-4 winners over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-4.
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2.
DYSON GOES DEEP
Royals star Jarrod Dyson picked a great time to hit his first career grand slam. Dyson, who hit a triple earlier in the game, took Cleveland Indians reliever Jeff Manship deep as Kansas City scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth.
A-ROD BACK AT IT
Rodriguez picked up home run number 696 with this huge effort.
With 11 strikeouts against the Padres, Cardinals starter Mike Leake became only the second pitcher in franchise history (Bob Gibson,1968-69) to have 10 strikeouts and zero walks in back-to-back games.
NATIONALS HOST DODGERS
Washington's Reynaldo Lopez will make his MLB debut against Scott Kazmir (7-3, 4.52 ERA) and the Dodgers. Lopez made 16 starts in Double-A and Triple-A this season, combining for 109 strikeouts with a 3.19 ERA.