Hendricks denied no-hitter, Ortiz homers again
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks fell just short in a no-hit bid in MLB, while David Ortiz homered again.
Hendricks, already a favourite for the National League (NL) Cy Young Award, came within three outs of the no-hitter.
But he gave up a home run in the ninth inning of the Cubs' 4-1 win over the St Louis Cardinals on Monday.
Ortiz crushed homer number 536 as the Boston Red Sox thrashed the Baltimore Orioles 12-2.
The Texas Rangers needed 12 innings to beat the Houston Astros 4-3, the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 11-4 and the Oakland Athletics crushed the Kansas City Royals 16-3.
The Detroit Tigers got past the Minnesota Twins 4-2, the Cincinnati Reds shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 and the Atlanta Braves were 12-7 winners over the Miami Marlins.
The Toronto Blue Jays edged the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2, the Pittsburgh Pirates went down to the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 8-1.
The New York Yankees suffered an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres shut out the San Francisco Giants 4-0, the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-1 and the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed a 12-9 win over the Colorado Rockies.
YOUNG DOMINATES ORIOLES
Red Sox outfielder Chris Young went four-for-four with three runs scored and a solo home run to help Boston defeat the Orioles. With the win, Boston remained two games ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League (AL) East, and three games ahead of the Orioles.
ORTIZ JOINS MANTLE
Ortiz got a curtain call after tying Mickey Mantle for 17th on the all-time home run list.
DOZIER MAKES HISTORY
Brian Dozier became the first Twins batter with a 40-plus home run season since Harmon Killebrew in 1970. In the same game, Ian Kinsler launched his seventh leadoff home run of the year, tying a team record set by Curtis Granderson (2007, 2009). The Tigers ultimately won and are now just one game behind the Orioles for the final AL wildcard spot.
DODGERS VISIT YANKEES
West Coast meets East Coast, and young meets veteran when the Dodgers send rookie Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69 ERA) to face off against the Yankees' CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.27 ERA).