The Chicago Cubs recorded their sixth consecutive win in MLB to close in on the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cubs have not lost since the All-Star break and Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Atlanta Braves was Chicago's sixth straight.
The Cubs are moving ever so closer to the first-placed Brewers, who fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday to lose their fourth in a row.
The Brewers have seen their lead in the National League (NL) Central dwindle to just 1.5 games over the Cubs, who play host to the division rival St Louis Cardinals this weekend before heading to Milwaukee for a three-game series next week at Miller Park.
Chicago Cubs 8-2 Atlanta Braves
Philadelphia Phillies 10-3 Miami Marlins
New York Yankees 1-6 Minnesota Twins
Seattle Mariners 4-1 Houston Astros
San Diego Padres 4-18 Colorado Rockies
Tampa Bay Rays 2-7 Oakland Athletics
Cleveland Indians 4-5 San Francisco Giants
Milwaukee Brewers 2-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Texas Rangers 2-10 Baltimore Orioles
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-4 Cincinnati Reds
St Louis Cardinals 3-7 New York Mets
Toronto Blue Jays 1-5 Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers 3-4 Kansas City Royals
Washington Nationals 0-7 Los Angeles Angels
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit three home runs as part of a five-hit day in Colorado's 18-4 win over the Padres at Coors Field. Arenado drove in seven runs and had an opportunity for a sixth hit in the bottom of the eighth, but lined out to left field.
That's THREE homers for Nolan Arenado! He is now 5-for-5 with 7 RBIs ... in the 7th inning. pic.twitter.com/vJDsZUBipB-- MLB (@MLB) July 19, 2017
RICHARD CRUSHED BY ROCKIES
Padres pitcher Clayton Richard allowed 11 runs, 10 of them earned, off 14 hits and gave up two home runs over 3.2 innings. Richard's ERA went from 4.75 to 5.35 as he struck out just three batters and walked one. To put his runs allowed into perspective, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has allowed 11 runs over his last 56.1 innings pitched.
ROBINSON DENIES MURPHY
Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy thought he was going to have at least a double down the line. Angels right fielder Shane Robinson had other ideas, laying out to take an extra-base hit away from Murphy in the first inning at Angel Stadium.
BRAVES AT DODGERS
The Dodgers (66-29) are on fire and will go for their 12th straight win on Thursday. They will turn to Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 3.38 ERA) as they try to improve on baseball's best record. The Braves (45-48) will give the ball to Mike Foltynewicz (7-5, 3.84), who took a no-hitter into the ninth inning the last time he pitched in California.