Roark helps Nationals fend off Astros
The Washington Nationals did the damage early on their way to an MLB win over the Houston Astros, while Doug Fister led the Boston Red Sox.
The Nationals scored two runs in the third and fourth innings, leading to a 4-3 win over American League (AL) leaders Houston on Tuesday.
Tanner Roark gave up just three runs, two earned, in 5.2 innings. He had seven strikeouts to improve to 10-8 with a 4.64 ERA this season.
Nationals catcher Matt Wieters hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the fourth inning, which proved to be the game winner.
Meanwhile, Fister gave up just one hit to guide the Red Sox past the Cleveland Indians 9-1.
Miami Marlins 12-8 Philadelphia Phillies
Miami Marlins 7-4 Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Oakland Athletics 6-4 Baltimore Orioles
Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 New York Mets
Boston Red Sox 9-1 Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs 13-9 Cincinnati Reds
New York Yankees 13-4 Detroit Tigers
Toronto Blue Jays 5-6 Tampa Bay Rays
Seattle Mariners 0-4 Atlanta Braves
Minnesota Twins 4-1 Chicago White Sox
Washington Nationals 4-3 Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies 2-3 Kansas City Royals
San Diego Padres 12-4 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 1-10 Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 San Francisco Giants
Red Sox starter Fister allowed a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor, then recorded outs for 27 of the next 29 batters he faced. Fister tossed a one-hit complete game with six strikeouts while walking two batters. He improved to 3-6 with a 4.78 ERA after toppling the Indians.
REDS' BULLPEN CRUSHED
The Cubs put up zero runs on Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey, who only lasted three innings because of an apparent injury, but the Reds' bullpen was torched for 13 runs from the fifth through eighth innings, leading to a 13-9 loss.
Ichiro Suzuki is gaining power with age and the 43-year-old smashed a 432-foot home run in a 7-4 win over the Phillies.
RED SOX AT INDIANS
Indians ace Corey Kluber (12-3, 2.67 ERA) will face off against Drew Pomeranz (12-4, 3.31 ERA) in a battle of postseason contenders. Cleveland are dealing with injuries, but they have been hot lately. Kluber, an AL Cy Young candidate, has 196 strikeouts already this season.