Padres pitcher Ross' no-hit bid steals spotlight
San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross held the Arizona Diamondbacks hitless deep into their MLB clash on Friday.
The 30-year-old Ross, who entered the night with a 37-57 career record and 3.90 ERA, totally stymied the D-backs, striking out 10 batters and sailing along in search of the Padres' first no-hitter. Playing their 50th season this year, the Padres are the only MLB team without a no-hitter.
But after retiring the first two Arizona hitters in the eighth, Ross gave up a double to pinch-hitter Christian Walker. Ross came out after that hit, having already thrown a hefty 127 pitches, so he did not get the victory as the Padres scored three in the ninth to win 4-1. He walked three and was responsible for Walker, who came around to score.
As for the Clayton Kershaw-Max Scherzer matchup, neither pitcher looked like Ross. Kershaw struggled, giving up four runs and nine hits to the Nationals in seven innings. Scherzer was better, striking out nine in six innings, and giving up only one run on four hits. The Nationals won 5-2.
BAEZ DELIVERS FOR CUBS
Cubs second baseman Javier Baez is playing like an All-Star in the early going, and he kept it going Friday with a four-for-six outing that included a home run and four RBIs in the Cubs' 16-5 win over the Rockies.
Houston right-hander Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, in the Astros' 10-0 win over the White Sox. The veteran is now 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA.
The Pirates entered their series in Philadelphia leading the National League (NL) in scoring. After a 2-1 loss Friday, they have now combined for one run and eight hits in the first two games.
JaCoby Jones walked it off for the Tigers in the first game of a double-header against the Royals.
Detroit Tigers 3-2 Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals 3-2 Detroit Tigers
Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Cleveland Indians
Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 Minnesota Twins
New York Mets 5-3 Atlanta Braves
Seattle Mariners 6-2 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 10-0 Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers 8-0 Miami Marlins
St Louis Cardinals 4-2 Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs 16-5 Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres 4-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
Boston Red Sox 7-3 Oakland Athletics
San Francisco Giants 8-1 Los Angeles Angels
Washington Nationals 5-2 Los Angeles Dodgers
METS AT BRAVES
While the Mets have cooled off a little from their red-hot start, they have exceeded expectations this season, as have the Braves. Both teams send their aces to the mound, the Mets with Jacob deGrom (2-0, 3.24 ERA) while the Braves counter with Julio Teheran (1-1, 5.40 ERA).