The Milwaukee Brewers proved they can win without their star fielder Christian Yelich while the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the California National League West Division game.
The Venezuelan Jesus Aguilar left his lethargy with the bat, when connecting his first two homers of the season, and the Brewers defeated 5-1 to the Colorado Rockies despite the absence of Yelich due to injury.
Yelich, Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the previous campaign in the National League, missed the match due to a lumbar disease.
Starting pitcher Zach Davies allowed a dirty run in five innings and a third, and Milwaukee opened a 10-game home stay with a good performance from Aguilar, his burly first baseman.
The Venezuelan reached the commitment batting .123 after getting 35 homers and 108 RBIs the previous season.
In the first episode, he hit a three-run homer and in the third he added a solo fly-by, both against Kyle Freeland.
In addition, Aguilar singled in the eighth and totaled four RBIs after going 4-3 with two runs.
Davies (3-0) accepted only three hits and improved his effectiveness to 1.38. He split a couple of strikeouts and three walks.
Puerto Rican Alex Claudio, Jay Jackson and Donnie Hart combined to retire 11 of the last 12 batters.
Freeland (2-4), who was marginalized by a blister on the middle finger of his left hand, came off the disabled list and allowed five runs and six hits in six innings. He completed his first opening since April 18.
Evan Longoria hit a three-run double in the seventh and the Giants came from behind against the Dodgers, who beat them 3-2 and broke a four-game winning streak despite two hits by first baseman Cody Bellinger.
Joe Panik and Venezuela’s Yangervis Solarte hit two hits each for the Giants, who snapped a four-game losing streak, which included a sweep in the series against the New York Yankees over the weekend.
The Giants did not make it to the plate in the first six innings and beaten three runners in scoring position before the key attack of the seventh.
Panik hit a single against Ross Stripling (1-2), who took the loss, with one out and advanced to third in a Solarte double. Stripling then gave a ticket to Brandon Belt that filled the bases and struck out Buster Posey.
Longoria, who entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth, sent a 2-1 throw to the left field line to clean the bases.
Sam Dyson (1-0) retired five batters for the win and Will Smith threw the ninth inning for his seventh save in seven chances.
A home run by Harrison Bader launched a six-run attack in the fifth inning, which also included Marcell Ozuna, Venezuela’s Jose Martinez and Puerto Rican Yadier Molina, who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win 6-3. 3 to the Washington Nationals.
Ozuna gave San Luis the advantage by 4-3 through a two-run single. Martinez hit a producing double and Molina joined the offense with a simple tug, all against Patrick Corbin (2-1), who reached the fifth act with a 3-0 lead.
Michael Wacha (2-0) pitched five innings, in the day he left the list of injured, within which he remained for 10 days. The right allowed three runs and four hits, in labor that included five strikeouts.
Jordan Hicks solved the ninth inning by taking the three outs and getting the ninth save, while the Cardinals have won three straight and eight of nine, leading them in the Central Division with an 18-10 record.
Curazole Ozzie Albies homered and drove in two runs, Mike Soroka gave up a run in six innings and the Atlanta Braves won 3-1 to the San Diego Padres.
Soroka (2-1), the 21-year-old right-hander, allowed four hits, achieved the best strikeout score as a professional when he hit eight and walked one, as well as dropping to 1.62 on the ERA.
Jesse Winker homered off Puerto Rican closer Edwin Diaz with two outs in the ninth and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 5-4 after squandering a four-run lead.
The left-handed hitters had gone 15-0 this year against Puerto Rican Diaz (0-1), before Winker found a fastball and sent the ball over the fence between right and center field for his eighth homer, the best mark of his professional career and a player of the Reds this season.
Winker was batting fourth in the order for the first time this year.
Díaz launched for the third consecutive day, something that this campaign had not done.
It was an unusually successful night against New York by Cincinnati, which has lost 26 of its last 34 games against the Mets, including 13 of 16 at Citi Field.