Leading Off, 8/11: Johnny Cueto makes a splash
So far, so good for Johnny Cueto and the Kansas City Royals' new marriage.
In his first home start since being traded to the defending American League champions, the ace dominated, hurling a complete game, four-hit shutout. It resulted in a Gatorade shower, and dreadlocks flying everywhere.
Royals 4, Tigers 0
Around the League
Mets 4, Rockies 2
Clinging to a 1.5-game lead over Washington in the NL East, New York pulled off a three-run rally in the eighth inning to top Colorado. Sad Jose Reyes is sad.
White Sox 8, Angels 2
This one was a stinker for the Angels after giving up a four-run sixth inning, but the highlight of the night was an epic, 13-pitch battle between Mike Trout and Chris Sale in the fourth. As he typically does, Trout walked away victorious -- literally -- after taking ball four in pitch number 13.
Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 3
Arizona scored runs in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings off Phillie pitching. That's typically a good recipe for success, and enough scoring to make it okay for teammates to stick bubble gum on each other's hats.
Orioles 3, Mariners 2
Seattle cut it close with a miniature rally in the ninth, but to no avail. At 57-54, though, Baltimore remains two games away from a Wild Card spot in the AL.
Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
Don't let the three runs on the board fool you -- this one was ugly for Los Angeles from start to finish. After seeing the Mets take a victory at home and momentarily stretch their division lead to two games, the Nats followed suit with a crucial, bruising victory of their own at Dodger Stadium.
Padres 2, Reds 1
Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning -- that's... all that really happened. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Padres, bringing them up to a disappointing 53-60 mark on the season.
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