The Chicago Cubs picked a tough time to visit Los Angeles during some struggling times, but they found a way to pull off a victory over the red-hot Dodgers on Tuesday night. Javier Baez stepped up with two home runs, including a grand slam, in a 9-4 road win. That slam gave enough support to Jon Lester, who won his sixth straight start for his 10th victory of the season. Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak, as Lester went five innings and struck out four before exiting. Baez finished with four hits overall and homered in consecutive innings, as he brought his home run total to 16 on the year. Dodgers starter Ross Stripling allowed just one run over five innings, but the Cubs went off for six runs against their bullpen. Yimi Garcia suffered the loss for the Dodgers, who fell for just the sixth time in 22 June games. Lester's outing was his shortest by inning since April 11th, and by pitch count since Opening Day. This series will continue on Wednesday night, once again on ESPN.
Indians Pound Kluber, Cardinals
Corey Kluber was in uncharted territory on Tuesday night, as he got knocked around in the Cleveland Indians' 11-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Kluber finished with six earned runs in just 1.2 innings, and suffered just his fourth loss of the season. Matt Carpenter homered twice, tied a career-high with five hits, and set a carer high with five runs scored, as the Cardinals handed Kluber the shortest start of his career. The Cardinals' third baseman is the 19th player with five hits, two home runs, and five runs scored in a game, and the first Cardinals player to ever do so. Jose Martinez also went deep off of Kluber, who threw 48 pitches on the night. This struggling outing beats Kluber's previous shortest outing of two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. His shortest start this year was a five-inning start against the Minnesota Twins on June 15th. The interleague series will continue at Busch Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Severino Leads Yankees With 12th Win of Season
Luis Severino took over yet again on Tuesday night, as the New York Yankees cruised in a 6-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies. Severino went seven innings and struck out nine without walking a batter to earn his 12th win of the season. The right-hander becomes the first pitcher in the majors to reach 12 victories, as he lowered his ERA to 2.10 on the year. The Yankees' hurler has done that by allowing three runs or less in 16 of his past 17 starts. On the other side, Jake Arrieta struggled for the Phillies in his sixth loss, giving up six runs, three earned, and nine hits over five innings. Philadelphia had won four consecutive series before dropping two in a row to the Yankees. Didi Gregrorius went deep for the 15th time this season, while Aaron Hicks added his 11th, as the Yankees gave plenty of support to their top pitcher. Severino was third in the Cy Young voting last season, while also making an All-Star team, but he could now make a case to start for the American League in Washington D.C. in a couple weeks. The Yankees allowed just six hits as a team, as Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve finished off the 52nd win of the season.