The Los Angeles Dodgers' June success has come thanks to the long ball, and they used more of those on Wednesday night for a win over the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers hit three home runs on Wednesday for a 7-5 victory against the Cubs. The trio of homers gives them 51 in the month of June, which is the second most during any month in franchise history, as they improved to 17-6 in June. It was last season's team that set the record with 53 long balls in June, while the MLB record for a month is 58. Joc Pederson had a two-run shot, while Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy added solo shots. Pederson has led the way in the home run barrage with 10 dingers this month. Yasmani Grandal chipped in with a two-run double to support Alex Wood in his fourth win of the season. Wood allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings and earned his third straight victory. Kenley Jansen closed things out with his 21st save of the year, this of the four-out variety. Kyle Hendricks was the recipient of this Dodgers' offense in his eighth loss for the Cubs, who will finish their series at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
Bregman, Astros Walk Off Against Blue Jays
Alex Bregman has heated up since the summer has started, and he continued to spark the Houston Astros on Wednesday afternoon. Bregman hit a walk-off, two-run shot in the ninth inning to give the Astros a 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The walk-off shot completed the Astros' comeback after the Blue Jays kicked things off with a five-run first inning. Following Dallas Keuchel's struggles, the Astros began to chip away, before Bregman homered in his third straight game to win things at Minute Maid Park. Ryan Tepera suffered the loss after allowing a leadoff single to Tony Kemp before Bregman's game-winner. The third baseman also doubled twice just one game after hitting three doubles in Tuesday's win. Will Harris went one scoreless inning to record his third win, as the Astros stayed ahead of the Seattle Mariners in the AL West. Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for Houston to snap an 0-for-23 slump. Following the tough first inning, Keuchel did calm down and allowed six runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Marco Estrada got the start for the Blue Jays and lasted five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits in the no-decision effort. The Blue Jays wasted no time getting five runs on three hits and two walks in the first, just one day after getting shut out, 7-0, on Tuesday. They were held to just one run the rest of the way in a tough road loss that manager John Gibbons was not happy with.
Martinez's 25th HR Leads Red Sox at Home
The Boston Red Sox did not have it easy, but were able to pull off another win over the struggling Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 25th home run in the Red Sox's 9-6 win over the Angels at Fenway Park. Rafael Devers had the tiebreaking double for the Red Sox, who blew a six-run lead at one point before hanging on for the win. Martinez's home run came during a six-run second inning, as the Red Sox moved a half game ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. The Yankees fell to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Eduardo Nunez and Sandy Leon also went deep for Boston, who improved to 5-0 against the Angels this season. They have outscored them, 45-10, with 18 home runs and a .363 average in that span. The Angels have now dropped five in a row, and 12 of 16, dropping them just a game over .500 on the season in the tough AL West. Martin Maldonado and Ian Kinsler each had home runs in Wednesday's loss. Their star player, Mike Trout, was held to being the designated hitter for the eighth straight game due to a sprained finger. He went 1-for-4 on the night. The Red Sox move on to an intriguing series with the Yankees this weekend. The Angels continue their road trip against the Orioles.