The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to reach impressive marks during this season, and they got to another one on Tuesday night. Los Angeles got past the Chicago White Sox, 6-1, to move 50 games over .500 on the season. They broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run eighth inning, fueled by Joc Pederson's go-ahead bases-loaded hit by pitch. Austin Barnes and Corey Seager each added two-run singles, as Los Angeles moved 50 games over .500 for the first time since September 1953. Alex Wood got the start for the Dodgers, and settled down after surrendering a lead-off home run to Tim Anderson. Logan Forsythe tied things up with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Wood did not last long enough to earn the win, as he allowed the one run on six hits in seven innings. Brandon Morrow improved to 5-0 in relief after throwing one scoreless inning for the NL West leaders. The White Sox had won four of six, but have now dropped six straight on the road, including 10 of 11. They will have another tough road test on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Santana, Indians Keep Rolling Past Twins
The Cleveland Indians' win streak got even more crucial on Tuesday night, as they built their own AL Central team with a win over their second-place rivals. Carlos Santana went deep twice, as The Tribe hit five homers as a team in an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. The win was their fifth in a row, extending their AL Central Division lead to six games over the Twins, along with the Kansas City Royals. Edwin Encarnacion also went deep, just one day after recording a multihomer game of his own in Boston against the Red Sox. Jason Kipnis and Austin Jackson added long balls, as the Indians improved to 13 games over .500. Danny Salazar moved his record back to .500, as he lasted seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits in the series opener. Veteran Bartolo Colon gave up three solo home runs and lasted just five innings in his second loss with the Twins. The series continues with Game 2 of the series on Wednesday night.
Stanton Homers for Sixth Straight Game
Giancarlo Stanton breaking the Marlins' single-season home run record on Monday just wasn't enough for him to slow down, as he now aims for a major league record. The slugger went deep for a sixth straight game, hitting his 44th home run of the year in the Miami Marlins' 9-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. His long ball came against Madison Bumgarner in the third inning, as the solo shot tied the game at two-apiece, He now has 11 home runs in the past 12 games, and 23 in the last 35, falling just short of Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, who both had more long balls in that span during the 2001 season. Stanton also pulls within two games of tying the major league record for most consecutive games with a home run, which is eight set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993, Don Mattingly in 1987, and Dale Long in 1956. Denard Span led the Giants with three hits and a home run in the road win. The series caps off with a matinee matchup on Wednesday.