The Colorado Rockies continued to be the best road team in baseball on Saturday afternoon, as Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon went deep in what was a 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. The win was their seventh straight, while they also handed Chicago their fourth consecutive defeat, dropping them to one game under .500. Reynolds had his fourth career four-hit game, including his 17th big fly of the season, while Nolan Arenado added a three-run double in a five-run ninth inning. Jeff Hoffman pitched into the seventh inning, helping Colorado reach their longest win streak since 2011. D.J. LeMahieu and Mark Reynolds got the NL-West leaders started early with a pair of RBI doubles in the second inning. Blackmon went deep for a second straight game and for a 15th time this season. Eddie Butler gave up three runs on six hits in five innings for the Cubs, falling to 3-2 on the season. Wilson Contreras drove in the only run of the game for the defending champs, who will look to avoid the four-game sweep at home on Sunday afternoon.
Cespedes Returns From DL in Grand Style
The New York Mets have dealt with numerous injuries during their struggling 2017 season, including to All-Star Yoenis Cespedes, who missed 37 games with a hamstring injury. Cespedes returned on Saturday afternoon, playing in his first game since April 27th, and smacked a ninth-inning grand slam in the Mets' 6-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. The long ball was his seventh of the year, supporting Robert Gsellman, who won his third straight start to improve to 5-3 on the year. He threw 6.2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four. The win snaps the Braves' three-game win streak, despite Brandon Phillips fourth home run of the season. Addison Reed came in to get Atlanta's final five outs for his 10th save. Cespedes finished the first game 2-for-5 for New York, who also got sacrifice flies from T.J. Rivera and Wilmer Flores. The Mets would go on to sweep the doubleheader with an 8-1 win behind the return of Steven Matz, who pitched seven impressive innings in his season debut. Wilmer Flores had four hits in the win, and went a combined 6-for-9 in the doubleheader. These two teams will finish off their series on Sunday.
Judge, Yankees Rout Orioles at Home
Aaron Judge added to his unbelievable rookie/MVP-caliber season on Saturday, connecting with his 19th home run in a 16-3 New York Yankees blowout of the Baltimore Orioles. His 19 home runs leads the majors, and came in the first inning, which included six New York runs early on. The Yankees had five long balls on the night to jump all over starter Chris Tillman, who allowed nine runs in 1.1 innings for his fourth loss of the year. Starlin Castro, Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, and Did Gregorius also went deep in the Yankees' fourth straight victory. New York has outscored their opponents 41-6 during that streak, which includes blowouts of the Boston Red Sox and the O's. Luis Severino enjoyed the run support during his seven impressive innings, as he improved to 5-2 on the year. Severino struck out eight and walked two, while surrendering just one run on the night. Castro's three-run home run made the Orioles go to their bullpen early on in the second inning. Chris Davis and Joey Rickard both went deep in the embarrassing loss for Baltimore. The Yankees can complete the sweep in the matinee series finale on Sunday.