The Colorado Rockies as a team went off on the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon, but Nolan Arenado found a way to stand out from the rest. Arenado recorded five hits, including three home runs and seven RBIs in an 18-4 rout of the Padres, completing the three-game sweep. This performance comes after sitting out of the lineup on Tuesday, as he is now hitting .583 in games after sitting out. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also went deep for the Rockies, who had a season-high 21 hits on the day. Arenado added a couple RBI singles, while Gerardo Parra extended his on-base streak to 10 straight games. He had four singles in the win. The Rockies moved a half game above the Arizona Diamondbacks for the top Wild Card spot in the National League. Jon Gray allowed four runs over six innings in his third win for Colorado, who pounded Padres starter Clayton Richard en route to his 10th loss. The Rockies will enjoy Thursday off before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend.
Dodgers Earn Rain-Shortened 11th Straight Win
The Los Angeles Dodgers found yet another scenario to win a game in, as they cruised in eight innings of a 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. The game was called after eight innings due to rain, securing the Dodgers' 11th straight victory, and 31st over the last 35 games. Kike Hernandez snapped out of a 1-for-23 slump with a two-home run night against Carlos Rodon. The White Sox starter suffered his third loss after allowing four home runs, including a lead-off blast to Chris Taylor. Corey Seager also went deep for a two-run shot in the fourth to officially end Rodon's night, Kenta Maeda allowed one run on five hits over five innings in his eighth victory of the year. Melky Cabrera's first-inning long ball was the only blemish against the Dodgers' starter. Los Angeles' streak also includes 14 win over 15 games, and they return home on Thursday night to host the lowly Atlanta Braves.
Cubs Record Second Straight Sweep
The Chicago Cubs continued to turn around their season on Wednesday with their second straight sweep and sixth straight win with an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Mike Montgomery helped himself with his first career home run and allowed just one run on two hits over six innings on the mound in the victory. Javier Baez also went deep for a three-run shot in the eighth to help Chicago pull away for good. The one down side for the Cubs was the loss of Kris Bryant, who exited in the first inning after injuring his finger while sliding into third base. The third baseman is listed as day-to-day. Tommy La Stella replaced him and went deep, while Addison Russell had four hits and two RBIs at the plate. The Cubs recovered from an embarrassing loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates before the All-Star break with a sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore. They now sit four games over .500 and head back home for a weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals.