The Angels had a huge opportunity to stretch their winning streak to nine games on Monday, and it blew up in their faces. Los Angeles jumped out to a 6-2 lead over the Dodgers after the fourth. But CJ Wilson broke down in the fifth, allowing four runs to tie the game at six. AJ Ellis put the Dodgers in front in the sixth with a sac fly off of Michael Kohn, but the Angels tiied it up in the seventh after a Howard Kendrick single. That didn't last long though, as Robert Coello had his first rough outing with Anaheim, allowing a run on three hits in two innings to finish off the game. On the bright side, their winning streak has moved the Angels to third in the AL West. On the not so bright side, the Angels are still 8.5 games behind the Rangers in the division, and they really could have used the extra game they would have picked up with a loss, especially after the Rangers got swept in a doubleheader in Arizona.
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What do you do if you're Yoenis Cespedes and you can't make a catch? You do a cartwheel, of course. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Day: Diamondbacks 5, Rangers 4. The Diamondbacks swept a doubleheader from Texas, and it couldn't have come in more stunning fashion. Arizona trailed 4-2 through seven and through that point, Yu Darvish had allowed two runs on five hits, striking out 13 and walking none. Of course, after allowing a single to Wil Nieves, Darvish allowed a game-tying homer to Didi Gregorius. In the ninth, Texas put men on the corners with two outs, but Elvis Andrus grounded out to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Miguel Montero led off with a double, and the wheels came off from there. Jason Frasor struck out AJ Pollock, but Robbie Ross replaced him just to intentionally walk Martin Prado. Cliff Pennington proceeded to single in Montero to hand Texas a tough loss.
Pitching Lines of the Day: Jeff Samardzija threw a two hit, complete game shutout for the Cubs in their 7-0 win over the White Sox, walking two and striking out eight. Aaron Harang also threw a complete game shutout, leading the Mariners to a 9-0 win over the Padres. Harang allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out eight. Tyler Skaggs pitched well for the Diamondbacks in their 5-3 game one win over the Rangers, allowing three hits in six shutout innings, striking out nine and walking three. Phil Hughes pitched well for the Yankees in their 2-1 loss to the Mets, giving up one run on four hits in seven innings, striking out six without a walk.
Hitting Lines of the Day: Kelly Johnson powered the Rays to a 10-6 win over the Marlins, going 4/5 with six RBI, a double, two homers, and a stolen base. Yadier Molina did well for the Cardinals in their 6-3 win over the Royals, going 2/2 with two runs, four RBI, two walks, a double, and a homer. Carlos Gomez went 2/3 with a pair of solo homers for the Brewers in their 6-3 loss to the Twins. Edwin Encarnacion led the Blue Jays to a 9-3 romp over the Braves, going 2/5 with five RBI and a homer. Evan Gattis did his part for Atlanta, going 3/4 with two RBI, a double, and a homer.
Other Games: The Tigers withstood a late rally to beat the Pirates 6-5. The Orioles beat the Nationals 6-2. The Rockies fell to the Astros 3-2 in 12 innings. The Reds beat the Indians 4-2, winning the battle on Twitter as well as on the field. The A's beat the Giants 4-1. Boston smashed Philadelphia 9-3.
Today's Games: Rivalry week continues across the league with 14 games on the slate. Paul Maholm starts for the Braves in Toronto against Brandon Morrow. Hiroki Kuroda takes on Matt Harvey in Flushing. Kevin Gausman makes his second start for the Orioles against Nationals rookie Nate Karns, making his major league debut. Zach McAllister and the Indians take on Mat Latos and the Reds in Cincinnati. Cliff Lee takes on Ryan Dempster at Fenway. Edwin Jackson takes on Chris Sale in the battle of Chicago. Ervin Santana and the Royals host the Cardinals. Michael Kickham makes his major league debut for the Giants in Oakland. Hyun-Jin Ryu starts for the Dodgers, hosting the Angels.
National TV: Yankees-Mets (7 PM, ESPN), Angels-Dodgers (10 PM, ESPN)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.