Six pitches into the game, Matt Shoemaker had a two-run lead and the Los Angeles Angels righty helped make it stand up. Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout hit back-to-back home runs to lead off, Shoemaker won his third consecutive start and the Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Tuesday night. ''One constant is we've been getting good consistent starting pitching,'' Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said.
Searching for answers in a wobbly bullpen, the New York Mets optioned struggling right-hander Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday and recalled lefty Josh Smoker from their top farm club. The move was a bit surprising because Robles had been a staple of New York's relief corps since being called up in April 2015 - and he was on an extended roll until falling apart just recently. ''We just thought it was time for him to go down and kind of work on a couple things,'' manager Terry Collins said.
Jake Lamb homered off a left-hander for only the second time this season, five Diamondbacks drove in at least one run and Arizona beat Chicago 8-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the White Sox. The Diamondbacks won for the eighth time in nine games and are 10 games above .500 (29-19) for the first time since 2011. Arizona scored six runs in the fifth inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana and building a six-run lead, but they had to hold off a White Sox rally.