Marlins manager Don Mattingly was clearly pleased after his ballclub's best offensive output of the season. Having watched Miami nearly blow a five-run lead in the ninth inning, Miami's second-year skipper seemed more concerned than anything else. Justin Bour matched his career high with four hits including his fourth home run in five games while Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon had three hits each on a night when every Miami player had at least one by the third inning.
Anthony Rizzo went three for three while clobbering two solo home runs to inspire the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Sonny Gray took a big step in his last start toward recapturing the form he had his first three years in the major leagues. The Oakland A's right-hander will try to make more strides Wednesday afternoon against the Miami Marlins at the Oakland Coliseum. Gray (1-1, 3.97 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings Thursday in an 8-3 victory against the Boston Red Sox, earning his first win since July 26, 2016.