Final Score: Colorado 4, Chicago 3
A day after watching their three-run lead disappear, the Colorado Rockies climbed out of a three-run hole to beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-3. Andrew Brown hit his first major league home run and Josh Rutledge hit a two-run blast for Colorado, which rebounded from losing the series opener, 5-3, to win for the sixth time in seven games. Alex White was tagged for three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with four strikeouts over four innings. Carlos Torres (3-1) tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Brett Jackson homered for the second straight day, but the Cubs have dropped four of their last five contests. Brooks Raley, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa prior to the game, surrendered two runs in five innings while striking out four to pick up a no decision. Manuel Corpas (0-1) gave up the tying and winning runs in 1 1/3 innings of work to take the loss.
Final Score: New York 3, Houston 1
R.A. Dickey tossed seven innings of one-run ball and added an RBI single to lead the New York Mets past the Houston Astros, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game series at Citi Field. Dickey (16-4) scattered five hits and a walk after retiring the first 10 batters he faced. Frank Francisco worked a perfect ninth to record his 21st save of the season. Justin Turner homered for New York, which scored more than two runs for the first time in eight games to snap a season-high tying six-game losing streak. Fernando Abad (0-1) allowed one run on four hits and four walks over four innings in his first major league start for the Astros, who have dropped eight of their last nine.
Final Score: Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 2
Chris Carter hit a two-run home run in a three-run first inning, as the Oakland Athletics took down the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series from Tropicana Field. Seth Smith added a solo shot for the Athletics, who took the final two games in the set and have won eight of 10 overall. Brandon McCarthy (7-5) allowed four hits and a pair of runs with seven strikeouts and two walks over seven innings for the win. Grant Balfour tossed a scoreless ninth for his 14th save. Desmond Jennings went deep for the Rays, who have lost three of five. Jeremy Hellickson (8-9) departed after five frames, charged in the loss for four runs and six hits.