Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. If for some reason you’re still not convinced the Houston Astros are for real, perhaps their three-game sweep of the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals will be the tipping point. The Astros completed with the sweep with a hard fought 6-5 victory on Wednesday night. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, Houston rallied to score five in the middle to take the lead. Chris Carter’s 100th career home run opened their scoring. After Marwin Gonzalez homer and likely All-Star Jose Altuve tied the game with an RBI single, Evan Gattis put them ahead with a two-run single in the fifth. The resilient Royals didn’t fade away either, tying the game again in the seventh on Jarrod Dyson’s two-run double. Houston scored the winner in their half of the seventh on Carter’s fielder’s choice. Not exactly the most thrilling winning run, but very fitting for the Astros. With the win, Houston now owns the AL’s second best record at 47-34. They’re only percentage points between Kansas City, who is now 44-31. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The only dark cloud hovering over the victory in the condition of outfielder George Springer. Springer was hit with a pitch on the wrist and left the game with a reported contusion. However, the team didn’t sound overly optimistic about his condition following the game. AJ said he’s not optimistic Springer will avoid the DL. #Astros — Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 2, 2015 JUSTIN BOUR LAUNCHES THREE-RUN WALKOFF HOMER The Miami Marlins aren’t contenders, but they’re starting to look like awfully good spoilers. Since losing Giancarlo Stanton a broken hamate bone on Friday, they’ve gone 3-1 against the Los Angeles and San Francisco Giants, including a dramatic 6-5 walkoff win against San Francisco on Wednesday night. Justin Bour, who arrived on the scene earlier this season by breaking up Shelby Miller’s no-hit bid, was the hero. After Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechevarria started the ninth inning with single against Giants’ closer Santiago Casilla, Bour lifted off, depositing a three-run shot into the right field seats. The home run was Bour’s seventh of the season. More importantly for Miami, it completed a rare late comeback. Miami had been 0-38 when trailing after seven innings. It also helped them overcome hitting into a franchise record five double plays during the game. Four of those double plays career against Giants starter Chris Heston, who was in line for his ninth victory before the ninth inning. Now the Giants will focus on avoiding on Thursday, and it won’t be easy with Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez making his return from Tommy John surgery. BLUE JAYS ERUPT ON CANADA DAY Wednesday was a day of celebration in Canada, and the Toronto Blue Jays offense provided plenty of fireworks to make the celebration even grander. In an 11-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox, the Blue Jays connected for five home runs, including two from first baseman Justin Smoak. Toronto also got a three-run shot from Edwin Encarnacion, which opened the scoring in the first inning. Jose Bautista and All-Star voting leader Josh Donaldson each added a two-run solo later in the game to complete a thrilling performance for the 45,392 at Rogers Centre. Jose Reyes did not homer, but contributed four hits and scored four runs. Donaldson, Smoak and Kevin Pillar each had three hits in the 16-hit attack. [ David Price joins The StewPod to talk social media, baseball brotherhood and more. ] On the hill, Toronto’s Mark Buehrle improved to 9-4 with six innings of one-run. Buehrle’s remarkable season of run support continued as Toronto has now topped 10 runs in six of his 16 outings On the side, Rick Porcello was lit up for seven runs over two innings, including three home runs. His ERA ballooned to 6.08 over 94 2/3 innings. CUBS SILENCE METS WITH ANOTHER SHUTOUT For the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, offense has been difficult to come by in recent days. Well, for the Mets it’s actually been much longer, but you get the point. With that in mind, both were probably hoping their three-game series this week would prove fruitful. Not necessarily from an offensive standpoint, since both teams are also pitching very well, but in terms of getting much needed wins since scoring one run might be enough. In Tuesday’s series opener, one run was enough for the Cubs to be victorious. The same was true again on Wednesday, as the Cubs walked away with a 2-0 win in 11 innings. How the Cubs rallied was actually quite fitting given how the teams are playing. With runners on first and second, Chris Coghlan laced a single to right field that should have scored a run or loaded of the bases. It did neither. Anthony Rizzo was held at third base while Kris Bryant continued around second bases completely unaware that Rizzo wasn’t head home. Bryant was tagged, which seemed to set the stage for another missed opportunity. However, Starlin Castro with about a 75 infield single to get Rizzo home. Miguel Montero then followed with an RBI single to make it an insurmountable two run lead. The no-decsion were to Jon Lester and Bartolo Colon. Each pitched seven scoreless innings. Perhaos more notable, each was 0 for 2 at the plate. Colon lined out to right field with the bases loaded in the second inning. That may have been New York’s best chance. The Cubs will now go for the sweep on Thursday. The Mets will just try to score one run for Jacob deGrom.
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