The Chicago White Sox have recorded three straight walk-off wins for the first time in almost 54 years, but if they make it four in a row they'll probably have to do so against one of the most feared relievers in baseball.
Baltimore's Adam Jones just beat the tag at the plate in the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 3-2 win against Colorado.
Jones single to start the tenth with a hit that rebounded off the third-base bag, and advanced to third on a single by Jonathan Schoop.
The White Sox had lost eight of their previous nine games prior to their recent three-game walk-off winning streak. It was almost impossible for the White Sox to gain any ground in the division no matter how lucky the team was. Szczur was left stranded as Jason Heyward struck out, and the Cubs went on to win on a single by Tyler Saladino off left-hander Mike Montgomery.
After a rough first 6 innings of baseball and a three-run homer from Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, the Chicago Cubs found their way back into the game seventh inning when infielder Javier Baez belted a two-run homer which cut the lead in half.
Saladino hit a game-ending RBI single, and the White Sox put a damper on the Cubs' trade for Chapman with a 5-4 victory.
Kyle Hendricks has been outstanding over the past few weeks, posting a 0.79 ERA since June 19, the lowest among Major League Baseball starters in that time frame. Cubs CF Dexter Fowler filled the designated hitter role Monday, one day after he did not play against the Milwaukee Brewers due to hamstring tightness. Gonzalez is now 2-5 with a 4.41 ERA through 15 outings (14 starts) and he has given up a total of 79 hits in 81.2 innings. In the ninth, Matt Albers gave up a double and two singles, leading to one run for the Cubs.
Jake Arrieta was unlucky not to get the win against the New York Mets last week after giving up just one run in seven innings of work.
Toronto's Aaron Sanchez pitched seven scoreless innings to win his 10th consecutive decision and guide the Blue Jays to a 4-2 win against San Diego.
While the Crosstown Classic has a "friendlier" feel for the players compared to when they matchup with division rivals such as the Cardinals and Pirates for the Cubs and Royals and Tigers for the Sox, both teams probably want to gain bragging rights for the next calendar year as it is unlikely both teams make the playoffs.
Pineda (5-9) pitched seven strong innings to beat Yankees nemesis Dallas Keuchel (6-10), last year's AL Cy Young Award victor. Arrieta is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in three starts against the White Sox as a member of the Cubs.
The Angels batted around in the first, which also included Daniel Nava's sacrifice fly and Carlos Perez's RBI infield single with two outs.
The Cubs scored two in the top of the ninth to tie the game.
Texas turned three double plays behind starter Martin Perez, who has induced a major league-best 25 in 21 games.