Dodgers, Jays Keep Rolling; Verlander Reaches 13 Wins

Jonathan Grant | July 24th, 2022

Baseball’s two most winningest teams currently just kept on rolling on a very busy Saturday full of games. The Los Angeles Dodgers ran their winning streak up to seven, defeating the San Francisco Giants 4-2 in an afternoon affair between NL West rivals. Mookie Betts and Trea Turner each went yard in the third inning, via solo shots, and Freddie Freeman delivered another in the seventh to give them some insurance and breathing room heading into the decisive frames late. Julio Urias was also very good on the mound, going six innings of scoreless ball to improve his record to 9-6 on the campaign. With the win, the Dodgers remained 10.5 games up on San Diego as they retained a firm grip on proceedings in the division.

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Elsewhere, the Toronto Blue Jays followed up a 28-5 smacking of the Boston Red Sox on Friday by winning 4-1 over their AL East foes on Saturday. All-Star pitcher Alex Manoah went six innings and allowed just a single run to move to 11-4 on the year while George Springer and Alejandro Kirk each had RBI’s in the victory. The win means that Toronto have won five in a row now, moving them a game clear in the race for a Wild Card spot. And finally, we have to mention the exploits of Justin Verlander on the mound. What he is doing is simply incredible for the Houston Astros. At 39 years of age, he reached nearly 100 on the radar and picked up his 13th win of the year on Saturday as his Astros downed the Seattle Mariners 3-1 to pour more water on them. He gave up just four hits in the game and saw his ERA lowered to 1.86 in the seven-inning performance. What he is doing is beyond words, and it’s easy to see why he will eventually be a first-ballot Hall of Famer because of it.

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