Game of the day: San Francisco at St. Louis, 7:09 p.m. The Diamondbacks have passed the Giants atop the National League West, but this matchup still features teams with two of the best five records in the National League. Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (3-1) has been a revelation for the Giants this season, allowing one run or fewer in each of his last four starts. Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter (1-5) has taken a step back this season after winning 33 games over the previous two years. Carpenter has allowed an average of 9.8 hits in his last six starts.
Other game to watch:
Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Left-hander Erik Bedard hasn’t been as good as advertised since the Mariners acquired him from Baltimore before the 2008 season, but he gets a chance to pitch against his former team Tuesday. Bedard (3-4) has won his last three decisions after getting off to a terrible start this year, and he is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore. Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) will pitch for the Orioles, looking to start a Baltimore win for the third straight outing.
Games you should have seen:
Los Angeles Angels 10, Kansas City 8. The Angels overcame an 8-5 deficit in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat the Royals. Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos both homered in the top of the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to 8-7, then Torii Hunter hit his second home run of the night in the top of the ninth to give Los Angeles the lead. Bobby Abreu went 4 for 5 for the Angels, who remained within a game of Texas atop the American League West. Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon each homered for Kansas City.
San Diego 3, Atlanta 2, 10 innings. Kyle Phillips hit his first career home run in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Padres past the Braves. The game had been tied at 2-2 since the third inning before Phillips’s drive to right. San Diego has now won three games in a row, all by one run.
Stat you should know: 28. Starts made by Blue Jays left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes in between his previous win and the win he earned Monday. Reyes had been 0-13 in 28 starts since he last won a game on June 13, 2008. Reyes allowed one run on eight hits Monday in a complete-game 11-1 win over the Indians.
Star of the night: Yankees right-hander Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hit shutout Monday in New York’s 5-0 win over Oakland. Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner, last tossed a shutout on July 5, 2006.
Chatter: “I feel like I let them go and it sounds hard and I’m like, ‘That’s pretty good.’ And I look up and it’s 84. I don’t know when it’s going to come back or if it will. Hopefully it does.” – Rangers right-hander Brandon Webb, discussing his decreased velocity during his rehab start Monday for Class AA Frisco. Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner who won 22 games in 2008, last pitched in the major leagues for Arizona in April 2009.