Jake Arrieta inspired the Philadelphia Phillies to a crushing 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB on Thursday.
The Phillies acquired free-agent starting pitcher Arrieta to spearhead their young rotation and take the team to the next level.
Over his last two starts, Arrieta has taken his own game to another level.
The 32-year-old tossed seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball while striking out 10. He also forced 14 swings and misses after recording nine through his first two starts of the season.
Arrieta has a 2.04 ERA over three starts for the Phillies, but what has made his transition to Philly even easier has been the run support he has had to work with.
Philadelphia have scored 16 runs in his last two starts and 18 in all three. He was spotted a 5-0 lead after the second inning and ran with it.
"Any time I get a multiple run lead I'm going to be aggressive with the strike zone," Arrieta told reporters after the game. "I don't care who's at the plate, I'm going to make them put the ball in play or at least put the pressure on them and that's what I intend to do moving forward."
CANDELARIO HELPS SINK ORIOLES
Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario went four for four with a home run, walk and three RBIs in a 13-8 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton threw seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in a 9-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners. Morton has a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings this season.
Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki went three for four with a home run, two doubles and three RBI's in the team's 12-4 win over the New York Mets.
OZUNA DRAWS BLANK
Marcell Ozuna went 0 for four with three strikeouts in the St Louis Cardinals' 8-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
BRINSON HOMERS AGAINST FORMER TEAM
Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson was a key piece in the trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers. He was batting .131 coming into his first matchup with Milwaukee. Then he decided to hit two home runs against his former team. The Marlins lost 12-3 though.
Detroit Tigers 13-8 Baltimore Orioles
Houston Astros 9-2 Seattle Mariners
Chicago Cubs 8-5 St Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees 4-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 12-4 New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 San Francisco Giants
Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 Miami Marlins
Boston Red Sox 8-2 Los Angeles Angels
BLUE JAYS AT YANKEES
The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays have already played five times this season and every single game has been a close one. New York are up 3-2 for the season series and will try to make it 4-2 with Sonny Gray (1-1, 6.92 ERA) on the mound on Friday.
22. Mai 2018
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|Heaton backs Kane´s captaincy credentials|
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|Lopetegui extends Spain contract|
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|Saints swoop for NRL star Naiqama|
|Zidane: Be careful when you criticise Ronaldo|
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|Kane named England captain for World Cup|
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|No offers from Chelsea or Zenit, says Sarri´s agent|
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|Eli Apple embarrassed by 2017 antics, ready to move forward|
|Bills release Richie Incognito from reserve/retired list|
|Gentry and Pelicans want Cousins back in New Orleans|
|MLB extends Blue Jays closer Osuna´s administrative leave|
|Lloris, Jedinak and Kjaer ask FIFA to allow Guerrero to play at World Cup|
|Wolfsburg preserve Bundesliga status after play-off win over Kiel|
|Zidane was my idol and always will be - Wijnaldum|
|Liverpool ready to fly out of the blocks in Kiev - Henderson|
|Montreal Impact 0 LA Galaxy 1: Ibrahimovic sent off for slapping opponent|
21. Mai 2018
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|Bertens keeps hat-trick hopes alive in Nuremberg|
|Monfils and Mannarino fail to fly the flag in Lyon|
|Morata, Fabregas, Herrera and more in Spain´s World Cup rejects XI|
|Reina to face FIGC hearing|
|Emery set to be appointed by Arsenal - reports|
|LeBron ´appreciative´ of hometown effort to put up statue of him|
|Cazorla leaves Arsenal after injury nightmare|
|Derby´s Rowett seeks permission for Stoke talks|
|Messi physically and mentally ready for the World Cup, Sampaoli proclaims|
|Murray expected to return at Rosmalen Grass Court Championships|
|More to Madrid than just Ronaldo - Robertson|
|Wolff: Red Bull and Ferrari favourites in Monaco|
|Iniesta hailed by Xavi as ´the most talented player in the history of Spain´|
|If you Googled ´European nights´, Liverpool would be top result - Klopp|
|Icardi cut from Argentina World Cup squad|
|Test recall a ´fantastic surprise´ for Buttler|
|Klopp needs Premier League to be a Liverpool great – Johnston|
|Salah is ´definitely´ world´s best - Lovren|
|Rhinos captain Watkins ruled out for eight months|
|No clue - Klopp defiant over Can to Juventus claims|
|Younis tips Babar for Pakistan greatness|
|Germany squad numbers hint at World Cup good news for Neuer|