Washington pitcher Steven Strasburg extended his perfect start to the season by striking out 11 batters and steering the Nationals to a 7-4 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday, opening a 1-1/2 game gap between the National League East division's top teams.
The New York Mets set aside some bad injury news and won 7-1 at Washington on Monday, cutting the gap between the National League East's two top teams to half a game.
San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and drove in the game's only run as the Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Sunday in the closer of a series between National League divisional leaders.
San Francisco's Matt Cain ended a personal run of 15 pitching starts without a win by guiding the Giants to a 5-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs in Saturday's clash of National League division leaders.
Jake Arrieta continued his impressive pitching and Kris Bryant provided the power as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 8-1 on Friday.
Chris Sale went the distance on a masterful four-hitter, becoming the first major league pitcher since 2008 to win his first nine starts, as the Chicago White Sox snapped their season-high four game losing streak by beating Houston 2-1 on Thursday night.
Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters, including the 2,000th of his career, to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Wednesday while Chicago pitcher Travis Wood delivered on the mound then at the plate to lead the Cubs to a 13-inning victory over Milwaukee.
New York's Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 batters to guide the Mets to a 2-0 win against Washington on Tuesday, cutting the gap between the National League East division's top two teams to half a game.
Miami pitcher Adam Conley set up the road victory with six stingy innings as the Marlins beat Philadelphia 5-3 on Monday, cutting the gap between the National League East rivals to half a game.
Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez starred on the mound and at the plate, striking out 11 batters over seven innings and driving in two runs to lead the Marlins to a 5-1 win at Washington, further tightening the closely fought National League East division.