1. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates: You don't often talk about guys this good gutting out a win, but the Bucs' ace got touched for three early runs, and if you're a Pirates fan, you might have been worried. This was after he got lit up by the Reds on June 24 and gave up nine hits by the Tigers on June 30, so Cole hadn't won a game since June 18. But he retired 16 straight Indians while the Pirates rallied to put up a five-spot in the fifth, getting Cole his MLB-leading 12th win.
2. Steven Matz, New York Mets: Two turns into his big-league career -- it's almost cooler that he notched his fifth RBI than his second win -- Matz shut down the Dodgers with just five baserunners and no runs allowed over six innings in an 8-0 victory. He wasn't even at his best.
3. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: This came from a game that was the sort of contest the Astros are supposed to be built to win -- having taken a lead in the top of the seventh on back-to-back homers from Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis. In came veteran lefty Tony Sipp to protect a lead with one out to get lefty-batting David Ortiz. He walked after an epic 11-pitch at-bat after fouling off six pitches, and created the situation you really don't want: Hanley Ramirez with a big at-bat. Seeing somebody get out in front and one-hand a 1-and-2 changeup into the corner over the Monster? You don't see that every day. Ramirez's speed showed that the guy has hand-eye skills at the plate to do all sorts of unusual things, including win this game for the Red Sox by a 5-4 final score.
How weird a year has it been for Ramirez? In a season in which he has a career-low walk rate (fewer than six percent of his plate appearances) he's a fly-ball hitter putting the ball in play 74 percent of the time that he's at bat. That's a higher rate he has had in any season since 2007. Yet for all of that extra contact, he's putting a career-high 16.5 percent of all fly balls he's hit into the seats. Sunday's game-winner was his 18th, so he's having a great season … but one that's very different from anything he's ever done before, and perhaps very different from what the Red Sox expected when they ponied up major money.
4. Adam Lind and Gerardo Parra, Milwaukee Brewers: You might expect all sorts of guys on the Brewers to be rocking the Animals' “We gotta get out of this place” as they try to make themselves attractive as trade bait, so when you get to the Gap, you want people to make some noise at the plate. Given the comfort of Cincinnati's confines in their “play me and trade me” quests, Lind homered on both Saturday and Sunday while Parra added one of his own in the Brewers' 6-1 win over the Reds. Both boosted their value as rare commodities available at the deadline this year: Productive lefty power sources. Given the number of contenders looking for help at first base, DH and the outfield, Doug Melvin's phone should be ringing.
5. Tommy Pham, St. Louis Cardinals: Given a third straight start in center field since his call-up on Friday, Pham belted his first homer, a second double, drove in his first three runs and stole his first base to spark the Cards' 3-1 win. Pham is sort of a fun story, in that he's a premium defender who was the last guy picked in the 16th round of the 2006 and has slowly developed into the Cardinals' latest later-round prospect. Across three seasons at Triple-A Memphis, he's put up an .867 OPS, and with a glove that doesn't give up anything to premium fly-chaser Peter Bourjos in center, he could be a bigger deal after this kind of weekend.
Extra-special De La Rosas-only power ranking: De La Rosa defeats De La Rosa for De La Rosa bragging rights. That's Jorge De La Rosa of the Colorado Rockies beating Rubby De La Rosa of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 6-4 win. It was the second-ever contest between the two in their battle for De La Rosa dominance, but both came away with no-decisions in their historic first matchup 11 days ago. So now this is settled … at least until their next confrontation, which will probably have to wait until the next time the two teams meet at the end of August.
Christina Kahrl writes about MLB for ESPN. You can follow her on Twitter.