Cardinals Cool Off Cubs With Nine-Run Eighth
(Chicago, IL) — The Cardinals scored nine times in the top of the eighth inning to cool off the Cubs with an 11-4 win at Wrigley Field. Paul DeJong’s two-run double snapped a 3-all tie to put St. Louis in front. Carson Kelly added a two-run double and Tommy Pham had a two-run single as the Cardinals snapped Chicago’s six-game winning streak. Matt Bowman got the final out in the bottom of the seventh to get credit for the win. Carl Edwards Jr. gave up three runs without retiring a batter to take the loss. Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Cubs.
Phillies Top Brewers
(Philadelphia, PA) — Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Phillies never trailed as they topped the Brewers 6-1 in Philadelphia. Galvis also capped a four-run sixth with a sac-fly and finished with three RBI. Tommy Joseph added a two-run double in the frame. Aaron Nola tossed seven innings of one-run ball to pick up the Phillies third-straight win. Brett Phillips hit a solo-shot for the Brew Crew in defeat. Matt Garza was tagged with the loss. The Brewers have dropped six in-a-row.
Marlins Clip Reds
(Cincinnati, OH) — Jose Urena tossed six-plus innings of three-hit, one-run ball to lead the way as the Marlins topped the Reds 3-1 in Cincinnati. The Miami bullpen surrendered one hit the rest of the way with AJ Ramos picking up the save. Christian Yelich drove in two runs for the “Fish” who won for just the second time in seven games. Reds’ starter Homer Bailey surrendered two-runs over six innings of work to take the loss. Cincy has dropped seven-of-eight since the All-Star break.
Pirates Cruise Past Rockies
(Denver, CO) — Andrew McCutchen and Josh Bell keyed the Pirates offense as they cruised past the Rockies 13-5 in Denver. Bell finished 4-for-6 with four RBI and McCutchen added three hits, three RBI, and three runs scored. Jordy Mercer hit a two-run homer as Pittsburgh won its sixth straight. Pirates’ starter Trevor Williams pitched into the seventh inning to even his mark at 4-and-4. Jeff Hoffman surrendered seven runs in three innings of work to take the loss for Colorado which had won four in a row. Nolan Arenado homered in the losing effort.
Diamondbacks Walk Off On Nationals
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Diamondbacks started the night with three-consecutive home runs and went on to clip the Nationals 6-5 in Phoenix. David Peralta, A.J. Pollock, and Jake Lamb went deep in the D’backs first three at-bats of the game. Pollock would later score the game-winning run on Brandon Drury’s walk-off single in the ninth. Arizona starter Zack Godley struck out 10 and Fernando Rodney tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the win. Washington starter Max Scherzer surrendered five runs in five innings of work. Enny Romero was tagged with the Nats’ second-straight loss.
Braves Pummel Dodgers Behind Garcia
(Los Angeles, CA) — The Braves jumped out to a big lead and rode a solid start from Jaime Garcia past the Dodgers 12-3 in Los Angeles. Garcia tossed seven frames of three-run ball to earn the win and also launched a grand slam in the fifth to break the game open. Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers also went deep as Atlanta improved to 47-and-48. Dodgers starter Alex Wood surrendered nine runs in less than five innings of work to take his first loss. Los Angeles has dropped two in-a-row for the first time since early June.
Astros Hold Off Orioles In Ninth
(Baltimore, MD) — The Astros took an 8-2 lead into the ninth inning and hung on for an 8-7 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards. Ken Giles came on to strike out Mark Trumbo with the bases empty to end the game. Mike Fiers fanned nine over seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball for the win. Yuli Gurriel went 4-for-5 with a home run, and Brian McCann and Colin Moran also went deep for Houston. Ubaldo Jimenez fell behind 5-0 in the second inning and dropped to 4-and-6. Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, which had won four in-a-row.
Rangers Edge Rays In 10 Innings
(St. Petersburg, FL) — Elvis Andrus plated the go-ahead run with an infield single in the top of the 10th inning as the Rangers rallied to beat the Rays 4-3 at Tropicana Field. Shin-Soo Choo hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth for Texas, which ended a five-game slide. Andrus also homered in the win. Yu Darvish struck out 12 over eight innings of three-run ball in a no-decision. Alex Claudio got the win, while Brad Boxberger was saddled with the loss. Brad Miller, Corey Dickerson and Mallex Smith each hit solo homers for Tampa Bay, which dropped its second straight.
“V-Mart” Homers Twice As Tigers Top Twins
(Minneapolis, MN) — Victor Martinez homered twice as the Tigers built a 5-0 lead and beat the Twins 6-3 at Target Field. Justin Upton and Alex Avila also drove in runs for Detroit, which snapped a two-game skid. Anibal Sanchez pitched five-and-two-thirds innings of three-run ball to move to 2-and-0. Justin Wilson closed it out for his 11th save. Ervin Santana surrendered seven hits and five runs in three-and-a-third frames to fall to 11-and-7. Miguel Sano had an RBI single and Ehire Adrianza singled in two more for Minnesota, which has traded wins and losses since the All-Star break.
Royals Rally To Beat White Sox In 10 Innings
(Kansas City, MO) — Whit Merrifield’s bases-loaded sac-fly in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Royals a 7-6 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a game-tying, two-run double in the fifth. Merrifield also finished with three RBI for KC, which overcame an early 5-1 deficit to win its third straight. Neftali Feliz got the win, while Tyler Clippard took the loss. Rookie Yoan Moncada went 1-for-4 with a three-run triple for his first big league hit for Chicago. The White Sox are 0-and-6 since the All-Star break.
Red Sox Ride Sale, Five-Run First To Win Over Angels
(Anaheim, CA) — The Red Sox handed Chris Sale a 5-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a 6-2 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s RBI double capped the first-inning uprising for Boston, which has won three of its last four games. Sale struck out nine over six shutout innings to improve to 12-and-4. He also reached 200 strikeouts for the season in just 141-and-a-third innings, the fastest ever in the American League. Ricky Nolasco slipped to 4-and-11 with the loss. Martin Maldonado went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored both runs for LA.
Judge, CC Carry Yanks Past M’s
(Seattle, WA) — Aaron Judge blasted a three-run homer and drove in four to power the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field. CC Sabathia allowed four hits and one run over five-plus innings to improve to 9-and-3. Clint Frazier tied the game at one with an RBI double in the third and Judge lofted a sac-fly for a 2-1 lead. Judge then hit his 31st homer of the season in the fifth to extend the lead to four. New York has won three-of-four. Andrew Moore surrendered nine hits and five runs in six frames to fall to 1-and-2. The M’s have lost three-of-four.
Mets Hang On, Clip A’s
(Flushing, NY) — Michael Conforto’s two-run homer in the seventh inning proved to be the difference as the Mets snuck past the Athletics 7-5 at Citi Field. Conforto also launched a two-run bomb in the third to put New York on the board. Hansel Robles earned the win in relief of Steven Matz, who tossed five innings of three-run ball. The Mets have won three straight. Marcus Semien keyed the Oakland offense with four hits and two RBI. Paul Blackburn pitched into the sixth, but took his first career loss. The A’s have dropped three-of-four.