MLB roundup: Cubs top Cards for 10th straight win
Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to bring home Willson Contreras with the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Thursday for their 10th consecutive victory.
The Cubs recorded their fourth walk-off of the season when Rizzo took a 3-1 pitch for the two-out walk against Cardinals reliever Zack Duke.
Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery worked two scoreless innings to collect the win. Chicago acquired Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners in late July. Montgomery allowed one hit, walked two and struck out four.
The Cubs extended their lead in the National League Central to 13 games over the Cardinals.
The 10-game run is the Cubs’ longest since a 12-game streak from May 19-June 2, 2001.
Astros 15, Twins 7 (Game 1)
MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Altuve had four hits and Carlos Correa belted a three-run homer to lead Houston to victory in the first game of a doubleheader.
It was the second consecutive four-hit game for Altuve.
Marwin Gonzalez also had four hits and George Springer had two hits, knocked in three runs and scored three times. Correa’s three-run blast, his 17th homer of the season, was part of a six-run fifth inning against Twins reliever Buddy Boshers as Houston turned a three-run lead into a blowout.
Astros 10, Twins 2 (Game 2)
MINNEAPOLIS — George Springer had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Chris Devenski pitched five shutout innings to help Houston complete a doubleheader sweep.
Springer played a starring role in both contests, combining to go 5-for-9 with six RBIs. In addition to his home run, he also doubled twice and scored a pair of runs in the night game as Houston won the final three contests of the four-game set.
Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis also homered in the nightcap, and Correa scored three times.
Pirates 4, Padres 0
PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon limited San Diego to three singles over eight innings to extend the strong start to his Pittsburgh career.
Taillon (3-2) lowered his ERA to 2.85 in his first 10 major league appearances, striking out four and walking two — or one more than he had walked in his previous five starts.
David Freese drove in two runs against Padres starter Christian Friedrich (4-8) with a single and a double as the Pirates won their fourth in six games after dropping five of six.
Diamondbacks 9, Mets 0
NEW YORK — Braden Shipley threw seven shutout innings in his best start as a major-leaguer and added an RBI single and a stolen base in Arizona’s win over New York.
The Diamondbacks swept the three-game series from the free-falling Mets, who dropped to .500 for the first time since April 20. New York is 10-19 dating to July 8.
Shipley allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven. He entered Thursday having permitted eight runs on 17 hits and 11 walks over 17 1/3 innings in his first three major league starts.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard took the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings. He has not won in his past six starts.
Orioles 9, Athletics 6
OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Trumbo hit his third career grand slam, Chris Tillman recorded his 15th win, and Baltimore avoided a four-game series sweep with the victory.
The Orioles had lost three straight one-run games to the A’s, scoring a combined three runs, but they broke out of their slump in the series finale.
Trumbo belted his major-league-leading 32nd home run of the season and first grand slam as an Oriole in the fifth inning, extending Baltimore’s lead to 7-0. Adam Jones hit his 23rd home run of the season for Baltimore. Tillman (15-4) allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings and struck out five without walking a batter.
Rockies 12, Rangers 9
ARLINGTON, Texas — Carlos Gonzalez’s pinch-hit double drove in three runs to highlight a five-run eighth inning help Colorado end its four-game losing streak and Texas’ five-game winning streak.
David Dahl extended his hitting streak to 17 games to match the major league record for longest to begin a major league career, tying the Reds’ Chuck Aleno in 1941.
Right-hander Scott Oberg (1-1) earned the victory and Adam Ottavino struck out the side in the ninth to register his first save of the season.
Brewers 11, Braves 3
MILWAUKEE — Chris Carter, Scooter Gennett and Hernan Perez hit home runs to help Milwaukee earn a split of the four-game series against Atlanta.
Braves starter Roberto Hernandez (1-1) lasted only four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out a pair. Brewers right-hander Matt Garza (4-4) worked six innings and only allowed two runs despite giving up six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Jonathan Villar and Perez had three hits apiece for Milwaukee, while Gennett and Manny Pina each finished with two hits.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run double during a three-run Yankees eighth inning, and New York came back to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night.
Austin Romine added a solo home run, his fourth of the year for New York, which won two of three games in Boston and improved to 6-4 in August.
Alex Rodriguez, batting cleanup in his final road start with the Yankees at Fenway Park, was vigorously booed as he stepped to the plate for the first time in the second inning. Rodriguez finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout. His eighth-inning dribbler in front of the pitcher in his final at-bat plated the Yankees’ final run.
Royals 2, White Sox 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Danny Duffy won his eighth straight decision as Kansas City nipped Chicago.
Duffy pitched his first complete-game, limiting the White Sox to seven hits. He walked none and struck out six, throwing 71 strikes in 98 pitches. It was the Royals’ first complete-game this season.
Cheslor Cuthbert tripled home Jarrod Dyson in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on an Eric Hosmer single.
Indians 14, Angels 4
CLEVELAND — Mike Napoli had four hits, including a home run and four RBIs, and Corey Kluber itched six solid innings as Cleveland routed Los Angeles at Progressive Field.
Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez also homered for the Indians, who scored in each of the first five innings of the game. Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and four RBIs and Abraham Almonte had three hits.
The loss is the Angels’ seventh in a row, their longest losing streak since they lost seven in a row in April and May of 2010. In their seven-game losing streak the Angels have been outscored 45-21.