Car­di­nals edge Twins 3-2 to build Na­tional League lead

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St. Louis’ John Lackey pitched eight strong in­nings to guide the Car­di­nals to a hard-fought 3- 2 win against Min­nesota in in­ter­league play on Mon­day, ex­tend­ing their al­ready com­fort­able lead in the Na­tional League stand­ings.

The Car­di­nals moved 5- 1/ 2 games clear of their near­est NL ri­val, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, who lost to a Yo­vanni Gal­lar­doled Texas.

In the NL East di­vi­sion, the New York Mets built their lead with an 11-in­ning win that ended Toronto’s long win­ning streak, while Washington lost at Tampa Bay.

St. Louis’ Mark Reynolds and Yadier Molina hit home runs just four pitches apart in the fourth in­ning to put the Car­di­nals in con­trol. They have an im­pres­sive 25- 7 record at home, and have won 15 of their past 20 over­all.

In the top of the eighth, Twins rookie By­ron Bux­ton tripled for his first ca­reer hit and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly that cut the gap to a run but they could not find a ty­ing run. It was an event­ful game for Bux­ton, who also slammed into the wall while at­tempt­ing a run­ning catch.

Texas’ Yo­vani Gallardo pitched seven score­less in­nings go guide the Rangers to a 4-1 win against the Dodgers.

Gallardo (6-6) has won all three of his de­ci­sions over his past five starts.

Rougned Odor made a strong come­back to the ma­jors af­ter be­ing called up ear­lier in the day to re­place the in­jured Delino DeShields.

Af­ter sin­gles in his first two at­bats, Odor hit a two-run sin­gle in the sixth that put the Rangers up 4-0.

New York’s Wilmer Flores sin­gled to cap a two-out, tworun rally in the 11th in­ning and lift the Mets to a 4-3 win against Toronto, end­ing the Blue Jays’ record- ty­ing 11- game win­ning streak.

Toronto took the lead in the top of the 11th on Dioner Navarro’s sac­ri­fice fly off, but the Mets then came back in the bot­tom of the frame.

With Ruben Te­jada on first and one out, Michael Cud­dyer hit a po­ten­tial game- end­ing dou­ble­play grounder to sec­ond base­man Danny Va­len­cia, but the throw to first base was late.

Lu­cas Duda fol­lowed by slic­ing a sin­gle and Cud­dyer hus­tled home for the ty­ing run and Duda reached sec­ond. Flores lined his first pitch up the mid­dle for the win­ner.

Tampa Bay’s Erasmo Ramirez pitched six score­less in­nings to lead the Rays to a 6-1 win against Washington.

Ramirez ( 6- 2) won for the sixth time in his last seven starts f ol­low­ing a win­less stretch of 25 games that in­cluded 15 starts.

Tampa Bay slug­ger Evan Lon­go­ria left with a bruised left wrist af­ter be­ing hit by a pitch in the fifth but X-rays showed no break.

Hous­ton’s Ge­orge Springer home­red twice and made two nifty catches in right field to help the Astros beat Colorado 6-3.

Colby Ras­mus gave the Astros a 4-0 lead with his three-run shot in the first in­ning and Springer hit solo home runs in the sec­ond and sev­enth.

Hous­ton starter Dal­las Keuchel (8-2) re­tired the first 15 Colorado bat­ters.

Pittsburgh romped to a fifth straight win by beat­ing the Chicago White Sox 11-0.

Pi­rates starter Fran­cisco Liri­ano (4-5) pitched eight score­less in­nings, strik­ing out 12 and walk­ing only one.

The Pi­rates have held op­po­nents score­less in four of the past five games and in­flicted a fourth straight loss on the White Sox.

Josh Har­ri­son and Star­ling Marte each had four of Pittsburgh’s sea­son- high 18 hits.

Ari­zona’s Rob­bie Ray pitched seven score­less in­nings in his 10th ma­jor league start, steer­ing the Di­a­mond­backs to a 7-3 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

Ray (2-1) dropped his ERA to 1.09. He al­lowed only one bat­ter to reach base through the first 5 2/3 in­nings; a walk to AL MVP Mike Trout.

Paul Gold­schmidt and Yas­many To­mas hit homers for the Di­a­mond­backs.

Seat­tle’s Tai­juan Walker struck out six in seven in­nings to lead the Mariners to a 5-1 win against San Fran­cisco.

New York’s Alex Ro­driguez made a dis­ap­point­ing re­turn to his home­town as he en­tered as a pinch-hitter and hit the fly ball that ended the game, giv­ing Mi­ami a 2-1 vic­tory over the Yan­kees.

Detroit’s Ani­bal Sanchez was out­stand­ing for a sec­ond straight start, pitch­ing a shutout to lift the Tigers to a 6-0 win over Cincinnati.

Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer to help the Roy­als de­feat Mil­wau­kee 8-5.

Oak­land’s Jesse Hahn pitched well into the sev­enth in­ning against his for­mer team as the Ath­let­ics beat San Diego 9-1 in the Padres first game af­ter fir­ing Bud Black as man­ager.

At­lanta won 4-2 at Bos­ton to send the Red Sox to a sev­enth straight loss, with Wil­liams Perez pitch­ing six score­less in­nings for the Braves.

Bal­ti­more’s Wei- Yin Chen pitched eight score­less in­nings as the Ori­oles de­feated Philadelphia 4-0.

AP

Mi­ami Mar­lins’ Derek Di­et­rich rounds the bases on a home run dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game against the New York Yan­kees in Mi­ami, Florida on Mon­day, June 15.

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