Cardinals edge Twins 3-2 to build National League lead
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.
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.