Throw­ing er­ror hands Cards vic­tory against the Cubs

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St. Louis’ Peter Bour­jos scored the win­ning run on a throw­ing er­ror in the 10th in­ning to give the ma­jors-lead­ing Car­di­nals a 3-2 win against the Chicago Cubs on Fri­day.

Else­where, Chris Young thrived in his home­town to lead the New York Yan­kees to vic­tory at Hous­ton, Toronto routed a badly out-of-form Texas and Amer­i­can League leader Kansas City won at Oak­land.

St. Louis’ win­ning run came in un­usual cir­cum­stances. Bour­jos be­gan the 10th in­ning with a dou­ble off Justin Grimm ( 1- 2). Kolten Wong fol­lowed with a sin­gle which de­flected off the sec­ond base bag and Matt Car­pen­ter was walked to load the bases.

Jhonny Peralta then hit a rou­tine grounder to sec­ond base, where right fielder Mike Bax­ter had been moved in to cre­ate a five-man in­field. He had plenty of time to com­pose him­self for the throw to home plate but it went astray and Bour­jos ran in from third.

St. Louis won its sev­enth straight at home, where the Car­di­nals are a ma­jor-league best 27-7.

New York’s Chris Young had a go-ahead, three-run homer among three hits to lead the Yan­kees past Hous­ton 3-2.

Young, who ex­tended his hit­tingstreak to nine games, has nine homers, 33 RBIs and 14 multi-hit games in 25 ca­reer games at Minute Maid Park.

Yan­kees starter Nathan Eo­valdi ( 7- 2), another Hous­ton na­tive, yielded two runs with six strike­outs in six in­nings to give him a ca­reer­high seven wins.

Toronto’s Ed­win En­car­na­cion hit his sev­enth ca­reer grand slam and also a solo homer as the Blue Jays beat Texas 12-2 to hand the slump­ing Rangers a sea­son-worst sixth straight loss.

En­car­na­cion had three hits and nar­rowly missed a third home run in his fi­nal at-bat, fly­ing out to the warn­ing track in left field.

Rus­sell Martin and Danny Va­len­cia each hit solo homers for the Blue Jays, who im­proved to 17-7 in June and boosted their ML-lead­ing run to­tal to 417.

Kansas City’s Kendrys Mo­rales and Alex Gor­don home­red to help the Roy­als beat Oak­land 5-2.

Un­like when these two teams met in April, when there were bench-clear­ing scuf­fles in all three games, there were no signs of lin­ger­ing an­i­mos­ity.

In­stead the Roy­als rode the power of Mo­rales and Gor­don, and got another strong out­ing from start­ing pitcher Edin­son Volquez.

Pitch­ing against the A’s for the first time since 2007, Volquez (8-4) gave up one run in seven in­nings. He also reached 1,000 strike­outs for his ca­reer.

The Ath­let­ics had won their pre­vi­ous five games.

Pittsburgh’s Jordy Mercer hit a dou­ble to drive in the win­ning run with one out in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning to lift the Pi­rates to a 3-2 win over At­lanta.

An­drew McCutchen dou­bled off Jason Grilli (2-3) lead­ing off the in­ning and three bat­ters later, Mercer’s third hit of the game smacked off the right-field wall and McCutchen scored.

The Braves dropped their fourth straight game.

Bos­ton also won in 10 in­nings, with Mookie Betts scor­ing on Brock Holt’s sin­gle to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay.

Ear­lier, Betts lifted a per­fectly placed fly ball that dropped down the left field line to give him a safe hit for the 13th straight game; the Red Sox’s long­est streak for two years. Holt fol­lowed with his gamewin­ning hit off Steve Geltz (1-3).

Colorado’s Nolan Arenado hit a pair of home runs and had four RBIs for the Rock­ies, who hung on to win 8-6 at San Fran­cisco.

Car­los Gon­za­lez matched his ca­reer high with five hits for the Rock­ies, who won their fifth in six games af­ter los­ing eight of nine.

The Giants scored three times in the ninth to make things in­ter­est­ing.

New York’s Noah Syn­der­gaard pitched eight sharp in­nings to guide the light-hit­ting Mets to a 2-1 win against Cincinnati.

The Mets re­turned home from a 1-7 road trip in which they to­taled 11 runs, and won de­spite get­ting just two hits. Curtis Gran­der­son launched a lead­off homer into the sec­ond deck on Johnny Cueto’s third pitch.

Cueto (4-5), pitch­ing with eight days’ rest to give his aching right el­bow some ex­tra rest, hadn’t walked a bat­ter all game un­til the fifth when he is­sued three to force home the go-ahead run.

Los An­ge­les’ Brett An­der­son tied a ca­reer high with 10 strike­outs to help the Dodgers win 7-1 and send Mi­ami to its fifth straight loss.

Bal­ti­more’s Chris Davis sin­gled in the tiebreak­ing run in the eighth in­ning as the Ori­oles edged Cleve­land 4-3.

Seat­tle’s Tai­juan Walker pitched seven sharp in­nings to win his fourth straight start and steer the Mariners to a 3-1 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

San Diego’s Tyson Ross over­came con­trol prob­lems to lead the Padres to a 4-2 win against Ari­zona.

Detroit’s J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreak­ing home run in the eighth in­ning to lift the Tigers past the Chicago White Sox 5-4.

Washington’s Max Scherzer re­tired the first 16 bat­ters to set up the Na­tion­als’ 5-2 win against Philadelphia on the day that Ryne Sand­berg quit as Phillies man­ager.

Mil­wau­kee scored six runs in the first in­ning and Kyle Lohse took his first vic­tory in nine weeks as the Brew­ers beat Min­nesota 10-4.

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