Car­di­nals rally past Reds 4-3 in 13 in­nings

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Matt Car­pen­ter tied the game with a s olo homer in the eighth and Ran­dal Grichuk con­nected in the 13th to lead the league-lead­ing St. Louis Car­di­nals to a 4-3 vic­tory over the Cincinnati Reds in Ma­jor League Base­ball on Wed­nes­day.

Grichuk was moved up to sec­ond in the Car­di­nals’ strug­gling bat­ting or­der. He dou­bled home a run in the sixth in­ning and hit his 15th homer in the 13th off Dy­lan Ax­el­rod (0-1), Cincinnati’s eighth pitcher.

Seth Maness (4-1) gave up a pair of walks in two in­nings.

Car­pen­ter tied it with a homer in the eighth off J.J. Hoover, only the third that the re­liever has al­lowed this sea­son. It was Car­pen­ter’s fifth homer in his last six games.

In other games Wed­nes­day, the New York Mets halted Mi­ami’s fu­ri­ous six-run rally in the ninth in­ning and held on for an 8-6 vic­tory, Chris Gimenez hit the de­cid­ing home run as Texas com­pleted a three-game sweep of AL Westlead­ing Hous­ton with a 4-3 win, and Pittsburgh ended the Chicago Cubs’ sea­son-best six-game win­ning streak with a 7-5 vic­tory.

Ahead 8-0 go­ing into the ninth, the NL East-lead­ing Mets saw the Mar­lins ac­tu­ally bring the po­ten­tial win­ning run to the plate. But Mets closer Jeurys Fa­milia re­tired Chris­tian Yelich on a grounder with two run­ners on to end it.

Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer and Lu­cas Duda drove in three runs, giv­ing Matt Har­vey (10-7) a huge lead. Har­vey pitched seven dom­i­nant in­nings, giv­ing up two hits and strik­ing out six with­out a walk.

New York got its sixth straight vic­tory.

The Rangers have won four in a row and seven of eight, mov­ing within five games of the AL West di­vi­sion lead, the clos­est they have been since June 30.

Af­ter Texas scored three un­earned runs in the first in­ning off Scott Kazmir (6-6), the Rangers’ sec­ond started with Gimenez home­r­ing to straight­away cen­ter for a 4-0 lead. All three Hous­ton runs were scored by play­ers who reached on a walk.

Texas starter Nick Martinez (7-6) walked three and struck out one while throw­ing 86 pitches in blis­ter­ing heat.

In Pittsburgh, Gre­gory Polanco and An­drew McCutchen home­red to help the Pi­rates win for the 12th time in their last 15 home games at PNC Park.

Polanco led off the first in­ning with a home run off Dan Haren, who was mak­ing his Cubs’ de­but. He then hit an RBI sin­gle to break a 4-4 tie in a decisive two-run sixth.

McCutchen hit a solo homer in the third and added a sac­ri­fice fly in the sixth to make it 6-4.

Else­where, C.J. Cron hit a ty­ing two-run sin­gle with two out and the bases loaded in the ninth in­ning against Cleve­land closer Cody Allen and pinch- run­ner Tay­lor Feather­ston scored on a wild pitch, giv­ing the Los An­ge­les An­gels a 4-3 vic­tory.

The An­gels came in 0-44 when trail­ing af­ter eight.

Washington re­liever Aaron Bar­rett threw away a bunt in the sixth in­ning and Ari­zona quickly broke away, beat­ing the Na­tion­als 11-4. Washington lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped two games be­hind the Mets in the NL East di­vi­sion.

Chris Davis hit his sec­ond grand slam in 12 days with one out in the 10th in­ning to lead Bal­ti­more past Oak­land 7-3. Davis hit his 28th home run and third in four games on a 3-2 pitch from Arnold Leon (0-1).

Steven Wright hand­cuffed a tor­rid New York Yan­kees lineup with his steady sup­ply of knuck­le­balls, and David Or­tiz hit a colos­sal home run to give Bos­ton a 2-1 win.

In Toronto, Jose Bautista hit a grand slam, Ed­win En­car­na­cion and Josh Don­ald­son home­red as the Blue Jays beat Min­nesota 9-7 for their fourth straight win.

Also, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers topped Philadelphia 4-3, San Fran­cisco beat At­lanta 6-1, the Chicago White Sox ral­lied past Tampa Bay 6-5 in 10 in­nings, Colorado de­feated Seat­tle 7-5, Mil­wau­kee beat San Diego 8-5, and Detroit de­feated Kansas City 2-1.

AP

Pittsburgh Pi­rates’ Fran­cisco Cervelli #29 scores on a sin­gle by Gre­gory Polanco in the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game against the Pittsburgh Pi­rates in Pittsburgh, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 5.

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