Car­di­nals edge Pi­rates on ban­ner day for home teams

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St. Louis pitcher Car­los Martinez was strong through­out his eight in­nings, steer­ing the Car­di­nals to a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh on Fri­day, widen­ing the gap at the top of the Na­tional League Cen­tral and con­tribut­ing to a unique day in which all 15 home teams won.

Sta­tis­tics provider STATS said the best pre­vi­ous un­beaten per­for­mance by home teams on a sin­gle day had been 11-0, ac­com­plished six times; three in the 1800s. The most re­cent oc­ca­sion was in 1989.

St. Louis’ vic­tory was the most sig­nif­i­cant of the re­sults, push­ing the Car­di­nals six games clear of the Pi­rates, with about one third of the reg­u­lar sea­son re­main­ing.

The other key re­sult in the Na­tional League was a shutout vic­tory for the West Di­vi­sion-lead­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers against Washington, which lost more ground in the fight for top spot in the East.

The Dodgers main­tained their gap on San Fran­cisco, which won a tight con­test against Hous­ton, while Kansas City had a com­fort­able win against Detroit.

St. Louis’ Jason Hey­ward had two hits and two RBIs. Yadier Molina tied the game with a sac­ri­fice fly and rookie Stephen Pis­cotty sin­gled in the go-ahead run on con­sec­u­tive at-bats in the fifth in­ning. Pis­cotty had three hits.

The Car­di­nals lead the Pi­rates 6-5 in head-to-head clashes this sea­son, with seven of the games de­cided by one run and five in the fi­nal at-bat.

Los An­ge­les’ Yasiel Puig drove in a ca­reer high-ty­ing five runs with a homer and a triple to power the Dodgers past Washington 5-0.

Puig home­red in the fourth to score An­dre Ethier, whose lead­off triple stood af­ter the Dodgers chal­lenged the ini­tial call that he was tagged out.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (12-2) pitched six sharp in­nings, with six strike­outs, to re­main un­beaten in his past 10 starts, go­ing 7-0 in that span. He low­ered his ma­jor league-lead­ing ERA to 1.65.

San Fran­cisco’s Madi­son Bum­gar­ner struck out 12 bat­ters in a com­plete game to guide the Giants to a 3-1 win against Hous­ton.

Bum­gar­ner ( 13- 6) out­pitched Astros’ starter Scott Kazmir (6-7) in an an­tic­i­pated in­ter­league matchup of top left­ies. It was Bum­gar­ner’s eighth ca­reer com­plete game and sec­ond this sea­son. He didn’t walk a bat­ter in the 105-pitch gem.

Bran­don Belt broke up the pitcher’s duel with solo homers in the fourth and sixth in­nings.

Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain went 4 for 4 with a home run to lead the Roy­als past Detroit 6-1.

Cain, who raised his av­er­age to .316, led off the sixth with a mam­moth shot over left field.

Roy­als starter Yor­dan Ven­tura (7-7), who is 3-1 since the All-Star break, struck out eight in six score­less in­nings.

Cleve­land’s Michael Brant­ley hit the win­ning sin­gle in the 16th in­ning to give the In­di­ans a marathon 5-4 win against the fal­ter­ing New York Yan­kees.

With one out, Brant­ley hit a hard sin­gle off Branden Pin­der (0-2) that first base­man Mark Teix­eira couldn’t han­dle and easily scored Jose Ramirez from sec­ond base. Brant­ley’s clutch hit ended the 5-hour, 4-minute game and trig­gered just the sec­ond walk-off win­ning cel­e­bra­tion by the In­di­ans this sea­son.

The Yan­kees have lost four straight and seen their lead in the AL East trimmed to just half a game ahead of streak­ing Toronto, which won 4-2 against Oak­land.

Jose Bautista hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays who have won nine straight games.

Drew Hutchi­son (11-2) al­lowed four hits as he com­pleted seven in­nings for the first time in 11 weeks. Hutchi­son is 9-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 12 home starts ver­sus a 2-1 record with a 9.00 ERA in 11 road out­ings.

Toronto start­ing pitch­ers have held the op­po­si­tion to three earned runs or fewer in 15 con­sec­u­tive games.

Chicago’s Car­los Rodon threw seven score­less in­nings to steer the White Sox past the Los An­ge­les An­gels 3-0.

Rodon (5-4) over­came the poor form that had seen him post a 9.33 ERA over his pre­vi­ous four starts, and struck out a ca­reer-high 11.

Chicago’s Trayce Thompson hit his first ca­reer home run as the An­gels dropped their ninth straight home game; their long­est such skid for 22 years.

The Chicago Cubs also won, beat­ing Mil­wau­kee 6-3, with An­thony Rizzo and Jorge Soler each driv­ing in two runs.

Rizzo had two hits, in­clud­ing an RBI dou­ble, and drew a bases-loaded walk. He is 19 for 42 in his past 12 games, while Soler ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 10 games.

Dan Haren (8-7) picked up his first vic­tory for the Cubs, who have won 11 of their past 12 games.

Min­nesota’s Ed­uardo Es­co­bar drove in the win­ning run with two outs in the ninth in­ning, cap­ping a late rally by the Twins for a much­needed 3-2 vic­tory over Texas.

Seat­tle’s Austin Jack­son hit a bases-loaded sin­gle in the 10th in­ning to give the Mariners a 6-5 vic­tory over Bal­ti­more.

New York’s Matt Har­vey pitched eight score­less in­nings to guide the Mets past Colorado 4-0, giv­ing the team a win at home against the Rock­ies for the eighth straight time.

Tampa Bay’s Erasmo Ramirez pitched ef­fi­ciently into the eighth in­ning for his first win in more than a month, as the Rays de­feated At­lanta 2-0.

San Diego’s Colin Rea pitched well into the sixth in­ning in his ma­jor league de­but to help the Padres win 11-6 against Cincinnati.

Ari­zona’s David Peralta hit a grand slam in an 11-run sec­ond in­ning and tied a ca­reer high with five RBIs, lead­ing the Di­a­mond­backs to a 13-1 rout of Philadelphia.

Mi­ami’s Dee Gor­don tripled to lead off the 10th in­ning and scored on a hit by Justin Bour to lift the Mar­lins to a come-from-be­hind 5-4 win over Bos­ton.

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