Car­di­nals on the dou­ble, beat Di­a­mond­backs

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St. Louis turned four dou­ble plays in pulling off a 5-3 win at Ari­zona on Mon­day, re­tain­ing a 3-1/2 game lead in the race for top spot in the Na­tional League Cen­tral Di­vi­sion.

The Car­di­nals main­tained the gap over Pittsburgh, which beat Mi­ami, with the Chicago Cubs a fur­ther three games back af­ter a nar­row win against Cleve­land. The three NL Cen­tral ri­vals are the top three teams in the over­all NL stand­ings.

The New York Yan­kees moved into a tie for top spot in the Amer­i­can League East by scor­ing the sole run of the game in the ninth in­ning against Hous­ton, while Kansas City stretched its huge lead atop the AL Cen­tral by beat­ing Bal­ti­more.

St. Louis’ Lance Lynn (10-8) pitched six ef­fec­tive in­nings, al­low­ing two runs. He in­duced three straight in­ning- end­ing dou­ble plays, in­clud­ing with the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth. Ari­zona also failed to cap­i­tal­ize af­ter load­ing the bases in the sev­enth.

The Car­di­nals broke open the game with a three-run sev­enth in­ning, with Yadier Molina div­ing in two with a sin­gle.

St. Louis has won 10 of its past 11 meet­ings with the Di­a­mond­backs.

New York’s Car­los Bel­tran hit a game-end­ing sac­ri­fice fly af­ter Hous­ton closer Oliver Perez walked the bases loaded, giv­ing the Yan­kees a 1-0 win.

Perez (0-1) en­tered in the ninth and gave New York fans a re­minder of his volatile five sea­sons with the crosstown Mets. He is­sued three walks — and threw a wild pitch — to load the bases and was re­moved.

Bel­tran then drove Chad Qualls’ first pitch to deep cen­ter field to bring in the win­ning run.

Kansas City’s Omar In­fante led a seven-run charge in the sixth in­ning to lift the Roy­als to an 8-3 win against Bal­ti­more.

In­fante fol­lowed a ty­ing, tworun homer by Mike Mous­takas in the sixth with a two-run triple, then scam­pered home when the throw to third base skit­tered away. Lorenzo Cain drove in two more later in the in­ning.

Roy­als’ starter Kris Medlen (2-0) lasted six in­nings in his first start in al­most two years, hav­ing made seven bullpen ap­pear­ances since un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery. He al­lowed five hits while strik­ing out six with­out a walk.

Chicago’s Kris Bryant home­red with two outs in the ninth in­ning to lift the surg­ing Cubs to a 2-1 vic­tory over Cleve­land.

The rookie, who had home­red twice Sun­day, lined a pitch from Cleve­land re­liever Zach McAl­lis­ter (3-4) into the right-field bleach­ers to give Chicago its 21st vic­tory in 26 games.

The In­di­ans had tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth be­fore the Cubs’ re­sponse.

Pittsburgh’s J.A. Happ pitched six score­less in­nings, ex­tend­ing a streak of strong starts for the Pi­rates, in a 5-2 win over Mi­ami.

Pittsburgh starters have thrown 19 1-3 con­sec­u­tive score­less in­nings, and Happ (2-1) has al­lowed one earned run in his past 17 1-3 in­nings.

The Pi­rates won for the sixth time in seven games to climb a sea­son-high 27 games above .500. They have won five con­sec­u­tive road games and they’re 4-0 this year against Mi­ami.

The New York Mets set fran­chise records for home runs — eight — and ex­tra-base hits — 15 — in a 16-7 win against Philadel- phia, which also hit three homers to make a com­bined to­tal of 11 be­tween the two teams, equal­ing an NL record.

Bos­ton’s Rus­ney Castillo home­red and drove in a ca­reer-high five runs to lead the Red Sox past the Chicago White Sox 5-4.

Oak­land’s Danny Va­len­cia home­red and Stephen Vogt dou­bled twice in a seven-run fifth in­ning which lifted the Ath­let­ics to an 11-5 vic­tory against Seat­tle.

Cincinnati also won thanks to one big in­ning, scor­ing 10 runs in the sixth — four from Bran­don Phillips hit­ting a homer and a triple — to mount a come­back and beat Detroit 12-5.

At­lanta ended a seven- game los­ing skid by beat­ing Colorado 5-3, with Jonny Gomes driv­ing in three runs with two hits, in­clud­ing a two-run homer in the first.

AP

(Above) Bos­ton Red Sox short­stop Xan­der Bo­gaerts, right, tags out Chicago White Sox’s Avi­sail Gar­cia, left, at sec­ond, as Gar­cia tries to stretch his sin­gle to a dou­ble but slid past the base dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game in Chicago, Illi­nois, Mon­day, Aug. 24. (Left) Kansas City Roy­als’ Mike Mous­takas #8 cel­e­brates in front of Bal­ti­more Ori­oles catcher Matt Wi­eters af­ter hit­ting a two-run home run dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game, in Kansas City, Mis­souri, Mon­day.

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