Tom­lin­son’s grand slam leads Giants over Cubs

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San Fran­cisco’s Kelby Tom­lin­son hit a grand slam with his first ca­reer home run to help the Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1 on Thurs­day, tight­en­ing the race be­tween the two teams for the Na­tional League’s sec­ond wild-card berth.

The Giants moved within 5-1/2 games of the Cubs, while St. Louis con­tin­ued its re­lent­less pur­suit of the top seed in the NL play­offs by com­plet­ing a four-game road sweep of Ari­zona.

Kansas City is in the po­si­tion of all teams head­ing to­ward the play­offs, with vic­tory over Bal­ti­more mov­ing the Roy­als 13 games clear atop the Amer­i­can League Cen­tral with 35 games to play.

Toronto’s lead in the AL East was trimmed to 1- 1/ 2 games, as its five-game win­ning streak ended at Texas.

San Fran­cisco cruised past the Cubs thanks to Tom­lin­son’s four­run shot and a three-run homer by Mar­lon Byrd.

Giants starter Madi­son Bum­gar­ner (16-6) struck out 12 in six in­nings, giv­ing up one run. He won his fifth straight start and matched the Cubs’ Jake Ar­ri­eta for most vic­to­ries in the ma­jors.

Af­ter the game, Chicago ac­quired strug­gling re­liever Fer­nando Rod­ney from Seat­tle for cash.

St. Louis’ Bran­don Moss hit his first home run for the team and Tony Cruz hit his first of the sea­son to lead the Car­di­nals past Ari­zona 5-3 to com­plete the fourgame sweep.

Moss’s tiebreak­ing two-run shot in the fifth in­ning put the Car­di­nals ahead 5-3.

It was the


fifth straight win over­all and they fin­ished 7-0 against the Di­a­mond­backs this sea­son.

Kansas City’s Yor­dano Ven­tura struck out a ca­reer-high 11 in just six in­nings to steer the Roy­als past Bal­ti­more 5-3.

Ven­tura (9-7) al­lowed only two hits to im­prove to 5-0 in his past seven starts.

Paulo Or­lando home­red Kansas City.

Texas’ Yo­vani Gallardo earned his 100th ca­reer vic­tory as the Rangers beat Toronto 4-1.

Gallardo (11-9) threw 5 1-3 score­less in­nings and im­proved to 100-73 in 241 ca­reer games with Mil­wau­kee and Texas.

Delino DeShields drew a walk in the first and scored on Mitch More­land’s sin­gle. DeShields fin­ished 2 for 2 with three walks as the Rangers avoided a sweep and moved a half-game ahead of Min­nesota for the sec­ond AL wild­card spot.

Pittsburgh’s Ger­rit Cole snapped the long­est win­less drought of his ca­reer as the Pi­rates won 2-1 against Mi­ami.

Cole (15-7) al­lowed one run and no walks in 7 1-3 in­nings af­ter hav­ing gone five starts with­out a win.

Pe­dro Alvarez home­red for the Pi­rates.

Tampa Bay re­liev­ers com­bined for 4-2/3 score­less in­nings to en­able the Rays to hang on and beat Min­nesota 5-4, end­ing the Twins’ six-game win­ning streak.

Bran­don Gomes (2-4) got an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play with two run­ners on base in the fifth dur­ing his 1 2-3 in­nings. Af­ter Alex Colome worked two in­nings, Brad Boxberger struck out all three bat­ters he faced for his 31st save.

Washington starter Joe Ross al­lowed only a bunt sin­gle in six in-

for nings to guide the Na­tion­als past San Diego 4-2.

Los An­ge­les’ Matt Shoe­maker pitched one-hit ball into the eighth in­ning in his home­town ball­park, help­ing the An­gels de­feat Detroit 2-0.

The An­gels’ city ri­vals, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, com­pleted a sweep of reel­ing Cincinnati with a 1-0 vic­tory, as Zack Greinke and two re­liev­ers com­bined to shut out the Reds.

New York’s Daniel Mur­phy hit a go-ahead dou­ble in the 13th in­ning af­ter mak­ing a spec­tac­u­lar de­fen­sive play to end the 10th, lead­ing the Mets over Philadelphia 9-5 for their sev­enth straight win.

Chicago’s Car­los Rodon held Seat­tle score­less into the sev­enth in­ning as the White Sox beat the Mariners 4-2.


1. Washington Na­tion­als’ Yunel Es­co­bar re­acts af­ter he was hit by a pitch dur­ing the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game against the San Diego Padres at Na­tion­als Park in Washington, Thurs­day, Aug. 27. 2. Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs’ Aaron Hill, top, jumps over St. Louis Car­di­nals’ Jason Hey­ward #22 as Hill throws to first base to get Car­di­nals’ Jhonny Peralta out to turn the dou­ble play dur­ing the ninth in­ning of a base­ball game in Phoenix, Ari­zona, Thurs­day. 3. New York Mets’ David Wright makes it to first base on a throw­ing er­ror to Philadelphia Phillies first base­man Darin Ruf dur­ing the 13th in­ning of a base­ball game in Philadelphia, Thurs­day.

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