Tom­lin­son lifts Giants to vic­tory over Car­di­nals

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San Fran­cisco rookie Kelby Tom­lin­son made the key con­tri­bu­tion to vic­tory for the sec­ond straight day, driv­ing in the win­ning run with a bases-loaded sin­gle in the ninth in­ning to give the Giants a 5-4 win against high-fly­ing St. Louis on Fri­day.

A day af­ter hit­ting a grand slam with his first ma­jor-league homer, Tom­lin­son again took the lau­rels as the Giants kept up their chal­lenge to Na­tional League West leader Los An­ge­les af­ter the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs.

In the Amer­i­can League, Kansas City won a tight game at Tampa Bay to main­tain its yawn­ing 13-game gap atop the AL Cen­tral. Min­nesota, which is sec­ond in the di­vi­sion, stands lit­tle hope of mak­ing up that deficit, but the Twins re­mained in the thick of the wild-card race by pro­duc­ing a shutout win against AL West leader Hous­ton.

San Fran­cisco’s Mar­lon Byrd hit a grand slam in the third in­ning — the Giants fran­chise-record eighth grand slam of the sea­son — but it took un­til the ninth for the hosts to edge ahead.

With one out, and the Car­di­nals adding a fifth in­fielder, Tom­lin­son still man­aged to find a gap up the mid­dle for a sin­gle off St. Louis’ Kevin Siegrist (5-1), who took his first loss of the sea­son.

The Giants stayed 2-1/2 games be­hind the Dodgers, who beat the Cubs 4-1 thanks to a bril­liant per­for­mance by pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw, who struck out a sea­son high-ty­ing 14.

Ker­shaw ( 11- 6) al­lowed one run and one walk in eight in­nings to give the Dodgers vic­tory in their first home game in two weeks.

Kansas City’s Kendrys Mo­rales hit a two-run homer to help the Roy­als win 3-2 at Tampa Bay.

Mo­rales’ shot hit an over­hang­ing cat­walk and put the Roy­als up 3-1 in the third. He leads the ma­jors this sea­son in runs driven in when there are two outs in an in­ning, tal­ly­ing 46.

Kansas City starter Edin­son Volquez (12-7) al­lowed two runs in 6 2/3 in­nings.

Min­nesota’s Ed­uardo Nunez home­red in a 3-0 win against Hous­ton, keep­ing the Twins within half a game of the sec­ond wild-card spot.

Twins starter Kyle Gib­son ( 9- 9) pitched 5-2/3 score­less in­nings to guide Min­nesota to its sev­enth win in eight games.

Toronto’s Josh Don­ald­son and Troy Tu­low­itzki hit back- to- back homers and Jose Bautista also con­nected as the Blue Jays won 5-3 at home against Detroit.

All three Blue Jays homers came off Tigers rookie Matt Boyd (1-5), one of the three left-handed pitch­ers ac­quired by Detroit in last month’s trade that sent David Price to Toronto.

Toronto main­tained a 1-1/2 game lead atop the AL East, while Detroit has lost seven of eight.

Bos­ton’s Blake Swi­hart hit an in­sid­e­the-park home run in the 10th in­ning to help the Red Sox to a 6-4 win at New York, snap­ping the Mets’ seven-game win­ning streak.

The Red Sox, vis­it­ing the Mets for the first time in 14 years, scored three times in the 10th. Swi­hart led off with a drive that ap­peared to clear the cen­ter­field wall and bounce back into play, but the ball was ruled in play.

In the bot­tom of the tenth, Red Sox re­liever Ju­nichi Tazawa walked four straight bat­ters with two outs to force home a run. Craig Bres­low re­placed Tazawa and re­tired Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes on a fly ball with the bases loaded to end it.

Texas’ Cole Hamels de­liv­ered his best per­for­mance yet for the Rangers, strik­ing out 10 in eight in­nings to beat Bal­ti­more 4-1.

Hamels (2-1) gave up one run, and the three-time All-Star won for the first time at his new home af­ter a pair of node­ci­sions.

The Ori­oles have lost eight of nine to drift from play­off con­tention.

Pittsburgh’s bullpen con­tin­ued its hot streak in se­cur­ing a 5-3 win against Colorado.

Tony Wat­son (3-1) earned the win with a score­less eighth in­ning be­fore Josh Har­ri­son sin­gled home Fran­cisco Cervelli with the go-ahead run in the bot­tom of the eighth.

Mark Me­lan­con worked a per­fect ninth for his ma­jor league-lead­ing 42nd save. Pittsburgh re­liev­ers haven’t lost a de­ci­sion since June 25.

Cleve­land’s Trevor Bauer, start­ing in place of an ill Danny Salazar, al­lowed one run in eight in­nings to guide the In­di­ans to a 3-1 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

New York’s Didi Gre­go­rius drove in a ca­reer-high six runs and Brian McCann hit a three-run homer against his old team as the Yan­kees em­phat­i­cally ended a scor­ing slump and routed At­lanta 15-4.

Seat­tle’s Kyle Sea­ger and Franklin Gu­tier­rez both had three hits and a homer and that was enough to pro­duce a 2-0 win against the Chicago White Sox.

Ari­zona’s Aaron Hill dou­bled home the go-ahead run in the sev­enth in­ning as the Di­a­mond­backs beat Oak­land 6-4.

Mi­ami’s Martin Prado and Mar­cell Ozuna home­red off Max Scherzer as the Mar­lins beat strug­gling Washington 4-3.

Philadelphia rookie Aaron Nola pitched seven strong in­nings to steer the Phillies to a 7-1 win against San Diego.

Mil­wau­kee’s Tay­lor Jung­mann pitched six strong in­nings to help the Brew­ers beat Cincinnati 5-0.

AP

Chicago Cubs third base­man Kris Bryant can’t reach a throw from home as Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Chase Ut­ley takes third on a wild pitch dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game in Los An­ge­les, Fri­day, Aug. 28.

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