Bryant gal­lops home; Cubs rally in eighth, edge Car­di­nals

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

CHICAGO — Kris Bryant gal­loped home from first base on Anthony Rizzo’s bloop dou­ble, cap­ping a three-run rally in the eighth in­ning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Car­di­nals 3-2 Satur­day in the ever-tight­en­ing NL Cen­tral race.

A clas­sic pitch­ers’ duel be­tween Jon Lester and Adam Wain­wright kept it score­less into the eighth at Wrigley Field. The Cubs be­gan the day one game be­hind shaky Mil­wau­kee for the di­vi­sion lead, with the Car­di­nals 3½ back of the Brew­ers.

GI­ANTS 5, PADRES 4 (12 IN­NINGS) Nick Hund­ley sin­gled in Kelby Tomlinson with two outs in the 12th in­ning, lift­ing the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants to a vic­tory over the San Diego Padres. Pinch-hit­ter Tomlinson reached on a fielder’s

choice and took sec­ond on a wild pitch from Kevin Quack­en­bush (0-2). Af­ter Hunter Pence flied out, Hund­ley lined an 0-1 pitch over the head of left fielder Jose Pirela as Tomlinson rounded third and scored with­out a throw. It was the Gi­ants’ sec­ond win in the last nine games against their di­vi­sion ri­vals at AT&T Park.

BREW­ERS 9, PHILLIES 8 Domingo San­tana sin­gled home the win­ning run in the ninth in­ning af­ter the Brew­ers blew a big lead, and Mil­wau­kee beat Philadel­phia to snap a sea­son-worst six-game los­ing streak. Ryan Braun home­red and drove in four runs, and Travis Shaw also home­red for the Brew­ers, who main­tained a one-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Cen­tral. NA­TION­ALS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3 Bryce Harper home­red and drove in two runs, Tan­ner Roark struck out a sea­son-high 11 and Sean Doolit­tle stranded the po­ten­tial ty­ing run to pre­serve the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als’ win over the Ari­zona Diamondbacks. Roark (8-6) gave up two runs and three hits in seven in­nings for the NL East-lead­ing Na­tion­als.

MAR­LINS 5, REDS 4 J.T. Real­muto hit a pair of two-run homers and a dou­ble, pow­er­ing the Miami Mar­lins to their sec­ond straight vic­tory over the slump­ing Cincinnati Reds. Miami won for only the third time in eight games, get­ting its first back-to-back wins since the All-Star break.

ROCK­IES 7, PI­RATES 3 Ger­man Mar­quez matched a ca­reer best with nine strike­outs in seven solid in­nings and also had a way­ward pitch that fu­eled a near brawl as the Colorado Rock­ies beat the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates. Mark Reynolds added a pair of run-scor­ing sin­gles and Char­lie Black­mon scored af­ter dou­bling in the third and tripling in the eighth.

AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE

RANGERS 4, RAYS 3 Texas turned three Tampa Bay mis­cues into a three-run sixth in­ning and the Rangers beat the Rays. The Rangers took a 4-3 lead dur­ing the de­ci­sive sixth when two runs scored af­ter cen­ter fielder Mallex Smith mis­played Adrian Bel­tre’s two-out deep fly ball, and Bel­tre scored on two wild pitches by Chris Archer with Mike Napoli at the plate.

TWINS 6, TIGERS 5 Kyle Gib­son took a shutout into the eighth in­ning in his long­est start of the sea­son, Zack Gran­ite had three of the Twins’ 14 hits, and the Min­nesota Twins held off a late rally to beat the Detroit Tigers. Gib­son (68),

who en­tered the game with a 6.29 ERA, was a likely can­di­date to be re­placed in the Twins’ ro­ta­tion, but looked like an ace on Satur­day. IN­DI­ANS 2, BLUE JAYS 1 (10 IN­NINGS)

Fran­cisco Lin­dor hit a lead­off home run in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning and the Cleve­land In­di­ans de­feated the Toronto Blue Jays.

ROY­ALS 7, WHITE SOX 2 Mike Mous­takas home­red twice, and Sal­vador Perez, Brandon Moss and Jorge Boni­fa­cio also went deep to lead the Kansas City Roy­als over the White Sox, ex­tend­ing Chicago’s long­est los­ing streak in two years to eight games.

IN­TER­LEAGUE

METS 6, ATH­LET­ICS 5 Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning, and the New York Mets ral­lied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oak­land Ath­let­ics for their fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Pinch-hit­ter Lu­cas Duda de­liv­ered a ty­ing sin­gle with two outs in the eighth off left-han­der Daniel Coulombe. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to be­gin New York’s come­back, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

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