Bryant gallops home; Cubs rally in eighth, edge Cardinals
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.
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.
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.