Mar­tinez’s grand slam lifts Ari­zona over Car­di­nals

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -


ST. LOUIS — J.D. Mar­tinez hit a grand slam and Zack God­ley pitched seven in­nings as the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs beat the St. Louis Car­di­nals 4-0 on Thurs­day night.

The Di­a­mond­backs won their third game out of four, im­proved to 59-43 and snapped the Car­di­nals' three-game win­ning streak.

God­ley (4-4) re­versed a trend of two poor out­ings, in which he al­lowed 10 earned runs in 112/ in­nings, 3 with the best per­for­mance of his 14-start ca­reer. Only three Car­di­nals ad­vanced into scor­ing po­si­tion as God­ley struck out seven.

Archie Bradley and Fer­nando Rod­ney each pitched an in­ning in re­lief for the Di­a­mond­backs, who had their first shutout since May 30 at Pitts­burgh.

Mar­tinez's blast, his fourth homer as a Di­a­mond­back in four days and 20th over­all, gave Ari­zona a 4-0 lead in the fourth in­ning. It was the fourth grand slam of his ca­reer for Mar­tinez, who was ac­quired from the Detroit Tigers on July 18.

Paul Gold­schmidt had two sin­gles, walked and scored on the grand slam.

With the loss the Car­di­nals, who were shut out for the first time since May 26 at Col­orado, missed the op­por­tu­nity to reach the .500 mark for the first time since June 2. St. Louis fell to 50-52.

Car­di­nals starter Luke Weaver (0-1), who was re­called from Triple-A Mem­phis af­ter Adam Wain­wright (back) was placed on the dis­abled list, was burned by two walks im­me­di­ately in front of the Mar­tinez grand slam, which were the only runs he gave up in his five in­nings.

Paul DeJong was the only Car­di­nal to reach safely more than once, with two sin­gles and a walk. DeJong ex­tended his hit­ting streak to seven games and is hit­ting .379 (11 for 29) with four homers and seven RBIs dur­ing that span.

NA­TION­ALS 15, BREW­ERS 2 The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als tied a fran­chise record with eight home runs, in­clud­ing two apiece by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zim­mer­man, and Max Scherzer pitched six in­nings of three-hit ball in a rout of the fad­ing Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers. Wash­ing­ton matched two ma­jor league records in a seven-run third in­ning: Most con­sec­u­tive home runs (four) and most home runs in an in­ning (five). Af­ter Harper con­nected off Michael Blazek (0-1) in the first in­ning, Brian Good­win started the long-ball bar­rage in the third with a tworun drive. Wilmer Difo, Harper and Zim­mer­man fol­lowed with long home runs. The streak was in­ter­rupted when Daniel Mur­phy flied out.

MAR­LINS 4, REDS 1 Chris O’Grady looked like a much dif­fer­ent pitcher against the Cincin­nati

Reds than he did five days ago. O’Grady pitched seven score­less in­nings to help the Mi­ami Mar­lins beat the Reds to open a fourgame se­ries. AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE IN­DI­ANS 2, AN­GELS 1 Trevor Bauer pitched a sea­son-high eight in­nings, Fran­cisco Lin­dor sin­gled to break a tie in the sev­enth and Cleve­land beat Los An­ge­les for its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Cleve­land is on its long­est win­ning streak of the sea­son and is a sea­son-high 10 games over .500. The In­di­ans com­pleted a 7-0 home­s­tand. YAN­KEES 6, RAYS 5 ( 11) Short­stop Adeiney Hechavar­ria and sec­ond base­man Tim Beck­ham watched Gary Sanchez’s playable grounder bounce be­tween them on the left side of the in­field for a ty­ing sin­gle with two outs in the ninth in­ning, Brett Gard­ner home­red lead­ing off the 11th, and the New York Yan­kees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 for their fourth straight win. Gard­ner tripled to the left-cen­ter wall off Alex Colome lead­ing off the ninth, but Clint Fra­zier hit a soft grounder to third and AL home run leader Aaron Judge flied to right. IN­TER­LEAGUE

CUBS 6, WHITE SOX 3 Kyle Schwarber home­red twice and drove in four runs, and the rolling Chicago Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 for their third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. An­thony Rizzo also con­nected and Jon Lester pitched seven ef­fec­tive in­nings as the Cubs im­proved to 11-2 since the All-Star break. The NL Cen­tral lead­ers also in­creased their ad­van­tage over the sec­ond-place Brew­ers to 11/ games ahead of 2 their big se­ries this week­end in Mil­wau­kee. Lester (8-6) al­lowed two runs and four hits in his third straight win since he got just two outs in the short­est start of his ca­reer July 9.

St. Louis Post-Dis­patch via AP/CHRIS LEE

Ari­zona third base­man Jake Lamb (bot­tom) holds the ball up to show the um­pire he made the catch af­ter fall­ing into the stands Thurs­day at Busch Sta­dium in St. Louis.

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