Brew­ers beat Cards

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

MIL­WAU­KEE — Jimmy Nel­son fi­nally beat St. Louis with six strong in­nings, and the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers held on for a 3-2 vic­tory over the Car­di­nals on Tues­day night. Nel­son (9-5) en­tered 0-8 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 ap­pear­ances (10 starts) against the Car­di­nals.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

BREW­ERS 3, CAR­DI­NALS 2

MIL­WAU­KEE — Jimmy Nel­son fi­nally beat St. Louis with six strong in­nings, and the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers held on for a 3-2 vic­tory over the Car­di­nals on Tues­day night.

Nel­son (9-5) en­tered 0-8 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 ap­pear­ances (10 starts) against the Car­di­nals. This time, the right-han­der over­came his di­vi­sion ri­val by al­low­ing just two runs on six hits with seven strike­outs.

The Brew­ers’ bullpen kept the Car­di­nals off the score­board for three in­nings, in­clud­ing An­thony Swarzak strik­ing out the side in the eighth after Josh Hader is­sued a lead­off walk.

Left fielder Ryan Braun and short­stop Orlando Ar­cia col­lided and al­lowed Stephen Pis­cotty to reach on a sin­gle with one out in the ninth, but Corey Knebel worked around the mis­cue to earn his 19th save.

REDS 9, PI­RATES 1 Billy Hamil­ton hit a three-run homer and tripled, Eu­ge­nio Suarez and rookie Jesse Winker also went deep, and the Cincin­nati Reds over­whelmed the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates. Hamil­ton tripled and scored in the first in­ning. Then he sent a pitch from Jame­son Tail­lon (6-5) into the right-field seats in the sec­ond for his third home run of the sea­son as the last­place Reds beat Pitts­burgh again.

MAR­LINS 7, NA­TION­ALS 6 Max Scherzer hit his first ca­reer homer to help build a sixrun lead, but he pitched only one in­ning be­fore de­part­ing with a neck spasm, and the Mi­ami Mar­lins ral­lied to beat the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als. Scherzer slept funny and left the game as a pre­cau­tion, the Na­tion­als said. The Mar­lins took the lead with a four-run fifth in­ning. Mar­cell Ozuna hit a three-run homer off Matt Al­bers (5-2), and Derek Di­et­rich’s RBI triple put Mi­ami ahead 7-6.

DODGERS 3, BRAVES 2 Kenta Maeda al­lowed only two hits in seven score­less in­nings, Cody Bellinger home­red and the streak­ing Los Angeles Dodgers beat the At­lanta Braves for their ninth straight win. The slump­ing Braves were shut down by Maeda (10-4) but cut their deficit to one with Jo­han Ca­margo’s two-run homer off Josh Ravin in the eighth. At­lanta ended the in­ning with Bran­don Phillips, who had a pinch-hit sin­gle, on third base.

CUBS 16, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 4 Jon Lester

hit his first ma­jor league homer and struck out nine to reach 2,000 for his ca­reer, help­ing the Chicago Cubs pound the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs. An­thony Rizzo went deep twice and Ian Happ and Javier Baez also con­nected as Chicago kicked off a six-game home­s­tand with its 14th win in 17 games since the All-Star break.

AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE

ORI­OLES 7, ROY­ALS 2 Dy­lan Bundy al­lowed three hits over a ca­reer-high eight in­nings, new­comer Tim Beck­ham had two hits and scored twice and the resur­gent Baltimore Ori­oles beat the Kansas City Roy­als for their fourth straight vic­tory. Seth Smith drove in three runs to help the Ori­oles move within two games of .500 (5254) for the first time since July 3. Kansas City will seek to avoid a three-game sweep on Wed­nes­day. The Roy­als came to town hav­ing won 10 of 11, but they’ve only scored three runs in these two games at Cam­den Yards.

TIGERS 4, YAN­KEES 3 John Hicks hit a three-run homer in his first big league game in more than a month, Justin Up­ton added a solo drive off CC Sa­bathia, and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the New York Yan­kees. A 27-year-old rookie re­called Mon­day for his fifth ma­jor league stint this sea­son, Hicks drove a slider over the right-cen­ter field wall in the sec­ond in­ning, cap­ping a 10-pitch at-bat.

RED SOX 12, IN­DI­ANS 10 Chris­tian Vazquez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning and the Bos­ton Red Sox pulled off the fi­nal rally of a wild game, beat­ing the Cleve­land In­di­ans de­spite an as­ton­ish­ing catch by cen­ter fielder Austin Jack­son. In the fifth in­ning, Jack­son robbed Hanley Ramirez of a lead­off homer with a leap­ing grab in the right-cen­ter tri­an­gle at Fen­way Park.

RAYS 6, ASTROS 4 Evan Lon­go­ria be­came the sec­ond Tampa Bay player to hit for the cy­cle and drove in three runs to lead the Rays over the Hous­ton Astros. He was a dou­ble shy when he came to the plate with two outs in the ninth in­ning and laced a laser to left field. Lon­go­ria dashed to sec­ond base and slid in to avoid the tag of Jose Al­tuve. He was ini­tially ruled out, but the call was over­turned after a crew chief re­view.

BLUE JAYS 8, WHITE SOX 4 Justin Smoak hit his 31st homer, Josh Don­ald­son home­red and drove in three runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox. Smoak and Don­ald­son each con­nected for the sec­ond straight night and third time in five games. Don­ald­son also had a sac­ri­fice fly and RBI dou­ble. Mar­cus Stro­man (10-5) went seven in­nings, al­low­ing four runs and seven hits. He was win­less in his pre­vi­ous three starts de­spite a 1.89 ERA in that stretch.

MARINERS 8, RANGERS 7 Robin­son Cano dou­bled twice and drove in three runs as the Seat­tle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers. Cano’s two-run dou­ble in the sixth was the 499th of his ca­reer, mov­ing him into a time with Rusty Staub for 63rd in MLB history. Jar­rod Dyson had his 200th ca­reer steal in the win and threw out a run­ner from cen­ter­field at third to end the eighth in­ning in a one-run game. Nel­son Cruz home­red and Leonys Martin had two hits and two RBIs for Seat­tle.

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