Car­pen­ter, Mar­tinez lead Car­di­nals past Roy­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -


Matt Car­pen­ter hit a three-run homer in St. Louis’ six-run fourth in­ning, and the Car­di­nals beat the Kan­sas City Roy­als 11-3 on Mon­day night for their third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong also con­nected for the Car­di­nals, who re­turned to .500 at 56-56. Car­los Mar­tinez (8-9) pitched eight in­nings of two-run ball for just his sec­ond win in his last nine starts.

St. Louis also got some help from Kan­sas City dur­ing its out­burst in the fourth. Ian Kennedy (4-8) walked No. 9 hit­ter Greg Gar­cia on five pitches with the bases loaded, and short­stop Al­cides Es­co­bar and catcher Drew Butera each com­mit­ted an er­ror.

Butera made an er­rant throw while try­ing to pick off Dex­ter Fowler at third, al­low­ing the speedy cen­ter fielder to score.

Five pitches later Car­pen­ter hit a drive to right with Wong and Gar­cia aboard. In 13 games at Kauff­man Sta­dium, Car­pen­ter is hit­ting .451 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.

Wong added a two-run shot in the eighth, and DeJong belted his own two-run homer in the ninth.

Kennedy was charged with seven runs, six earned, and six hits in six in­nings. He is win­less in 14 con­sec­u­tive starts at Kauff­man Sta­dium since beat­ing the Min­nesota Twins on Aug. 20, 2016.

Mike Mous­takas, Eric Hos­mer and Bran­don Moss home­red for Kan­sas City, which has dropped six of eight. Mous­takas has 32 home runs, four shy of the Roy­als’ sin­gle-sea­son record of 36 set by Steve Bal­boni in 1985.


Car­di­nals: Fowler, who missed a dozen games with a strained left fore­arm, was ac­ti­vated from the 10-day dis­abled list. He started the game hit­ting sixth for the first time in his ca­reer. He had bat­ted no lower than third this sea­son.

Roy­als: Catcher Sal­vador Perez (right in­ter­costal strain) said there is no timetable on when he could play again. “We’ll wait 10 days and see where we are,” Perez said. He said be­fore go­ing on the dis­abled list he felt a “lit­tle pinch” in his side. He re­ceived a cor­ti­sone in­jec­tion Sun­day.

TWINS 5, BREW­ERS 4 Ed­die Rosario dou­bled home the ty­ing run in the seventh in­ning and scored the win­ning run for Min­nesota on a balk. Af­ter Eduardo Es­co­bar drew a lead­off walk, Rosario hit a smash to right field that fooled Domingo San­tana, who took two steps in be­fore watch­ing the ball sail over his head. Es­co­bar scored to tie the game at 4.

Rosario was still at third with two out when the Brew­ers em­ployed a dra­matic shift on left-handed hit­ting Ja­son Cas­tro. With no fielder near third base to hold him on, Rosario danced halfway down the base­line, caus­ing Oliver Drake (3-4) to step off the rub­ber.

When Drake stepped back on the rub­ber, Rosario made an­other break for home. This time Drake flinched and plate um­pire Bill Welke called a balk, send­ing Rosario home.

Buddy Bosh­ers (1-0) re­tired one bat­ter in the seventh to earn the vic­tory. Matt Belisle worked the ninth for his sec­ond save.

PI­RATES 3, TIGERS 0 Trevor Wil­liams pitched seven crisp in­nings, lead­ing Pitts­burgh to the win.

Wil­liams (5-4) struck out five and walked two, giv­ing up only a lead­off sin­gle to James McCann in the third. Wil­liams threw a ca­reer-high 107 pitches and never al­lowed a run­ner to third base. Juan Ni­ca­sio got three outs for his sec­ond save, com­plet­ing Pitts­burgh’s one-hit­ter. The Pi­rates have won three straight and four of five. Fran­cisco Cervelli put the Pi­rates in front with an RBI dou­ble off Jor­dan Zim­mer­mann (7-9) in the sec­ond. John Jaso pro­vided some late in­sur­ance with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh. Zim­mer­mann struck out three and walked two in seven in­nings.


NA­TION­ALS 3, MARLINS 2 The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als sa­vored their lat­est vic­tory a bit more than most, mainly be­cause it was a com­plete per­for­mance quite lit­er­ally from be­gin­ning to end.

Max Scherzer did his part as the start­ing pitcher, and new­com­ers Bran­don Kint­zler and Sean Doolit­tle fin­ished up. Bryce Harper and pinch-hit­ter ex­traor­di­naire Adam Lind also played ma­jor roles in a 3-2 vic­tory over the Mi­ami Marlins on Mon­day night.

Scherzer al­lowed only five hits, two of which re­ally mat­tered: Gian­carlo Stan­ton’s ma­jor league-lead­ing 37th home run and an RBI sin­gle by pitcher Odrisamer De­s­paigne, who stepped to the plate with a .036 life­time bat­ting av­er­age. Harper home­red in the fourth in­ning and Lind sin­gled in the tiebreak­ing run in the eighth to help the Na­tion­als ex­pand their lead in the NL East over sec­ond-place Mi­ami to 14 games.

REDS 11, PADRES 3 Joey Votto home­red for the third straight game and pulled into a tie with Ted Kluszewski on the Reds’ ca­reer list. The Reds home­red four times in all, with Patrick Kivle­han hit­ting his first ca­reer grand slam. Adam Du­vall and Zack Cozart also con­nected. Votto’s 251st ca­reer homer off Jhoulys Chacin (11-8) moved him into a tie for fifth place with Big Klu, the first base­man who cut the sleeves off his uni­form to free his big up­per arms. Votto’s 136th homer at Great Amer­i­can bumped him ahead of Jay Bruce for the ball­park record.

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