Molina’s slam, ‘rally cat’ lead Cards past Roy­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina hit a grand slam one pitch af­ter a cat ran onto the field in the sixth in­ning, help­ing the St. Louis Car­di­nals rally to beat the Kansas City Roy­als 8-5 on Wed­nes­day night.

The Car­di­nals loaded the bases off Roy­als re­liev­ers Bran­don Mau­rer and Peter Moy­lan. Molina was at the plate, with two outs, when the cat came onto the field and ran to­ward the cen­ter field wall.

On the next pitch, Molina drilled his 14th homer of the sea­son into the left field seats for his fifth ca­reer slam.

Melky Cabr­era hit his 15th home run, a two-run shot, that had given the Roy­als a 5-4 lead in the fifth.

Whit Mer­ri­field had four hits for the Roy­als, who opened the game with four straight hits off Mike Leake and took a 2-0 lead on an RBI dou­ble from Lorenzo Cain and RBI sin­gle by Cabr­era.

Mer­ri­field made it 3-0 when he scored on Molina's throw­ing er­ror in the sec­ond.

The Car­di­nals scored twice in the sec­ond, on an RBI sac­ri­fice bunt from Leake and an RBI sin­gle from Matt Car­pen­ter, and then tied the game on Jedd Gy­orko's RBI sin­gle in the third.

Jose Martinez gave St. Louis a 4-3 lead in the fourth in­ning with his

ninth homer.

Leake, the Car­di­nals' starter, al­lowed five runs on 11 hits in five in­nings. Roy­als starter Trevor Cahill lasted just 21/3 in­nings, al­low­ing three runs on four hits and walk­ing five.

RANGERS 5, METS 1 Martin Perez (6-10) al­lowed three hits over eight in­nings, Joey Gallo hit his 32nd home run and Texas gained a two-game split. Texas took a 3-0 lead in the first against Rafael Mon­tero (1-8) when the pitcher balked with Shin-Soo Choo tak­ing a siz­able and dis­tract­ing lead off of third, and Gallo hit a tworun drive into the up­per deck in right, his 11th home run since the All-Star break

AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE

YAN­KEES 11, BLUE JAYS 5 Todd Fra­zier home­red and had three RBIs, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gre­go­rius also went deep and the Yan­kees over­came a shaky start by Masahiro Tanaka to beat the Blue Jays. Rookie Gar­rett Cooper had four hits for the Yan­kees, who had not scored in dou­ble fig­ures since a 13-4 win at Hous­ton on June 30. New York’s 17 hits were one shy of its sea­son high, set June 10 against Bal­ti­more.

RED SOX 8, RAYS 2 Ed­uardo Nunez chased Jake Odorizzi when he lined a sin­gle off the pitcher’s foot, start­ing a five-run fifth in­ning for the Red Sox in a vic­tory over the Tampa Bay Rays that ex­tended Bos­ton’s win­ning streak to a sea­son-high eight. Struck on the right foot, Odorizzi was face down on the mound, his face ex­tend­ing onto the in­field grass, for sev­eral sec­onds. He hob­bled off with one arm wrapped around Rays man­ager Kevin Cash, the other around as­sis­tant ath­letic trainer Paul Harker. WHITE SOX 7, ASTROS 1 Tim An­der­son home­red and drove in three runs, Miguel Gon­za­lez tossed eight strong in­nings and the White Sox beat the Astros, their sec­ond straight win over the team with the best record in the AL.

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