Fowler’s slam pow­ers Cards to sixth straight win

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

ST. LOUIS — Dex­ter Fowler hit a grand slam and drove in a ca­reer-high five runs to lead the St. Louis Car­di­nals to an 8-6 vic­tory over the Kansas City Roy­als on Thurs­day night.

St. Louis tied a sea­son-high with its sixth straight win.

Kansas City has lost four in a row and six of seven.

St. Louis climbed within one game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Cen­tral.

Fowler broke a 3-3 tie in the sev­enth in­ning with his 15th homer of the sea­son. He ripped the first pitch from Nef­tali Feliz 404 feet for his third ca­reer slam.

Lorenzo Cain had four hits for the Roy­als, who lost all four games in the four-game, home-and-home set.

Fowler also ripped a run-scor­ing dou­ble to trig­ger a three-run out­burst in the sixth in­ning that helped erase a 3-0 deficit.

Trevor Rosen­thal recorded four outs to pick up his 10th save in 12 op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Pinch-hit­ter Bran­don Moss brought the Roy­als within 7-5 with a two-run, bases-loaded dou­ble in the eighth that came within a foot of clear­ing the wall. Whit Mer­ri­field fol­lowed with a sac­ri­fice fly. But Rosen­thal got Cain to fly out with the ty­ing run on third.

St. Louis has scored 54 runs dur­ing the six-game streak.

Tyler Lyons (1-0) picked up the win in re­lief of Lance Lynn, who gave up two earned runs in six in­nings.

Mike Mi­nor (5-4) took the loss. Melky Cabr­era gave the Roy­als a 3-0 lead with a two-run triple in the fifth.

Kansas City starter Jason Ham­mel gave up two earned runs and three hits over five-plus in­nings. He has al­lowed three earned runs or less in each of his last seven starts.

PI­RATES 7, TIGERS 5 Rookie Josh Bell hit his 20th home run and drove in three runs, lead­ing Pitts­burgh past Detroit. Ger­rit Cole (10-8) al­lowed six hits and three earned runs in eight in­nings, his long­est out­ing of the sea­son. He im­proved to 3-1 since the All-Star break and is 6-3 in his last 10 starts. Felipe Rivero closed for his 11th save. Drew VerHa­gen (0-2) took the loss. Sean Ro­driguez of the Pi­rates had a run-scor­ing single in the sec­ond to make it 2-2. Ro­driguez hit a solo homer in the eighth for his fourth of the sea­son.

AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE

BLUE JAYS 4, YAN­KEES 0 Marco Estrada and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a six-hit­ter, Jose Bautista hit a solo home run and Toronto beat New York. Estrada (5-7) pitched seven in­nings to win for the first time in 13 starts. The righthander came in 0-5 with a 7.39 ERA since beat­ing Texas on May 27. Ryan Tepera worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna fin­ished. Bautista hit a two-out drive off Chasen Shreve in the sev­enth. It was his 36th ca­reer homer against New York, break­ing a tie with Tampa Bay’s Evan Lon­go­ria for the most by an ac­tive player.

RAYS 4, IN­DI­ANS 1 Corey Dick­er­son’s three­run homer in the eighth in­ning car­ried the Tampa Bay Rays to a win over the Cleve­land In­di­ans. Dick­er­son’s two-out blast off Nick Goody (1-2),

his 22nd, came af­ter Adeiny Hechavar­ria sin­gled and Je­sus Su­cre was hit by a pitch. Tommy Hunter (2-2) worked 12/3 score­less in­nings in re­lief of Blake Snell to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 op­por­tu­ni­ties. Fran­cisco Lin­dor opened the game with a dou­ble and scored on Jose Ramirez’s single. It was the only run for the AL Cen­tral-lead­ing In­di­ans off Snell, who gave up four hits and two walks in 61/3 in­nings.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

NA­TION­ALS 3, MAR­LINS 2 Brian Good­win had two hits, in­clud­ing a home run lead­ing off the eighth in­ning, and Wash­ing­ton ral­lied past Mi­ami. Good­win broke a 2-2 tie when he con­nected on a 1-0 fast­ball from Ju­nichi Tazawa (12) for his 13th homer of the sea­son and sec­ond RBI of the night. Ryan Mad­son (2-0) pitched a score­less eighth in­ning and Sean Doolit­tle worked around a one-out dou­ble by Miguel Ro­jas in the ninth for his sev­enth save since com­ing to Wash­ing­ton. An­drew Steven­son made a div­ing catch along the left field foul line with a run­ner on third to save a hit for the game’s fi­nal out.

METS 10, PHILLIES 0 Ja­cob deGrom pitched bril­liantly un­til leav­ing in the sev­enth in­ning due to a con­tu­sion on his right tri­ceps af­ter be­ing hit on a line drive by Nick Wil­liams, and New York home­red four times in a rout of Philadel­phia. DeGrom (13-5) gave up four hits in 62/3 in­nings with nine strike­outs and no walks. He im­proved to 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA in his last 11 starts while up­ping his ca­reer mark against Philadel­phia to 6-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 starts. The 29-year-old right-han­der ini­tially smiled when man­ager Terry Collins came out to check on his star pitcher af­ter Wil­liams’ hard shot drilled deGrom on the back of his right arm just above the el­bow. REDS 10, PADRES 3 Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam in the sev­enth in­ning, end­ing left­hander Brad Hand’s long score­less streak and ral­ly­ing Cincin­nati over San Diego. San Diego took a 3-2 lead into the sev­enth, leav­ing Dinel­son Lamet in line for a fourth straight vic­tory. The Padres’ best re­liever of late let it get away. The Reds loaded the bases against Kirby Yates (23) and Hand, who had a streak of 24 score­less in­nings. Gennett’s third ca­reer grand slam made it 6-3, the first runs al­lowed by Hand since June 10. Eu­ge­nio Suarez home­red two pitches later.

AP/JEFF ROBERSON

Car­di­nals out­fielder Tommy Pham (right) slides safely into home in front of Roy­als catcher Drew Butera on Thurs­day in St. Louis.

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