BRYANT GALLOPS HOME, CUBS RALLY IN EIGHTH TO EDGE CARDINALS 3-2
Kris Bryant galloped home from first base on Anthony Rizzo’s bloop double, capping a three-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday in the ever-tightening NL Central race.
A classic pitchers’ duel between Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright kept it scoreless into the eighth.
After Paul Dejong and Randal Grichuk hit two-out homers off Lester for a 2-0 lead, the Cubs came back.
Ben Zobrist’s RBI double with two outs made it 2-1 and chased Wainwright. Bryant greeted reliever Matt Bowman (2-4) with a broken-bat single that tied it.
Nick Hundley singled in Kelby Tomlinson with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Giants to a 5-4 victory over the
Padres. Pinch-hitter Tomlinson reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on a wild pitch from Kevin Quackenbush (0-2). After Hunter Pence flied out, Hundley lined an 0-1 pitch over the head of left fielder Jose Pirela as Tomlinson rounded third and scored without a throw. … Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Indians defeated the Blue Jays 2-1. Lindor hit a 2-2 pitch from Danny Barnes (2-3) to right field for his 15th homer of the season just as a hard rain began to fall. … Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the
Athletics 6-5. … Texas turned three Tampa Bay miscues into a three-run sixth inning and the Rangers beat the Rays 4-3. … Mike Moustakas homered twice, and Salvador Perez, Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio also went deep to lead the Royals over the White Sox 7-2. … Marwin Gonzalez stepped in for injured Colin Moran and delivered a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the sixth inning to propel the Astros past the Orioles 8-4. … Domingo Santana singled home the winning run in the ninth inning after the
Brewers blew a big lead, and beat the
Phillies 9-8. … Kyle Gibson took a shutout into the eighth inning in his longest start of the season, Zack Granite had three of the Twins’ 14 hits, and the Twins held off a late rally to beat the Tigers 6-5. … J.T. Realmuto hit a pair of two-run homers and a double on Saturday night, powering the Marlins to their second straight victory, 5-4 over the Reds .… Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs, Tanner Roark struck out a seasonhigh 11 and Sean Doolittle stranded the potential tying run to preserve the
4-3 win over the
Nationals’ Diamondbacks. FOOTNOTES Castro heads back to disabled list.
Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro will be placed on the disabled list with another injury to his right hamstring, manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. Castro, activated off the disabled list July 15, reinjured his hamstring while running out a ground ball Wednesday at Minnesota. He played in the first two games of the series at Seattle on Thursday and Friday, with one hit in eight at-bats. … Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez was placed on the disabled list for the fourth time this season because of a blister problem. Sanchez was removed from his start against Boston on Wednesday because of a recurrence of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. He was examined by a hand specialist Friday in Cleveland. — The Associated Press