MARTINEZ’S GRAND SLAM LIFTS D-BACKS OVER CARDINALS 4-0
LOUIS» J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam ST. and Zack Godley pitched seven innings as the Diamondbacks beat the Cardinals 4-0 on Thursday night.
The Diamondbacks won their third game out of four, improved to 59-43 and snapped the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak.
Godley (4-4) reversed a trend of two poor outings, in which he allowed 10 earned runs in 11M innings, with the best performance of his 14-start career. Only three Cardinals advanced into scoring position as Godley struck out seven.
Archie Bradley and Fernando Rodney each pitched an inning in relief for the Diamondbacks, who had their first shutout since May 30 at Pittsburgh.
Martinez’s blast, his fourth homer as a Diamondback in four days and 20th overall, gave Arizona a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning. It was the fourth grand slam of his career for Martinez, who was acquired from the Tigers on July 18.
Paul Goldschmidt had two singles, walked and scored on the grand slam.
Kyle Schwarber homered twice and drove in four runs, and the rolling Cubs beat the White Sox 6-3 for their third consecutive victory. Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester pitched seven effective innings as the Cubs improved to 11-2 since the all-star break. The NL Central leaders also increased their advantage over the second-place Brewers to 1½ games entering their big series this weekend in Milwaukee. … Shortstop Adeiney Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham watched Gary Sanchez’s playable grounder bounce between them on the left side of the infield for a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Brett Gardner homered leading off the 11th, and the Yankees beat the Rays 6-5 for their fourth straight win. … Steve Pearce hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics 8-4 to complete a fourgame sweep. … Chris O’Grady pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Marlins beat the Reds 4-1 to open a fourgame series. Derek Dietrich, who drove in five of Miami’s franchise-record 22 runs in a win over Texas on Wednesday, homered and knocked in three runs. … Trevor Bauer pitched a season-high eight innings, Francisco Lindor singled to break a tie in the seventh and the Indians won their seventh straight game with a 2-1 victory over the Angels. Cleveland is on its longest winning streak of the season and is a season-high 10 games over .500. The Indians completed a 7-0 homestand.
Nationals place Strasburg on 10-day DL. Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Nationals, who want the standout right-hander to rest his elbow by missing a turn in the rotation. … The White Sox placed allstar outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 10day disabled list with a sprained right thumb. … The Braves optioned struggling shortstop Dansby Swanson to Triple-A Gwinnett. … The out-of-contention Mets started their veteran dispersal by trading first baseman Lucas Duda to the Rays for minor-league pitcher Drew Smith. … The Twins are sending TripleA catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Diamondbacks for Double-A left-hander Gabriel Moya. — The Associated Press