FOWLER’S SLAM POW­ERS CAR­DI­NALS TO SIXTH CON­SEC­U­TIVE VIC­TORY

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

LOUIS» Dex­ter Fowler hit a grand slam ST. and drove in a ca­reer-high five runs to lead the Car­di­nals to an 8-6 vic­tory over the 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 fourgame, home-and-home set.

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Brian Good­win had two hits, in­clud­ing a home run lead­ing off the eighth in­ning, and the Na­tion­als ral­lied past the Mar­lins 3-2. Good­win broke a 2-2 tie when he con­nected on a 1-0 fast­ball from Ju­nichi Tazawa (1-2) for his 13th homer of the sea­son and sec­ond RBI of the night. … New York’s Ja­cob deGrom pitched bril­liantly un­til leav­ing in the sev­enth in­ning be­cause of a con­tu­sion on his right tri­ceps af­ter be­ing hit on a line drive by Nick Wil­liams, and the Mets home­red four times in a 10-0 rout of the Phillies. DeGrom (13-5) gave up four hits in 6M score­less 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. But deGrom never threw a warm-up pitch nor ap­peared to protest Collins’ de­ci­sion to take him out. The Mets got good news when X-rays were neg­a­tive. … Corey Dick­er­son’s three-run homer in the eighth in­ning car­ried the Rays to a 4-1 win over the 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) pitched 1M score­less in­nings in re­lief of Blake Snell to get the win. … Marco Estrada and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a six­hit­ter, Jose Bautista hit a solo home run and the Blue Jays beat the Yan­kees 4-0. 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. … Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam in the sev­enth in­ning, end­ing left-han­der Brad Hand’s long score­less streak and ral­ly­ing the Reds toa 10-3 vic­tory over the Padres. … Rookie Josh Bell hit his 20th home run and drove in three runs, pro­pel­ling the Pi­rates toa 7-5 vic­tory over the Tigers. 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 break. Felipe Rivero closed for his 11th save. … Yoan Mon­cada sin­gled to right cen­ter in the 11th in­ning bring­ing in Leury Gar­cia as the White Sox beat the Astros 3-2. … By­ron Buxton and Joe Mauer each had three sin­gles and the Twins beat the Brew­ers for the fourth con­sec­u­tive game, 7-2. The Twins, who have won five straight and are 7-3 in Au­gust, had 12 hits — 11 sin­gles and a dou­ble — to sweep a home-and-home, four-game set with Mil­wau­kee. The Brew­ers are 7-17 since July 16 and fell into third place in the NL Cen­tral with the loss.

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