Cinci plays spoiler against Dodgers again

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Scooter Gen­nett had four hits and three RBIs, Joey Votto hit a tworun dou­ble on his birth­day and the Cincin­nati Reds im­proved to 5-0 against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers this sea­son with a 10-6 vic­tory Mon­day night.

Eu­ge­nio Suarez added a solo home run for the last-place Reds, and Jose Per­aza had two hits and scored three runs. That helped Cincin­nati over­come Chris Tay­lor’s two-run homer and Yas­mani Gran­dal’s solo shot.

The loss for Los An­ge­les dropped them 11/2 games be­hind the first­place Colorado Rock­ies in the NL West. Ari­zona was an­other three games back of Colorado.

In the NL wild-card race, the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers held onto their 21/2-game lead on the St. Louis Car­di­nals in the bat­tle for the first wild-card spot, beat­ing the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Mon­day night. The Brew­ers also moved to within a game of the Cen­tral-lead­ing Cubs with their win.

Lorenzo Cain had four hits, and Mike Mous­takas scored on Carl Ed­wards Jr.’s wild pitch in the sixth in­ning to give the Brew­ers the win against the Cubs.

Or­lando Ar­cia and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a run as Mil­wau­kee (83-62) won for the sev­enth time in eight games.

Chicago (83-60) lost for the fifth time in seven games. Ben Zo­brist had two of the Cubs’ five hits, and Kris Bryant drove in a run.

Mean­while, the Car­di­nals edged the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 8-7 at home to main­tain a two-game edge on the Dodgers for the sec­ond wild­card po­si­tion.

In Detroit, Justin Ver­lan­der made his tri­umphant re­turn to his former haunts, pitch­ing the AL West-lead­ing Hous­ton Astros to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. The World Se­ries cham­pion Astros opened a three-game lead over Oak­land atop the AL West.

The New York Yan­kees moved three games ahead of Oak­land for the first wild-card spot by virtue of a 7-2 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Twins in Minneapolis.

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