Pujols grand slam backs Wainwright; Cards beat Rockies 13-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, Adam Wainwright pitched seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Colorado Rockies 13-0 Thursday for a three-game sweep.
The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cardinals were the first team in big league history to have a player at least 40 years old hit a grand slam and another at least 40 to pitch seven shutout innings in the same game. Pujols is 42, two years older than Wainwright.
The Rockies lost starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela (3-7) and right fielder Charlie Blackmon in the second inning to leg injuries.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals won their fourth in a row and sent Colorado to its fifth straight loss.
Pujols hit his 690th career home run, connecting off Austin Gomber and capping a five-run third that made it 10-0.
Wainwright (10-9) gave up three hits, two of them infield singles.
BRAVES 3, METS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried outpitched Jacob deGrom, ever so slightly, in a matchup of aces and rookie Michael Harris II bounced a go-ahead double in the seventh inning that sent Atlanta past New York.
The Braves won three of four in the series and moved within 3 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Mets. Atlanta has won nine of 10.
New York has dropped three of four after winning 17 of 20.
Fried (11-4) lasted seven innings, giving up two runs and four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
DeGrom (2-1) allowed five hits and three runs with no walks and nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
In the ninth, Mets star Francisco Lindor was caught in no-man’s-land on the bases and thrown out.
ASTROS 21, WHITE SOX 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Bregman hit two homers and two doubles, driving in a career-high six runs and powering Houston past Chicago.
Houston’s run total tied for the second most in team history — the Astros scored 23 against Baltimore in 2019.
The Astros wound up with 25 hits as Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez tied career highs with four each.
Houston scored six times in the fourth inning, chasing Lucas Giolito (9-7) in taking a 10-0 lead.
Luis Garcia (10-8) blanked Chicago for the first four innings but gave up Yoan Moncada’s three-run homer in the fifth.
BREWERS 5, DODGERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen homered twice, Hunter Renfroe also went deep and Milwaukee split a four-game series with major league-leading Los Angeles.
McCutchen had three RBIs in his 19th career multi-homer game.
Andrew Heaney (1-1) gave up all three homers. He struck out 10 but allowed five runs, five hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.
Corbin Burnes (9-5) allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Devin Williams struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.
BLUE JAYS 9, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — George Springer went 5-for-5, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run second inning off Frankie Montas, and Toronto beat slumping New York.
José Berríos (9-5) bounced back from a pair of rough outings to pitch 6 2/3 effective innings for the Blue Jays.
Coming off Josh Donaldson’s walk-off grand slam to beat Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, New York lost for the 13th time in 17 games.
Montas (4-10) allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his home debut for the Yankees, who got him from Oakland ahead of the trade deadline.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zac Gallen struck out a career-high 12 in 7 1/3 innings, extending his shutout streak to 21 1/3 innings as Arizona beat San Francisco.
Gallen (9-2) limited the Giants to four hits and has won five straight decisions.
The D-backs chased Logan Webb (11-6) early and earned a split of the four-game series.
Webb gave up five runs, three earned, on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.
RAYS 7, ROYALS 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Luis Patiño pitched strongly into the sixth inning, Yandy Díaz drove in three runs and Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.
The Rays have won five of six.
Patiño (1-1), recalled from Triple-A Durham to make his first big league appearance since July 23, gave up four hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Díaz homered on the second pitch from Max Castillo (0-1) leading off the first, and had a two-run double during a during a five-run seventh off Brad Keller.
CUBS 3, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a pair of homers, Adrian Sampson pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and Chicago beat Baltimore.
Sampson (1-3) allowed four hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings, earning his first win since last Sept. 14 at Philadelphia.
Contreras then gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the sixth with a solo shot off Spenser Watkins (4-3).
Rafael Ortega also homered for the Cubs, who have won five of seven.
Brandon Hughes picked up his first career save.
NATIONALS 3, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nelson Cruz drew a bases-loaded walk from Josh Hader to bring in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and Washington beat San Diego.
Hader relieved Yu Darvish (10-7) in a 1-1 game after the right-hander allowed two singles sandwiched around the first out in the ninth. Hader, obtained from Milwaukee on Aug. 1, hit Luke Voit with a pitch and then walked Cruz. Keibert Ruiz followed with a sacrifice fly.
Carl Edwards (5-3) pitched a perfect eighth and Kyle Finnegan worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Anibal Sánchez allowed just Manny Machado’s homer in five innings.
RANGERS 10, ATHLETICS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nathaniel Lowe hit a three-run homer, Jonah Heim drove in two runs against his former team and Texas beat Oakland.
Dane Dunning (3-6) allowed two runs in six innings for his second consecutive win.
Texas completed a 4-3 homestand by splitting four games with the last-place A’s.
Rookie Zach Logue (3-7) allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
PIRATES 8, RED SOX 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit two home runs, JT Brubaker pitched seven shutout innings and Pittsburgh snapped a six-game skid.
Brubaker (3-10) allowed two hits, walked none and struck out seven. He gave up a leadoff single in the second to Alex Verdugo, who was caught stealing, and single to Xander Bogaerts with one out in the seventh.
Reynolds put Pittsburgh ahead 2-0 in the first with a drive to right off Josh Winckowski (5-6). After Newman singled in the fifth, Reynolds hit his team-leading 20th home run for a 6-0 lead.
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