KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:03:33 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Missouri baseball and softball drop rubber games Sunday http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-and-softball-drop-rubber-games-sunday/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-and-softball-drop-rubber-games-sunday/ Baseball Sun, 26 Mar 2017 8:01:49 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball and softball drop rubber games Sunday

COLUMBIA - Missouri baseball and softball lost Sunday to drop both of their respective series.

Mizzou softball (18-13, 1-4 SEC) fell to No. 7 Texas A&M, 7-3, in College Station while Mizzou baseball (21-3, 4-2 SEC) lost to Arkansas, 9-8, in Columbia.

Mizzou softball earned an early 3-1 lead against Texas A&M, using RBI singles from senior Natalie Flemming and sophomore Rylee Pierce. The Aggies were forced to pull starter Trinity Harrington after allowing eight hits in just one inning pitched.

Texas A&M (28-3, 7-2 SEC) responded by scoring in all of the first five innings, including a three-run third, to take a 7-3 advantage that would hold as the final score. 

The Mizzou lead was 3-2 in the third inning with two outs on Texas A&M batters, but Aggie freshman Sarah Hudek hit a three-run home run to gain a 5-3 advantage.

The Tigers totaled 12 hits, but stranded a season high 11 runners on base.

Mizzou baseball also earned an early lead against Arkansas following a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to the warning track in the first inning from sophomore Brian Sharp to make it 1-0.

Arkansas (20-5, 5-1 SEC) responded in the top of the second with a lead-off homer from freshman Dominic Fletcher. The Razorbacks added two more runs on three hits before junior Tiger starting pitcher Andy Toelken was pulled without recording an out in the second.

Toelken received his first loss of the season.

Arkansas added four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 7-1 advantage following a Mizzou error with two outs and highlighted by a three-run homer from sophomore catcher Grant Koch. 

Four of the Razorback runs followed errors and were unearned.

Arkansas would add its third and final homer of the game in the fifth inning off the bat of junior Carson Shaddy. 

The Tigers trailed 9-3 in the eighth inning, but rallied to score four in the bottom of the frame. Two runs scored on a wild pitch that struck out Kameron Misner and got lost behind home plate.

Mizzou continued to rally in the ninth, scoring once more, with two outs, on a RBI single from sophomore Ian Nelson. However, sophomore Connor Brumfield struck out looking with the tying run on second base as Arkansas escaped with the win.

Mizzou softball is back in action Wednesday for a double-header at Wichita State.

Mizzou baseball will look to respond to its first series loss of the season Tuesday when the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks come to Columbia.


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Missouri baseball starts new streak, beats Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-starts-new-streak-beats-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-starts-new-streak-beats-arkansas/ Baseball Sat, 25 Mar 2017 6:26:14 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball starts new streak, beats Arkansas

COLUMBIA - Missouri baseball defeated Arkansas 7-2 Saturday to get back to winning ways.

Arkansas (19-5, 4-1 SEC) ended Mizzou's nation-long 20-game winning streak Friday night.

The Tigers (21-2, 4-1) powered past the Razorbacks with a six-run sixth inning, handing Arkansas starting pitcher Trevor Stephan his first loss of the season.

Mizzou starting pitcher, sophomore Michael Plassmeyer, allowed one run in five innings. The lone run he surrendered came from a solo home run off the bat of Razorback junior Chad Spanberger.

The score was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning until junior Robbie Glendinning hit a two-run homer to left filed. The next batter, sophomore Brian Sharp, followed that with a home run of his own to extend the lead to 4-1.

Later in the bottom of the sixth still, junior catcher Nelson Mompierre hit the third home run of the frame with a man on base to make the Tiger lead 6-1.

Mizzou would add one more in the inning before Arkansas could escape down 7-1.

Arkansas would score once more in the eighth, but Mizzou reliever TJ Sikkema shut them down before it became trouble.

Sikkema earned his fifth win of the season in relief, allowing the one run in four innings.

The series will be decided Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Andy Toelken will take the hill for Mizzou.  

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Missouri baseball's winning streak comes to an end against Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-winning-streak-comes-to-an-end-against-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-winning-streak-comes-to-an-end-against-arkansas/ Baseball Fri, 24 Mar 2017 7:28:33 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball's winning streak comes to an end against Arkansas

COLUMBIA - The No. 20 Missouri Tigers baseball team lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks 9-2 Friday, ending the nation's longest winning streak at 20 games.

Arkansas (19-4, 4-0 SEC) scored five runs in the second inning and led wire-to-wire to win its seventh consecutive game.

Mizzou (20-2, 3-1 SEC) had as many errors as runs scored. One error came in the five-run Arkansas second inning that allowed two unearned runs to score off of Tiger starting pitcher Tanner Houck.

The Preseason All-American, Houck surrendered five runs, three earned, in only 3.2 innings pitched.

That's when a two hour, eleven minute rain and lightning delay ceased play. The game was originally scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, but with impending weather, it was moved up to a noon start.

While Houck couldn't return, Razorback starting pitcher Blaine Knight returned to finish six innings, allowing two runs.

Trailing 6-0, Mizzou attempted to climb back in the game with runs scored in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 6-2. 

However, the Razorbacks would respond with runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to put the Tigers away.

Mizzou and Arkansas will play game two of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. 

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With win over Arkansas Little Rock, Mizzou baseball tallies 20 in a row http://www.komu.com/news/with-win-over-arkansas-little-rock-mizzou-baseball-tallies-20-in-a-row/ http://www.komu.com/news/with-win-over-arkansas-little-rock-mizzou-baseball-tallies-20-in-a-row/ Baseball Wed, 22 Mar 2017 6:00:20 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer With win over Arkansas Little Rock, Mizzou baseball tallies 20 in a row

COLUMBIA - Missouri Baseball eclipsed Arkansas Little Rock by a tally of 11-8 on Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium to build on their impressive now 20-game win streak. The Tigers currently rank No. 18 in the country on Baseball America's mid-season rankings and their 20-1 mark is the best in program history. 

Missouri wasted no time, amassing six runs in the first inning. The hit parade began when catcher Brett Bond singled to left, scoring two. Nelson Mompierre then brought Bond and Kameron Misner around to score on an RBI single of his own. The Tigers tagged Little Rock starter Carter Brown for three runs right out of the gate and he was yanked from the game before he was able to record an out. The Trojans needed two more pitchers to finish the inning and the score was 6-0 when the teams made it to their dugouts. 

Missouri starter Bryce Montes De Oca did his fair share on the hill as well. The right-hander allowed only two runs on four hits through his four innings and recorded 4 K's. 

The Tigers saw their lead grow to 8-0 before it slowly began to dissipate. The Trojans began to eat into the deficit in the fourth inning when senior outfielder Hunter Owens reached base via infield single, scoring Cale Ridling. After a hit batsman and an error by the Tigers, UALR had cut the score to 4-8. 

Missouri regained its composure, though, in the fifth inning. Robbie Glendinning, Brett Bond and Brian Sharp all added RBIs to the Tiger campaign and the lead was pushed to 11-4 in their favor. This would be enough for them to close the door on UALR and they won by a score of 11-8. 

Junior Brett Bond has now reached base safely in 15 consecutive games and outfielder Misner is right behind him at 13 games. The Tigers will look to continue their winning streak against an equally hot Arkansas team on Friday. The Razorbacks will come into Columbia as winners of 9 of their last 10. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. 

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No. 25 Missouri baseball extends streak with win over Alabama http://www.komu.com/news/no-25-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-with-win-over-alabama/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-25-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-with-win-over-alabama/ Baseball Sat, 18 Mar 2017 8:25:03 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 25 Missouri baseball extends streak with win over Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 25 Mizzou Baseball defeated Alabama 7-4 Saturday.

With the victory, the team extends its win streak to 18 games, which is the longest active one in the nation.

The 18-1 record is the best start in program history. The win streak is the second-longest one in school history, trailing only the 1964 team that won 19 straight.

Mizzou struck early as sophomore Connor Brumfield led off the game with a triple into deep left center. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brett Bond to give Mizzou a 1-0 lead. Freshman Kameron Misner also hit a two-out, RBI single to give Mizzou a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers never lost the lead, going wire-to-wire in the victory.

Brumfield, a Columbia native, went 5-5 with an RBI. He's the second Tiger with a five-hit game this season. Junior Robbie Glendinning complemented his performance with two hits and two RBI of his own. 

Sophomore starting pitcher Michael Plassmeye earned his fourth victory of the season, allowing three runs in five innings. 

Mizzou will look to sweep the series Sunday as junior Andy Toelken will take the mound against Alabama senior Nick Eicholtz.


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No. 23 Missouri baseball extends streak, defeats Alabama in SEC opener http://www.komu.com/news/no-23-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-defeats-alabama-in-sec-opener/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-23-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-defeats-alabama-in-sec-opener/ Baseball Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:22:24 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 23 Missouri baseball extends streak, defeats Alabama in SEC opener

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 23 Missouri baseball opened conference play Friday night by defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 3-0.

Mizzou (17-1, 1-0 SEC) extended its winning streak to 17 games, tied with Louisville for the nation's longest active winning streak. It is the best record through 18 games in program history.

The Tigers used small-ball to jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. A bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Brian Sharp were responsible for the runs.

That was all Preseason All-American starter Tanner Houck would need. Houck earned his third win of the season. His line: 7 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 R.

Junior outfielder Trey Harris added an insurance run with his solo home run in the ninth and freshman TJ Sikkema earned his second save of the season with two shutout innings, striking out five.

Mizzou and Alabama will conclude the series on Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Michael Plassmeyer will take the mound Saturday and junior Andy Toelken will get the ball Sunday.  

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Mizzou Baseball makes history with 16th consecutive win http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-makes-history-with-16th-consecutive-win/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-makes-history-with-16th-consecutive-win/ Baseball Wed, 15 Mar 2017 8:33:22 PM Bradley Smith, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Baseball makes history with 16th consecutive win

COLUMBIA - With the MU basketball team stealing much of Wednesday's headlines with the hiring of new basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, the MU baseball team had an historic win at Taylor Stadium against Chicago State beating the Cougars 7-6 in 13 innings.

The Tigers struggled defensively in the game and committed 7 errors on the afternoon. However, they were able to make up for their defensive miscues by getting 13 hits.

The game went into extra innings tied up at 4-4, when Chicago State’s first baseman Rick Salazar smashed a 2-run home run in the top of the 11th inning to put the Cougars ahead 6-4.

The Tigers then mounted a comeback of their own in the bottom of the 11th as sophomore outfielder Connor Brumfield drilled a double that scored Kameron Misner and Brian Sharp to tie score a 6-6.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the 13th inning that MU was able to make history. With Connor Brumfield at the plate and the winning run at third, he hit a pop up to left field that was dropped by the left fielder. After the umpires reviewed if the ball was fair or foul, it was upheld and MU won 7-6.

The Tigers baseball team is off to their best start in team history with a record of 16-1 and are 3 wins shy of tying their most consecutive wins in a row at 19. Their next game is the SEC opener Friday evening against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

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Missouri baseball extends winning streak, shuts out Appalachian State http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-extends-winning-streak-shuts-out-appalachian-state/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-extends-winning-streak-shuts-out-appalachian-state/ Baseball Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:44:26 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball extends winning streak, shuts out Appalachian State

COLUMBIA - Preseason All-American Tanner Houck was one out away from a complete-game shutout Friday night as Missouri defeated Appalachian State 4-0 Friday night.

Mizzou (13-1) hasn't lost since the season opener to Eastern Michigan. The 13-game winning streak is tied for the longest active streak nationally.

In 8.2 innings, Houck only allowed 4 hits and pitched around three errors and two walks to earn his second victory of the season.

Offensively, freshman LF Kameron Misner started the scoring for Mizzou with an RBI single in the first inning to score Robbie Glendinning. He earned another RBI in the two-run tiger seventh, scoring sophomore Connor Brumfield. Misner finished 2-5 with 2 RBI. 

Appalachian State (6-7) made it interesting in the ninth inning, getting runners on first and third base with only one out. Houck forced a popout from senior Avery Jackson for out number two. Houck was then pulled Houck for sophomore Ty Shoaff.

Shoaff walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, and was pulled for junior Nolan Gromacki. With the bases loaded and two outs, Gromacki redshirt junior Jared McCarver to earn the save and a win for Houck.

The Tigers and Mountaineers will face off two more times this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Michael Plassmeyer and junior Andy Toelken are slated to take the mound for the Tigers.

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Area scores March 4, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/area-scores-march-4-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/area-scores-march-4-2017/ Baseball Sat, 4 Mar 2017 6:35:52 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Area scores March 4, 2017

Here are your area scores for March 4, 2017:


Men's basketball: 89-78 Loss at Auburn

Baseball: 6-4 Win vs. University of Illinois-Chicago

Softball: 2-0 Win vs. Maryland; then lost 7-2 to Oregon

Wrestling: 6 wrestlers advance to MAC championships: John Erneste (133 pounds), Jaydin Eierman (141), Lavion Mayex (149), Joey Lavaelle (157), Daniel Lewis (165), and J'den Cox (197 pounds). The team, as a whole, leads the MAC Championships by 27 points.

High School Basketball

Rock Bridge defeated Blue Springs, 81-46, to win the Class 5, District 9 title.

Harrisburg boys basketball beats Clopton 58-57. Harrisburg junior Cade Combs put the Bulldogs ahead in final seconds to advance Harrisburg to the Class 2 State Semifinals.

New Bloomfield girls basketball loses to Scotland County 55-23 in the Class 2 quarterfinals.

Southern Boone County girls basketball lost to Strafford 61-34 in the Class 3 quarterfinals.


William Woods 73, Missouri Baptist 67. WWU advances to the American Midwest Conference Tournament Final.




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Local Sports Scores: Thursday, Dec. 15 http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-dec-15/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-dec-15/ Baseball Thu, 15 Dec 2016 8:24:23 PM Charles Nichelson, KOMU8 Digital Producer Local Sports Scores: Thursday, Dec. 15

COLUMBIA - Sports scores from around the area

Girls High School Basketball:

So. Callaway 72, Eugene 69

New Bloomfield 67, Chamois 35

Boys High School Basketball:

Moberly 57, Boonville 51

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Mizzou alum Max Scherzer named 2016 NL Cy Young award winner http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-alum-max-scherzer-named-2016-nl-cy-young-award-winner/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-alum-max-scherzer-named-2016-nl-cy-young-award-winner/ Baseball Wed, 16 Nov 2016 5:40:40 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Reporter Mizzou alum Max Scherzer named 2016 NL Cy Young award winner

On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America named former Mizzou pitcher and current Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer the winner of the 2016 National League Cy Young award.

This is the second Cy Young for Scherzer, who also won it in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He is only the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Rogers Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Roy Halladay.

Scherzer finished his 2016 campaign with a 20-7 record, a 2.96 ERA and 228 1/3 innings pitched. He led the National League in wins and innings, as well as all of Major League Baseball in strikeouts, WHIP and WAR.

His overall numbers in 2016 are comparable to his Cy Young season of 2013, when Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA but with fewer strikeouts and innings pitched.

Chicago Cubs starters Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks were the other two finalists, but Scherzer garnerd 25 of the 30 first-place votes.

Scherzer completed just the fourth 20-strikeout performance in baseball history this past May against his former Tiger team.

The Mizzou alum has started 30 or more big league games each of the past eight years, along with five straight 200 plus strikeout years and four straight years of 200 innings pitched.


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Cleveland Indians beat KC Royals 7-2 http://www.komu.com/news/cleveland-indians-beat-kc-royals-7-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/cleveland-indians-beat-kc-royals-7-2/ Baseball Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:56:18 PM DJ Pointer KOMU Sports Digital Producer Cleveland Indians beat KC Royals 7-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP)-Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Friday night.

Ryan Merritt gave up a run on three hits in the first, but nothing after that. Merrit made three appearances after being promoted Sept. 11 from Triple-A Columbus, threw 62 pitches, striking out four and walking none.

Francisco Lindor, who snapped an 0-for-29 drought with a double in a four-run third, homered off the left-field foul pole with pinch runner Michael Martinez and Carlos Santana aboard in the seventh.

Santana, who had three hits, tripled in two runs in the fourth and scored on Jason Kipnis' sacrifice fly. Jose Ramirez singled with two outs to score Lindor.

Yordano Ventura(11-12) gave up for runs and six hits with three walks while striking out eight in six innings.

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Duvall's single lifts Reds to 2-1 win over Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/duvall-s-single-lifts-reds-to-2-1-win-over-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/duvall-s-single-lifts-reds-to-2-1-win-over-cardinals/ Baseball Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:19:00 PM Associated Press Duvall's single lifts Reds to 2-1 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Duvall's two-run single was all Cincinnati needed as the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Wednesday night.

The Reds' third win in their last four games dealt a blow to the Cardinals' playoff hopes. St. Louis lost ground in the race for the two NL wild cards, falling 2 1/2 games behind the New York Mets and possibly two games behind the San Francisco Giants pending the outcome of their game against the Colorado Rockies.

Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (9-5) allowed one runner in each of the first four innings, but only once during that span did the Cardinals have anyone in scoring position. He stranded five runners, including two in the sixth, his last inning. He allowed six hits and one run.

It was the fifth quality start out of six in DeSclafani's career against the Cardinals. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA against St. Louis.

Duvall drove in his 101st and 102nd RBIs with his third-inning single. He has seven RBI in the series.

Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save in six opportunities with two innings of relief.


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Royals win, but officially eliminated from postseason http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-but-officially-eliminated-from-postseason/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-but-officially-eliminated-from-postseason/ Baseball Wed, 28 Sep 2016 9:36:03 PM Associated Press Royals win, but officially eliminated from postseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The World Series champions have failed to make the postseason for the fourth year in a row.

Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon keyed an eighth-inning rally and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night, but the Royals were still knocked out of playoff contention.

The defending World Series champs were eliminated when Baltimore beat Toronto 3-2.

Morales' ground-rule double to right scored Jarrod Dyson, who had doubled and stole third. Gordon's single scored Whit Merrifield and pinch-runner Billy Burns.

Taylor Rogers (3-1), the fourth of five Twins pitchers, took the loss after allowing three runs, three hits and two walks while retiring only one of the six batters he faced.

Joakim Soria (5-8) worked a scoreless eighth to pick up the victory. Wade Davis got his 27th save in 30 chances.


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Royals outlast Twins 4-3 in extras http://www.komu.com/news/royals-outlast-twins-4-3-in-extras/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-outlast-twins-4-3-in-extras/ Baseball Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:33:16 PM The Associated Press Royals outlast Twins 4-3 in extras

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Burns' sacrifice fly scored Raul Mondesi in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Tuesday night, staving off postseason elimination.

The defending World Series champions are five games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card with five to play. The Orioles lost 5-1 at Toronto on Tuesday night.

Mondesi drew a walk to lead off the inning, stole second and moved to third on Jarrod Dyson's sacrifice bunt. Whit Merrifield and Eric Hosmer were walked intentionally to load the bases before Burns hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough to get Mondesi home.

Rookie Brooks Pounders (2-1), the eighth Royals pitcher, picked up the victory, getting the final two outs of the 11th inning.

Left-hander Tommy Milone (3-5) was charged with the loss


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Reds rout Cardinals 15-2 http://www.komu.com/news/reds-rout-cardinals-15-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/reds-rout-cardinals-15-2/ Baseball Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:11:20 PM The Associated Press Reds rout Cardinals 15-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joey Votto and Adam Duvall hit two of the Cincinnati's four homers as the Reds routed the St. Louis Cardinals 15-2 on Monday night.

Reds starter Tim Adleman (3-4) retired the first 10 Cardinals he faced and went a career-long seven innings. It was his first win since Aug. 19.

Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 including a homer, four RBI and scored three runs. He's the first Reds rookie to have five hits in a game since Wade Rowdon against the Mets on July 9, 1986.

The Reds improved to 6-4 in their last 10 games against the Cardinals, who fell one game behind the idle San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot with six games to go.

Jaime Garcia (10-13) lasted just one inning in his shortest outing of his career and possibly last as a Cardinal.


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Orlando, Hosmer spark late comeback as Royals top Tigers 7-4 http://www.komu.com/news/orlando-hosmer-spark-late-comeback-as-royals-top-tigers-7-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/orlando-hosmer-spark-late-comeback-as-royals-top-tigers-7-4/ Baseball Sat, 24 Sep 2016 5:06:16 PM The Associated Press Orlando, Hosmer spark late comeback as Royals top Tigers 7-4

DETROIT (AP) — Paulo Orlando hit a tying, two-run double and Eric Hosmer followed with a three-run homer against Francisco Rodriguez, capping a ninth-inning comeback that led the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 7-4 Saturday.

Given a 4-2 lead, Rodriguez (3-4) allowed singles to Alex Gordon and Hunter Dozier before Orlando's double. Cheslor Cuthbert walked and Hosmer hit his 24th homer.

Wade Davis (2-1) pitched a one-hit eighth and Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City's seventh pitcher, got three straight outs for his 12th save in 15 chances. Rodriguez blew a save for the fifth time in 49 opportunities.

Detroit's five-game winning streak was stopped, and the Tigers dropped into a tie for the second AL wild card with Baltimore, which played Arizona at night.


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Cardinals solve Wrigley again, crush Hammel, Cubs 10-4 http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-solve-wrigley-again-crush-hammel-cubs-10-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-solve-wrigley-again-crush-hammel-cubs-10-4/ Baseball Sat, 24 Sep 2016 3:55:59 PM The Associated Press Cardinals solve Wrigley again, crush Hammel, Cubs 10-4

CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina drove in four runs, Stephen Piscotty homered and the St. Louis Cardinals boosted their playoff hopes by getting to Jason Hammel early in a 10-4 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Randal Grichuk added three RBIs and Jhonny Peralta had three hits and scored three runs for the Cardinals, who snapped a two-game skid and moved into a tie with San Francisco for the final NL wild-card spot pending the Giants' game at San Diego.

Hammel (15-10) allowed six runs and six hits while getting just seven outs, hurting his bid for a postseason rotation spot. A day after clinching the NL's best record, the Cubs were denied their 99th win and a record 57th at Wrigley Field.


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Kluber's strong outing knocks Royals from AL Central race http://www.komu.com/news/kluber-s-strong-outing-knocks-royals-from-al-central-race/ http://www.komu.com/news/kluber-s-strong-outing-knocks-royals-from-al-central-race/ Baseball Wed, 21 Sep 2016 9:41:46 PM Associated Press Kluber's strong outing knocks Royals from AL Central race

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber allowed two runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night, eliminating the reigning World Series champions from the AL Central race.

The Indians, who led Detroit by seven games in the division going into Wednesday, reduced their magic number for clinching the Central to five.

Carlos Santana was 4 for 5 with an RBI single in the eighth. Jose Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth with his third double of the game.

Kluber (18-9) matched his career high in wins and is 10-1 in his last 14 starts, strengthening his case to win his second AL Cy Young Award in three years.

Cody Allen allowed Salvador Perez's leadoff homer in the ninth, but recorded his 28th save in 31 opportunities. Catcher Roberto Perez threw out pinch-runner Terrance Gore trying to steal second for the first out and Allen retired the final two batters.

Ian Kennedy (11-10) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and lost for the first time since July 25.


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Cardinals lose ground in wild card race, fall 11-1 http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-lose-ground-in-wild-card-race-fall-11-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-lose-ground-in-wild-card-race-fall-11-1/ Baseball Wed, 21 Sep 2016 5:14:34 PM Cardinals lose ground in wild card race, fall 11-1

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam, German Marquez pitched five solid innings for his first major league win and the Colorado Rockies slowed the St. Louis Cardinals' playoff chase with an 11-1 victory on Wednesday.

The Cardinals entered the day tied with New York and San Francisco atop the NL wild-card standings. The Mets and Giants both played later.

Arenado broke open the game in the second with his NL-leading 39th home run of the season. His fourth career slam made it 6-1.

Luke Weaver (1-4) was roughed up by the Rockies, surrendering seven hits and six runs in two innings. Before this game, the right-hander had allowed 12 earned runs in his last seven starts combined.

This was a memorable day for Marquez (1-0), who made his first big league start after three appearances out of the bullpen. He allowed one run and struck out three.


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