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, 20 Sep 2017 HH:09:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 White Sox score 2 in 9th, beat Royals 5-3 http://www.komu.com/news/white-sox-score-2-in-9th-beat-royals-5-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/white-sox-score-2-in-9th-beat-royals-5-3/ Baseball Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:45:09 PM The Associated Press White Sox score 2 in 9th, beat Royals 5-3

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia drove in runs in the ninth inning as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Wednesday.

Abreu's sacrifice fly scored Tim Anderson, who led off the inning with a single, took second on a wild pitch by Scott Alexander (4-4) and stole third.

Garcia's single to center scored Yoan Moncada with the second run. Garcia is hitting an American League-leading .432 against left-handed pitchers.

The Royals tied the score at 3 in the eighth. Alcides Escobar singled in one run, while pinch runner Terrance Gore scored the other on an Alex Gordon groundout.

Juan Minaya (3-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the victory. The White Sox won two of three in the series.

Royals starter Eric Skoglund lasted only three innings and 66 pitches, giving up three runs on five hits.

White Sox starter Lucas Giolito yielded one run (a homer by Salvador Perez in the sixth inning) in 6 1/3 innings.

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Mahle, Suarez help Reds to 6-0 win over Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/mahle-suarez-help-reds-to-6-0-win-over-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/mahle-suarez-help-reds-to-6-0-win-over-cardinals/ Baseball Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:40:31 PM The Associated Press Mahle, Suarez help Reds to 6-0 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Tyler Mahle threw five innings, Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Jesse Winker added a home run, and Joey Votto had two hits and drove in a run for the Reds, who had lost four of their last five games.

The Cardinals had won four straight and eight of nine.

Mahle (1-2) allowed four hits, striking out four and walking three, in earning his first major league win. The right-hander, who was making his fourth career start, threw 100 pitches and was able to strand eight runners.

Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (0-1), also a rookie right-hander, allowed three runs and four hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

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Brandon Moss grand slam lifts Royals over White Sox 4-3 http://www.komu.com/news/brandon-moss-grand-slam-lifts-royals-over-white-sox-4-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/brandon-moss-grand-slam-lifts-royals-over-white-sox-4-3/ Baseball Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:23:48 PM The Associated Press Brandon Moss grand slam lifts Royals over White Sox 4-3

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning Tuesday for his third consecutive game with a homer, powering the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Scott Alexander worked out of a ninth-inning jam for his fourth save in six chances. He yielded a double to Adam Engel and a single to Yolmer Sanchez to lead off the ninth. He struck out Yoan Moncada, retired Jose Abreu on a pop to Whit Merrifield and got pinch hitter Matt Davidson on a grounder to end the game.

White Sox rookie Dylan Covey (0-5) walked the bases loaded before Moss drove a full-count fastball to right-center. It was Moss's fourth career grand slam and his first since July 24, 2014. He has nine RBIs in his past three games.

Sam Gaviglio (4-5) picked up his first Royals victory in his second start after being picked up on waivers Sept. 1 from Seattle.

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DeJong, Molina power Cardinals to a 13-4 rout of Reds http://www.komu.com/news/dejong-molina-power-cardinals-to-a-13-4-rout-of-reds/ http://www.komu.com/news/dejong-molina-power-cardinals-to-a-13-4-rout-of-reds/ Baseball Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:36:58 PM The Associated Press DeJong, Molina power Cardinals to a 13-4 rout of Reds

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong homered, Yadier Molina drove in three runs and the streaking St. Louis Cardinals outslugged the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals have won four straight and six of their last seven to stay two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Molina's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the first gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. He drove in his 10th run over his past three games with a single in the sixth. Molina leads the team with 75 RBIs.

Matt Carpenter walked a career-best four times, doubled in a run and scored twice.

Lance Lynn (11-7) allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits in five innings.

Robert Stephenson (4-5) was pulled after three innings, the shortest career outing for the Reds rookie. He allowed six runs, four earned, and all three of his walks scored.

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Perez homers twice as Royals rout Tigers 13-2 http://www.komu.com/news/perez-homers-twice-as-royals-rout-tigers-13-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/perez-homers-twice-as-royals-rout-tigers-13-2/ Baseball Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:30:22 PM The Associated Press Perez homers twice as Royals rout Tigers 13-2

DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez homered twice as the Kansas City Royals broke open a close game to rout the Detroit Tigers 13-2 on Wednesday night.

The Royals broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh inning, then scored seven in the eighth. Perez drove in three runs, while Whit Merrifield had three doubles and three RBIs. Alcides Escobar had four hits, falling a homer short of the cycle.

Jason Hammell (8-10) got the win, giving up two runs, nine hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six while winning for the third time in four starts.

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd pitched six-plus innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

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Cards power past Giants on homers by Bader, DeJong, Martinez http://www.komu.com/news/cards-power-past-giants-on-homers-by-bader-dejong-martinez/ http://www.komu.com/news/cards-power-past-giants-on-homers-by-bader-dejong-martinez/ Baseball Sun, 3 Sep 2017 11:33:55 PM The Associated Press Cards power past Giants on homers by Bader, DeJong, Martinez

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Harrison Bader hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the sixth after Madison Bumgarner homered in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Sunday to gain ground again in the wild-card race.

Paul DeJong hit a solo homer in the fourth for the first St. Louis hit and Jose Martinez followed with a drive to nearly the same spot over the left-field fence. It was the seventh time the Cardinals hit consecutive homers this year.

Luke Weaver (4-1) struck out nine over seven innings to just miss a third straight start with double-digit Ks, helping St. Louis move within three games of Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

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After getting call check swing, Cain lifts Royals over Twins http://www.komu.com/news/after-getting-call-check-swing-cain-lifts-royals-over-twins/ http://www.komu.com/news/after-getting-call-check-swing-cain-lifts-royals-over-twins/ Baseball Sun, 3 Sep 2017 11:25:40 PM The Associated Press After getting call check swing, Cain lifts Royals over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lorenzo Cain hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning after a checked-swing call went his way on a close two-strike pitch, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins 5-4 Sunday.

Kansas City trailed 4-3 and had two on with two outs when Cain fouled off his first four pitches from rookie reliever Alan Busenitz (1-1). Cain took a fastball up, then checked his swing on an outside curveball in the dirt.

First base umpire Mike Muchlinski ruled no swing and plate umpire Marty Foster ejected Minnesota manager Paul Molitor, who was still in the dugout. Molitor then came out to argue.

Cain fouled off another pitch, then drove a fastball over Bryan Buxton and off the center-field wall. Cain ran through third base coach Mike Jirschele's hold sign and tried for an inside-the-park home run, but was thrown out at the plate, with right fielder Max Kepler tossing to second baseman Brian Dozier for the relay to catcher Chris Gimenez.

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Holland picks up save in Rockies' 3-2 victory over Royals http://www.komu.com/news/holland-picks-up-save-in-rockies-3-2-victory-over-royals/ http://www.komu.com/news/holland-picks-up-save-in-rockies-3-2-victory-over-royals/ Baseball Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:19:58 AM Associated Press Holland picks up save in Rockies' 3-2 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Colorado manager Bud Black expressed faith in Greg Holland before the game, saying he did not intend to remove his struggling closer from that role.

Holland was summoned to protect a one-run lead Thursday and he worked a flawless ninth for his 36th save as the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

Holland allowed Eric Hosmer's game-ending, three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night and was 0-4 with three blown saves in his previous six appearances.

"You have games in a row where your command is not where you expect it to be," Holland said. "I guess there is sometimes a little bit of `What are we going to get today?' But, I cleaned a few things up. Today, the ball was going towards my target like I'm used to seeing.

"When you get the line out from the first batter it makes it a lot easier, when you get that first hitter out."

Pat Valaika hit a two-run homer off Mike Minor with two outs in the eighth inning to give the Rockies a lead.

"I faced him the night before, so I knew he liked his slider on the hands a little bit, so kind of in the back of my mind," Valaika said. "That's where he threw it and I didn't miss it."

Valaika snapped an 0-for-12 slide, driving a full-count breaking ball from Minor (5-6) to left after Gerardo Parra singled.

"It was a terrible pitch," Minor said. "I just hung it. It didn't have good break on it, no spin, not much depth to it."

Adam Ottavino (2-3) struck out two in a perfect seventh.

The Rockies snapped a four-game losing streak with just their fifth victory in 17 games.

Rookie Jake Junis limited the Rockies to one run and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He matched his career high with seven strikeouts and walked one. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in three August starts, walking one and striking out 16 in 19 1/3 innings.

"Junis was fantastic," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He had a really good slider, a lot of swings and misses on his slider. He spotted his fastball extremely well. Junis was very impressive."

Whit Merrifield and Brandon Moss led off the Royals' first and second innings with home runs. It was Merrifield's third career leadoff home run, all this season, and his eighth hit in 15 at-bats. Moss hit his 17th home run, 14 with the bases empty.

Rockies starter German Marquez allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.

Raimel Tapia singled in Parra in the sixth for Colorado's first run.

Royals reliever Peter Moylan got three outs on seven pitches. He got DJ LaMahieu to roll into a double play to end the seventh, and retired Nolan Arenado, who singled in his first two at-bats, on a comebacker to start the eighth.

"This is a tough loss," Yost said.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) is scheduled to throw another simulated game this weekend in Atlanta. Black said if "he comes out of that fine" Anderson would go out on a rehab assignment. "He could conceivably start a game" in September, Black said.

Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas has a sore knee and was not in the lineup, but flied out as pinch hitter to end the game. Yost said Moustakas heard his knee pop on his final at-bat. "It's not anything we're concerned about," Yost said. "We're going to just give him a day off. We might DH him a day or two, depending on how he feels tomorrow."

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis will make his third start since returning from battling testicular cancer in the series opener at Atlanta on Friday night.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas, who is 2-4 with a 7.15 ERA in eight starts since July 1, will start Friday night at Cleveland. He was 12-3 with an American League-leading 2.22 ERA at the end of June.

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Hosmer 3-run HR with 2 outs in 9th, Royals beat Rockies 6-4 http://www.komu.com/news/hosmer-3-run-hr-with-2-outs-in-9th-royals-beat-rockies-6-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/hosmer-3-run-hr-with-2-outs-in-9th-royals-beat-rockies-6-4/ Baseball Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:23:39 PM The Associated Press Hosmer 3-run HR with 2 outs in 9th, Royals beat Rockies 6-4

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off former Kansas City teammate Greg Holland, lifting the Royals over the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Hosmer's 21st home run of the season was the first game-ending shot of his career.

Holland (2-5) fell to 0-4 with one save in four opportunities in his past six games, allowing 10 hits, three home runs and 12 runs over five innings. The former Royals closer issued a leadoff walk in the ninth, gave up a two-out single to Melky Cabrera and then was tagged by Hosmer on a 1-1 pitch.

Brandon Maurer (2-1) pitched the ninth.

Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado homered for the Rockies in a matchup of playoff contenders.

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Weaver Dominates As Cards Top Padres http://www.komu.com/news/weaver-dominates-as-cards-top-padres/ http://www.komu.com/news/weaver-dominates-as-cards-top-padres/ Baseball Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:05:25 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Weaver Dominates As Cards Top Padres

ST. LOUIS - After receiving news that closer Trevor Rosenthal will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the season, the Cardinals put the bad news behind them with a victory over San Diego at Busch Stadium.

Youngster Luke Weaver toed the rubber for St. Louis and the righty displayed great command and execution of his pitches all night long, pitching seven innings of three-hit ball while not allowing a run. Weaver also added 10 strikeouts to his masterful night.

The Cardinals' offense struck early on back-to-back doubles from Kolten Wong and Tommy Pham in the first inning. Jedd Gyorko continued to terrorize his former team, hitting two RBI singles to pad the St. Louis lead. 

The Cardinals also took advantage of Padre mistakes. Greg Garcia scored on a throwing error to first base from pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. Dexter Fowler also found home plate on a pitch that got by catcher Austin Hedges. 

San Diego added runs in the eighth and ninth inning, but the deficit would prove to be too much to surmount. The Cardinals defeated the Padres 6-2 and will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

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Merrifield powers Royals past White Sox 14-6 http://www.komu.com/news/merrifield-powers-royals-past-white-sox-14-6-88937/ http://www.komu.com/news/merrifield-powers-royals-past-white-sox-14-6-88937/ Baseball Mon, 14 Aug 2017 5:58:20 PM The Associated Press Merrifield powers Royals past White Sox 14-6

CHICAGO (AP) — Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Kansas City Royals pounded the Chicago White Sox 14-6 on Sunday.

Drew Butera had four of Kansas City's 16 hits, helping the Royals climb back over .500 at 59-58. Jorge Bonifacio hit his 15th homer, and Lorenzo Cain had two hits and two RBIs.

Jason Vargas (14-6) worked six innings to match his career high for wins set in 2012 with Seattle. The left-hander allowed three runs and six hits, struck out seven and walked two.

Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer for AL-worst Chicago, and Avisail Garcia added a two-run double.

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Dickey helps Braves win 6-3, stops Cards' 8-game win streak http://www.komu.com/news/dickey-helps-braves-win-6-3-stops-cards-8-game-win-streak/ http://www.komu.com/news/dickey-helps-braves-win-6-3-stops-cards-8-game-win-streak/ Baseball Mon, 14 Aug 2017 8:04:02 AM The Associated Press Dickey helps Braves win 6-3, stops Cards' 8-game win streak

ST. LOUIS (AP) — R.A. Dickey held St. Louis to one run in seven innings, Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and the Atlanta Braves stopped the Cardinals' season-high, eight-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory Sunday.

Dickey (8-7) allowed seven hits — none for extra bases until his final inning. The 42-year-old knuckleballer has given up one or no earned runs in eight of 23 starts.

Atlanta stopped a five-game losing streak, beat the Cardinals for the first time in six meetings this year and avoided getting swept in the season series for the first time.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since Aug. 5 and his sixth in eight tries.

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Lynn, Martinez lead Cardinals over Diamondbacks 3-2 http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-martinez-lead-cardinals-over-diamondbacks-3-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-martinez-lead-cardinals-over-diamondbacks-3-2/ Baseball Sun, 30 Jul 2017 7:50:05 PM The Associated Press Lynn, Martinez lead Cardinals over Diamondbacks 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn threw six strong innings and Jose Martinez homered and drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Sunday for their fifth win in seven games.

Lynn (9-6), the subject of trade rumors the past few days, gave up two runs and four hits. He has allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last six starts.

Lynn retired the last eight batters he faced in improving to 5-0 lifetime against Arizona. Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save in eight opportunities.

Martinez hit a two-run drive in the fourth to tie it, then had a sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Jedd Gyorko with the go-ahead run.

Taijuan Walker (6-5) allowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out 10.

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Gordon's triple caps Royals' rally in 5-3 win over Red Sox http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-triple-caps-royals-rally-in-5-3-win-over-red-sox/ http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-triple-caps-royals-rally-in-5-3-win-over-red-sox/ Baseball Sun, 30 Jul 2017 7:46:25 PM The Associated Press Gordon's triple caps Royals' rally in 5-3 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Gordon's two-run triple capped a four-run eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a day after their season-high, nine-game winning streak was snapped.

Alcides Escobar added a two-run single in the eighth and drove in three runs for the Royals, who lost in extra innings on Saturday after taking the series opener.

Rookie Rafael Devers hit a solo homer for Boston and starter Drew Pomeranz gave up one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his 100th career start.

Jason Hammel (5-8) allowed three runs on seven hits to end a six-start winless streak. His last victory also came against the Red Sox, at home on June 19.

Kelvin Herrera got the final three outs for his 23rd save, getting Mookie Betts to fly out with the bases loaded.

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Moustakas homers twice as Royals beat White Sox 7-2 http://www.komu.com/news/moustakas-homers-twice-as-royals-beat-white-sox-7-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/moustakas-homers-twice-as-royals-beat-white-sox-7-2/ Baseball Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:19:02 PM The Associated Press Moustakas homers twice as Royals beat White Sox 7-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Moustakas homered twice, and Salvador Perez, Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio also went deep to lead the Kansas City Royals over the White Sox 7-2 Saturday night, extending Chicago's longest losing streak in two years to eight games.

Melky Cabrera had his second four-hit game in a week and gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a home run in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth.

In a game that began with a 99-degree temperature and 112 heat index, Mike Pelfrey took a two-hitter into the sixth but put leadoff man Lorenzo Cain on with his sixth walk. David Holmberg (1-3) relieved, retired Eric Hosmer on a flyout, then gave up three homers in an eight-pitch span.

Perez's two-run homer tied the score, Moustakas homered two pitches later, Alcides Escobar grounded out and Moss homered for a 4-2 lead, a drive that would have gone 436 feet unimpeded. Whit Merrifield added an RBI single off Juan Minaya.

Bonifacio homered in the seventh, and Moustakas hit his 28th this season leading off the eighth against Brad Goldberg. Kansas City's five homers matched a season high.

Chicago, an AL-worst 38-56, had not lost eight in a row since June 12-19, 2015.

Scott Alexander (2-3) relieved Jason Vargas with two on and no outs in the sixth and got three straight outs. Vargas allowed two runs and seven hits.

Pelfrey is 0-2 in his last six starts.

RHP Jakob Junis was recalled from Triple-A Omaha by the Royals, who optioned OF Billy Burns to their Pacific Coast League affiliate. Junis gave the Royals a nine-man bullpen after Kansas City relievers worked 10 innings the previous two nights.

White Sox: RHP Jeff Petricka (right elbow strain) pitched a scoreless inning Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte in his first injury rehabilitation appearance. He threw five of eighth pitches for strikes. . OF Leury Garcia, who went on the DL June 26 with sprained finger on his left hand, is working out at the White Sox complex in Glendale, Arizona. "It's just going a little slower than we might have wanted it to, but he's getting better," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland is slated to pitch Sunday after going 1-6 with an 8.44 ERA in his past nine starts, allowing 14 home runs in 42 2/3 innings.

Royals: LHP Travis Wood is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in his first two starts, allowing a .762 slugging percentage.


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Bryant gallops home, Cubs rally in 8th, edge Cardinals 3-2 http://www.komu.com/news/bryant-gallops-home-cubs-rally-in-8th-edge-cardinals-3-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/bryant-gallops-home-cubs-rally-in-8th-edge-cardinals-3-2/ Baseball Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:17:59 PM The Associated Press Bryant gallops home, Cubs rally in 8th, edge Cardinals 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant wasn't going to let a sprained pinkie and a broken bat hold him back.

They certainly didn't slow him down.

Bryant raced home from first base on Anthony Rizzo's bloop double, capping a three-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday in the ever-tightening NL Central race.

Bryant also had a tying, broken-bat single during the comeback. The reigning NL MVP hurt his left pinkie on Wednesday and Cubs manager Joe Maddon considered him unlikely to play this game after the injury kept him out of Friday's 11-4 loss to the Cardinals.

"KB being able to play was the difference in today's game," Maddon said. "The combination of the hit and his speed, I don't think anybody else scores on that. Maybe Jason (Heyward), possibly. Happer (Ian Happ), possibly. But KB is such a good baserunner. He had it in his head the moment the ball was hit."

The Cubs began the day one game behind shaky Milwaukee for the division lead, with the Cardinals 3 1/2 back of the Brewers.

A classic pitchers' duel between Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright kept it scoreless into the eighth.

After Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk hit two-out homers off Lester for a 2-0 lead, the Cubs came back.

Ben Zobrist's RBI double with two outs made it 2-1 and chased Wainwright. Bryant greeted reliever Matt Bowman (2-4) with a single that tied it.

Brett Cecil then relieved and on a 3-2 pitch, Rizzo hit a looper to shallow left-center. Bryant ran hard the whole way and slid home feet first as catcher Yadier Molina couldn't control center fielder Dexter Fowler's one-hop throw.

Statcast showed Rizzo's hit landed 252 feet from the plate - it was 270 feet from first to home for Bryant.

"Full count, I got a head start, so that was huge," Bryant said. "You've got to give him (Rizzo) a ton of credit. He worked a great at-bat. Something I take pride in is my baserunning and surprising people."

Lester (7-6) had a perfect game until Wainwright singled with two outs in the sixth. Lester gave up three hits and struck out 10 in eight innings.

Wade Davis issued a pair of two-out walks in the ninth before fanning Molina for his 19th saves in 19 chances.

Wainwright allowed two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings, retiring 14 straight at one point.

"Some of my best execution," Wainwright said. "My stuff was good, my execution was good and the defense played great behind me, so it was a good recipe. It just didn't work out."

Lester wrote the letters "PLACT" written on his cap Saturday and choked up when asked about it following the game.

"My family - I lost my uncle yesterday," Lester said. "For the Notre Dame fans, he went to Notre Dame, so it's `Play Like a Champion Today.' Just to let him know that I was thinking of him."

"Play Like a Champion Today" is a hallowed sign outside the Notre Dame football team's locker room.

Kyle Hendricks, who has not pitched since June 4 due to tendinitis in his pitching hand, will return to the Cubs rotation on Monday against the White Sox. The 27-year-old righty is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts this season after going 16-8 with a major league-best 2.13 ERA last season.

Mike Montgomery will go back to the bullpen to make room for Hendricks, Maddon said.

Cardinals: OF Jose Martinez passed initial concussion-protocol tests after being struck on the side of the head by a foul ball in the dugout on Friday. ... Molina (sore right ankle) returned to the lineup. He was a late scratch on Friday.

Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (7-3, 3.71 ERA) and Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 4.20) are set to start the series finale Sunday night. Wacha pitched the first complete game of his career in the Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the Mets on Tuesday and is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in July. Quintana, acquired in a trade with the White Sox on July 13, struck out 12 in seven scoreless innings to win his Cubs debut last Sunday.

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DeGrom wins seventh straight start, Mets top Cardinals 7-3 http://www.komu.com/news/degrom-wins-seventh-straight-start-mets-top-cardinals-7-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/degrom-wins-seventh-straight-start-mets-top-cardinals-7-3/ Baseball Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:09:22 PM The Associated Press DeGrom wins seventh straight start, Mets top Cardinals 7-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Staked to an early lead, Jacob deGrom pitched into the seventh inning and won his career-best seventh straight start as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday.

New York jumped on Mike Leake (6-8) for seven runs in the first two innings and cruised from there behind deGrom to snap a three-game losing streak.

DeGrom settled down after a 25-pitch first inning, allowing seven hits and striking out three.

He was pulled with two outs in the seventh after Luke Voit's double scored Greg Garcia for the Cardinals' first run.

The Mets sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and strung together three straight run-scoring hits with two outs, capped by Wilmer Flores' RBI single.

New York added four more runs off Leake in the second, only one of them earned.

Third baseman Jedd Gyorko's throw sailed into right field on what could have been a double-play grounder by Astrubal Cabrera.

Jay Bruce followed with an RBI single and Yoenis Cespedes doubled to right to make it 5-0.


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Gordon's sac fly in 9th gives Royals 4-3 win over Tigers http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-sac-fly-in-9th-gives-royals-4-3-win-over-tigers/ http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-sac-fly-in-9th-gives-royals-4-3-win-over-tigers/ Baseball Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:01:15 PM The Associated Press Gordon's sac fly in 9th gives Royals 4-3 win over Tigers

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Brandon Moss doubled off the wall in the ninth to score the tying run, and Alex Gordon drove him home with a sacrifice fly to bail out closer Kelvin Herrera and give the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Moss homered in the third inning before coming through against Tigers closer Justin Wilson (3-4) in the ninth — shortly after Mikie Mahtook's two-run shot off Herrera had given Detroit the lead.

Moss went to third on the throw to the plate, and Gordon sent a fly ball to center that was just deep enough to give him his sixth career walk-off RBI and the Royals a much-needed win.

They had lost the first two games of the series and seven of eight overall.


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Choo Drives in Go-Ahead Run in 8th as Texas Beats Royals 1-0 http://www.komu.com/news/choo-drives-in-go-ahead-run-in-8th-as-texas-beats-royals-1-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/choo-drives-in-go-ahead-run-in-8th-as-texas-beats-royals-1-0/ Baseball Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:43:21 PM The Associated Press Choo Drives in Go-Ahead Run in 8th as Texas Beats Royals 1-0

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Cole Hamels could have been frustrated or intimidated or annoyed by the effortless way Kansas City counterpart Danny Duffy was slicing up the Rangers lineup Saturday night.

Instead, he rather enjoyed it.

The quick innings allowed Hamels to get into a rhythm of his own, and the left-hander kept matching Duffy’s scoreless innings.

It wasn’t long after Hamels departed that Texas finally broke through, with Shin-Soo Choo flaring a lazy fly ball down the left-field line with one out in the ninth for a 1-0 victory — the Rangers’ 12th straight over the Royals.

“Duffy is a tremendous pitcher,” said Hamels, who scattered four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. “He was making good pitches, getting good outs, and it was up to me to go out and match him. ... It was kind of nice to be able to do that.”

Duffy (5-6) began the ninth by giving up a weak single to Jonathan Lucroy.

After pinch-runner Joey Gallo took second on a sacrifice bunt by Delino DeShields, Choo got just enough wood on Duffy’s 91st pitch to drop a fly ball in front of left fielder Alex Gordon.

“We needed to find a way to get a hit and we just didn’t. They did,” Royals manager Ned Yost said, “even though it was a jam-shot that won the game for them.”

It wasn’t quite over, though.

After Jose Leclerc (2-2) got the final out in the eighth for Texas, he walked the leadoff man in the ninth.

But Alex Claudio worked his way back from a 3-0 count to strike out Eric Hosmer, then got Salvador Perez to ground into a double play to earn his third save and second in as many nights.

“Great slow heartbeat by Claudio right there,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Most of the game shook out just as expected: an entertaining duel between talented left-handers.

Hamels rolled in on a 13 1/3-inning scoreless streak and was 3-0 in three starts against the Royals since arriving in Texas.

Duffy carried a shutout into the eighth when the teams met in April in Arlington, and he was amped up making his first home start since mid-May.

Texas was first to threaten when Mike Napoli led off the second with a triple, but Duffy set down the next three batters.

The only other hit he allowed until the eighth was a one-out single by Carlos Gomez in the fifth, and Duffy picked him off first base.

“Everything was working,” he said.

Hamels waded through far more trouble in the third inning.

He started by walking Alcides Escobar, who hadn’t earned a free pass in 115 plate appearances.

Hamels then gave up a single to Brandon Moss and a two-out single to Jorge Bonifacio, who was robbed of driving in the game’s first run when shortstop Elvis Andrus leaped up to knock down the ball.

With the bases loaded, Hamels calmly got Lorenzo Cain to ground out and end the inning.

“The guy has been doing it for a long time. It’s always fun to have matchups like that,” said Duffy, who allowed five hits and four strikeouts without a walk in 8 1/3 innings. “He did a heck of a job. They just came out on top. Somebody had to lose this game. It is what it is.”


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Lynn shuts down Pirates as Cardinals cruise 4-0 http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-shuts-down-pirates-as-cardinals-cruise-4-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-shuts-down-pirates-as-cardinals-cruise-4-0/ Baseball Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:48:56 PM The Associated Press Lynn shuts down Pirates as Cardinals cruise 4-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lance Lynn worked 6 1/3 innings and added a rare run-scoring double at the plate as the St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Saturday night.

Lynn (8-6) allowed eight hits and struck out three without issuing a walk to win his second straight start.

Lynn hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 1/3 innings of work.

Tommy Pham had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis.

Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 with an RBI as the Cardinals sent the Pirates to just their second loss in the last eight games.

Jameson Taillon (5-3) lost for the first time in nearly a month.

The Cardinals pecked away at Taillon for four runs in five innings.

Taillon struck out five but tied a season high by allowing eight hits.

Francisco Cervelli went 2 for 4 with a double for Pirates.

Pittsburgh left nine runners on base and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.


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