KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Jan 2018 HH:01:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Cards miss playoffs for 2nd straight year, lose to Cubs 2-1 http://www.komu.com/news/cards-miss-playoffs-for-2nd-straight-year-lose-to-cubs-2-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/cards-miss-playoffs-for-2nd-straight-year-lose-to-cubs-2-1/ Baseball Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:37:32 PM The Associated Press Cards miss playoffs for 2nd straight year, lose to Cubs 2-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention when Leonys Martin leaped at the center-field fence to rob Paul DeJong of a tying home run with two outs in the 11th inning, preserving the Chicago Cubs' 2-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday night.

St. Louis, which went 5-14 against its rival, missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008. At 82-77, the Cardinals are assured their fewest wins since going 78-84 in 2007.

A day after clinching their second straight NL Central title, the defending World Series champions started only two position players who had played in at least 100 games: outfielders Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber singled off Matt Bowman (3-6) with one out in the 11th and Taylor Davis, who struck out in his first three at-bats, hit a run-scoring double down the left-field line.

Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0) pitched three hitless innings.

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Royals win 7-4, extend Tigers' skid to 9 games http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-7-4-extend-tigers-skid-to-9-games/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-7-4-extend-tigers-skid-to-9-games/ Baseball Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:48:27 PM The Associated Press Royals win 7-4, extend Tigers' skid to 9 games

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Paulo Orlando hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Detroit 7-4 on Wednesday night, the Tigers' ninth straight loss.

The Tigers are 4-22 in September and have been outscored 68-30 in the skid. The last time Detroit lost nine in a row was Sept. 1-9, 2005.

Orlando's home run was his first since Sept. 19, 2016, going 117 at-bats between long balls.

Scott Alexander (5-4), the third Kansas City pitcher, picked up the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Drew VerHagen (0-3) gave up the home run to Orlando with Alcides Escobar, who had tripled, aboard.

The Royals padded their lead with a three-run eighth, which was highlighted by a two-run double by Escobar. Whit Merrifield scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch by Chad Bell.

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Russell homers, Cubs beat Cardinals 5-1 to clinch NL Central http://www.komu.com/news/russell-homers-cubs-beat-cardinals-5-1-to-clinch-nl-central/ http://www.komu.com/news/russell-homers-cubs-beat-cardinals-5-1-to-clinch-nl-central/ Baseball Wed, 27 Sep 2017 9:57:43 PM The Associated Press Russell homers, Cubs beat Cardinals 5-1 to clinch NL Central

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Addison Russell hit a three-run homer and John Lackey pitched six strong innings as the Chicago Cubs clinched their second consecutive National League Central title with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

The Cubs reached the postseason for the third straight year for the first time since 1908. They are also the first defending World Series champion to win their division the next season since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies and the first defending champion to reach the playoffs the next season since the Cardinals won the wild card in 2012.

The Cubs became the second visiting team to celebrate a title at Busch Stadium III. The 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers won the NLDS at St. Louis.

Lackey (12-11) retired the final 10 batters he faced. The former Cardinal struck out three and gave up two hits and two walks.

Six Cubs relievers combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

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Vargas wins 18th as Royals top Tigers 2-1 http://www.komu.com/news/vargas-wins-18th-as-royals-top-tigers-2-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/vargas-wins-18th-as-royals-top-tigers-2-1/ Baseball Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:01:34 AM The Associated Press Vargas wins 18th as Royals top Tigers 2-1

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Jason Vargas tied for the major league lead with his 18th victory, lifting the Kansas City Royals over the struggling Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Vargas (18-10) went six innings to match Cleveland's Corey Kluber and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw for most wins in the majors. He gave up a run and five hits, inducing groundball double plays in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

In his first two starts against Detroit, Vargas was 0-2 while allowing 13 runs, including four home runs, in 4 2/3 innings. Vargas had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and only made three starts last year, but he's now the first Royals pitcher to win 18 games since Kevin Appier in 1993.

The Tigers have lost eight straight and dropped to 4-21 in September. Anibal Sanchez (3-6) allowed two runs in six innings.

Mike Minor got his third save.

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Cardinals deny Cubs from clinching http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-deny-cubs-from-clinching/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-deny-cubs-from-clinching/ Baseball Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:57:16 PM The Associated Press Cardinals deny Cubs from clinching

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk homered and drove in two runs each and the St. Louis Cardinals denied the Chicago Cubs a chance at clinching the NL Central with an 8-7 victory Tuesday night.

Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis, which remains 2 1/2 games behind the second Wild Card spot. Zach Duke (1-1) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Juan Nicasio earned his fifth save.

The Cubs were seeking to clinch the Central division with either a win or a Milwaukee loss against Cincinnati, but the Brewers beat the Reds 7-6.

Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (14-10) allowed five runs (three earned) and six hits in three innings, his second shortest outing this season.

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Cards power Weaver with 3 homers in 9-2 win over Reds http://www.komu.com/news/cards-power-weaver-with-3-homers-in-9-2-win-over-reds/ http://www.komu.com/news/cards-power-weaver-with-3-homers-in-9-2-win-over-reds/ Baseball Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:50:45 PM The Associated Press Cards power Weaver with 3 homers in 9-2 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Dexter Fowler homered for the third straight game while Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong also homered as the St. Louis Cardinals gained ground in their National League playoff push with a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Tommy Pham finished with two doubles, a single and two RBIs and Yadier Molina added a two-run double as the third-place Cardinals (79-72) gained a game on Colorado in the wild-card race to move within 2 ½ games. St. Louis sits five games behind the Cubs in the NL Central chase.

Rookie right-hander Luke Weaver retired 10 straight batters in one stretch on the way to his seventh straight winning start, the major leagues' longest active streak and the longest by a Cardinals pitcher this season. The 24-year-old allowed five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Weaver (7-1) has fanned seven or more batters in each of his last seven starts. Relievers Zach Duke, Seung Hwan Oh, Sandy Alcantara and Sam Tuivailala teamed up to retire 12 of the final 13 Reds batters.

Carpenter led off the game with his 21st home run. Fowler followed Pham's RBI double in the third with a two-run shot into the right field seats. It was his career-high 18th homer of the season. DeJong added his team-high 24th, the Cardinals' second set of back-to-back homers in two nights.

The Reds broke up Weaver's shutout bid with a two-run fifth. Patrick Kivlehan drove in Jose Peraza from first with a double and scored on Jesse Winker's single.

Rookie Davis (1-3) gave up all three homers and five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings.

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Moustakas breaks Royals' HR record in 15-5 rout of Jays http://www.komu.com/news/moustakas-breaks-royals-hr-record-in-15-5-rout-of-jays/ http://www.komu.com/news/moustakas-breaks-royals-hr-record-in-15-5-rout-of-jays/ Baseball Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:41:42 PM The Associated Press Moustakas breaks Royals' HR record in 15-5 rout of Jays

TORONTO (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit his 37th home run of the season, breaking Steve Balboni's Royals record. Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield also connected on home runs as Kansas City routed the Toronto Blue Jays 15-5 on Wednesday night.

Rookie right-hander Jakob Junis (8-2) allowed four runs, two earned, in 6 1/3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA over his past eight starts.

Moustakas went 3 for 4 and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle. He eclipsed Balboni's 1985 record with a solo blast to right field off Carlos Ramirez in the sixth.

Merrifield also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in their past seven.

Kansas City came within a run of matching its season high. The Royals scored 16 against Detroit twice within a seven-day span in late July.

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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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