KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:10:56 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 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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Indians walk off in the 9th, down Royals 2-1 http://www.komu.com/news/indians-walk-off-in-the-9th-down-royals-2-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/indians-walk-off-in-the-9th-down-royals-2-1/ Baseball Tue, 20 Sep 2016 9:19:24 PM The Associated Press Indians walk off in the 9th, down Royals 2-1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer doubled in a run with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the Cleveland Indians move closer to an AL Central title with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Guyer's hit off Joakim Soria landed just fair in the right-field corner and scored Coco Crisp. Guyer was the third pinch-hitter of the inning used by manager Terry Francona.

Cleveland led Detroit by seven games in the division entering Tuesday.

Brian Flynn (1-2) walked Jose Ramirez to start the ninth, and then fumbled a bunt by Crisp, batting for Lonnie Chisenhall, down the first-base line for an error. A few batters later, Guyer delivered the winner.

Andrew Miller (9-1) struck out three during 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Kansas City, the reigning World Series champions, can be eliminated from contention in the division if they lose to Cleveland on Wednesday night.


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Cardinals hold off Rockies' comeback, win 5-3 http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-hold-off-rockies-comeback-win-5-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-hold-off-rockies-comeback-win-5-3/ Baseball Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:55:39 PM The Associated Press Cardinals hold off Rockies' comeback, win 5-3

DENVER (AP) — Carlos Martinez threw five effective innings and added a two-run double, helping the St. Louis Cardinals gain ground in the NL playoff race with a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

The Cardinals moved within one game of wild card-leading New York after the Mets lost to Atlanta. San Francisco played later in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Martinez, who turns 25 on Wednesday, gave himself an early birthday present by holding Colorado to two runs while striking out six. The right-hander is 9-1 on the road this season.

Martinez (15-8) helped his own cause with a two-out double as part of a three-run fourth. He also was hit just below the left leg by a fastball from Tyler Anderson (5-6) in the third — two pitches after Randal Grichuk lined a two-run homer.


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Ventura powers Royals over White Sox http://www.komu.com/news/ventura-powers-royals-over-white-sox/ http://www.komu.com/news/ventura-powers-royals-over-white-sox/ Baseball Mon, 19 Sep 2016 7:21:48 PM The Associated Press Ventura powers Royals over White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura picked up his first complete-game victory, Kendrys Morales hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-3 Monday.

The Royals have won three straight, keeping their faint playoff hopes flickering with 12 games remaining. The Royals went 14-5 against the White Sox this year.

Ventura (11-11) gave up nine hits, struck out five and walked one. His only other complete game in the majors was a loss July 28 at Texas.

Ventura had allowed 10 runs, 17 hits and six walks in 11 1-3 innings in losing his previous two starts.

Morales homered off Carlos Rodon (7-10) in a four-run fifth. Morales homered in back-to-back games, bringing his total to 29. The last Royal to hit 30 home runs in a season was Jermaine Dye, with 33 in 2000.


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Alonso, Semien hit 2-run doubles; A's top Royals 8-0 http://www.komu.com/news/alonso-semien-hit-2-run-doubles-a-s-top-royals-8-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/alonso-semien-hit-2-run-doubles-a-s-top-royals-8-0/ Baseball Wed, 14 Sep 2016 9:30:35 PM Associated Press Alonso, Semien hit 2-run doubles; A's top Royals 8-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien hit two-run doubles as the Oakland Athletics beat Kansas City 8-0 for the third straight game on Wednesday night to further ruin the Royals' postseason chances.

The 2015 World Series champion Royals are five games out in the American League wild card with 17 games left and would have to climb over five teams.

A's rookie left-hander Sean Manaea (5-9) picked up his first career road victory, retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced in five scoreless innings, striking out five and walking one. Manaea, who had not pitched since Aug. 29 when he left in the fourth inning with a strained left rhomboid, was removed after 67 pitches. The A's acquired Manaea from the Royals in July 2015 as part of the Ben Zobrist trade.

Alonso's broken-bat double in the first scored Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt.


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Rizzo's 2 HRs help Cubs beat Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/rizzo-s-2-hrs-help-cubs-beat-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/rizzo-s-2-hrs-help-cubs-beat-cardinals/ Baseball Wed, 14 Sep 2016 3:53:00 PM Associated Press Rizzo's 2 HRs help Cubs beat Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs and Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 on Wednesday to clinch at least a wild-card playoff berth.

The Cubs improved their MLB-best record to 93-52 and their magic number is one to clinch their first National League Central title since 2008. Chicago secured a playoff berth because St. Louis and San Francisco are the only teams that could pass them in the standings, but since those teams open a four-game series on Thursday both teams wouldn't be able to do so.

The Cardinals began the day a half-game behind the New York Mets and a full game behind the Giants for one of the two wild-card spots.

Lester (17-4) allowed four base runners, none of which got past first. Cubs catcher David Ross threw out two Cardinals trying to steal second and Lester faced just two batters over the minimum.

St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez (14-8) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.


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Moss, Cardinals hold off Cubs 4-2 http://www.komu.com/news/moss-cardinals-hold-off-cubs-4-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/moss-cardinals-hold-off-cubs-4-2/ Baseball Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:22:05 PM The Associated Press Moss, Cardinals hold off Cubs 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Moss broke out of a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking home run and Aledmys Diaz connected in his return to the starting lineup, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Tuesday night.

The Cardinals ensured that the runaway Cubs won't clinch the NL Central at Busch Stadium. Chicago's magic number is three, and the series in St. Louis wraps up Thursday.

St. Louis remained a half-game behind the New York Mets for the second wild-card spot.

Moss entered the game mired in a 1-for-41 skid. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Jason Hammel (14-9).

Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run against Jaime Garcia.

Alex Reyes (2-1) won with 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief. Kevin Siegrist got his second save.


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Athletics hold off Royals 5-4 http://www.komu.com/news/athletics-hold-off-royals-5-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/athletics-hold-off-royals-5-4/ Baseball Tue, 13 Sep 2016 9:29:31 PM The Associated Press Athletics hold off Royals 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pinch hitter Yonder Alonso delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied past Kansas City 5-4 Tuesday night, another key loss for the Royals.

The defending World Series champion Royals dropped five games out of the wild-card race with only 18 games left.

Joakim Soria blew his seventh save chance in eight opportunities. He was summoned with two outs in the eighth and the Royals clinging to a 3-2 lead lead.

On his second pitch, Soria gave up a double to Alonso over the head of center fielder Jarrod Dyson, scoring Brett Eibner and pinch runner Joey Wendle. Soria then yielded an RBI single to Marcus Semien.

Rookie Matthew Strahm (2-1), who gave up an infield single to Chad Pinder before Soria replaced him, took the loss.

John Axford (6-4) pitched one inning. Ryan Madson balked home Dyson with two outs in the ninth before closing for his 30th save in 36 tries.


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Hendricks flirts with no-hitter, Cubs down Cardinals 4-1 http://www.komu.com/news/hendricks-flirts-with-no-hitter-cubs-down-cardinals-4-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/hendricks-flirts-with-no-hitter-cubs-down-cardinals-4-1/ Baseball Mon, 12 Sep 2016 9:59:32 PM The Associated Press Hendricks flirts with no-hitter, Cubs down Cardinals 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before giving up Jeremy Hazelbaker's leadoff home run, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Monday night to close in on the NL Central crown.

Hazelbaker drove an 0-2 pitch into the right-field stands for his 12th homer this season. Hendricks, the major league ERA leader, was relieved by Aroldis Chapman.

"Just left that one up right there. What are you going to do?" Hendricks said.

Ben Zobrist and Dexter Fowler homered for the Cubs, who lowered their magic number to three for clinching the division crown. They lead the second-place Cardinals by 17 games.

Soon after Hazelbaker's shot cleared the fence, teammates went to the mound to talk to Hendricks — leading to an argument between Cubs manager Joe Maddon and plate umpire Joe West.

Maddon was ejected, and Chapman came in.


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Athletics rout Royals 16-3 http://www.komu.com/news/athletics-rout-royals-16-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/athletics-rout-royals-16-3/ Baseball Mon, 12 Sep 2016 9:56:07 PM The Associated Press Athletics rout Royals 16-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Khris Davis and Marcus Semien hit three-run homers, the Athletics matched a season high with 17 hits while drawing 10 walks, and Oakland trounced the Kansas City Royals 16-3 on Monday night.

Daniel Coulombe (3-1) earned the win in relief of Ross Detwiler, though it was the Oakland offense that led the way. The A's scored their most runs this season for their largest margin of victory.

Royals starter Dillon Gee (6-8) was battered for five runs on five hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.

It was a potentially crippling loss for Kansas City (74-69), which began the day four back of the final wild-card spot with 20 games remaining. The Royals were hoping an eight-game stand against lowly Oakland and the scuffling White Sox would allow them to make up some ground.

There are still five teams they must leap in the wild-card race.


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Sano, Twins stave off sweep with 6-5 win over Royals http://www.komu.com/news/sano-twins-stave-off-sweep-with-6-5-win-over-royals/ http://www.komu.com/news/sano-twins-stave-off-sweep-with-6-5-win-over-royals/ Baseball Thu, 8 Sep 2016 4:30:43 PM The Associated Press Sano, Twins stave off sweep with 6-5 win over Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Miguel Sano’s hustle led Minnesota to a pair of early runs and his RBI double tied the game in the decisive seventh inning, helping the Twins dodge a series sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Brian Dozier didn’t hit a home run for Minnesota, ending his club-tying record at five straight games, but he singled and stole second before scoring on Sano’s double off Joakim Soria (4-8). Dozier also started a dazzling double play to finish the fifth inning, with a diving stop of Eric Hosmer’s grounder and a glove flick to second base to get the ball out while he was flat on the dirt.

Alex Wimmers (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh in relief of Kyle Gibson to record his first major league victory. Brandon Kintzler gave up Jarrod Dyson’s two-out RBI single before finishing the ninth inning for his 14th save in 16 attempts.

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Kang's HR ends Pirates' 8-game skid; Bucs beat Cards 4-3 http://www.komu.com/news/kang-s-hr-ends-pirates-8-game-skid-bucs-beat-cards-4-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/kang-s-hr-ends-pirates-8-game-skid-bucs-beat-cards-4-3/ Baseball Thu, 8 Sep 2016 4:18:44 PM The Associated Press Kang's HR ends Pirates' 8-game skid; Bucs beat Cards 4-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jung Ho Kang led off the eighth inning with a home run, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Kang hit a drive deep into the bullpens in left-center off rookie Alex Reyes (1-1) for his 17th homer and third in two games. It helped snap the Pirates’ longest skid since dropping 10 straight in 2011.

The Cardinals are percentage points ahead of the New York Mets for the second NL wild card, and the Pirates drew within 4 ½ games of St Louis.

Trevor Williams (1-0) allowed one unearned run in three innings for the win in his major league debut.

Tony Watson worked a perfect ninth inning for his 11th save.

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