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MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Cardinals stay perched atop NL Central standings

by The Associated Press on September 12, 2013 10:30 AM

Lance Lynn had his best outing in nearly a month to keep the Cardinals on pace with the rest of the division. Matt Adams had a two-run home run and the Cardinals broke open a tight game with four in the eighth to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Wednesday night.

St. Louis won its fifth consecutive game to maintain a one-game lead over Pittsburgh and a three-game advantage on Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Lynn went six innings and gave up an unearned run on five hits.

Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly off Michael Gonzalez scored Matt Carpenter to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. An error by catcher Jonathan Lucroy allowed Jon Jay to score and Adams followed with his 12th homer.


REDS 6, CUBS 0: Devin Mesoraco homered for the first time in a month, Jack Hannahan added his first career pinch-hit homer and the Reds avoided a sweep by the last-place Cubs.

Mike Leake (13-6) allowed four hits and walked four in 5 2-3 innings as he reached a career high in wins.

Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija (8-12) also pitched 5 2-3 innings and was charged with six runs and eight hits.

Mesoraco hit a solo drive in the fourth for his first homer in 25 games since he hit two on Aug. 3. Hannahan connected for a three-run shot in the sixth.


MARLINS 5, BRAVES 2: In his season finale, Miami rookie Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings, hit his first major league homer, and after slowly circling the bases, engaged in a standoff with the annoyed Braves that cleared both benches and bullpens.

The game was the last of the season for the 21-year-old Fernandez because he passed his 170-inning limit set by the Marlins.

A top candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, he finished 12-6 with an ERA of 2.19, second-lowest in the majors behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.


NATIONALS 3, METS 0: Dan Haren pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Ryan Zimmerman homered and Washington earned its fifth consecutive win. The Nationals improved to 22-9 in their late charge toward a playoff spot. They remained six games behind the Reds for the final NL wild-card spot with 17 left.


DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 1: Paul Goldschmidt had four hits and two RBIs, helping the Diamondbacks win.

Patrick Corbin (14-6) ended a three-game losing streak while improving to 2-0 in three starts at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander allowed one run and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-6) gave up three runs and 10 hits.

Los Angeles got its only run on Yasiel Puig’s 16th homer in the seventh.


PHILLIES 4, PADRES 2: Cliff Lee pitched eight sharp innings and Freddy Galvis had three hits for Philadelphia.

Lee (13-6) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out nine and walked one. It was his second straight eight-inning outing and his fourth in the last six.

Jedd Gyorko and Tommy Medica homered for the Padres, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. Medica’s solo shot in the fifth was his first hit in his major league debut.


GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 3: Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt hit consecutive RBI singles in the eighth inning to help San Francisco rally. The Giants loaded the bases with one out against Matt Belisle (5-7), and Scutaro followed with a tying single into right field. Belt’s hit drove in Angel Pagan and gave San Francisco a 4-3 lead.



RED SOX 7, RAYS 3: Mike Carp connected for a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning and AL East-leading Boston beat Tampa Bay to extend its division lead over the Rays. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Boston since Kevin Millar hit one at Milwaukee on June 7, 2003.

James Loney homered for the Rays, who trail the Red Sox by 9? games.


YANKEES 5, ORIOLES 4: Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning, and New York also got solo shots from Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson. The Yankees moved past Baltimore and Cleveland in the AL wild-card hunt.

The Yankees trailed 3-1 before Granderson homered in the fifth — New York’s first hit — and Rodriguez tied it in the sixth with his 653rd career home run. In the ninth, after Cano connected off Tommy Hunter (4-4), Granderson tripled with one out and scored on an infield hit by Lyle Overbay.

Chris Davis drove in two runs with a double, making him the first player in Orioles history to have 40 doubles and 40 homers in a season.


TIGERS 1, WHITE SOX 0: Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 for Detroit. Sanchez (14-7) allowed five hits and walked four in 7 1-3 innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.50.

Joaquin Benoit got three outs for his 18th save in as many opportunities, completing a five-hitter for Detroit’s 11th shutout of the season.

Omar Infante drove in the game’s only run with a two-out single against Matt Lindstrom (2-4) in the eighth inning.


ATHLETICS 18, TWINS 3: Jed Lowrie’s foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning for Oakland. Every Oakland starter had at least one hit, one run and one RBI as the A’s recorded a season-high 22 hits and extended their lead over Texas in the AL West to three games.

Lowrie, Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt also homered.


ROYALS 6, INDIANS 2: Alex Gordon homered on the game’s first pitch and Kansas City’s James Shields dominated after a shaky first inning. The Royals, who entered Wednesday trailing Tampa Bay by three games, moved a game closer to the Indians. Cleveland was 1½ games behind the Rays.

The Royals had a home run, a triple and a single on the game’s first seven pitches to take a 2-0 lead.


ANGELS 5, BLUE JAYS 4: Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and C.J. Wilson won his eighth straight decision for Los Angeles.

Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run, his career-high 33rd, and Josh Hamilton had three hits as the Angels won for the ninth time in 12 meetings with the Jays.

Wilson (16-6) allowed four runs in seven innings to match his career-high in victories.


ASTROS 6, MARINERS 1: Brad Peacock gave up one run in six innings and Chris Carter singled in two runs to lead the Astros to a sweep of the Mariners.

The Astros — who have the worst record in the majors (50-96) — won all three games in Seattle for their third sweep of the season.

In the lone bright spot for the Mariners, Kendrys Morales hit the 100th home run of his career. Seattle has lost four straight at home and starts a 10-game trip on Friday.

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