MLB ROUNDUP: Cardinals pull ahead of Bucs in wild card standings
Pinch-hitter Jon Jay delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning and right fielder Shane Robinson threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth to help the St. Louis Cardinals hold off San Diego, 4-3, on Thursday and surge ahead of NL Central Division rival Pittsburgh for the top wild-card spot in the NL.
Jhonny Peralta hit an early two-run homer for the Cardinals, who also moved into second place in the NL Central. St. Louis remained two games behind division-leading Milwaukee.
Trailing by two in the ninth, the Padres loaded the bases with one out against closer Trevor Rosenthal. Pinch-hitter Jake Goebbert came through with an RBI single to right, but Alexi Amarista was cut down at home when he tried to score from second. The replay review lasted 4 minutes, 9 seconds.
After a four-pitch walk to Will Venable loaded the bases again, Rosenthal struck out Tommy Medica for his 36th save.
Seth Maness (4-2) earned the win with one spotless inning of relief. Alex Torres (1-1) took the loss.
DODGERS 6, BRAVES 4: Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, his first in almost three months, and Roberto Hernandez threw six strong innings against slumping Atlanta to earn his first win with Los Angeles. Hernandez (7-8), making his second start since his trade from the Phillies last week, allowed one run on three hits and four walks in six innings.
Kenley Jansen struck out B.J. Upton with runners on second and third for his 34th save.
Butera’s second-inning homer off Aaron Harang (9-7) was his third of the season and first since May 16. Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with three hits, and Dee Gordon scored four runs for the NL West leaders.
The Braves have lost 12 of 14.
BREWERS 6, CUBS 2: Mike Fiers struck out a career-high 14 through six innings of three-hit ball in Milwaukee’s win.
Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds homered for the Brewers, who broke out of their recent slump at the plate despite resting Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura.
Scooter Gennett drove in two runs with a double.
Fiers (2-1) walked one in his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville last week.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (6-13) lasted just 4 2-3 innings and allowed five runs. Jackson has lost six of his last seven decisions.
NATIONALS 4, METS 1: Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a poor start to pitch seven efficient innings, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each hit a two-run homer, and Washington beat New York to set a franchise record with its 11th consecutive win on the road against one team. The Mets’ 11 straight losses to Washington in Queens are their most against one club at home. New York dropped 10 in a row to the Braves at Shea Stadium from 1991-92.
Strasburg (9-10) gave up three hits and an unearned run, improving to 2-8 in 13 road starts this season. He struck out eight and walked two.
Rafael Soriano was perfect in the ninth for his 28th save. Washington finished a three-game sweep and increased its NL East lead to six games over Atlanta.
ROCKIES 7, REDS 3: Charlie Culberson hit his first homer in more than a month — a three-run shot in the fifth — and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven effective innings to lift Colorado over Cincinnati. De La Rosa (12-8) allowed three runs and five hits. He improved to 8-2 at Coors Field this season. The lefty has gone at least six innings in 10 straight starts.
Reds All-Star Alfredo Simon (12-8) is winless in six starts since the break. He allowed seven runs — five earned — and a season-high 10 hits in five innings.
Ryan Ludwick homered and hit an RBI double for the Reds.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will have season-ending surgery on his left knee Monday.
MARLINS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4: Marcell Ozuna doubled home Garrett Jones in the 10th inning to give Miami a victory over Arizona. Ozuna’s line drive to left-center came off Bradin Hagens (0-1), who was making his major league debut. Hagens got a double play to escape the ninth, but Jones reached on a leadoff walk in the 10th and scored two batters later.
Mike Dunn (10-5) pitched two perfect innings for Miami and became the first reliever to reach double digits in wins since Matt Belisle for Colorado in 2011.
Mark Trumbo had a pair of RBI singles for the Diamondbacks.
Giancarlo Stanton had three hits for Miami. Brad Penny, pitching at home for the Marlins for the first time in more than 10 years, allowed five hits and four runs in five-plus innings.
ROYALS 7, ATHLETICS 3: Nori Aoki and Billy Butler each drove in two runs during a five-run seventh inning that rallied surging Kansas City past Oakland in a battle of division leaders.
The Royals (66-54) have won 18 of 22 to move 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 20, 2003.
Aoki’s two-run triple put the Royals ahead 5-3 in the seventh, and Butler’s single scored Aoki and Alcides Escobar for a 7-3 advantage.
Jeff Samardzija (3-2) took the loss, giving up four runs — three earned — and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. He left with a 3-2 lead, but Ryan Cook failed to hold it. Cook faced three batters and all of them scored, ending his streak of 21 consecutive shutout innings.
RED SOX 9, ASTROS 4: Dustin Pedroia’s two-run double capped a seven-run sixth inning that sent Boston past Houston for its fourth straight win. Pedroia finished with three hits, Daniel Nava had two doubles and David Ortiz added two singles.
Allen Webster (3-1) gave up four runs — three earned — and five hits in six innings for Boston.
Trailing 4-1, the Red Sox chased starter Scott Feldman (6-9) during their biggest inning of the season.
Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer for Houston.
RAYS 6, RANGERS 3: Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs, and Jake Odorizzi helped extend Tampa Bay’s impressive road pitching streak with seven strong innings against Texas.
Longoria’s team-leading 15th homer was a two-run shot that gave the Rays a 6-2 lead in the fifth. Logan Forsythe had a two-run homer to put the Rays in front to stay in the second.
Odorizzi (9-9) struck out seven to help give the Rays their AL-record 18th consecutive road game without allowing more than three runs.
Robbie Ross (2-5) came up from Triple-A to fill in for Texas ace Yu Darvish, who is sidelined with elbow inflammation. The left-hander gave up six runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Jake McGee pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.