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Cards avoid sweep…Brewers, Cubs win…Phils top Braves…Nats cut into Twins’ lead…A’s pass Rays

DENVER (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals kept their four-game lead over Chicago and Milwaukee in the NL Central by homering five times in a 10-3 dismantling of the Rockies in Colorado. Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong opened the game with successive home runs to set the tone after the Redbirds dropped a pair of 2-1 decisions in the first two games of the series. Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nah), Rangel Ravelo and Harrison Bader also went deep for St. Louis.

UNDATED (AP) – Yu Darvish struck out a season-high 14 and allowed only two hits over six shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs downed the Padres, 4-1 in San Diego to remain tied with Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. Ian Happ had two of the Cubs’ eight hits, including a two-run single that put Chicago ahead, 4-0 in the fourth. Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the third inning to help the Brewers earn their seventh consecutive win, 3-2 at Miami.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Atlanta’s lead in the NL East is down to eight games over Washington after Philadelphia belted four home runs in a 9-5 win versus the Braves. Cesar Hernandez, J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura and Adam Haseley  provided the longballs as the Phils gained a split of the four-game set and stayed two games out of a playoff berth. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 39th homer for the Braves.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Washington Nationals solidified their hold on the first NL wild card as Anthony Rendon  and Juan Soto each homered and drove in three runs in a 12-6 pounding of the Minnesota Twins. Adam Eaton and Yan Gomes  also homered and Asdrubal Cabrera added a pair of run-scoring hits for the Nats. Nelson Cruz homered for Minnesota, which saw its lead in the AL Central cut to 3 1/2 games over idle Cleveland.


HOUSTON (AP) – Matt Olson hit a two-run homer while the Oakland Athletics were scoring three times off Justin Verlander over the first three innings of a 3-2 win at Houston. Homer Bailey yielded three hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings to help the A’s take a half-game lead over Tampa Bay for the first AL wild card. Oakland won the last three games of the series after the AL West leaders rolled to a 15-0 rout in the opener.

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