Cards Finish Sweep of Cubs
The Cardinals are back in the division race and just 2 1/2 behind Milwaukee after knocking off the Cubs, 2-1 to complete a three-game sweep. Adam Wainwright overcame a career-high seven walks to pitch eight shutout innings while outdueling Cole Hamels. Kolten Wong supplied two hits and a sacrifice fly for the Redbirds, who took a 2-0 lead on pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter’s RBI single in the eighth. St. Louis had just four hits in its fourth straight win. Chicago managed just three hits in losing for the sixth time in seven games.
Brewers Surge in Central Continues
– Zach Davies provided a throwback performance on Sunday that reminded baseball fans when pitchers could work into the ninth inning without possessing their best stuff. Davies skirted in and out of trouble for eight-plus innings while scattering eight hits in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-2 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He surrendered a leadoff double in each of his last three innings, yet the Bucs were unable to cash in. Davies struck out just three, but he also walked only one in improving to 6-0. Corbin Burnes inherited a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth before notching his second career save. Eric Thames provided a two-run homer and an RBI double to help Milwaukee stretch its lead in the NL Central to 1 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs.
White Sox Finish Hot Home Stand
– Lucas Giolito has a seven-game winning streak after scattering five hits while working into the eighth inning of the White Sox’s 2-0 shutout of the Indians. Giolito struck out nine, walked none and extended his scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3. Tim Anderson accounted for the scoring with a fourth-inning homer and an eighth-inning double to help Chicago conclude a 6-1 homestand.
Twins Roll Again Over Rays
– Minnesota beat Tampa Bay for the third straight day as Jake Odorizzi was reached for just three hits while striking out nine over six shutout innings of his eighth straight win, 9-7 over the Rays. Odorizzi left leading 7-0 and lowered his AL-leading ERA to 1.96. CJ Cron had three RBIs, and Jonathan Schoop and Jorge Polanco drove in two apiece as the Twins improved to a major league-best 40-18.