Cubs Gain Split With Mets
– The Cubs gained a split of their four-game series by downing the Mets, 5-3 on a three-run homer by Javier Baez in the bottom of the eighth. Mets rookie Pete Alonso blasted his 27th home run to break Darryl Strawberry’s team record for a rookie. New York manager Mickey Calloway and pitcher Jason Vargas had an altercation with Newsday writer Tim Healey after the journalist asked if Calloway had thought of changing pitchers before Seth Lugo surrendered the go-ahead blast.
Woodruff Sharp in Brewers Win Over Reds
– Chicago’s lead in the NL Central remains a half-game over Milwaukee after Brandon Woodruff struck out a career-high 12 over seven innings of the Brewers’ 7-5 win against the Reds. Woodruff blanked Cincinnati until Joey Votto’s three-run blast in the seventh. Travis Shaw homered for the Brewers, who won the last two games of the series following a five-game skid.
Angels Avoid Sweep by Cardinals
– Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher drove in two runs apiece to support Tyler Skaggs’ five shutout innings in the Angels’ 6-4 victory over the Cardinals. Angels slugger Albert Pujols had two hits and exchanged jerseys with former teammate Yadier Molina to conclude an emotional return to St. Louis. The Redbirds rallied for four runs in the ninth before falling two games off the NL Central lead.
Soxs Rally Comes Up Short
– Tim Federowicz and Danny Santana smacked two-out, two-run homers in the second inning of the Rangers’ 7-4 verdict over the White Sox. Shawn Kelley struck out Tim Anderson to strand runners at second and third in the eighth inning after the White Sox had scored three runs to pull within 5-4. Texas rookie Adrian Sampson allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings to move to 6-4.
Twins Fall to KC
– The Twins absorbed a 6-1 loss to the Royals as Hunter Dozier belted a three-run homer and Homer Bailey held the AL Central leaders to one run over 5 1/3 innings. Alex Gordon had two RBIs and Nicky Lopez also drove in a run as Kansas City earned a split of the four-game series. Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins, but Michael Pineda was reached for five runs over as many innings as Minnesota’s lead in the AL Central slipped to eight games over Cleveland.