>>Cardinals Hammer Braves
(Cumberland, GA) — The Cardinals smashed four home runs in a 14-3 drubbing of the Braves in Atlanta. Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, Yadier Molina, and Kolten Wong all went deep as St. Louis snapped a three-game skid. Jack Flaherty carried a no-hitter into the fifth and earned the win after allowing three runs in six innings. The series continues tonight with Michael Wacha opposing Atlanta’s Mike Soroka.
>>Royals Run Over Rangers
(Kansas City, MO) — The Royals led by nine runs after two innings en route to routing the Rangers 11-5 at Kauffman Stadium. Hunter Dozier drove in three runs, while Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored three runs. Jorge Soler contributed three hits, two of them doubles, and drove in two runs for Kansas City, which is 3-and-3 in its last six. Nicky Lopez went 1-for-4 with a walk, RBI and scored a run in his major league debut for KC.
>>Hendricks Impresses On Mound, At Plate In Cubs’ Win Over Reds
(Cincinnati, OH) — Kyle Hendricks was impressive on the mound and at the plate in the Cubs 3-1 win against the Reds in Cincinnati. Hendricks tossed eight innings of one-run ball and went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The right-hander struck out seven and improved to 3-and-4 on the season. Game two of the series is today with Yu Darvish opposing Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray.
>>Brewers Power Past Phillies
(Philadelphia, PA) — Brandon Woodruff allowed just one hit in six shutout innings as the Brewers beat the Phillies 6-1 in Philadelphia. Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer and Ryan Braun added a two-run shot for Milwaukee. The Brewers snapped a three-game losing streak.
>>Pirates, Musgrove Shutdown Diamondbacks
(Phoenix, AZ) — Joe Musgrove allowed one single over seven scoreless innings in the Pirates’ 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Josh Bell homered twice and drove in four Pittsburgh runs. Cole Tucker contributed a two-run homer to the win. The Bucs are 4-and-1 in their last five games.
>>Twins Edge Angels
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-3 win over the Angels at Target Field. Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer, while Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton also plated runs as Minnesota avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season. Kyle Gibson moved to 4-and-1 with the win and Blake Parker recorded a four-out save.
>>Indians Shut Out White Sox
(Chicago, IL) — Carlos Carrasco struck out six over seven scoreless innings as the Indians shut out the White Sox 9-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Manny Bañuelos surrendered five runs to take the loss before being pulled in the fifth with a left shoulder strain. Yonder Alonso had two hits for Chicago, which saw its three-game winning streak end. The Sox are off today before beginning a four-game home set with the Blue Jays tomorrow night.
>>Tigers Drop Second Straight To Astros
(Detroit, MI) — The Tigers were routed by the Astros 11-4 at Comerica Park. Ryan Carpenter was tagged with the loss, allowing eight runs, including seven earned, in four innings. Ronny Rodriguez had three RBI, including a two-run homer for Detroit. The Tigers face former ace Justin Verlander in tonight’s series finale with Houston.