>>Cards Cruise Past Nats Behind Wainwright
(St. Louis, MO) — Adam Wainwright permitted just an unearned run over seven innings as the Cardinals cruised past the Nationals 5-1 in St. Louis. Wainwright moved to 13-and-9 with the win. Carlos Martinez recorded the final four outs for his 21st save. Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, while Tommy Edman added a solo shot and drove in two for the Redbirds, who took two-of-three in the series. Trea Turner doubled in the lone run in the seventh inning for the Nats, who have dropped four-of-six. Max Scherzer struck 11, but allowed all five runs over six-and-two-thirds frames to suffer the loss. He fell to 10-and-7.
>>Reds Edge Cubs In 10 Innings
(Chicago, IL) — Jose Iglesias doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Reds took down the Cubs 3-2 in Chicago. Eugenio Suarez hit his 48th home run of the season and set the single-season record for home runs hit by a Venezuelan-born player. Suarez is one behind the Mets’ Pete Alonso for the Major League lead. Amir Garrett got the win for the Reds, who have won five of their last seven. Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs. James Norwood took the loss for Chicago, which has dropped two straight.
>>Brewers Kept Quiet By Padres
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Brewers struck out 14 times in six innings against Dinelson Lamet in a 2-1 loss to the Padres at Miller Park. Keston Hiura homered in the sixth for one of Milwaukee’s three hits. Adrian Houser took the loss. The Brewers had won 11 of their previous 12 games.
>>A’s Walk-Off Royals In 11th
(Oakland, CA) — Mark Canha’s two-out, 11th-inning double scored Jurickson Profar as the A’s walked off the Royals 1-0 in Oakland. A’s starter Homer Bailey struck out 11 over seven innings of three-hit ball. J.B. Wendelken got the win in relief for Oakland, which holds the top AL wild card spot. KC slugger Jorge Soler struck out with the bases loaded to end the top of the 11th. Starter Danny Duffy allowed two hits over seven innings. Jesse Hahn took the loss as the Royals dipped to 56-and-97.
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>>Nats Outslug Cards
(St. Louis, MO) — Howie Kendrick homered in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and put the Nationals up for good as they topped the Cardinals 6-2 at Busch Stadium. Kendrick’s shot tied the Nats’ season home run record at 215. Victor Robles went 2-for-3 with two RBI for Washington, which sits atop the NL wild card race. Patrick Corbin yielded two unearned runs and struck out 11 over six frames to get the win. Miles Mikolas gave up three runs over six innings to take the loss for the Cards, who have dropped five-of-eight.
>>Reds Ride Three-Run First Past Cubs
(Chicago, IL) — Aristides Aquino launched a two-run homer to cap a three-run first inning and the Reds went on to beat the Cubs 4-2 at Wrigley Field. Joey Votto drove in the first run with a double for Cincinnati, which has won four of its last six games. Sonny Gray gave up two runs over six-and-two-thirds, striking out nine for his 11th win. Kyle Schwarber drove in both Chicago runs with a double and a triple. Yu Darvish struck out 13,including eight in-a-row, but gave up four runs in seven innings to take the loss. Chicago had its five-game winning streak snapped.
>>Brewers Get By Padres On “Moose” Homer
(Milwaukee, WI) — Mike Moustakas broke a 1-all tie with a solo homer in the seventh inning and the Brewers went on to beat the Padres 3-1 at Miller Park. Lorenzo Cain also homered as Milwaukee won its fourth in-a-row. Matt Albers got the win and Drew Pomeranz his second save. The Brewers are tied with the Cubs for the second wild card spot as both teams are two games behind St. Louis.
>>A’s Edge Royals
(Oakland, CA) — Brett Anderson and three relievers combined on a six-hitter as the A’s edged the Royals 2-1 in Oakland. Rookie A.J. Puk got the win with two scoreless innings. Liam Hendriks fanned two in a flawless ninth for his 23rd save. Matt Olson’s solo homer tied the game at one in the seventh and Seth Brown doubled in the go-ahead run two batters later. Jorge Lopez took the loss, allowing two runs and four hits in six-plus innings. Nick Dini’s sac-fly scored the KC run in the fifth. The Royals fell 40 games below .500 at 56-and-96.
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>>Cards Double Up Nats Behind Ozuna
(St. Louis, MO) — Marcell Ozuna’s two-run, ground-rule double broke a 2-all tie in the seventh inning as the Cardinals beat the Nationals 4-2 in St. Louis. Ozuna also hit a two-run homer in the first inning and threw a runner out at the plate. Dakota Hudson pitched seven innings of two-run ball for his 16th win as the Cards snapped a two-game skid. Carlos Martinez collected his 20th save. Victor Robles singled in a run and Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer for Washington, which has lost three-of-four. Sean Doolittle took the loss.
>>Royals Surge Past A’s In Ninth
(Oakland, CA) — The Royals scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to surge past the A’s 6-5 in Oakland. Brett Phillips tied the game with a solo homer before Adalberto Mondesi doubled in the go-ahead run. Mondesi also tripled in a run in the first and Jorge Soler crushed his 45th home run of the season. Kevin McCarthy got the win and Ian Kennedy his 30th save. Reliever Liam Hendricks blew the save and took the loss for Oakland. Marcus Semien drilled his 31st homer of the year and Matt Olson doubled twice and had two RBI. The A’s had their six-game winning streak snapped.
>>Cubs Top Reds, Win Fifth Straight
(Chicago, IL) — Kyle Schwarber belted a three-run homer in the first inning to propel the Cubs to an 8-2 win over the Reds at Wrigley Field. Nicholas Castellanos contributed a two-run double. Alec Mills picked up the win in relief with two scoreless innings. The Cubs won their fifth straight and are second in the NL wild card standings, a half-game behind the Nationals. Reds starter Kevin Gausman took the loss. Curt Casali and Phillip Ervin plated runs for Cincinnati, which had won three of its previous four games.
>>Cubs’ Rizzo Dealing With Sprained Ankle
(Chicago, IL) — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will miss at least five days as he deals with a sprained ankle. Rizzo’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next five-to-seven days before being re-evaluated. He turned his right ankle during Sunday’s win over the Pirates. The 30-year-old slugger is batting .289 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI for the Cubs.
>>Brewers Pick Off Padres
(Milwaukee, WI) — Cory Spangenberg’s two-run triple snapped a 1-all tie in the fourth inning as the Brewers beat the Padres 5-1 at Miller Park. Spangenberg also singled in a run and Travis Shaw homered for Milwaukee, which has won 10 of its last 11. Zach Davies earned his 10th win.
>>Braun, Brewers Slam Cards In Ninth
(St. Louis, MO) — Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning and the Brewers held on to beat the Cardinals 7-6 in St. Louis. Cory Spangenberg also homered for Milwaukee, which has won nine of its last 10 games. Matt Albers got the win. Josh Hader gave up a two-run homer in the ninth before posting his 33rd save. Harrison Bader homered twice, and Paul DeJong and Tommy Edman also went deep for St. Louis. John Gant took the loss.
>>Astros Rout Royals To Sweep Series
(Kansas City, MO) — Josh Reddick went 5-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored as the Astros routed the Royals 13-3 in Kansas City. Yuli Gurriel and Kyle Tucker also homered for Houston, which swept the three-game series. Wade Miley pitched six innings of two-run ball for the win. Jakob Junis took the loss for KC. Whit Merrifield had two singles to bring his AL-leading hit total to 193. The Royals are five losses away from 100.
>>Cubs Bombard Bucs Again For Sweep
(Chicago, IL) — Kris Bryant homered twice and drove in four runs as the Cubs mashed the Pirates 16-6 at Wrigley Field. Chicago hit five homers in all, with Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Jonathan Lucroy also connecting. Brad Wieck got the win in relief as the Cubs swept the three-game set with their fourth straight win overall. Pablo Reyes’ singled in two to highlight Pittsburgh’s five-run third. Trevor Williams gave up seven runs in less than three innings to take the loss. The Bucs gave up 47 runs in the series.
Patrick Mahomes threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns to power the Chiefs to a 28-10 win over the Raiders in Oakland. Demarcus Robinson had six catches for 172 yards to go along with two touchdowns for Kansas City. Travis Kelce had 107 yards receiving and also scored. Mecole Hardman caught a touchdown as well. Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland each had interceptions for the Chiefs, who improved to 2-and-0. Josh Jacobs rushed for 99 yards for the Raiders. Derek Carr threw for 198 yards and a touchdown but also tossed two interceptions. Oakland is 1-and-1.
Demarcus Robinson and Hardman combined for 233 yards and three touchdowns. The game was won in the second quarter, when Mahomes threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns. The Chiefs scored touchdowns on all four of their drives in the second quarter.
With the win, the Chiefs are now alone in first place in the AFC West after the Chargers fell to the Lions earlier on Sunday. At 1-1, the Raiders are tied with the Chargers for second place in the division. Denver lost on a last second field goal at home to Chicago. The Broncos are 0-2.
(NASCAR)—Round one of the NASCAR playoffs has gone to Martin Truex Jr., who avoided problems that hit several other contenders for the championship. Truex started 24th but took the lead for good with twenty laps left. His win guarantees a slot in the round of twelve that will continue to compete for the Cup title.
Clint Bowyer, who surprised himself and a lot of other people by winning the pole, struggled with his car’s balance for much of the race and was done in by a tire rub resulting from a bum with Paul Menard about seventy laps from the finish. He had to pit under the green and finished 25th, a lap behind Truex.
The result leaves him fifteenth, twenty-one points below the cut line with only two races to make up the deficit. He’s had three straight top tens on the small track, including a third place in the spring race.
(INDYCAR)—Indycar wraps up its season next weekend at Laguna Seca. It’s a double-points race and the championship is general conceded to be Josef Newgarden’s (right, at Gateway International) to lose. Newgarden goes into the race with a 41 point lead over Alexander Rossi and is up on Simon Pagenaud by 42.
The Course is an eleven-turn, 2.258-mile road course. Drivers admits it’s a tough course on which to pass and contenders say a solid qualifying run is critical.
The race will be the 321st IndyCar start for five-time champion Scott Dixon, putting him sixth on the list of career starts. Mario Andretti tops the list with 407. Dixon goes into the race fourth in the standings and is in a must-win situation if he is to contend for a sixth title.
(FORMULA 1)—Formula 1 was off this weekend. It resumes next weekend with the Grand Prix of Singapore, the fifteenth race in the 22-race schedule. Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamlton and Valtterri Bottas are at the top of the standings with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen holding off the two Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc—the winner of the last two Grands Prix, and Sebastian Vettel.
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