Pujols, Wainwright power Cardinals to 13-0 victory
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, Adam Wainwright pitched seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Colorado Rockies 13-0 Thursday for a three-game sweep.
The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cardinals were the first team in big league history to have a player at least 40 years old hit a grand slam and another at least 40 to pitch seven shutout innings in the same game. Pujols is 42, two years older than Wainwright.
The Rockies lost starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela (3-7) and right fielder Charlie Blackmon in the second inning to leg injuries.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals won their fourth in a row and sent Colorado to its fifth straight loss.
Pujols hit his 690th career home run, connecting off Austin Gomber and capping a five-run third that made it 10-0.
Wainwright (10-9) gave up three hits, two of them infield singles.
BRAVES 3, METS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried outpitched Jacob deGrom, ever so slightly, in a matchup of aces and rookie Michael Harris II bounced a go-ahead double in the seventh inning that sent Atlanta past New York.
The Braves won three of four in the series and moved within 3 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Mets. Atlanta has won nine of 10.
New York has dropped three of four after winning 17 of 20.
ASTROS 21, WHITE SOX 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Bregman hit two homers and two doubles, driving in a career-high six runs and powering Houston past Chicago.
Houston’s run total tied for the second most in team history — the Astros scored 23 against Baltimore in 2019.
The Astros wound up with 25 hits as Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez tied career highs with four each.
BREWERS 5, DODGERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen homered twice, Hunter Renfroe also went deep and Milwaukee split a four-game series with major league-leading Los Angeles.
McCutchen had three RBIs in his 19th career multi-homer game.
BLUE JAYS 9, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — George Springer went 5-for-5, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run second inning off Frankie Montas, and Toronto beat slumping New York.
Jose Berrios (9-5) bounced back from a pair of rough outings to pitch 6 2/3 effective innings for the Blue Jays.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zac Gallen struck out a career-high 12 in 7 1/3 innings, extending his shutout streak to 21 1/3 innings as Arizona beat San Francisco.
RAYS 7, ROYALS 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Luis Patino pitched strongly into the sixth inning, Yandy Diaz drove in three runs and Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.
The Rays have won five of six.
CUBS 3, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a pair of homers, Adrian Sampson pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and Chicago beat Baltimore.
Sampson (1-3) allowed four hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings, earning his first win since last Sept. 14 at Philadelphia.
Contreras then gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the sixth with a solo shot off Spenser Watkins (4-3).
Rafael Ortega also homered for the Cubs, who have won five of seven.
Brandon Hughes picked up his first career save.
RANGERS 10, ATHLETICS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nathaniel Lowe hit a three-run homer, Jonah Heim drove in two runs against his former team and Texas beat Oakland.
Dane Dunning (3-6) allowed two runs in six innings for his second consecutive win.
Texas completed a 4-3 homestand by splitting four games with the last-place A’s.
Rookie Zach Logue (3-7) allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.