MLB roundup: Cardinals hammer Diamondbacks

MLB roundup: Cardinals hammer Diamondbacks

Aledmys Diaz had two hits and a homer and right-hander Adam Wainwright’s bases-loaded triple keyed a five-run sixth inning in St. Louis’ victory over Arizona at Chase Field.

Stephen Piscotty had four hits and two RBIs and Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday had two RBIs apiece to help Wainwright (1-3) to his first victory since April 29, 2015. He missed five months with a ruptured right Achilles last season.

Homers by Brandon Drury and Paul Goldschmidt gave Arizona a 3-1 lead before Diaz hit his fourth homer of the season in the fifth inning.

Angels 4, Royals 2

ANAHEIM, Calif.  – Yunel Escobar’s home run in the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and helped lift the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, completing a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.

The Angels lost nine of their previous 10 games against the Royals prior to the series — six of seven during the regular season last year and all three in the American League Division Series in the 2014 playoffs.

Los Angeles scored 15 runs in winning the first two games of the series but managed just five hits in Wednesday’s game. Three of the hits, though, were home runs — Escobar’s tiebreaker, a two-run homer by Mike Trout in the fourth inning and a solo homer by shortstop Andrelton Simmons in the seventh, his first of the season.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 0

TORONTO — Dioner Navarro drove in the first runs of the game with a two-run triple in the seventh and Jose Quintana struck out 10 as Chicago defeated Toronto to complete a three-game series sweep.

It was the sixth win in a row for the White Sox and the third straight loss for the Blue Jays.

Quintana (3-1) pitched six scoreless innings in recording his season high in strikeouts in his second straight win. The left-hander allowed five hits and three walks. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (1-2) allowed three hits, four walks and three runs while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.

Marlins 2, Dodgers 0

Justin Nicolino did something no Miami Marlins starter has accomplished all season — get an out in the bottom of the eighth.

Nicolino’s 7 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday night led Miami to a 2-0 shutout of Los Angeles, giving the Marlins their first series win in Dodger Stadium since 2010.

It was the first big league start this year for Nicolino, who was called up earlier in the day. He gave up just two hits and walked two, fanning two.

Orioles 3, Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joey Rickard hit a three-run home run, and Chris Tillman threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, leading Baltimore to a victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

The Orioles won the finale of a three-game series and ended a three-game skid while snapping the Rays’ three-game winning streak.

Rickard’s rocket in the fifth inning against left-hander Matt Moore was the lone production the Orioles required on a night when Baltimore was out-hit 4-3. The Rays outscored Baltimore 5-1 in the first two games of the series.

Mets 5, Reds 2

NEW YORK — Neil Walker continued his torrid April by homering and finishing with two RBIs as New York completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a win at Citi Field.

The Mets have won six straight and 11 of 13. The Reds have lost four in a row and 12 of 16.

Walker gave the Mets the lead for good with an RBI single in the first inning. His one-out solo homer in the third was his ninth home run of the month, tying a club record for April previously set by Dave Kingman, Carlos Delgado and John Buck.

Phillies 3, Nationals

WASHINGTON — Starter Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings of shutout ball and gave up just two hits and Darin Ruf drove in a run to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning as Philadelphia shut out Washington.

Carlos Ruiz gave the Phillies some insurance in the eighth when he clubbed a two-out solo homer to left off reliever Sammy Solis to make it 3-0. It was just the 13th homer allowed this year by Washington, which has hit 23 of its own.

Philadelphia had built the lead to 2-0 in the seventh as Cesar Hernandez scored on a throwing error by Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon as Peter Bourjos reached on a fielder’s choice.

Red Sox 9, Braves 4

BOSTON — Steven Wright, added to the rotation at the start of the season because of an injury to Eduardo Rodriguez, turned in his fourth straight quality start.

Backed by two Dustin Pedroia homers, one a grand slam, and three doubles by David Ortiz, Wright helped Boston to a victory over Atlanta. It was the Red Sox’s third straight win over the hapless Braves in two locations this week and fourth victory in a row overall.

Wright (2-2 with a wonderful 1.37 ERA) allowed one earned run in seven innings. He struck out seven and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last eight starts dating back to last season — the longest active streak among current American League starters.

Giants 13, Padres 9

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco took advantage of a San Diego fielding error to score three runs in the first inning and continued to pound out hits in a win over the Padres.

Brandon Belt was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Hunter Pence went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Jeff Samardzija (3-1) was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and five runs with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

The Padres had nine hits, including home runs from Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Adam Rosales.

Tigers 9, Athletics 4

DETROIT — J.D. Martinez and Victor Martinez each blasted three-run homers, powering Detroit to a win over Oakland at Comerica Park.

Moved to the No. 2 spot in the order for the first time in his career, J.D. Martinez had two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly while driving in four runs. Victor Martinez reached base four times.

Winning pitcher Justin Verlander (2-2) gave up three runs and five hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Oakland’s Sonny Gray (3-2) endured the shortest start of his four-year career. He gave up four runs and two hits while walking four and hitting a batter in two innings.

Rangers 3, Yankees 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Elvis Andrus’ two-out triple in the sixth scored Rougned Odor with the go-ahead run in Texas’ victory over New York.

The victory made a winner out of left-hander Martin Perez (1-2) for the first time this season.

Perez turned in his fourth quality start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks and striking out three for Texas, who has now won two consecutive games.

Indians 6, Twins 5

MINNEAPOLIS — Carlos Santana had three hits and Francisco Lindor knocked in three runs to lead Cleveland to a win over Minnesota at Target Field.

The Indians overcame an early three-run deficit in the major league debut for Twins pitcher Jose Berrios. One of the sport’s top pitching prospects, Berrios (0-1) allowed five runs on six hits and a pair of walks in four-plus innings.

Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin (3-0) gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out one.

Pirates 9, Rockies 8 (12 innings)

DENVER — Pittsburgh blew an early seven-run lead but salvaged a win on Jordy Mercer’s two-out double in the 12th inning.

With one out, Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez (0-1) walked Gregory Polanco. After Matt Joyce flied out, Mercer doubled to deep right-center.

The win was the eighth straight at Coors Field for the Pirates, who have won six of their past seven games. The Rockies lost their fifth straight and are 1-5 on their homestand.

Astros 7, Mariners 4

SEATTLE — Jose Altuve had three hits, two RBIs and three runs to lead Houston past Seattle, ending the Mariners’ three-game winning streak.

Altuve led off the game with a home run as the Astros avoided the series sweep behind nine hits and a workmanlike performance from Collin McHugh (2-3). The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

Robinson Cano and Adam Lind each hit a solo home run for the Mariners.

Cubs-Brewers postponed

CHICAGO — Chicago ace Jake Arrieta and Milwaukee right-hander Taylor Jungmann got an unexpected night off.

Cold weather and the likelihood of rain throughout the evening led officials to postpone the second game in a scheduled three-game series at Wrigley Field.

Arrieta and Jungmann will instead face off Thursday afternoon.

No makeup date was announced. But the teams have a mutual open date on Aug. 15 before a scheduled three-game series in Chicago. They also will meet in a four-game series in mid-September at Wrigley Field.