Rookie Stephen Piscotty tripled and scored the go-ahead run on Mark Reynolds’ groundout in the eighth inning as the St Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Monday night.
The run came a little too late for Michael Wacha, who allowed one run in seven innings with six strikeouts, but missed a chance to become the majors’ first 15-game winner.
Yadier Molina hit his third homer leading off the fourth for St Louis. The Giants tied it on Brandon Crawford’s two-out RBI triple in the sixth.
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Kevin Siegrist (4-0) worked a perfect eighth against the top of the Giants order and Trevor Rosenthal earned his 37th save in 39 chances when pinch-hitter Buster Posey flied out to the wall in center.
ORIOLES 4, ATHLETICS 2
In Baltimore, Maryland, Steve Clevenger hit a three-run homer and Chris Tillman won his seventh straight decision as the Orioles completed a four-game sweep of the Athletics.
Clevenger, who was called up on Friday from Triple-A Norfolk, got his first homer since June 29, 2012. He also had a career-high four hits in Baltimore’s 18-2 victory on Sunday.
Tillman (9-7) allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts over seven innings. He has not lost since May 31.
Oakland went winless on their seven-game east coast road trip.
Darren O’Day had a perfect eighth and Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 29th save.
Oakland left-hander Sonny Gray (12-5), who was scratched from his previous start with back spasms, allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 5-2/3 innings.
INDIANS 8, RED SOX 2
In Boston, Danny Salazar pitched seven strong innings to cool off Boston’s hot bats and Lonnie Chisenhall had a solo homer and three RBIs to carry the Indians past the Red Sox.
Carlos Santana also hit a solo shot, and Chisenhall’s two-run double highlighted a five-run fourth that lifted Cleveland to their sixth win in nine games.
Salazar (11-6) allowed one run on four hits, striking out five and walking one. He has given up two or less runs in six of his last seven starts.
Travis Shaw drove in both Boston runs with a solo homer and an RBI single for the Red Sox, who scored 45 runs on 60 hits in their previous three games against Seattle.
RANGERS 4, MARINERS 3
In Arlington, Texas, Fernando Rodney walked Adrian Beltre with one out in the ninth inning to force in the winning run and give Texas a win over the Mariners.
The Rangers have won eight consecutive home games and are three games over .500 for the first time since June 23.
Shawn Tolleson (5-2) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Texas Rangers. Rodney (5-5) only retired one of the batters he faced. He gave up two bunt hits and hit a batter before the walk.
Cole Hamels came away with his second no-decision to go with one loss in his three Texas starts since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 31. He missed his previous turn in the rotation last week with a groin injury.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, PIRATES 1
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jeremy Hellickson won on the road for the first time in two months and Jake Lamb homered to lead the Diamondbacks to a victory over the Pirates.
Hellickson (9-8) allowed one run and three hits in 5-1/3 innings, while striking out four and walking one. He had gone 0-4 with an 8.67 ERA in his previous six road starts since winning on May 30 at Milwaukee.
Lamb connected for his fifth home run in the fourth inning, a solo shot off Gerrit Cole (14-7) that put the Diamondbacks ahead 4-0 and helped snapped the National League wild card-leading Pirates’ four-game winning streak.
David Peralta had two hits for the Diamondbacks, including an RBI double in a two-run first inning. He is hitting .469 (30 for 64) with 21 RBIs in his last 19 games.
In other results, it was:
‧ Marlins 6, Brewers 2
‧ Yankees 8, Twins 7
‧ Rays 9, Astros 2
‧ Padres 5, Braves 3
‧ Angels 2, White Sox 1
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‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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