Pirates Get Win Over Cardinals
By WES CROSBY
PITTSBURGH — Lance Lynn allowed eight runs in the first inning and the St. Louis Cardinals slipped up against the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-6 on Saturday night.
St. Louis (81-73) entered the day 1 1/2 games behind Colorado, which plays San Diego on Saturday night, for the second NL wild card. The loss ended the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak. St. Louis remained five games behind the Cubs in the NL Central after Chicago lost to Milwaukee, which is a half-game ahead of the Cardinals.
Lynn (11-8) got two outs before being pulled after six hits and eight runs. It was his shortest outing since Aug. 13, 2015, also at Pittsburgh.
Tommy Pham gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead against Gerrit Cole (12-11) two batters into the game when he sent the first pitch of his at-bat over the center-field wall. Pham was 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Then Pittsburgh got to Lynn. David Freese and Elias Dias each singled with the bases loaded before Jordy Mercer and Starling Marte each tripled to build an 8-2 lead. Marte also walked in the inning, and Adam Frazier doubled and walked in the inning.
Marte added another Pirates run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning, Mercer made it 10-3 with a double in the fifth and Freese also doubled to make it 11-6 in the eighth.
Even with two wins in its past three games, Pittsburgh (70-85) has lost eight of its past 10.
Cole (12-11) allowed five runs and seven hits for his first win since Aug. 26. He had lost three straight decisions.
STUMBLING OUT OF THE GATE
On his 42nd pitch of the first inning, Lynn walked Frazier before manager Mike Matheny pulled him in favor of reliever Josh Lucas. He had not allowed more than seven runs in a start this season.
AN UNUSUAL RECORD
Trailing 10-3 entering the sixth inning, Matheny tied a major league record by using six pinch-hitters in an inning in an apparent attempt to save his regulars for Sunday. The Cardinals scored three runs to cut the Pirates’ lead to 10-6.
Giants 2, Dodgers 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Madison Bumgarner snapped a personal four-game losing streak and Gorkys Hernandez had three hits and scored both runs in the San Francisco Giants’ victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nationals 4, Mets 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy homered in the 10th inning and the Nationals bullpen followed Stephen Strasburg with five scoreless innings, lifting Washington over the New York Mets after Noah Syndergaard’s return.
Padres 5, Rockies 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres beat Colorado, cutting the Rockies’ lead for the NL’s second wild card to one game over Milwaukee.
Braves 4, Phillies 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Johan Camargo doubled in two runs in the three-run eighth inning, Rio Ruiz homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
Brewers 4, Cubs 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw hit a game-winning two-run homer with one out in the 10th inning off All-Star closer Wade Davis, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Shaw jumped up and down near the plate as he waited for the ball to clear the left-field fence. The Brewers had lost the first two games of the pivotal series in extra innings.
PHOENIX (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton extended his club record with his 57th home run and drove in four, lifting the Miami Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-6 on Saturday night.
Indians 11, Mariners 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Francisco Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, the most by a Cleveland middle infielder, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners for their 28th victory in 30 games.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO (AP) — The New York Yankees returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence, clinching no worse the a wild card with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday behind Greg Bird’s three-run homer.
Royals 8, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Gordon homered, Whit Merrifield drove in three runs and Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Royals to a victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, keeping Kansas City’s slim playoff hopes alive.
Rays 9 Orioles 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Lucas Duda hit a go-ahead, three-run homer to back Jake Odorizzi, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore to eliminate the Orioles from postseason contention.
Athletics 1, Rangers 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Maxwell became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem, and then Khris Davis hit his 40th home run to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Texas Rangers.
Astros 6, Angels 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer to back a solid start by Charlie Morton and the Houston Astros further dampened the AL wild-card hopes of the Los Angeles Angels.
Twins 10 Tigers 4
DETROIT (AP) — Zack Granite hit his first major league home run, a three-run drive that capped an eight-run eighth inning for the Minnesota Twins in a win over the Detroit Tigers
Red Sox 5, Reds 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took another step toward a second straight AL East title, beating the Cincinnati Reds.
Boston has won 13 of 16, holding off the Yankees as it tries to win back-to-back East titles for the first time since divisional realignment in 1969.