Pujols hits grand slam, Astros scores three touchdowns

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, Adam Wainwright threw seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Colorado Rockies 13-0 on Thursday for a three-game sweep.

The Elias Sports Bureau said that the Cardinals became the first team in big league history to have a player of at least 40 years old to hit a grand slam and at least 40 more to throw 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 their fifth consecutive loss.

Pujols hit his 690th home run of his career, joining Austin Gomber and finishing a third of five runs to make it 10-0.

Wainwright (10-9) gave up three hits, including two infield singles.

BRAVES 3, METS 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried outpitted Jacob deGrom, very 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 came within 3 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Mets. Atlanta has won nine out of ten.

New York dropped three out of four after winning 17 out of 20.

Fried (11-4) lasted seven innings and gave up two runs and four hits without a walk and six strikeouts.

DeGrom (2-1) gave up five hits and three runs without a walk and struckout nine in 6 2/3 innings.

In the ninth, Mets-star Francisco Lindor was caught in no man’s land on the bases and thrown out.

ASTROS 21, WHITE SOX 5

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Bregman hit two home runs and two doubles, racked up a career-high six runs and drove Houston past Chicago.

Houston’s run total equaled the second-highest in the team’s history — the Astros scored 23 against Baltimore in 2019.

The Astros finished with 25 hits, while Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez reached their career heights with four each.

Houston scored six runs in the fourth inning, chasing Lucas Giolito (9-7) who took a 10-0 lead.

Luis Garcia (10-8) batted out Chicago in the first four innings, but gave up Yoan Moncada’s three-run homerun in the fifth.

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-leader Los Angeles.

McCutchen had three RBI’s in his 19th career multi-home game.

Andrew Heaney (1-1) gave up all three home runs. He struckout 10 batters, but gave up five runs, five hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.

Corbin Burnes (9-5) gave up three runs, six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Devin Williams struckout three in the ninth for his eighth save.

BLUE JAYS 9, YANKEES 2

NEW YORK (AP) — George Springer was 5-for-5, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer to end a five-run second inning off Frankie Montas, and Toronto defeated collapsing New York.

Jose Berrios (9-5) bounced back from some rough outings and threw 6 2/3 effective innings for the Blue Jays.

New York came out of Josh Donaldson’s walk-off grand slam on Wednesday night to beat Tampa Bay, losing for the 13th time in 17 games.

Montas (4-10) gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings in his home debut for the Yankees, who took him out of Oakland before the trade deadline.

DIAMOND BACKS 5, GIANTS 0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zac Gallen struckout 12 career strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings and extended his shutout streak to 21 1/3 innings when Arizona defeated San Francisco.

Gallen (9-2) limited the Giants to four hits and won five consecutive decisions.

The D-backs chased Logan Webb (11-6) early and earned a four-game split.

Webb gave up five runs, earned three, on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

RAYS 7, ROYALS 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Luis Patino threw strong in the sixth inning, Yandy Diaz drove in three runs and Tampa Bay defeated Kansas City.

The Rays have won five out of six.

Patino (1-1), recalled from Triple-A Durham to make his first big league-appearance since July 23, gave up four hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

Diaz homered on Max Castillo’s second pitch (0-1) at the start of the first, and had a two-run double during a five-run seventh off Brad Keller.

Cubs 3, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a couple of homeruns, Adrian Sampson threw a scoreless ball in the sixth inning and Chicago defeated Baltimore.

Sampson (1-3) gave up four hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings, registering his first win since last September 14 in 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 won five of the seven.

Brandon Hughes took his first save.

RANGERS 10, ATHLETICS 3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nathaniel Lowe hit a three-run homer, Jonah Heim netted two runs against his former team, and Texas defeated Oakland.

Dane Dunning (3-6) gave up two runs in six innings for his second consecutive win.

Texas completed a 4-3 homestand by splitting four games with the A’s in last place.

Rookie Zach Logue (3-7) gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

PIRATES 8, RED SOX 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit two homeruns, JT Brubaker threw seven shutout-innings and Pittsburgh slipped for six games.

Brubaker (3-10) gave up two hits, walked no and struckout seven. He gave up a leadoff single in the second to Alex Verdugo, who was caught stealing, and a single to Xander Bogaerts with one out in the seventh.

Reynolds gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the first with a drive to the right from Josh Winckowski (5-6). After Newman singled in the fifth, Reynolds hit his team-leading 20th homerun for a 6-0 lead.

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