Jack Flaherty struck out nine in six shutout innings and the host St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Friday night.
Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in three runs, Yadier Molina went 3-for-5, and three other St. Louis batters had two hits each. The Cardinals moved a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central.
Nolan - Arenado - Hits - Times - Plate
Nolan Arenado had two hits and reached all four times he came to the plate for Colorado, which has lost four of five since sweeping a home series against Miami.
Flaherty (8-6) didn’t allow a hit until Yonathan Daza led off the fifth inning with a single. Before that, the Rockies only had three baserunners — a walk and two hit batsmen.
JD - Martinez - Homers - Runs - Eduardo
J.D. Martinez hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs, and Eduardo Rodriguez blanked San Diego on five hits over seven innings as visiting Boston won in a rout.
Rodriguez (15-5) entered the game with the highest run-support average in the major leagues at 7.85 runs per game. The Red Sox scored three runs in each of the first two innings, one in the fourth and four in the sixth.
Martinez - Homer - Padres - Chris - Paddack
Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first off Padres starter Chris Paddack, a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a three-run homer in the sixth off Eric Yardley. He finished the night 3-for-4.
Anibal Sanchez held Chicago to one hit in 8 1/3 innings, and Adam Eaton and Juan Soto homered to lead visiting Washington to victory.
Sizzling - Nationals - Hold - Wild-card - Spot
The sizzling Nationals have won 10 of 12 and kept their hold on the top wild-card spot in the NL. Chicago’s five-game winning streak came to an end.
Sanchez (8-6) struck out six and allowed a single earned run in his longest outing of the season, and he also logged his second career two-hit...
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