Pirates 5, Cubs 4 (first game)
Starling Marte’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader.
With the score tied at 4-4, first baseman Pedro Alvarez drew a leadoff walk from reliever Justin Grimm (3-5) to start the eighth. Pedro Florimon ran for Alvarez, stole second and continued to third on catcher Miguel Montero’s throwing error before scoring on Marte’s line drive to left field.
Cubs 2, Pirates 1 (second game)
Jon Lester pitched a five-hitter, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a split of a day-night doubleheader between National League contenders.
Lester (10-10) pitched his first complete game for the Cubs, who signed him to a six-year, $155 million contract as a free agent in December, and 12th of his 10-year career.
The Cubs (83-61) ended a three-game losing streak and got back within four games of the Pirates, who lead the NL wild-card standings.
Royals 2, Indians 0
Kris Medlen pitched six strong innings and Alex Rios homered to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
In 6 1/3 scoreless innings, Medlen gave up five hits, with one walk and no strikeouts. Greg Holland pitched the ninth inning to pick up his 31st save.
Cleveland threatened in the bottom of the ninth, with runners at first and second and nobody out, but Holland retired the next three batters to preserve the win.
Nationals 4, Phillies 0
Bryce Harper homered twice and drove in all four of his team’s runs, and Stephen Strasburg struck out 14, as the Washington Nationals blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0.
Harper continued his surge for the National League MVP award by going 3-for-3 with a solo homer, two-run shot and an RBI single. The 22-year-old right fielder raised his home run total to 39, which put him ahead of Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the NL lead.
Braves 3, Blue Jays 2
For the first time since Aug. 24, the Atlanta Braves celebrated a home victory, and they won in dramatic style with shortstop Andrelton Simmons singling home the winning run over the Blue Jays with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
The 3-2 win over Toronto snapped a record 12-game losing streak for the Braves at Turner Field.
Marlins 9, Mets 3
Second baseman Dee Gordon had four hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins snapped the New York Mets’ eight-game winning streak with a 9-3 victory.
The Mets (83-62) hold an 8-1/2 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East after Washington beat Philadelphia 4-0.
Rays 6, Yankees 3
Rays shortstop Nick Franklin hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help Tampa Bay to a 6-3 win over the New York Yankees.
Franklin went deep off Yankees reliever Nick Rumbelow for his second home run of the season. The homer turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.
Tampa Bay got a quality start from right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who gave up three hits and three runs in six innings. The Rays bullpen backed Odorizzi (8-8) with three innings of shutout relief.
Cardinals 3, Brewers 1 (10 innings)
Jayson Heyward had three hits, including a two-run home run in the 10th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 at Miller Park.
Heyward already doubled twice, walked and reached on a fielder’s choice when he came up in the 10th against Brewers right-hander Tyler Thornburg, who got off to a bad start in the inning when Matt Carpenter reached on an error by first baseman Adam Lind.
Left fielder Stephen Piscotty grounded into a force at second to bring up Heyward. Thornburg (0-2) quickly fell into a 3-0 hole, and on a 3-1 count, fired a fastball that Heyward sent to right for his 12th home run of the season.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 5 (13 innings)
Chris Davis lined a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning that gave the Baltimore Orioles a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Right fielder Gerardo Parra started the game-winning rally with a walk off Red Sox right-hander Jonathan Aro. Third baseman Manny Machado then lined a single to center, and Parra never hesitated, easily making it to third.
Left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. then came on to face first baseman Davis. On a 2-1 pitch, Davis lined his game-winning single to right, bringing in Parra to end the 4-hour, 20-minute marathon.
Tigers 5, Twins 4
Pitcher Alfredo Simon made his early offensive support hold up as the Detroit Tigers won 5-4 over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Detroit scored three times in the first two innings then tacked on the game-winner in the sixth as Simon pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, winning for the 13th time this season.