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Cards take down Brewers 8-2

Jose Martinez hit a three-run homer to pace the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
 
Luke Weaver (4-6) allowed two runs, both in the first, on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out a season-high nine and walked two for his first victory since May 11.
 
Martinez's 11th homer capped a five-run fourth when St. Louis erased a 2-1 deficit. Dexter Fowler, who entered hitting .163, doubled twice and scored twice, and Harrison Bader reached four times, scoring twice for the Cardinals, who won the final two games of the series to salvage a split.
 
Fowler snapped an 0-for13 streak with a double to open the fourth and Bader walked. Both runners advanced on Kelton Wong's fly out to right. After Weaver struck out, Matt Carpenter lined a two-run single to center to put the Cards up 3-2.
 
Jhoulys Chacin (6-3) issued his fifth walk to Greg Garcia and Martinez then drove an 0-2 pitch over the wall in center to make it 6-2.
 
The Cardinals extended it to 8-2 in the fifth. Fowler again led off with a double and Bader followed with an RBI single. Wong singled Bader to third and Weaver laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt.
 
Chacin allowed a season-high eight runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking five. Chacin dropped to 0-7 with a 6.90 ERA in nine career appearances, including eight starts, against the Cardinals.
 
The Cardinals pushed across a run in the first when Carpenter walked, Garcia doubled and Marcell Ozuna lofted a one-out sacrifice fly to the wall in right-center.
 
Milwaukee answered with two runs in the bottom half. Christian Yelich tied it with his 10th home run, a one-out solo shot into the second deck in left. Ryan Braun followed with a double to right and scored on Hernan Perez's 
 
two-out single. Jonathan Villar doubled Perez to third, but Weaver escaped by retiring Erik Kratz on a hard-hit liner to right.
 
RHP John Gant (1-2, 4.39) opens the three-game series at home against Cleveland tonight.

Moncada powers White Sox past Athletics 10-3

Yoan Moncada broke out of a slump with a three-run homer and six RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.
 
Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also connected for the White Sox, who had lost nine of 10. Carlos Rodon (1-2) pitched a season-high eight innings in his fourth start after missing the beginning of the year while recovering from shoulder surgery last September.
 
Moncada, who hit .183 over the previous 35 games, gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a three-run double in the fifth. Moncada then scored on Avisail Garcia's single, and Jose Abreu added another RBI single.
 
Palka, Sanchez and Moncada all went deep in the sixth. Moncada belted a three-run drive for his 10th homer, making it 10-2 Chicago.
 
Oakland set a modern major league record when Mark Canha hit a drive to left on Rodon's first pitch of the fifth, extending the A's streak to 25 straight road games with a homer. Canha also opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second.
 
A's right-hander Paul Blackburn (1-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He permitted only one baserunner through the first four, but got into trouble with two out in the fifth.
 
Rodon allowed two runs and seven hits. The eight innings matched his career high.
 
Following an off day, the White Sox begin a three-game set against visiting Minnesota on Tuesday.

Cubs fall 8-6 to Reds

Pitcher Mike Lorenzen connected for a pinch-hit homer to begin Cincinnati's comeback and Jesse Winker added a pinch-hit three-run homer in a big seventh that sent the Reds over the Chicago Cubs 8-6 on Sunday.
 
Lorenzen's homer was the third of his career and second in two games by a Reds pitcher. Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam on Saturday - the first by a Reds pitcher since 1959.
 
The Reds, who have won seven straight and 11 of their past 13 games, completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs for the first time in 25 years.
 
Trailing 6-1 in the seventh Winker went opposite field with relief pitcher Pedro Strop's first pitch after relieving emergency starter Mike Montgomery, driving it into the left field seats to cut Chicago's lead to 6-5. 
 
Joey Votto delivered the go-ahead double as the next four batters reached against Strop (3-1), who retired just two of the nine batters he faced.
 
Jose Peraza had two runs batted in and Tucker Barnhart had the game-tying RBI as the Reds set a season high for runs. Seven runs are the most allowed in one inning this season by the Cubs, who have lost six of their last eight 
 
games and were swept in a four-game series by the Reds for the first time since April 8-11, 1983, at Riverfront Stadium.
 
The Reds overcame a fifth-inning two-run homer by slumping Anthony Rizzo, who went 1-for-14 in the series, and a solo shot by Albert Almora Jr. off Jackson Stephens (1-0), which gave Chicago a 6-1 lead in the seventh.
 
Montgomery started in place of Tyler Chatwood, who left for Chicago early Sunday morning when his wife went into labor. The left-hander kept the Reds scoreless until Lorenzen's homer with two outs in the fifth inning.
 
Montgomery allowed six hits, three in the seventh, and four runs with two walks and six strikeouts.
 
The Cubs had at least one baserunner in every inning except the fourth against Sal Romano. They reached him for eight hits and five runs with a walk and six strikeouts in five innings.
 
Amir Garrett had three strikeouts in the eighth before Raisel Iglesias picked up his 13th save.
 
The Cubs head to L.A. to start a series with the Dodgers as RHP Duane Underwood will make his major league debut.

Cubs drop series opener 6-2 in Cincinnati

Jesse Winker hit his first career grand slam during a big sixth-inning rally Thursday night, putting Matt Harvey in line for his second win for the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2 over the Chicago Cubs.
 
The Reds sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six times in the sixth, matching their biggest inning of the season. Kyle Hendricks (5-7) walked three to set up the two-out rally, including Eugenio Suarez with the bases loaded. Hendricks has equaled his career high with four walks in each of his last two starts.
 
Winker connected on the second pitch from left-hander Randy Rosario, who hadn't allowed a homer this season. The Reds' sixth grand slam of the season moved them into a tie with Boston for most in the majors.
 
Billy Hamilton walked, stole a base, scored and singled home the final run during the rally.
 
Harvey (2-5) went six innings for his first victory since May 22, allowing five hits, including Javier Baez's two-run double. He'd lost his last three decisions with the Reds, who got him from the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco in a deal on May 8.
 
Harvey plunked Kris Bryant on the left hand and Anthony Rizzo on the left shin in the third inning, but both remained in the game. Baez's two-run double was his fourth extra-base hit in the last two games.
 
Amir Garrett relieved and fanned Rizzo on three pitches to end a bases-loaded threat in the seventh. Jared Hughes pitched out of a two-on jam in the eighth and finished for his fifth save in six chances.
 
The Reds have won four straight, their second-best streak of the season. 
 
Jose Quintana (6-5) will face off against Luis Castillo (4-8) has lost his last four starts in game two of the series.

St. Louis routed 11-3 by division foe Milwaukee

Brent Suter pitched seven strong innings, Manny Pina homered and the Milwaukee Brewers capitalized on a season-high four errors by St. Louis in an 11-3 victory Thursday night.
 
Suter (8-4) retired 12 straight after Matt Carpenter homered on the first pitch of the game.
 
He went a career-high seven innings for the second time this season and third overall. He limited the Cardinals to two runs and two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
 
Suter is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts.
 
The Brewers regained the lead in NL Central, one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs.
 
Carlos Martinez (3-4) struggled in his fourth start since returning from the disabled list (right lat strain). He allowed seven runs - five earned - on eight hits in four innings with two walks, three strikeouts and two wild pitches. The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA since being activated on June 4.
 
Milwaukee went ahead 2-1 in the first and never looked back.
 
Left fielder Marcell Ozuna tracked Jesus Aguilar's towering fly and climbed the wall in anticipation of making a home run-saving catch. The ball hit the padding behind and below Ozuna and bounced away as two runs scored for Milwaukee.
 
Fielding and throwing errors in the third helped the Brewers tack on two unearned runs.
 
Lorenzo Cain reached on Carpenter's fielding error at third base and scored on Travis Shaw's double. Shaw advanced on a wild pitch and then raced home when Martinez lost the grip on the ball as he threw toward the plate and it squirted toward the third base line.
 
The Brewers broke it open in the fourth on a home run by Pina, a run-scoring single by Cain and a sacrifice fly by Shaw.
 
Milwaukee added three unearned runs in the seventh aided by a fielding and throwing error by second baseman Jedd Gyorko.
 
Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Yairo Munoz in the fifth. Munoz had a run-scoring base hit in the ninth.
 
Carpenter hit the first pitch from Suter for his 17th leadoff home run and second of the season.
 
 RHP Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.66 ERA) makes his third career start against the Brewers and second at Miller Park, where he made his major league debut on April 3.

White Sox-A's game postponed

Thursday night's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain.
 
The postponement is the 40th in the major leagues this season, one more than last year and the most in at least the past six years.
 
The game will be made up on Friday as part of a straight doubleheader beginning at 3:10 p.m. CDT. The second game will start at 7:10 p.m., the time for Friday's regularly scheduled game, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
 
The White Sox announced right-hander James Shields (2-8, 4.63 ERA) will start the first game on Friday, with righty Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19) following in the nightcap. Chicago has lost seven straight to match a season high and is a season-low 25 games under .500.

Bulls take Carter Jr. and Hutchison in first round

The Chicago Bulls have drafted Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. with the No. 7 overall pick, giving them another versatile big man to go with Lauri Markkanen.
 
The 6-foot-10, 259-pound Carter Jr. was the second Blue Devils big man taken after Marvin Bagley III went to Sacramento at No. 2. With his ability to hit from the outside and score down low, he averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds as a freshman last season while helping the Blue Devils advance to the Elite Eight.
 
Chandler Hutchison is a 6-foot-7 Small Forward who finished up his senior season at Boise State.  He was a steady-handed first option for the Broncos, averaging 20.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as a senior.

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