>>Cards Double Up D'Backs
(St. Louis, MO) -- David Freese clubbed a two-run homer to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a four-game series on Sunday at Busch Stadium. Freese added a sacrifice fly for the Cardinals, who salvaged a split after dropping the first two games of this set. Jaime Garcia gave up a two-run homer to Arizona's Ryan Roberts among seven hits over six innings to register the victory. Lance Lynn tossed two innings of relief before Fernando Salas closed the door in the ninth for his 16th save of the season. The Cards are now off for the All-Star break. They return to the diamond on Friday to kick off a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park.
>>Bucs Blast Cubs
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- The Pirates wrapped up their best first half in 19 years with a 9-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday at PNC Park. Andrew McCutchen, who was named to the NL All-Star team on Saturday, hit a three-run homer and knocked in five as Pittsburgh won two of three in the weekend series. Paul Maholm worked into the eighth inning for the win, striking out eight and allowing just four hits and a run to improve to 9-and-2 in 16 career starts against the Cubs. Ramon Ortiz lost his second straight start since being called up from the minors after giving up six runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. Darwin Barney had two of Chicago's four hits and the Cubs finished the first half by losing seven of their last 10 games. They head to the break with a record of 37-and-55. The Northsiders are now off for the All-Star break. They will kick off the second half of the season on Thursday with the opener of a four-game series against the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field.
>>Twins Double Up White Sox
(Chicago, IL) -- Anthony Swarzak pitched well, giving up one run over six frames while striking out five as the Twins closed out the first half with a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday at The Cell. Alexi Casilla scored twice for Minnesota, which sits seven games back of the AL Central-leading Tigers. Matt Capps secured his 15th save of the season. Jake Peavy took the loss, allowing five runs in four-and-a-third innings. A.J. Pierzynski scored and drove in a run for the Southsiders, who are four-and-a-half games back of Detroit. The Southsiders are off for the All-Star break. They return to action on Friday with the opener of a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Florida Marlins 5, Houston Astros 4
Philadelphia Phillies 14, Atlanta Braves 1
Washington Nationals 2, Colorado Rockies 0
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Cincinnati Reds 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, San Diego Padres 1
San Francisco Giants 4, New York Mets 2
Toronto Blue Jays 7, Cleveland Indians 1
New York Yankees 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Boston Red Sox 8, Baltimore Orioles 6
Detroit Tigers 2, Kansas City Royals 1
Texas Rangers 2, Oakland Athletics 0
LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Seattle Mariners 2