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>>Cardinals Crush Phillies

 

Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and contributed at the plate, and the Cardinals homered four times Sunday to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-0.

 

Jedd Gyorko, Stephen Piscotty, Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker went deep.

 

Jhonny Peralta added three hits as the Cardinals finished a 6-3 road trip. They remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami for the final wild-card spot in the National League.

 

The Cardinals got six extra-base hits to set a club record of 14 straight games with at least three extra-base hits.

 

Leake (9-9) gave up seven hits and struck out eight. Philadelphia had homered in 14 straight games before getting blanked by Leake and two relievers.

 

Moss hit his 23rd homer and Leake added his single later in the fourth for a 4-0 lead.

 

Piscotty connected in the fifth, the eighth home run Velasquez has allowed in three games.

 

After Monday's day off, the Cardinals begin a six-game homestand with the Mets. St. Louis RHP Jaime Garcia (10-8, 4.11) opposes LHP Jonathon Niese (8-7, 5.30). Garcia has won three straight games and is 2-2 with a 1.58 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.

 

>>Quintana Leads White Sox Past A's

 

Jose Quintana pitched seven strong innings to earn a career-best 10th win and Jose Abreu homered for the second straight game to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

 

Todd Frazier had three hits and drove in two runs, and Justin Morneau added an RBI double in Chicago's three-run first as the White Sox took the final two games of the series and handed Oakland its seventh loss in eight games. Tim Anderson also had three hits.

 

Khris Davis hit his 32nd homer, a two-run shot, off Quintana (10-9) who finished with nine wins in each of the previous three seasons. The left-hander allowed struck out six and walked one in this one while allowing eight hits, and improved to 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last nine starts.

 

Zach Neal (2-3) allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

 

Following a day off on Monday, LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26) takes the mound against Jake Thompson (1-2, 8.79) when Chicago hosts the Phillies in the first of a two-game set.

 

>>Rockies Use Big First Inning To Down Cubs

 

Nolan Arenado broke out of a slump in a big way, hitting two homers and driving in six runs Sunday to boost the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs 11-4.

 

Arenado hit a three-run homer during a seven-run burst in the first inning, then added another three-run drive in the fourth. He leads the majors with 104 RBIs - he had a big league-high 130 last year - and tops the NL with 32 home runs.

 

Arenado was 1 of 16 on the Rockies' homestand before getting four hits. He passed Cubs slugger for the NL homer lead.

 

Jorge De La Rosa (8-7) tossed eight innings, giving up a pair of home runs to Addison Russell.

De La Rosa delivered a two-run single in the first as the Rockies quickly ended Jason Hammel's 22-inning scoreless streak.

 

Jon Lester (13-4, 2.86) opens the Cubs' three-game series in San Diego on Monday. It will be the first start of Lester's career in Petco Park.

 

>>Cubs Pitchers Lackey, Rondon To DL

 

The Chicago Cubs have put pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list because of strained right shoulder.

 

The Cubs made a series of moves Friday before their scheduled game in Colorado.

 

The 37-year-old Lackey has made 24 starts this year in his first season with the NL Central leaders. He is 9-7 with a 3.41 ERA.

 

Lackey's move to the DL was retroactive to Monday.

 

The Cubs also put right-handed reliever Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right triceps. He is a 2-3 with a team-leading 18 saves and a 2.47 ERA. That move was retroactive to Wednesday.

 

Right-hander Felix Pena and left-hander Rob Zastryzny had their contracts selected from Triple-A Iowa.

 

To make room on the 40-man roster for the two additions, right-handers Dallas Beeler and Aaron Brooks were transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

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