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Cardinals Win; Cubs, Sox Lose

>>Cardinals Blank Giants
 
Alex Reyes pitched seven dominant innings in his third major league start, fellow rookie Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run homer and St. Louis moved up in the tight NL wild-card race by beating the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday.
 
Reyes gave up four hits, struck out six and walked two. The righty's fastball was consistently in the mid-to-upper 90s mph, and he also mixed in a slider
 
Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.
 
Diaz hit his 16th homer in the third off Albert Suarez (3-4). The All-Star's shot followed Matt Carpenter's two-out double.
 
Suarez has allowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 career starts, but the rookie is winless in 10 outings (including six starts) since June 23.
 
The Giants appeared to still be reeling from another blown ninth-inning lead in Saturday's 3-2 loss.
 
The Giants dropped one game behind the New York Mets for the top NL wild-card spot. The Cardinals closed within one game of San Francisco.
 
St. Louis split this four-game series, winning the final two. The struggling Giants finished their homestand 2-5 and have won just one series at AT&T Park since the All-Star break.
 
Carlos Martinez (14-8, 3.15 ERA) pitches the series opener in Colorado. He is 4-1 with six quality starts in his last seven outings.
 
>>Duffy, Royals Get By White Sox
 
Kendrys Morales homered for his 1,000th career hit and drove in four runs, Danny Duffy pitched effectively into the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 10-3 Sunday.
 
Duffy (12-2) picked up his first victory since Aug. 21. He struck out eight and gave up three runs.
 
Morales homered in the sixth with Paulo Orlando aboard. Orlando reached base four times - two doubles, a walk and hit by pitch - and scored three runs.
 
Morales contributed a RBI single in the first and doubled home Eric Hosmer in the fourth.
 
Hosmer drove in three runs, giving him a career-best 94 RBIs. Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs.
 
Alex Gordon ended an 0-for-21 drought with his 16th home run, which splashed into the upper right-field fountain.
 
Todd Frazier hit his 37th homer, a White Sox record for a third baseman.
 
Jose Quintana (12-11) fell to 1-9 lifetime against the Royals.
 
Carlos Rodon, who is 5-1 with a 2.77 ERA in his past eight starts, will start the series finale.
 
>>Cubs Fall To Brewers
 
Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in six innings and remained stuck on 15 victories as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Sunday.
 
Tyler Thornburg struck out Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with two on in the ninth to earn his 11th save in 16 chances.
 
The NL Central champion Cubs have lost four of six and are trying to secure home-field advantage in the playoffs. They resumed playing their regulars after clinching the division Thursday.
 
Chris Carter homered and Martin Maldonado and pitcher Wily Peralta (7-10) added RBI singles for the Brewers, who took three of four games from the Cubs. Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun got a scheduled day off after hitting two home runs Saturday.
 
Hendricks (15-8), making his first start since losing a no-hit bid in the ninth inning at St. Louis, struck out nine and gave up six hits. His ERA rose from 2.03 to 2.06 as he lost for the first time since July 26 at the White Sox.
 
Jason Hammel (14-9, 3.60) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game set against the visiting Reds, who are expected to start RHP Tim Adleman (2-4, 4.21).

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