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Cubs, White Sox Win Monday; Yelich Hits 3 HRs To Send Brewers Past Cardinals

>>Cubs Down Marlins

 

Darvish struck out eight in a season-high 5 2/3 innings for his first win of the year, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday.

 

Willson Contreras hit his sixth homer, drove in three and reached base four times for the Cubs.

 

Darvish (1-2) allowed two runs, lowering his ERA to 6.11, and earned just his second victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs before the 2018 season. He made it through only eight starts last year before being shut down with right triceps tendinitis.

 

Contreras walked to force in a run in the first, homered in the seventh and added an RBI single in the ninth. David Bote also drove in three.

 

Miami went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

 

Jose Quintana (1-1, 5.14) is scheduled to start Tuesday against RHP Pablo Lopez (1-1, 6.60).

 

>>White Sox Down Royals

 

Wellington Castillo atoned for an error with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Monday night.

Castillo's poor throw on Billy Hamilton's steal in the seventh helped set up Whit Merrifield's tiebreaking sacrifice fly. But Castillo came up big after Tim Anderson led off the eighth with a double against Brad Boxberger (0-3), sending an opposite-field drive to right.

 

Manny Banuelos (1-0) pitched three hitless innings for his first win since 2015, and Alex Colome worked the ninth for his fourth save in four chances and No. 100 for his career. Anderson had three hits and scored twice, lifting his average to a major league-leading .453.

 

Hunter Dozier and Chris Owings homered for Kansas City, which was coming off a three-game sweep of Cleveland, the AL Central favorites.

 

Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez and White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez get the ball Tuesday night. Jorge Lopez (0-1, 3.71 ERA) pitched six innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Mariners in his previous start. Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 12.15 ERA) has struggled so far this year, allowing 22 hits in 13 1/3 innings over three starts.

 

>>Yelich Hits Three Home Runs, Brewers Power Past Cardinals

 

Christian Yelich hit three homers, including a pair of three-run shots, and drove in a career-high seven runs to power the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals 10-7 on Monday night.

Yelich, the reigning NL MVP, hit his first three-run homer to cap a six-run second inning. After St. Louis tied it with three runs in the sixth, Yelich answered in the bottom half with a towering three-run blast to right off Mike Mayers (0-1).

 

Yelich capped off his night with his eighth homer this season, going deep to lead off the eighth. He also lined out in the first and was walked intentionally in the fourth.

 

Seven of his eight homers this season have come against the Cardinals.

 

Junior Guerra (1-0) worked 1 2/3 innings for the victory. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth after allowing Marcell Ozuna's sixth home run to open the inning.

 

In the sixth, the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out. Guerra entered, and his first pitch to Paul Goldschmidt sailed past catcher Yasmani Grandal for a run-scoring passed ball. Goldschmidt and Ozuna followed with RBI singles to tie it.

 

The Brewers erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the second off Dakota Hudson. Mike Moustakes opened with his sixth homer. Eric Thames, Ben Gamel, pitcher Freddy Peralta and Lorenzo Cain each singled to account for two runs. Yelich then lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center.

 

St. Louis made it 6-3 in the third on Yadier Molina's RBI double.

 

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the first on consecutive one-out homers by Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong. Goldschmidt has hit five of his seven home runs this season at Miller Park, including a three-homer game on March 29.

 

Cain robbed Matt Carpenter of a two-run homer with a grab above the center field wall to end the second inning.

 

Neither starter was effective. Peralta allowed three runs on four hits with three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Hudson was tagged for six runs on eight hits with three walks in 3 2/3.

 

Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.93 ERA) looks to build on consecutive solid starts, having allowed one run in 11 innings in his previous two outings. Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 6.00) makes his fourth start and second against the Cardinals.

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