Cardinals Add to Lead
St. Louis (ap) — Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 26-10 overall in taking the NL Central lead.
The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1½-game division lead and a chance to cement their first winning season since 1992. They left trailing the Cardinals by 1½ games and still stuck on 81 victories.
Wacha (3-0) allowed two hits and walked two, both of which were erased on double plays. He struck out two and never had more than one runner on at a time.
Phillies 3, Braves 2
Philadelphia — Darin Ruf hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to back a strong outing by starting pitcher Cole Hamels and lift Philadelphia to a victory and three-game sweep of Atlanta.
Hamels (7-13) gave up just two hits, both homers, and two runs over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked two. He retired the side in order four times.
Giants 3, D-backs 2 (11)
San Francisco — Angel Pagan singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to lead San Francisco past Arizona.
Pagan singled sharply off Joe Thatcher (3-2) after Hector Sanchez singled and Gregor Blanco reached safely on a fielder’s choice. Pinch runner Ehire Adrianza beat the throw home.
Padres 5, Rockies 2
San Diego — Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley delivered a three-run double in the seventh inning that lifted San Diego to a win over Colorado. San Diego has won five of six games. The Rockies have dropped five of six.
Brewers 3, Cubs 1
Chicago — Yovani Gallardo tossed seven strong innings and Jeff Bianchi delivered a key pinch-hit single, leading Milwaukee over Chicago.
Nationals 6, Marlins 4
Miami — Stephen Strasburg got past a shaky start and pitched six innings to earn his first victory in nearly a month as Washington beat Miami.
Mets 2, Indians 1
Cleveland — Eric Young’s two-out double in the ninth inning gave New York a victory over Cleveland, ending the Indians’ four-game winning streak and putting a temporary halt to their playoff push.
Juan Lagares started the ninth with a single off Chris Perez (5-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice. Omar Quintanilla struck out, but Young lined a 2-0 pitch down the right field line.
Frank Francisco (1-0), making his first appearance of the season, got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Jason Giambi led off the inning with a bloop single to left, his 2,000th career hit. With one out, pinch-runner Mike Aviles was thrown out attempting to steal second and ejected by umpire Gary Darling for arguing the call. Drew Stubbs struck out to end the game.