ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Adam Wainwright became the National League’s first nine-game winner as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Tuesday, the Rays’ third straight shutout loss.
The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. St. Louis, with 13 shutouts this season, was coming off 5-0 victories over Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.
Tampa Bay has been shut out an AL-leading 10 times this season. The Rays, who have lost 14 of 15, have not scored a run in 28 innings.
Wainwright (9-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings. Trevor Rosenthal got the final four outs, including a base-loaded pop fly by Matt Joyce in the eighth, for his 17th save.
Matt Holliday put the Cardinals up 1-0 with his fourth homer this season, a long drive to left center with two outs in the sixth off tough-luck loser Jake Odorizzi (2-7).
DIAMONDBACKS 4, ASTROS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched seven strong innings and Aaron Hill had two late RBIs for Arizona.
Arroyo (6-4) matched Houston starter Brad Peacock through seven innings before the Diamondbacks scored two runs off Josh Fields (1-4) in the seventh.
Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the inning and Cody Ross knocked him in with a double to right-center after an error by Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar. Hill added a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to put Arizona up 4-1.
Paul Goldschmidt also homered and Addison Reed worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save. Arizona has won six of eight.
Jon Singleton had three hits for the Astros.
METS 6, BREWERS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Teagarden hit a grand slam in his Mets debut and Daniel Murphy had a two-run shot as New York beat Milwaukee to snap a six-game skid.
Called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday to replace demoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud, Teagarden connected for his second career slam after Marco Estrada walked the bases loaded in the sixth.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0) pitched six effective innings and Murphy homered off Estrada (5-3) in the third.
Before the game, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said manager Terry Collins’ job is secure after the team returned from a 4-7 road trip a season-worst seven games under .500.
CUBS 7, PIRATES 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead Chicago over Pittsburgh, spoiling Gregory Polanco’s much-anticipated debut.
Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Francisco Liriano, who left in the fourth with discomfort on his right side. Rizzo also doubled and scored in the fourth and hit an RBI double in the seventh, a drive to deep right-center that struck Polanco’s left wrist as the touted rookie tried to make the catch.
Polanco went 1 for 5 after getting called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, where the right fielder was leading the International League with a .347 batting average and 49 RBIs in 62 games.
Pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena’s two-run double off Casey Sadler (0-1) broke a 3-all tie in the sixth.
Travis Wood (6-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer for the Pirates.
PHILLIES 5, PADRES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A.J. Burnett threw 7 1-3 sharp innings and Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in Philadelphia’s victory over San Diego.
Back from a 1-5 trip that left them tied with the Cubs for the worst record in the NL, the Phillies opened a six-game homestand with their 13th win at Citizens Bank Park.
Burnett (4-5) allowed two runs and three hits to earn his first win since May 20. Jonathan Papelbon left the bases loaded in a scoreless ninth to record his 300th career save, becoming the 26th pitcher to reach that mark. He has 14 consecutive saves after blowing his first try.
Will Venable hit a solo homer for the Padres. Ian Kennedy (5-7) gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings.
TWINS 4, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run and Kevin Correia won for the first time in four starts as Minnesota beat Toronto.
Newly signed slugger Kendrys Morales had two hits and scored a run as the Twins avoided falling a season-worst five games below .500.
The Blue Jays were shut out for the third time in four games.
Correia (3-7) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one in six innings. It was his first scoreless outing since Aug. 27, 2013, with seven innings against Kansas City.
J.A. Happ (5-3) lost for the second time in three starts for Toronto, allowing four runs, three earned, and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.