Russell double gives Cubs 3-2 win vs. Nationals
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Addison Russell hit a game-ending double in the ninth inning to give the Cubs a 3-2 win against Washington in Wednesday’s clash of two of the in-form teams in the National League.
The victory kept the Cubs within 4-1/2 games of NL Central Division leader St. Louis, which continued its dominance of Arizona, while the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers shut down Atlanta thanks chiefly to ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
In the American League, the New York Yankees beat Kansas City to go top of the AL East division and inflict three straight losses on the Royals for the first time this season, and Houston overran Baltimore.
The Cubs’ winning rally in the ninth began when Chris Coghlan produced a one-out single against Nationals pitcher Matt Grace (2-1). Chicago then capitalized on a wide throw by Washington shortstop Ian Desmond to first while trying to turn a potential double play.
That extended the inning, and Russell won it when he lined a pitch beyond the center fielder’s reach for his third hit of the game.
St. Louis pitcher Jaime Garcia (1-1) won for the first time in nearly a year, working six solid innings, to steer the Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over Arizona.
Randal Grichuk homered and had two RBIs, as did Jhonny Peralta, for the Cardinals, who have won eight of their past nine against the Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles’ Kershaw dominated on the mound, and also contributed an RBI single to cap a six-run fourth inning for the Dodgers, who beat Atlanta 8-0.
Kershaw (3-3) struck out 10 and walked none. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner is 16-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his past 20 starts against NL East teams.
Adrian Gonzalez brought up his 1,000th career RBI in some style by hitting a two-run homer.
New York’s Mark Teixeira homered and drove in four runs to power the Yankees to a 5-1 win against Kansas City.
Teixeira had been the only member of the Yankees’ starting batting lineup not to get a hit during their 14-1 rout of the Royals the previous day.
Yankees starter Adam Warren (3-3) limited the Royals to two hits and no walks over his 6-1/3 innings.
Houston’s Scott Feldman pitched strongly against his former team to guide the Astros to a 4-1 win against Baltimore.
Feldman (4-4) gave up one run in six innings. He was mediocre in his one season with the Orioles, but performs strongly against them, boasting a 4-0 record with a 2.41 ERA against the O’s in Baltimore.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman (2-6) was an unlucky loser, having allowed two runs over seven innings, and dropped his fifth straight decision; a career worst.
Minnesota’s Mike Pelfrey was sharp for seven innings, leading the Twins to a 2-1 win against Boston.
After rain delayed the game’s first pitch for 1 hour, 21 minutes, Minnesota was quick out of the gate, hitting three doubles and two runs in the first inning. Trevour Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back doubles in the first frame.
That was enough support for Pelfrey (4-1), who retired the last seven batters he faced and lowered his ERA to 2.77.
The Red Sox have scored a meager sum of just 14 runs across their past eight road games.
Seattle’s Kyle Seager hit a grand slam in the eighth inning and a game-winning home run in the 10th to lift the Mariners to a 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay.
The game-winner, Seager’s 10th home run of the season, came off Brad Boxberger (2-2) after the Rays had rallied for three runs to tie the game in the top of the ninth.
Seager’s eighth-inning slam had given the Mariners a 6-3 lead. Seager drove in six runs with three hits and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Rays’ fourth straight loss dropped them a half-game behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.
San Diego’s Matt Kemp hit a three-run double down the left-field line with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Padres a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Angels.
Kemp, who had only three RBIs across his previous 15 games, equaled that with one big hit for the Padres, who broke open a scoreless game by batting around in the extra inning.
Jedd Gyorko snapped an 0-for-13 batting slump with a single leading off the 10th. After two walks and a strikeout, Kemp put his drive into the corner, clearing the bases, and Derek Norris drove in Kemp to add another run.
New York’s Wilmer Flores singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning for his second critical hit in two days, giving the Mets a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia.
Oakland’s David Price prevailed in a pitching duel against Jesse Chavez, steering the Tigers to a 1-0 win against Oakland.
Texas pushed its winning streak to seven game by edging Cleveland 4-3, with Mitch Moreland hitting a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning.
San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner won another game in May — making it nine from 10 over the past two years — as the Giants defeated Milwaukee 6-3.
Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke pitched into the sixth inning in his first win in more than a month, guiding the Pirates to a 5-1 win against struggling Miami.
Toronto’s Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, his second home run of the game, to power the Blue Jays over the Chicago White Sox 10-9.
Cincinnati ended a sequence of nine straight losses — its longest skid in 17 years — by edging Colorado 2-1 thanks to a Skip Schumaker double in the ninth inning.