The catcher blocked one run in the first inning, slammed a go-ahead home run in the sixth and confidently handled new starter Jose Quintana and three relievers in Chicago's 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Kelly has displayed some power with 10 home runs on the season, which now matches Molina's power output for the Cardinals on the year. He has a 2.37 lifetime ERA in 12 starts against the Cardinals, the third-lowest active ERA among pitchers with at least 10 starts against St. Louis.
Paul DeJong was 0-for-15 before he hit a tiebreaking two-run double while Carson Kelly hammered a two-run double, marking his first big league hit of the season taking St. Louis to its highest-scoring inning of the season, an 11-4 victory over the Cubs on Friday. The speedy Sierra, meanwhile, batted.350 (7-for-20) in five games during the recently completed road trip, posting two three-hit games. "I left a couple cutters - one cutter over the middle to (Kyle) Schwarber and one to Contreras, both homers".
Run those bases: Media members will still be talking to Maddon about Kris Bryant's heads-up baserunning play Saturday, when he scored from first base on Anthony Rizzo's double to shallow left-center field. The right-hander was 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in his previous four starts, including a three-hitter in a 5-0 victory against the Mets on Tuesday.
Quintana (6-8) struck out seven in six innings in his first home start since he was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the White Sox on July 13.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cubs are -180 money line favorites to beat the Cardinals, who have odds of +160 to pull off the upset on Sunday night.
"That was a weird, weird inning", Rondon said.
"I hope to be in there tomorrow", Carpenter said. "Yeah, stop flipping the bird to people", the mild-mannered Hendricks said with a laugh. "You know, driving in Chicago, I don't know".
Looking continue their winning wave, Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright to make the start against the Cubs on Saturday. The issue traces back to a year ago, when Leake was sidelined by shingles and lost some weight and strength. The teams meet nine more times this season. "It's something that wasn't on my radar", Matheny said. After coming over to the Cardinals past year in a trade with the White Sox, Duke pitched 23.1 innings with a 1.93 ERA. Grichuk is batting.215 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 61 games with the Cardinals. RHP Antonio Senzatela (10-3, 4.67 ERA) pitches for the Rockies.
RANGERS 4, RAYS 3: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Texas turned three Tampa Bay miscues into a three-run sixth inning and won.
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