Edwin Jackson earned his third straight win, combining with four relievers on a four-hitter, and Anthony Rizzo drove in all the runs to lead the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in Chicago.
St. Louis had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning after Kevin Gregg dropped a throw covering first on Allen Craig’s grounder, and David Freese walked.
Alfonso Soriano made a shoestring catch on Jon Jay’s liner to end the game. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny argued vehemently with plate umpire Dan Bellino and appeared to make contact with him.
The Cubs escaped with the win, and Gregg got his 16th save in 18 chances. St. Louis’ five-game winning streak ended.
Jackson (6-10) struck out five without a walk in seven innings. Starlin Castro added three singles and scored two runs for the Cubs, who won for the fifth time in six games.
The Cardinals lost Matt Holliday to tightness in his right hamstring when he ran out a grounder in the fourth inning. He came up clutching his hamstring halfway to first base on a grounder to short in the fourth. He walked off gingerly after being tended to by a trainer and didn’t go out to left field in the bottom half.
Rizzo delivered an RBI double in the first inning after Castro singled with one out and made it 3-0 in the third off Jake Westbrook (5-4), poking a two-run single to left past a drawn-in infield.
That was enough for Jackson, who didn’t allow either a run or a walk for the first time this season. He matched his longest outing, too, and improved to 5-2 in his last seven starts after opening 1-8.
Westbrook went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.
White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Joshua Phegley’s sixth-inning grand slam gave Chris Sale some long-awaited run support, and Chicago took two out of three in Detroit.
Chicago trailed 3-1 when Phegley cleared the bases with a homer off Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez (7-6). Luke Putkonen came on and got one out before throwing a pitch behind Alexei Ramirez, who started toward the mound before being restrained.
Benches and bullpens emptied, but the situation didn’t really escalate.
Sale (6-8) allowed three runs on 10 hits while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hit his 30th homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth that gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead. With 94 RBIs, he’s the first player to reach 30 homers and 90 RBIs before the All-Star break.
Sale was 0-6 in his previous seven starts despite a 3.10 ERA over that span. It looked like he’d be left with poor run support again before the White Sox broke through against Sanchez.
Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson couldn’t come up with Jeff Keppinger’s sinking liner and was charged with an error. After a walk and a strikeout, Gordon Beckham singled and the 25-year-old Phegley followed with a grand slam in his 18th major league at-bat.
Phegley is now 4-for-20 now – with three homers.
Alejandro De Aza made it 6-3 with a homer in the eighth off Phil Coke. De Aza also hit a single and a double.
Ramirez opened the scoring in the first with an RBI double, but Matt Tuiasosopo put the Tigers ahead with a two-run homer in the second. Sale got out of a jam in the third when Fielder hit into an inning-ending double play with men on first and third.