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Viciedo’s grand slam lifts Sox; Nats bite Cubs

Slam dancing

By The Associated Press

Dayan Viciedo hit a grand slam to highlight a five-run fourth inning for the White Sox, and Andre Rienzo picked up his first career win by shutting down the punchless Kansas City Royals in a 5-2 victory Wednesday night in Kansas City, Mo.

Rienzo (1-0) allowed only a sacrifice fly to Mike Moustakas while cruising through six innings to win for the first time in five starts. The Brazilian right-hander allowed just five hits and two walks in helping the White Sox win their season-best fifth straight game.

Addison Reed worked the ninth for his second save of the series, and 33rd on the year.

Viciedo’s grand slam off Jeremy Guthrie (12-10) in the fourth followed an RBI single by Adam Dunn that had given the White Sox the lead. Their five runs in the frame matched the number of runs the Royals’ woeful offense had mustered in the previous 22 innings.

Nationals 11, Cubs 6: Jayson Werth and Scott Hairston hit three-run homers to lead the Washington Nationals to an 11-6 win over the Cubs in Chicago.

Werth’s three-run homer in the third inning off Jake Arrieta gave the Nationals a 6-1 lead, and was his eighth since the All-Star break.

Hairston, who was traded by the Cubs on July 8, was pinch-hitting for Tanner Roark and hit his off James Russell (1-4) with two outs in the seventh to give the Nationals a 9-6 lead after they had blown a 6-1 lead.

Anthony Rizzo, hitting second for the first time in his career as part of an altered Cubs lineup, hit his first two homers since Aug. 6 and had three RBIs, but couldn’t stop the Cubs from losing their 15th game in their past 18 at home.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 6: Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in St. Louis’ six-run second inning, and the Cardinals held off the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Matt Holliday also homered, and Shane Robinson had three hits for the Cardinals. After taking a one-run lead in the first inning on a double by Craig, the Cardinals went ahead 7-0 in the second.

Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook hit a bases-loaded double into the left-center field gap that scored two runs. He entered the game hitting only .167 with two RBIs this season.

Following Matt Carpenter’s sacrifice fly, Beltran launched a two-run shot that caromed off the center-field scoreboard. With two out, Craig hit a solo homer to right-center.

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