Ian Kinsler raced around the bases for a bizarre inside-the-park homer and Adam Rosales had a conventional two-run shot, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 11-5 on Friday night.
The AL West-leading Rangers (75-53) had five homers in all while winning for the 19th time in 23 games to move a season-high 22 games over .500. Jeff Baker and pinch hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shots, and Adrian Beltre belted a solo drive.
The White Sox were unable to overcome a shaky outing by ace Chris Sale, ending a season-high six-game winning streak. Sale (9-12) allowed eight runs and eight hits in seven innings.
A.J. Pierzynski, who received a standing ovation, had a hit and a sacrifice fly, and Alex Rios had two hits and scored twice in their return to U.S. Cellular Field.
The biggest break went to Kinsler, who hit a line drive in the third that rolled into a drainage track under the left-field wall. By the time Dayan Viciedo was able to find the ball, Kinsler was on his way to the plate for his 11th homer and a 5-3 Rangers lead.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura came out to argue the play and was ejected.
Cardinals 3, Braves 1: Adam Wainwright earned his NL-leading 15th win with his fifth complete game, and had a key sacrifice fly to lead St. Louis to victory at home.
Matt Holliday’s 432-foot home run off Kris Medlen (10-12) snapped a sixth-inning tie for St. Louis, which took the first two games of a four-game set against the NL East leaders.
Wainwright allowed a run on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts, passing injured teammate Chris Carpenter for fourth on the franchise career list, and he has 16 career complete games. He’s worked seven or more innings seven straight starts, and retired 10 in a row at one point.
Yadier Molina had three hits with a pair of doubles to raise his NL-leading average to .337, five points ahead of the Braves’ Chris Johnson, who had a pair of singles.
Cubs 6, Padres 5, 6th inn.: The first eight Cubs reached safely, and Chicago got six runs before the out was made in the top of the first in San Diego. The game was in the bottom of the sixth at press time.
Nate Schierholtz followed Dioner Navarro’s RBI single with a three-run home run in that first-inning explosion. Three batters later, Brian Bogusevic tripled home two more runs.
Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer in the fourth for San Diego, and Will Venable had a two-run triple in the fifth.