By The Associated Press
Chris Sale struck out 12 over eight-plus dominant innings and Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer to lead the White Sox to a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night in Chicago.
Garcia finished with three hits for the White Sox, who have won 10 of their last 12 games.
Sale (10-12) bounced back from an embarrassing start Friday night against Texas in which he allowed a career-worst four home runs. Against Houston, he gave up only one run on four hits and left to a standing ovation after his second walk.
Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: Ricky Nolasco pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier hit solo homers and the Dodgers won in Los Angeles.
The first-place Dodgers earned their 21st victory in August, tying the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month. They avoided a second straight series loss by taking two of three from the last-place Cubs.
Reds 10, Cardinals 0: Jay Bruce homered and had five RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds got a dominant effort from Homer Bailey to beat the Cardinals in St. Louis and avoid a three-game sweep.
The Reds came out swinging a few hours after Brandon Phillips’ expletive-filled tirade at a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter sparked by scrutiny of his .310 on-base percentage.
, and after manager Dusty Baker criticized his team for falling short while dropping four of five.
The Cardinals lead the NL Central by a half-game over Pittsburgh after losing for the third time in 12 games, and the Reds are 3½ games back.
Bailey (9-10) capped a six-run first against Adam Wainwright (15-8) with the Reds’ sixth hit and his first RBI of the season. He allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and is 4-0 in his past six starts.