Welington Castillo drove in three runs with two home runs, Donnie Murphy added a two-run shot, and even pitcher Edwin Jackson went deep as the Cubs rolled to a 9-1 victory over the suddenly punchless Reds on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.
Jackson (8-15) hit his second career home run in the seventh inning on his way to his first win in seven starts since July 31. He allowed nine hits and one run with four strikeouts in seven innings.
The Cubs earned consecutive wins over Cincinnati for the first time since 2011, a span of 36 games. They clinched their first series win at Great American Ball Park since 2009.
Reds starter Tony Cingrani (7-4), in his second start since coming off the disabled list Thursday, left the game two outs into the second inning with back spasms.
Tigers 9, White Sox 1: Rick Porcello pitched his first career complete game, Prince Fielder homered among his four hits, and Detroit won on the road to snap a three-game losing streak.
Alex Avila added four hits and two RBIs as the AL Central-leading Tigers’ offense finally got rolling against the sloppy White Sox, allowing the Tigers to increase their lead over Cleveland to 5½ games.
Porcello (12-8) scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked one. The 24-year-old right-hander retired 14 straight after Chicago scored its only run in the fourth.
Five of Detroit’s runs were unearned, thanks to four Chicago errors, including three by third baseman Conor Gillaspie. Another was charged to first baseman Paul Konerko, when Gillaspie’s wide throw ticked off his glove.
White Sox prospect Erik Johnson (0-2) was roughed up again and hurt by shoddy fielding in his second career start. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs – two earned – on seven hits and three walks.
Chicago, in last place in the AL Central, has lost 10 of 12.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 2: Matt Holliday’s two-run home run in the sixth inning stunned Wily Peralta as the Cardinals’ first hit, and rookie Shelby Miller blanked the Brewers into the seventh inning.
Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams added RBIs in the seventh and eighth for the NL Central leaders.
The 22-year-old Miller (13-9) emphasized more off-speed deliveries to keep the pitch count down, and allowed five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.
Peralta (9-15) was charged with three runs and three hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer hit a two-run homer off Edward Mujica in the ninth.
• Cubs (Samardzija 8-11) at Reds (Leake 12-6), 11:35 a.m. (WGN/720 AM)
• Tigers (Ani.Sanchez 13-7) at White Sox (Quintana 7-6), 7:10 p.m. (CSN/670 AM, 1240 AM)
• Brewers (Estrada 6-4) at Cardinals (Lynn 13-10), 7:15 p.m. (FSN/95.7 FM)