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Cards, Pirates remain tied

White Sox trounce Twins; Brewers club Cubs

By The Associated Press

Todd Helton began his last homestand with a key single in the eighth inning, and the Rockies beat the Cardinals 6-2 in Denver.

Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who prevented the Cardinals from taking over sole possession of first place in the NL Central. They remained tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost 2-0 to San Diego.

Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams had two hits each for the Cardinals.

Helton was playing in front of Colorado fans for the first time since he announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, his 17th. He received a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first, and Cardinals starter Lance Lynn stood behind the mound and waited as the crowd saluted Helton.

Brewers 6, Cubs 1: Caleb Gindl had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Wily Peralta pitched six strong innings to lead the Brewers to a win over the Cubs in Milwaukee.

The Brewers’ fourth win in five games moved them 3½ games above Chicago at the bottom of the NL Central.

Peralta (10-15) gave up an unearned run on five hits. He struck out seven while walking two.

Edwin Jackson (8-16) lasted only four innings for the Cubs, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Jackson has the most losses of any pitcher in the NL. Peralta is second with 15.

White Sox 12, Twins 1: Erik Johnson pitched six scoreless innings to earn his first major league victory, and the White Sox scored seven runs in the first and coasted to the win at Chicago.

The White Sox, who had lost six straight and 15 of 17, broke out of their offensive funk against Liam Hendriks and the Twins. Chicago scored a season high in runs and posted its biggest margin of victory this year.

After not having led since beating the Tigers 5-1 a week earlier, the White Sox had six hits in the first. Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez both reached base twice and scored in the inning.

Ramirez went 4-for-4 with his fifth home run and three runs batted in and was a triple short of the cycle. Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Danks also homered.

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