Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven innings, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
Arrieta (6-2) allowed one run and three hits in his first victory since June 30 at Boston. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a 1.73 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opponents to a .162 batting average.
Chicago scored three times in the sixth despite getting one ball out of the infield the entire inning.
Arismendy Alcantara sparked the rally with a leadoff smash down the third-base line that Nolan Arenado was unable to handle cleanly. Chris Coghlan then singled off the glove of first baseman Justin Morneau, putting runners on first and second. Hernandez then walked Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro to force in a run. Justin Ruggiano added a sacrifice fly, and Luis Valbuena drove in Rizzo with a grounder to shortstop.
White Sox 7, Tigers 4: Moises Sierra had four hits, and Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton added three apiece to lift Chicago past Detroit at Comerica Park.
Joakim Soria (1-4) hit Paul Konerko with the bases loaded in the seventh to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead. Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games, with a pair of doubles and a single; he has now hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games.
Eaton had two RBIs, while Sierra, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, and Tyler Flowers also drove in runs. John Danks allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.
Cardinals 6, Padres 4: Shelby Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer as St. Louis avoided a three-game sweep in San Diego.
Miller (8-8) held San Diego to two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out five, and walked none. He earned his first win since June 7.
A day after losing 12-1, St. Louis roughed up San Diego rookie Odrisamer Despaigne for six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Padres followed Taveras’ homer in the top of the second with a pair of solo shots in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 2. But Matt Holliday ripped a two-run single in the third, and the Cardinals scored in the sixth on Peter Boujos’ RBI single and Matt Carpenter’s bases-loaded walk.