Brewers batter Cubs in 9th
Carlos Gomez broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning with an RBI single and Jeff Bianchi added a two-run double to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
The Brewers, sitting in last place in the NL Central, won for the third time in eight games and ended the Cubs' winning streak at three games.
Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory.
Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (1-1) gave up the single to Gomez on an 0-2 pitch, and Jean Segura easily scored from second to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. With one out and the bases loaded, Bianchi gave the Brewers insurance with a double to right to score two more runs, and Rickie Weeks also added a two-run double as Milwaukee batted around in the ninth.
Pirates 9, Cardinals 2: Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven dominant innings, Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run and the Pirates beat the Cardinals in Pittsburgh.
Liriano (11-4) struck out eight and walked just two to win his fifth straight start. The Pirates kicked off the key series at PNC Park by sending the Cardinals to their fourth straight loss to pull within a half-game of the lead in the NL Central.
Clint Barmes doubled twice and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen added two hits and an RBI.
Jake Westbrook (7-5) continued to struggle against the Pirates. He fell to 1-8 against Pittsburgh in his career after surrendering four first-inning runs. Matt Carpenter and Shane Robinson hit RBI singles for St. Louis, which has scored just four runs during its longest losing streak of the season.
Indians 3, White Sox 2: Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi homered over the center field wall leading off the ninth inning to give the Indians their fifth straight win, over the White Sox in Cleveland.
Giambi, batting for struggling Mark Reynolds, belted a 1-1 pitch from Ramon Troncoso (1-3) high over the wall and into the bushes in center. It was the 436th career homer and ninth career walk-off shot for the slugger, who had a bucket of water dumped over his head by teammates after the game.
Chris Perez (3-1) pitched the ninth, allowing a two-out triple to Dayan Viciedo, but got out of the inning on a nice catch by left fielder Michael Brantley.
The Indians moved within 2 1/2 games of the idle Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
The White Sox have lost four straight and 10 of 13.