Monday’s American League results
Tigers 7, Astros 2 — Andy Dirks hit his first career grand slam, part of a six-run fourth inning for host Detroit in its victory over Houston. Victor Martinez also homered for the Tigers, who swept four straight from the Astros in Houston earlier this month and opened this three-game series at Comerica Park with another convincing victory. Anibal Sanchez (4-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings for the Tigers. He struck out eight with one walk. Bud Norris (4-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings before leaving with lower back spasms. Houston has lost five straight and 15 of 18 — and the Astros also lost standout second baseman Jose Altuve in the second inning with a jaw injury. Detroit trailed 2-1 when Martinez hit a two-run homer in the fourth to give the Tigers the lead. They weren’t done. Jhonny Peralta and Don Kelly both singled with one out, and after a walk to Omar Infante, Dirks hit a drive over the wall in right field to make it 7-2.
Monday’s National League results
Cardinals 6, Mets 3 — Lance Lynn overcame early control woes and host St. Louis used a three-run seventh inning to beat New York. Lynn (6-1) allowed three runs on three hits and four walks the first two innings. He only gave up one hit and one walk in his last five innings. He is 4-0 at home this season. It was the Cardinals’ 10th win in the past 12 games. Rick Ankiel, signed by the Mets earlier in the day after clearing waivers and playing against the team that revived his career as a position player, just missed a diving catch on Ty Wigginton’s pinch-hit bloop double to shallow center off Scott Rice (1-3) to open the seventh. Matt Carpenter followed Wigginton’s hit with a sharp grounder off Rice’s leg and the ball rolled into foul territory down the first-base line. Wigginton never stopped running and his head-first slide barely beat the tag to snap a 3-3 tie. Matt Holliday homered with one out and Yadier Molina had an RBI double with two outs, both off Scott Atchison for the three-run cushion. Daniel Murphy had three hits with a two-run double for the Mets, busting out of a 7-for-54 slump with one RBI the previous 14 games.
Brewers 5, Pirates 1 — Marco Estrada allowed three hits over seven innings and visiting Milwaukee beat sloppy Pittsburgh to snap a four-game losing streak. Norichika Aoki went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two stolen bases for the Brewers. Jean Segura added three hits and three stolen bases as Milwaukee ran wild against Pittsburgh backup catcher Mike McKenry. The Brewers stole six bases in all and took advantage of three Pittsburgh errors to win for just the second time this month. Estrada (3-2) bounced back from a rough start against St. Louis by striking out five and issuing just one walk to remain unbeaten against the Pirates. Burnett (3-4) allowed four runs in seven innings and pushed his National League-leading strikeout total to 72, but Pittsburgh couldn’t extend its winning streak to a season-high four games. The Brewers came in just 1-9 in their last 10 games and played without star Ryan Braun, given the night off as a precaution after a neck issue that bothered him earlier this season against Los Angeles flared up.
Cubs 9, Rockies 1 — Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and host Chicago came within two outs of its first shutout since last August in a win over Colorado. Alfonso Soriano homered for Chicago, which has won three straight for the second time this season. The Cubs’ 14 hits were one short of a season high. Josh Rutledge hit a home run off Carlos Marmol with one out in the ninth, ruining the Cubs’ bid for their first shutout win since they beat Colorado on Aug. 26. The Cubs have gone 74 games between shutouts, their longest streak since going 75 in a row from May 15 until Aug. 6, 1999, according to STATS. Wood (4-2) allowed two hits and struck out two for his major league-leading eighth quality start. He’s the first Cubs pitcher since Hippo Vaughn in 1919 to start with eight quality starts
— Associated Press