Colby Rasmus hit his first career grand slam, Adam Wainwright dazzled again, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Reds, 6-1, yesterday in Cincinnati, completing a three-game sweep that changed the standings and made their point.
The defending NL Central champs, scraped up from a cleat-kicking brawl the previous night, wouldn’t be dismissed or demeaned. The Cardinals overtook the Reds with their first three-game sweep in Cincinnati since 2005, moving a game ahead in the standings.
Rasmus’s homer off Bronson Arroyo (12-7) broke it open in the fifth. Wainwright (17-6) remained unbeaten in day games, giving up a pair of singles in seven shutout innings before a thunderstorm hit.
“It certainly added fuel to our fire when you’ve got guys opening their mouth, saying stupid stuff,’’ Wainwright said.
Yankees 6, Rangers 5 — Marcus Thames hit a long homer, then had the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning as visiting New York rallied from five runs down to beat Texas for a split in the two-game series between division leaders. Thames’s single came after Derek Jeter had tied the score with a chopper past a drawn-in infield, an RBI single off Rangers rookie All-Star closer Neftali Feliz (3-3).
White Sox 6, Twins 1 — John Danks pitched seven sharp innings and host Chicago beat Minnesota to move back into a first-place tie in the AL Central with the Twins.
Padres 8, Pirates 5 — Kevin Correia took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning and Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run home run to lead host San Diego. The Padres (66-46) have the best record in the NL and remained 2 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco.
Giants 5, Cubs 4 — Pat Burrell hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning after an earlier two-run single to power host San Francisco.
Orioles 3, Indians 1 — In Cleveland, Brad Bergesen pitched a two-hitter for his first win in nearly three months, and surging Baltimore won its fourth in a row and moved to 8-1 under new manager Buck Showalter.
Angels 2, Royals 1 — Bobby Abreu homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give host Los Angeles the victory and a three-game sweep. Abreu sent a 1-and-1 pitch from Jesse Chavez into the right-field seats with one out. The Angels rushed from the dugout to greet Abreu but stood back, giving him plenty of room to safely cross the plate. Kendry Morales sustained a season-ending broken leg May 29 while jumping on home plate during a celebration of a walkoff grand slam.
Phillies 2, Dodgers 0 — Roy Oswalt (7-13) pitched seven impressive innings in his home debut and two relievers finished off the six-hitter to lead Philadelphia.
Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 2 — Arizona tied a major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs, with Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, and Stephen Drew connecting in the fourth inning to power the visiting Diamondbacks. Arizona became just the seventh team in history to accomplish the feat.
Braves 8, Astros 2 — Omar Infante drove in the go-ahead run with a 10th-inning double and Brian McCann added insurance with a grand slam later in the inning to give visiting Atlanta the victory.
Athletics 5, Mariners 1 — Dallas Braden tossed a four-hitter for his fourth career complete game and Mark Ellis hit three doubles and drove in three runs as visiting Oakland cruised to victory.
Marlins 9, Nationals 5 — Mike Stanton had five hits and four RBIs to spark visiting Florida and Chris Volstad won his third game against Washington this season.
Rockies 6, Mets 2 — Melvin Mora hit a go-ahead grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning as visiting Colorado beat the Mets.