Cards Lead Cut to 31/2 over Pittsburgh
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ian Kennedy combined with five relievers on an eight-hitter and Matt Kemp and Justin Upton keyed a seven-run seventh inning, leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday night. The loss reduced St. Louis' lead in the NL Central to three and a half games over Pittsburgh. (Cards will try to salvage 1 game of the series Sunday, pregame on KHMO at 2:15 p.m.)
BOSTON (AP) - Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Yordano Ventura pitched six effective innings and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals beat the Red Sox 6-3 Saturday night, ending Boston's four-game winning streak. Kendrys Morales added a two-run double and Alex Rios had three singles and an RBI for Kansas City. Following losses the first two nights, the Royals can earn a split of the four-game series Sunday.
CHICAGO (AP) -The Chicago Cubs overcame homers from both sides of the plate by Nick Swisher in a 9-7, comeback win over the Atlanta Braves - their third straight- on Saturday. Miguel Montero and Jorge Soler broke a tie with back-to-back solo homers to start the eighth inning. Pedro Strop, the Cubs fourth reliever, got the win at Wrigley.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Chicago White Sox scored two runs in the ninth inning to tie the game and then took advantage of the Seattle bullpen's wildness for a three-run 10th in a 6-3 victory over the Mariners Saturday night. Nate Jones pitched the ninth and David Robertson worked the 10th at Safeco Field for his 25th save.