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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00 am


Cardinals sweep pair from Mets

Associated Press

NEW YORK – Dexter Fowler hit a go-ahead, three-run homer moments after Paul DeJong's tying shot in the eighth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 9-5 to sweep an odd double feature Friday night.

Hours earlier, DeJong helped the Cardinals complete a rally that started the night before, grounding an RBI single against Edwin Díaz in the 10th inning of a 5-4 win. The series opener Thursday was suspended following 81/2 innings, right after Harrison Bader drove in the tying run with a two-out double off Díaz in the rain. It took St. Louis 18 minutes to complete the victory.

DeJong tied the late game at 5 with a leadoff homer against Jeurys Familia (2-1). It was DeJong's 12th homer of the season, including one off NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom on Thursday.

After a double by Yadier Molina and a walk by Bader, Fowler drove a ball into the visiting bullpen in center field, admiring the shot and taking an easy jog around the bases.

Familia gave New York its major league-leading 16th blown save.

NATIONALS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3: In Washington, Max Scherzer struck out 10 in seven innings, and Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick homered to lead Washington.

Scherzer (5-5) leads the National League with 136 strikeouts. He gave up two runs and three hits, including home runs by Carson Kelly and Nick Ahmed.

PIRATES 11, MARLINS 0: In Miami, Steven Brault gave up eight hits over six innings as Pittsburgh stopped a seven-game slide.

Brault (3-1) was hit on his left leg by Starlin Castro's line drive in the first, but it didn't seem to affect him very much. The left-hander struck out six and walked none. He also went 2 for 2 at the plate.

Colin Moran drove in a career-high five runs with two singles and a homer and Bryan Reynolds had a career-best four hits for the Pirates, who got their first win since June 6 against Atlanta.

RED SOX 13, ORIOLES 2: In Baltimore, J.D. Martinez hit two of Boston's season-high six home runs to rout Baltimore.

One night after slamming five homers against Texas, Boston went one better against the dreadful Orioles, who yielded 17 hits to Toronto on Thursday night.

TWINS 2, ROYALS 0: In Minneapolis, Mitch Garver's two-run homer in the eighth inning snapped a scoreless tie to lift Minnesota.

Garver's 11th home run of the season was off Kansas City reliever Jake Diekman (0-4) after Max Kepler had walked. Minnesota has won 16 of its past 22 games.

Kyle Gibson (7-3) struck out six in his longest outing of the season.