John Lackey and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Anthony Rizzo homered among his three hits to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday at PNC Park.
Lackey (5-7) allowed two hits and struck out four over six innings. Carl Edwards Jr., Hector Rondon and Brian Duensing finished up for the Cubs, who took two of three in the weekend series in Pittsburgh.
Batting leadoff, Rizzo doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third, and hit a two-run homer in the seventh. The home run was Rizzo’s 16th of the year, surpassing Kris Bryant for the team lead.
Willson Contreras drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. John Jay had three hits with an RBI and scored twice. Ian Happ added a solo homer in the ninth, his eighth of the season.
The first four Chicago runs came against Jameson Taillon (3-2), who made his second start since returning from surgery to treat testicular cancer. Taillon gave up eight hits in five innings while striking out four.
Jordy Mercer homered leading off the fifth for the Pirates.
Blue Jays 7, White Sox 3: Kendrys Morales and Russell Martin both homered to help Toronto snap Chicago’s three-game winning streak and stop the White Sox from tying a club record with a seventh consecutive win in Toronto.
The White Sox have won nine of the last 11 games against the Blue Jays, and beaten them the last four series.
Morales’ two-run shot in the seventh inning, his 15th homer of the season, was estimated at 460 feet; he also doubled in the first inning.
Martin tied the game in the sixth with a two-run homer to the center-field fence that bounced off the glove of outfielder Willy Garcia and over. Ryan Goins tripled home Steve Pearce off Anthony Swarzak (3-2) for the tiebreaking run two batters later.
J.A. Happ (2-4) picked up his first home win of the season, giving up three runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine.
In his first start since April 16, James Shields lasted 5 2/3 innings for Chicago, giving up seven hits and three run. Jose Abreu drove in two runs, and Yolmer Sanchez added an RBI for Chicago.
Orioles 8, Cardinals 5: Ubaldo Jimenez was stellar in his first start since May 22, Mark Trumbo homered for the second consecutive day, and Baltimore beat St. Louis at Camden Yards.
Seth Smith and Trey Mancini homered to start the first and second innings, respectively, for the Orioles. Welington Castillo also had a solo shot in the fifth.
Baltimore homered 10 times while winning two of three from the Cards.
St. Louis’ Lance Lynn (5-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits with five strikeouts and a career-high four home runs over 4 2/3 innings.
Dexter Fowler homered for the fourth straight game with a two-run shot in the eighth. Three batters later, Yadier Molina had solo homer that pulled the Cardinals to 8-5.
Stephen Piscotty also hit a pair of solo homers for the Cardinals, who have lost five of six.