Cubs 6, Padres 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs, and Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings in his return from the minor leagues, as the Chicago Cubs beat San Diego to snap a five-game losing streak.
Rizzo staked Hendricks to a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Four innings later, rookie Arismendy Alcantara and Rizzo hit back-to-back homers off Blaine Boyer for a 5-0 lead. Rizzo became the first National League player to reach 25 homers this season, his career high.
Emilio Bonifacio, Wellington Castillo and Justin Ruggiano had two hits apiece for the Cubs.
Recalled from Triple-A Iowa earlier Tuesday, Hendricks (1-0) made short work of an anemic Padres lineup that entered the game with a total of 29 home runs and 103 RBIs. In his second start of the season, he allowed five hits and threw only 83 pitches.
Eric Stults (3-12) took his ninth loss in 10 decisions.
Indians 8, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits and Danny Salazar won in his first start in more than two months as Cleveland topped Minnesota.
Cleveland won for the fourth time in six games since the All-Star break. Minnesota has lost four of five.
Salazar (2-4) gave up one run and six hits in five innings.
Indians closer Cody Allen struck out pinch-hitter Chris Parmelee with a runner on third in a two-run game in the eighth inning before Cleveland scored four times in the ninth.
Twins rookie starter Yohan Pino (1-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Minnesota’s Brian Dozier had three hits, including his career-high 19th home run in the seventh inning.
BREWERS 4, REDS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give Milwaukee a win over Cincinnati.
It was Lucroy’s second homer of the game and 11th of the season. It was his second career walkoff homer, both against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure.
Francisco Rodriguez (4-3) pitched the ninth to earn the victory.
Cincinnati, 0-5 since the All-Star break, brought in LeCure (1-2) to pitch the ninth. His outing lasted just three pitches as Lucroy hit a 1-1 offering inside the left field foul pole.
ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered twice, Bruce Chen pitched five effective innings, and Kansas City snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Chicago White Sox.
Moustakas, who has 12 homers this season, went 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
The Royals entered the game with a major league-worst 55 homers and had managed a total of six runs during the skid.
Chen (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in five innings.
Adam Dunn went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the White Sox, who had won three of four.
Chicago starter Scott Carroll (4-6) allowed five runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings.
The Royals broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning.
RAYS 7, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings, and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead Tampa Bay over St. Louis.
It was the Rays’ season-high sixth straight win. They have outscored the opposition 36-11 during the run.
Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay.
St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2-3 innings.
Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL. He walked four and hit a batter in his second-shortest outing of the season.
Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday hit solo home runs for the Cardinals.