August 21 – Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 and smacked two long homers, and Paul DeJong hit a grand slam to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 16-7 victory over the host Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night in Phoenix.
Pujols also moved into second on the all-time total bases list with 6,143. He passed Cardinals legend Stan Musial (6,134) and only trails Hank Aaron (6,856).
Lars Nootbaar reached base five times on three hits and two walks and drove in three runs on a two-run triple and an RBI single as the Cardinals won their sixth straight game and 17th of their last 21. Nootbaar scored on the triple due to an Arizona error.
Carson Kelly drove in three runs and Jake McCarthy homered for the Diamondbacks. Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner (6-13) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings while dropping to 0-4 over his last five starts. He struck out three and walked two.
Padres 2, Nationals 1
Josh Bell and Juan Soto homered against their former team to give San Diego a victory over visiting Washington.
Soto’s solo shot to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie. Bell smacked his homer with two outs in the fifth inning. The Padres dropped the first two games of the series.
Lane Thomas hit his 12th homer of the season in the second inning to account for Washington’s lone run.
Mets 8, Phillies 2 (Game 1)
Jeff McNeil had three hits and two RBIs, Michael Perez produced a clutch two-run single and New York defeated host Philadelphia in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Brandon Nimmo contributed two doubles and an RBI, Starling Marte also had three hits and an RBI and Francisco Lindor hit an RBI triple for the Mets, who improved to 13-4 against the Phillies this season.
Nick Castellanos had two hits for the struggling Phillies, who went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and have dropped three consecutive games.
Phillies 4, Mets 1 (Game 2)
Alec Bohm hit a double and drove in two runs to lift host Philadelphia past New York in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
Rhys Hoskins had two hits and an RBI, J.T. Realmuto contributed an RBI single and Jean Segura and Kyle Schwarber had two hits each for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game losing streak. The Phillies had dropped the first two games of this crucial four-game series.
The Mets managed only three hits, but had runners on first and second in the ninth with two outs. Brett Baty grounded out to end the game. Mets starter David Peterson (6-3) lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs to go along with six strikeouts and two walks.
Blue Jays 5, Yankees 2
Alejandro Kirk hit a two-run double off Gerrit Cole to highlight a four-run fifth inning as visiting Toronto beat slumping New York.
The Blue Jays won their fourth straight and moved within seven games of the first-place Yankees in the American League East. It is the closest they have been to first place since also being seven out on June 8. New York is 3-14 in its past 17 games and 12-25 since holding a 15 1/2-game lead on July 8.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a go-ahead two-run double after Santiago Espinal’s double gave Toronto its first hit off Cole (9-6). Cole allowed four runs on five hits in six innings to fall to 0-4 in six starts since the All-Star break. Adam Cimber (9-4) was awarded the win after striking out two batters in one inning, and Yimi Garcia worked the ninth to secure his first save.
Cubs 6, Brewers 5 (11 innings)
Nick Madrigal delivered a two-out, game-tying RBI single off Devin Williams in the ninth, and Willson Contreras came through with his own tiebreaking hit in the 11th, as Chicago won its fifth straight, beating visiting Milwaukee.
After Milwaukee went ahead on a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the top of the 11th, Chicago’s Patrick Wisdom tied it with a double in the bottom of the frame. Then with two out and a man on third, Contreras lined a single to right — off Peter Strzelecki (1-1) — for the Cubs, who have won 11 of 15 overall and four straight against the Brewers.
Milwaukee went up 4-3 in the 10th on Mike Brosseau’s pinch-hit RBI single, but the Cubs tied it when Ian Happ scored from third after left fielder Christian Yelich dropped the ball while transferring it after a catch in the bottom of the frame. Fighting for a fifth straight National League postseason appearance, Milwaukee has dropped 12 of its last 18.