Marte walk-off single sends Pirates past Cardinals
Starling Marte was the hero as the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame the St Louis Cardinals in MLB action on Friday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates won their third straight game thanks to a Starling Marte walk-off single in the 11th inning of Friday's 6-5 victory over the St Louis Cardinals.
Pittsburgh defeated St Louis when Marte knocked in David Freese with a single to center field in MLB action.
The Pirates (15-11) – active in the off-season amid numerous departures – were not expected to play a part in the playoff race, but they have held their own in the deep National League (NL) Central.
Marte and Gregory Polanco led the Pirates with two hits, a run scored and an RBI apiece. One of Polanco's hits was his sixth home run of the season.
Marcell Ozuna led the Cardinals with three hits and two RBIs. He has been struggling this season since his move from the Miami Marlins, but has started to heat up the last couple games.
Miles Mikolas started for St Louis, allowing just two runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts, but the Pirates scored three runs in the ninth to blow the game open.
With the win, the Pirates are now just a half-game behind the Milwaukee Brewers and Cardinals in the NL Central.
SNELL HELPS STUN RED SOX
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell earned his fourth straight win with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Snell allowed just two earned runs off five hits with nine strikeouts. Snell, now 4-1, has 41 strikeouts already this season with solid 2.52 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. The win was Tampa Bay's seventh in a row.
TIGERS SILENCED BY ORIOLES
The Detroit Tigers mustered just two hits in a 6-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman tossed seven shutout innings, and the first three batters in the Tigers' line-up: Leonys Martin, Jeimer Candelario and Miguel Cabrera went a combined 0 for 10 with a walk.
Shohei Ohtani blasted another home run. The Japanese star was later removed from the game with an ankle injury.
Chicago Cubs 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 St Louis Cardinals
Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles 6-0 Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers 6-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Washington Nationals
Colorado Rockies 1-0 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Boston Red Sox
Oakland Athletics 8-1 Houston Astros
Cleveland Indians 6-5 Seattle Mariners
Chicago White Sox 7-4 Kansas City Royals
Cincinnati Reds 15-9 Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees 4-3 Los Angeles Angels
New York Mets 5-1 San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants 6-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
DIAMONDBACKS AT NATIONALS
Arizona have enjoyed a blistering start with Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock leading a lethal, talented line-up. Washington, aside from Bryce Harper, have struggled with consistency this season as outfielder Adam Eaton has yet another injury. But these are two of the best teams in the National League, and Saturday's matchup between Patrick Corbin (4-0) and Jeremy Hellickson (0-0) could be intriguing.