ST. LOUIS–St. Louis pitcher John Lackey worked seven scoreless innings as the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 in Friday’s clash of the two top teams in the National League, extending their winning streak to five games.
The Dodgers’ defeat cost them the lead in the NL West division, overtaken by San Francisco which beat Atlanta to establish a five-game streak of its own.
The Cardinals moved 6-1/2 games clear in the NL Central ahead of the Chicago Cubs, who lost at home in an interleague clash with Kansas City, while the Los Angeles Angels shut out Detroit with pitcher Hector Santiago putting in a commanding performance.
St. Louis’ Lackey (3-3) struck out nine to keep the Dodgers lineup in check.
Dodgers’ starter Mike Bolsinger (3-1) gave up seven hits in six innings. The Cardinals ended his streak of 18 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on Randal Grichuk’s bases-loaded double play ball in the first.
The Dodgers have been shut out four straight times on the road, including getting outscored 10-0 in a three-game sweep at San Francisco.
San Francisco’s Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in three runs as the Giants beat Atlanta 4-2.
Giants’ starter Tim Hudson (3-4) pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run and not walking a batter. He has now beaten his 29th major league team, leaving Oakland — his original team — as the only one he has not beaten.
He had yielded eight runs in 3 2/3 innings against Colorado in his previous start.
Kansas City ended a run of four successive losses with an 8-4 win at the Chicago Cubs, with Lorenzo Cain hitting a tiebreaking double and scoring in a three-run eighth inning.
Alcides Escobar homered on the game’s first pitch. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez also went deep, and the Royals won despite squandering an early 4-1 lead.
Mike Moustakas walked leading off the eighth. Cain then drove him in with a double to the wall in right-center and the Royals scored two more on an error.
The Chicago White Sox 6-3 at Houston after Geovany Soto hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 11th inning.
There were runners at first and second when Soto’s double off Tony Sipp dropped in front of the wall in right field to put Chicago up 5-3. Soto entered the game in the eighth inning for an injured Jose Abreu.
Toronto’s Chris Colabello hit two-run tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning against former teammate Glen Perkins, giving the Blue Jays a 6-4 win at Minnesota on a soggy night.