Montero's 13th inning winner lifts Cubs over Pirates
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 30, 2016 04:17 PM
Chicago Cubs' Miguel Montero (47) hits a game-ending RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the thirteenth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 8-7. (AP Photo/David Banks)
The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Miguel Montero drove in the winning run in the 13th inning to give the Cubs an 8-7 win against Pittsburgh on Monday, ending the Pirates long run of road victories and putting a dent in their playoff ambitions.
The Cubs maintained a 14-game lead atop the NL Central and with 32 games to play, they seem certain of winning the division.
Washington also seems destined for a division title, moving nine games clear atop the NL East with a shutout win at Philadelphia.
Texas is another team with a seemingly impregnable lead, maintaining an 8-1/2 game lead in the American League West by downing a Seattle team that saw its wildcard hopes fade further.
Toronto opened a two-game lead in the AL East by beating divisional rival Baltimore.
Chicago's Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit consecutive singles against Jeff Locke to bring the tying run to the plate. After Ben Zobrist was walked intentionally to tie the scores, Montero lined a clean single into left field to drive in the winning run.
Cubs reliever Rob Zastryzny got his first major league win despite allowing a run in the top half of the inning.
The Pirates had won eight straight road games, and fell 1-1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.
Washington's Tanner Roark threw seven scoreless innings, steering the Nationals to a 4-0 win against Philadelphia.
Roark struck out five and his work was finished off by Marc Rzepczynski, who tossed a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon, who finished off the shutout.
Jayson Werth hit a solo homer for the Nationals in the first inning against his former team.
Texas' Yu Darvish struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings to set up a 6-3 win against Seattle.
Darvish easily outpitched fellow Japanese Hisashi Iwakuma of Seattle for his third straight win, leaving to a standing ovation with a 6-1 lead in the seventh after throwing 110 pitches, the most since his return from Tommy John surgery.
Carlos Beltran homered among three hits for the Rangers who won the first of six straight games at home against the two teams chasing them in the AL West and dropped the Mariners into third, a game behind Houston and 9-1/2 behind Texas.
Toronto's Marco Estrada allowed one run over seven-plus innings to guide the Blue Jays to an important 5-1 win at Baltimore.
Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer in two days tie the scores in the fourth inning, and Jose Bautista also went deep for Toronto, which went four games ahead of the Orioles.
Kansas City's Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer to lift the Royals to an 8-5 win against the New York Yankees.
New York pitcher Michael Pineda retired 15 straight batters before getting into a jam in the seventh inning, allowing two runners with no outs, and Escobar capitalized with a shot off reliever Blake Parker.
Royals starter Dillon Gee allowed only one run as the reigning World Series champs made it 18 wins from 22 games.
Colorado's Jon Gray pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Rockies to an 8-1 win against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gray struck out eight in a crisp performance for his first win since in four weeks.
Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer for the Rockies.
New York's Yoenis Cespedes homered with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over Miami.
Jose Reyes dashed home to score the tying run in the eighth on a dangerous collision at the plate. Two innings later, Cespedes, who sat out Sunday after his nagging right thigh flared up, launched a big hit over left-center field.
The Mets pulled even with Miami for second place in the NL East, 2-1/2 games behind St. Louis for the NL's second wild card.
Detroit's Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Tigers over the Chicago White Sox 4-3.
Boston's Rick Porcello became the majors' first 18-game winner and the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 13-0 at Fenway Park, going seven solid innings in a 9-4 victory over Tampa Bay.
Houston's Joe Musgrove and three relievers combined to shut out Oakland in a 6-0 victory for the Astros.
St. Louis' Stephen Piscotty scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win against Milwaukee.
Cleveland's Jason Kipnis' 10th-inning single drove in Chris Gimenez for the only run of the game as the Indians handed Minnesota its 11th straight loss.
Los Angeles stars Mike Trout and Albert Pujols both homered among five long shots by the Angels in a 9-2 win against Cincinnati.