ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols collected home run No. 695 in the eighth inning and Miles Mikolas tossed eight shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Pujols drilled the two-run pinch-hit shot off of reliever Brandon Hughes (2-2).
A future Hall of Famer, Pujols trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696) on the all-time list.
Puols has seven pinch-hit homers in his career, and two this season. He has homered against 451 different pitcher, an all-time record.
St. Louis has won four in a row, 18 of their last 20 home games and is a season-best 24 games over .500 at 79-55. It was the Cardinals' eighth series sweep of the season.
Mikolas (11-10) gave up two hits. He struck out three and walked one. Ryan Helsley picked his 13th save in 17 chances.
Chicago starter Marcus Stroman allowed four hits in seven shutout innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter in a 98-pitch stint.
YANKEES 2, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Judge led off the game with his major league-leading 53rd homer and New York stopped Tampa Bay to avoid a three-game sweep.
Judge set a career high for homers, topping the 52 he hit as a rookie in 2017. He also doubled, singled and scored both New York runs.
Frankie Montas (5-11) allowed one hit over five shutout innings as the AL East-leading Yankees increased their lead to five games over Tampa Bay. The Rays trailed by 15 1/2 games on July 10.
Down 2-0, Tampa Bay tried to rally in the ninth against Clay Holmes, the fourth Yankees reliever. David Peralta led off with his second double of the game and scored on a one-out single by pinch-hitter Francisco Mejia.
Jonathan Aranda doubled with two outs before Holmes struck out Yandy Díaz looking at a 3-2 pitch for his 18th save.
BLUE JAYS 4, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Teoscar Hernandez delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning and Toronto edged Pittsburgh to complete a three-game sweep.
Hernandez lined a shot up the middle against Duane Underwood Jr. (1-5) with two outs to push Toronto in front and the bullpen did the rest. The Blue Jays improved to a season-best 14 games over .500 to maintain their hold on the third and final wild-card spot in the American League.
Toronto begins a four-game series against Baltimore, which is chasing Toronto for a postseason berth, starting Monday at Camden Yards.
Hernandez and Alejandro Kirk had two hits apiece for Toronto, which has won five of six and 12 of 17. Cavan Biggio hit his fifth home of the season and second in five days for the Blue Jays.
Ross Stripling (7-4) allowed three runs on two hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six innings. Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano collected his 30th save.
Rookie shortstop Oneil Cruz hit his 12th home run for the Pirates/
TWINS 5, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Correa homered for Minnesota and Dylan Bundy shut down Chicago once again.
Jose Miranda added a two-run double in the ninth inning as Minnesota salvaged the finale of the weekend series. Max Kepler scored on Kendall Graveman's wild pitch in the eighth, and Jhoan Duran turned in some impressive relief work.
The Twins finished with 12 hits. Correa connected in the fifth, hitting a two-run drive to left-center off Lucas Giolito (10-9) for his 16th homer. Bundy (8-6) pitched five scoreless innings to improve to 7-0 with a 3.15 ERA in 10 career appearances against the White Sox.
Elvis Andrus had two of Chicago's seven hits. Giolito pitched five innings for Chicago, allowing six hits and finishing with five strikeouts and two walks.
ATHLETICS 5, ORIOLES 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — Seth Brown hit a pair of solo homers, rookie Adrián Martínez threw six innings of three-hit ball and Oakland stalled Baltimore's playoff surge.
The Orioles fell 2 1/2 games behind Toronto in the race for the American League's third wild-card spot.
Martínez (4-3) was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 28, for his fourth stint with Oakland this year. He finished with four strikeouts and two walks and retired 10 consecutive batters.
Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the second on a run-scoring single by Sheldon Neuse off Spenser Watkins (4-6).
NATIONALS 7, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — César Hernández hit his first homer in more than a year in Washington's victory over New York.
The last-place Nationals took two of three in the series.
Luis García had an RBI single in the first inning, then the Nationals scored four unearned runs against Carlos Carrasco (13-6) in the third after second baseman Jeff McNeil's error led to two-run singles by Keibert Ruiz and Ildemaro Vargas.
Hernández's drive was his first since Aug. 26, 2021, a span of 155 games. Entering Sunday, only the Los Angeles Angels' Magneuris Sierra (223 games) and the Cleveland Guardians' Myles Straw (157 games) had gone longer without homering among active players.
Erick Fedde (6-9) gave up one run — McNeil's second-inning sacrifice fly — over six innings and earned his first win since June 21.
RED SOX 5, RANGERS 2
BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Story hit a three-run homer over the Green Monster, Xander Bogaerts had his eighth straight multi-hit game and Boston completed a four-game sweep over Texas.
The Red Sox now have a five-game winning streak as they're trying to climb back into the AL's wild-card chase. The Rangers have lost eight straight.
Bogaerts had an RBI double and run-scoring single in his three hits. His stretch is the longest for a Boston player since Kevin Youkilis tied the club record with nine in 2007.
Adolis García had an RBI double for Texas, which lost for the 15th time in its last 18 games in Fenway Park and fell to a season-worst 17 games under .500.
Reliever Kaleb Ort (1-1) was credited with his first MLB victory, and John Schreiber got the final three outs for his seventh save.
Rangers starter Dane Dunning (3-8) took the loss and is winless in his last 26 road starts, the majors' longest active streak. His only career road victory came Sept. 9, 2020 with the White Sox.
ROYALS 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Bobby Witt Jr.'s eighth-inning double drove in the go-ahead run and Kansas City edged Detroit.
MJ Melendez scored a run and drove in another while Michael A. Taylor had three hits and scored a run. Witt reached base three times.
Winning pitcher Dylan Coleman (4-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Scott Barlow collected his 21st save. Royals starter Max Castillo allowed two runs and five hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings.
Detroit starter Matt Manning gave up two runs and five hits in four innings. Gregory Soto (2-8) took the loss.
Harold Castro's two-run homer accounted for Detroit's runs. Riley Greene extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning single.
ROCKIES 8, REDS 4, GAME 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Charlie Blackmon's pinch-hit two-run single highlighted a four-run seventh for Colorado, and C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in the ninth to give the Rockies a win over Cincinnati in the first game of a doubleheader.
Rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo tied a career-high with nine strikeouts, TJ Friedl homered twice and Jonathan India hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati. Joe Kuhnel (2-3) took the loss.
Rockies starter German Marquez (8-10) allowed just one hit through the first five innings — Friedl's solo homer to lead off the fourth. Friedl went deep off Marquez again in the sixth for his first career multi-home run game.
The Reds got back within one on India's two-run homer off Carlos Esteves in the eighth. But Cron slammed the door with his 25th home run, a two-run shot off Art Warren.