Nine-run 8th powers Cardinals past Cubs


Carlos Martinez dazzled in his two innings in the All-Star Game then pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, against the Pirates on Sunday.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Martinez has a 3.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 133/46 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season, yet his record is 6-8.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (right hand tendinitis) is on track to return to the rotation early next week, but manager Joe Maddon wasn't ready to provide an exact day just yet. Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a steal. Anibal Sanchez (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 5⅔ innings for the Tigers. He held an opponent to six or fewer hits for the 12th straight start. Contreras stayed hot with his 14th home run of the season.

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Grichuk marked his return from the 10-day disabled list with a two-out, solo homer in the second inning that trimmed the Cubs lead to 2-1. He has a 2.37 lifetime ERA in 12 starts against the Cardinals, the third-lowest active ERA among pitchers with at least 10 starts against St. Louis. Anthony Rizzo picked up his team-leading 60th RBI. The 34-year-old Duke, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery last October, retired the only two batters he faced in the seventh.

After Edwards loaded the bases, Rondon entered and walked Jedd Gyorko to bring in Carpenter with the tying run before the two-run ground-rule double to DeJong. And kept going, and going, and going. "It's sore. It's just a soreness and he's got to grip the bat, and that's what it really comes down to". If the Cubs can take care of business in this three-game set, they could easily take the lead in the division and knock the Cardinals far down the totem pole. St. Louis also recalled catcher Carson Kelly from Memphis and designated backup catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.

Bryant sprained his finger on a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday.

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Longtime rivals square off in Chicago when Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (11-5, 5.08 ERA) faces Cubs lefty Jon Lester (6-6, 4.07). He's also likely to miss Saturday.

During the all-star break, the Cubs addressed their glaring weakness by acquiring starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox.

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