Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am
Lester uses arm, bat to stop Pirates
CHICAGO – Jon Lester showed he still has got it all going on in his 14th major league season.
Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 on Saturday.
All-Star catcher Willson Contreras' three-run homer and Lester's two-run single off the left-field wall were the big hits in the Cubs' seven-run first inning. In the third, the 35-year-old left-hander connected for his third career home run – all with the Cubs at Wrigley Field – for the NL Central leaders.
Lester (9-6) allowed three runs and eight hits, while striking out six and walking none in 62/3 innings before leaving after 98 pitches.
CARDINALS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2: In St. Louis, Tyler O'Neill homered and tied a career high with four RBIs, Dakota Hudson pitched six effective innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Saturday night.
The Cardinals broke a three-game losing streak with their first win since July 5.
Eduardo Escobar hit his 19th homer for Arizona, which snapped a four-game win streak.
O'Neill, recalled from Triple-A Memphis on June 29, also drove in four runs in a 6-0 win over Kansas City on May 21, 2018.
ATHLETICS 13, WHITE SOX 2: In Oakland, California, Franklin Barreto hit a three-run home run to cap a seven-run first inning leading Oakland in the rout.
Matt Chapman had three hits and scored twice for the A's, who have won nine of 11. Marcus Semien added two hits and Robbie Grossman drove in three runs.
Chris Bassitt (6-4) pitched six scoreless innings and struck out six.
ROYALS 4, TIGERS 1: In Kansas City, Missouri, hometown boy Bubba Starling delivered his first career hit and RBI for Kansas City and Brad Keller outdueled Matthew Boyd as the Royals held on to win.
Keller (5-9) allowed an RBI single to Harold Castro in the second but otherwise shut down Detroit, allowing four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven without a walk after entering the game having allowed the second-most free passes in the American League this season.