Jeremy Hazelbaker pinch-hit for Cardinals starter Mike Leake in the eighth inning and drilled a two-run home run off of the facade of the second deck at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. That marks the Cardinals’ 14th pinch-hit home run of the season, tying the major league record also held by the 2001 Diamondbacks and Giants, per ESPN Stats & Info. The Nationals (11) are the only other team with double-digit pinch-hit home runs this season. The Cardinals as a team cranked out four home runs in a 9-0 rout of the Phillies. Though the Cubs lost on Sunday, the Cardinals are still 12 games out of first place in the NL Central, a likely insurmountable lead. However, the Cardinals are 1.5 games ahead of
Jon Lester had another strong outing and his teammates powered their way to another win. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jason Heyward all homered to back Lester as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Monday night. Lester (14-4) limited the Padres to a run and five hits in six innings.
The Boston Red Sox pulled level atop the American League (AL) East in MLB, while the Los Angeles Dodgers exploded offensively. David Price gave up just two hits in eight innings as the Red Sox claimed a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, to join the Toronto