Adam Wainwright kept up his mastery of the Rockies by scattering three hits over seven innings, Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Colorado 3-0 on Saturday night. Wainwright (5-3) struck out six and retired the last 10 batters he faced as he moved to 10-1 with a 1.56 ERA over his career against Colorado. Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a run-scoring single in the third. Pham had the big blow in the fifth, when he lined a slider from Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (5-3) into the left-center seats. The Cardinals withstood a scare in the eighth, with Trevor Rosenthal working his way out of a bases loaded jam by getting Carlos Gonzalez to
The San Francisco Giants have been a bad baseball team in 2017. After an awful 12-24 start, they had played a little better, winning three series in a row -- three of four against the Cincinnati Reds, two of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers, two of three against the St. Louis Cardinals. This tough stretch of games then headed to Wrigley Field, and after winning the series opener, the Giants lost the final three, including a 5-1 loss Thursday as Jeff Samardzija served up three home runs and the offense scraped out just five hits even while striking out only one time. Samardzija continues to frustrate, posting terrific peripheral numbers -- he had eight strikeouts in seven innings on Thursday and has a season strikeout-to-walk ratio of 79-to-11 -- but hasn't been terrific at limiting runs.
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda dusted the rust off of two weeks of inactivity to beat the St. Louis Cardinals with his arm and bat. Maeda delivered a go-ahead, two-run single, and Chase Utley homered as the Dodgers wiped out a three-run deficit to defeat the Cardinals 7-3 on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Maeda (4-2) gave up three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks in five innings as the Dodgers (28-20) took two of three in the series. "It was a little hard getting into the game with the long layoff, but I was able to make the adjustments, and it was a good hit," said Maeda, who had been on the disabled list since May 11 due to left hamstring