PHOENIX — The Houston Astros’ season went from very bad to even worse on an awful road trip to the West.
Houston dropped its sixth straight and wrapped up a 1-9 trip with an 8-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday. Arizona outscored the Astros 33-13 in the three-game sweep.
“We are glad we are going home,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “It seems like it has been forever since we have been home.”
Nationals 9, Braves 2: Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, and Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each had three hits and two RBIs as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves to split a four-game series between the top two teams in the NL East.
Cardinals 7, Cubs 0: Lance Lynn won his 12th game with six mostly spotless innings, and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran homered on consecutive pitches to put the finishing touches on the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.
Pirates 3, Marlins 0: Former Texas Tech player Jeff Karstens pitched seven crisp innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins for their fifth consecutive win.
Dodgers 8, Mets 3 (12 innings): The Los Angeles Dodgers had to work overtime to earn a sweep of the New York Mets Sunday, exploding in emphatic style after a mammoth contest to outlast the Mets 8-3 in 12 innings.
The Dodgers unleashed a five-run 12th to break out of a 3-3 tie and completed their dominant three-game series with a victory that took nearly five hours to complete.
Juan Rivera homered in the fourth inning and visiting Los Angeles took a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but the Mets (47-48) battled back with a Daniel Murphy RBI in the seventh and a game-tying score in the ninth against reliever Javy Guerra.
Reds 2, Brewers 1: Wilson Valdez drove in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run to back Johnny Cueto’s seven solid innings as the Cincinnati Reds wrapped up one of the best homestands in franchise history with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Phillies 4, Giants 3 (12 innings): Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single to lift the Philadelphia Phillies past the San Francisco Giants in 12 innings.
Padres 3, Rockies 2: Will Venable drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Everth Cabrera had two hits and scored twice as the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies. — Agencies