Paul Goldschmidt hit two home runs and five RBIs and Dakota Hudson was flawless for seven innings to lead the St Louis Cardinals to an 8-3 victory on Thursday.
Goldschmidt, the main favorite for the title of National League MVP, slammed his 32nd and 33rd home runs, only to National point guard Kyle Schwarber.
He leads the league with a .339 GAA, 1.057 ERA and 105 RBIs, three more than Pete Alonso.
The Cards first baseman hit a two-run single in the fourth inning, a solo homer in the sixth and a two-run slap in the eighth. He finished his day with three hits in four appearances and a walk. He crossed home plate three times.
Hudson (7-6) held the Cubs to two runs on five hits in seven innings for its first win since June 28.
The Cards have won three of five games in the long series between the two Central Division rivals.
Ian Happ was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Cubs.
Chicago starter Marcus Stroman (3-6) allowed five runs on 11 hits in five innings.
Rasmussen still shines; six in a row for the Rays
Drew Rasmussen won in a third straight start, Manuel Margot had four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with an 8-3 win. Thursday afternoon.
The Angels have lost their sixth straight game.
Rasmussen (9-4) had been perfect for eight innings and had gone no hits in the first five innings in his two previous starts. This time, he gave up one run and six hits, in addition to striking out nine batters in five and a third innings.
Thursday, there was no suspense; Magneuris Sierra got the Angels’ first hit, a triple after two outs in the second inning.
« I felt really good, » said Rasmussen, who threw 97 shots. “It would have been nice to be a little more efficient. Sometimes, unfortunately, that’s the way things are. »
Isaac Paredes hit a two-run homer on a Rays five-run drive in the third inning.
The Rays have won 11 of their last 13 games and sit first in the race for the fourth American League ace.
The Rays have allowed three or fewer runs in eight straight games and in 12 of their last 13.
« If we’re good on the mound, we’re going to win a lot, » Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Taylor Ward hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Angels, who have lost nine of their last 10 meetings.
« We have to be better at all levels, » said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin.
Shohei Ohtani was shut out in three visits to the plate, including two strikeouts, against Rasmussen. The 2021 All-American MVP hit a one-run double against Ryan Thompson in the eighth.
Margot returned to action last weekend after a two-month absence with a knee injury. He hit a triple and a double. He drove in two runs and crossed home plate twice.
Patrick Sandoval (4-9) allowed five runs, only one earned, on five hits in six innings.
Elsewhere in the National
Elsewhere in America
Guardians 1 – Mariners 3
CLE: Triston McKenzie (9-10) blanked the opponent for five innings after giving up three runs in the 1st.
SEA: Mitch Haniger settled the case of the Guardians in the 1st inning with a three-run homer.
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