x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

MLB round-up: Record for Cardinals as they defeat Cubs

St Louis struck a home run in each of their first five innings as they beat Chicago 9-6 - the first side to do so in eight years.

Matt Holliday slides for second base for St Louis against the Cups
Matt Holliday slides for second base for St Louis against the Cups

The St Louis Cardinals became the first team in eight years to hit a home run in each of the first five innings as they defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-6 in the National League.

Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Lance Berkman, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig all connected off Travis Wood (4-6), whose five homers allowed matched the Cubs record.

Carpenter put St Louis ahead 7-6 when he homered on the first pitch of the fourth, and Craig homered in the fifth.

Rookie Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, his sixth in 25 games since he was brought up from Triple-A.

The Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 as Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels and Ben Sheets extended his impressive comeback, winning his third straight start.

Drew Sutton scored on a wild pitch by Xavier Cedeno in the ninth inning to propel the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros.

Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso, both Miami natives, returned home to help the San Diego Padres defeat the Marlins 7-2.

Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez homered to back another fine pitching performance by Mike Fiers as Milwaukee snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

Cincinnati won 3-0 against the Colorado Rockies with Bronson Arroyo pitching effectively into the seventh inning and Ryan Ludwick scoring twice as the Reds recorded an eighth straight victory.

Arizona won 11-5 over the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers needed 10 innings to beat San Francisco 5-3.

Curtis Granderson's eighth-inning grand slam was the highlight as New York Yankees fans gave Ichiro Suzuki a fine welcome to the Bronx.

Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin hit two-run homers as New York defeated the Boston Red Sox 10-3 in the American League to mark Suzuki's Yankees debut.

Carlos Villanueva won his fourth straight start and Travis Snider hit a two-run home run as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3.

The Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 11-0 as Scott Diamond tossed a three-hitter and Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham hit three-run homers.

The Oakland Athletics won 14-9 over the Baltimore Orioles, Jemile Weeks hitting an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning against All-Star closer Jim Johnson.

Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run single before leaving the game after an outfield collision as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-5.

Seattle defeated Kansas City 6-1 and Los Angeles Angels were 3-1 winners over Tampa Bay.