The San Francisco Giants spooked the Cardinals, but St Louis recorded a 5-3 win in MLB on Friday.
St Louis were able to get ahead early, scoring a lone run in the first inning and then two more in the fifth and sixth to go up 3-1 over San Francisco.
But the Giants responded with their own pair of runs in the seventh to quieten the home crowd.
But as quickly as Busch Stadium was hushed, Matt Adams brought them back to their feet with a go-ahead two-RBI double. Adams returned to St Louis last month after being claimed off waivers from the Nationals. He previously spent nine years with the Cardinals.
Big City is as clutch as they come! pic.twitter.com/45ORz0wwcc— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 22, 2018
The Cardinals secured a 5-3 win and their edge over the Colorado Rockies in the National League wildcard race. They also kept pace with the Brewers who dropped the Pirates 8-3. St Louis remain three games back of Milwaukee in the race for the first wildcard spot.
GURRIEL BROTHERS SHINE
The Gurriel brothers stole the show, setting an MLB record to become the only brothers ever to have multi-home run games on the same day.
The elder brother, Yuli Gurriel, opened with a grand slam against the Angels, which gave the Astros a lead they would hold until the final frame. He also homered in the third and brought in another run off a single to center field in an 11-3 win.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr., a rookie second baseman for the Blue Jays and the younger brother, was responsible for two of the three runs Toronto put on the board in their 11-3 loss to Tampa Bay. He rounded the bases in the first and fourth inning.
ANGELS' SLUMP CONTINUES
The Angels could not catch a break from Yuli Gurriel and the Astros or the previous opponent in the Athletics. The eight-run loss Friday lowered Los Angeles' run differential to minus-36 over the last three games.
It is the worst run differential over a three-game span in 67 years when the then-Washington Senators were outscored 41-3.
DEGROM STILL SHINES
There might not be much hope left for the Mets, who sit well below contention in the NL race, but there is still a star in Jacob deGrom.
The fifth-year New Yorker strengthened his Cy Young case by becoming the only pitcher in MLB history to hold an opponent to three runs or less in 28 consecutive starts.
He also made his 23rd straight start in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Nationals, a new single-season record.
Chicago White Sox 10-4 Chicago Cubs
New York Yankees 10-8 Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Mets 4-2 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 11-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox 7-5 Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals 4-3 Detroit Tigers
Miami Marlins 1-0 Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves 6-5 Philadelphia Phillies
Texas Rangers 8-3 Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros 11-3 Los Angeles Angels
St Louis Cardinals 5-3 San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies 6-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres 5-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland Athletics 7-6 Minnesota Twins
BREWERS AT PIRATES
The Brewers hope to clinch the series and their place atop the NL wildcard standings. Milwaukee took game one over Pittsburgh, 8-3, behind the bats of four different Brewers and a good defensive performance including a sliding catch from Christian Yelich to seal the win. They will start Zach Davies (2-6, 4.66 ERA) on Saturday while the Pirates will try to respond with Trevor Williams (13-9, 3.16) on the hill.
|ATP announces candidates to host future Finals|
|Ronaldo: Juventus fans refuse to lose to Torino|
|Hero Rivers feared he had cost Chargers in KC|
|Williams would welcome Llorente back to Athletic Bilbao|
|Liverpool v Manchester United: Minding the gap|
|Milan elimination unjust, fumes Leonardo|
|Paul hails ´sick´ Harden after record-breaking display|
|Liverpool v Manchester United: Salah, Mane and Firmino v Rashford, Martial and Lukaku in Opta number|
|Canelo open to GGG trilogy as he chases place in Mexican history|
|The big Friday Premier League quiz|
|Harden posts record fourth 50-point triple-double in win over Lakers|
|Barcelona squad happy with Dembele, says Alba|
|Chargers rally past Chiefs to clinch playoff spot|
|WATCH: Chargers top Chiefs on dramatic two-point conversion in final seconds|
|Suns owner Sarver committed to keeping team in Phoenix|
|Chargers WR Allen leaves with injury after near-spectacular catch|
|Socceroos not giving up on Mooy for Asian Cup|
|Cooper says Raiders owner wanted to trade him to Cowboys|
|Pochettino jokes Levy is ´worried´ about losing him|
|Barcelona would welcome Morata – Alba|
|Toure not a priority for West Ham – Pellegrini|
|Koscielny no certainty to face Southampton, says Emery|
|We gifted the game – AC Milan boss Gattuso furious after Europa League exit|
|My season starts now, says Koscielny|
|Cipriani ´at peace´ with latest England snub|
|Laporte: Deschamps must have personal reasons for France snub|
|Morata injury not too serious, claims Chelsea boss Sarri|
|Hansen to leave: All Blacks coach returning focus to World Cup defence|
|I want to fight the champion! - Joshua reiterates Wilder in April ambition|
|Gundogan glad to leave Christmas holidays behind|
|I know how it feels and it hurts - Gundogan on Sterling abuse|
|Celtic 1 Red Bull Salzburg 2: Scottish champions through despite defeat|
|Olympiacos 3 AC Milan 1: Rossoneri crash out of Europa League|
|Arsenal 1 Qarabag 0: Lacazette on target as Saka shines|
|Hansen to leave: All Blacks will take time to name replacement|
|Chelsea condemn alleged anti-Semitic chanting from fans|
|Hansen to leave: The best Opta facts from New Zealand coach´s tenure|
|Hansen to leave: Five contenders to be the next All Blacks coach|
|Hansen to leave: Highs and highs of his All Blacks reign|
|Hansen to leave All Blacks after World Cup|
|Rapid Vienna 1 Rangers 0: Late Ljubicic winner sends Gerrard´s men out|
|Beckham continues to miss Giants practice with quad injury|
|Vidi 2 Chelsea 2: Giroud spares Sarri´s side in lacklustre draw|
|Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille fixtures among latest Ligue 1 cancellations|
|Santos turn to ex-Argentina boss Sampaoli|
|Muller could miss Champions League last 16 after Tagliafico kick|
|Home hope Bekker out in front at Alfred Dunhill Championship|
|Van Bommel in touch with Robben over PSV reunion|
|Pinarello chief confident over Team Sky future|
|Stade make Ospreys tickets free in tribute to teenager|
|WRC great Loeb seals Hyundai switch|
|Madrid rumours better than sack talk, says Pochettino|
|Nadal to join Federer at 2019 Laver Cup|
|Prigoda smashes world record, Hosszu dethroned in Hangzhou|
|Former Juve CEO Marotta takes over at Inter|
|Glenn to stand down as FA boss next year|
|Muller apologises to Tagliafico for kick to the head|
|Pereira pleads for more Manchester United chances|
|Griffin hails ´phenomenal´ Lowry after Warriors demolition|
|I´ve played with Zidane and Henry, but Messi is something else – Pires|
|Dragons forward Jack de Belin charged with sexual assault|
|Durant: Raptors are the real deal|
|Cocu bids farewell to Fenerbahce after ´mutual agreement´ is made over October sacking|
|Australia unchanged for historic Perth Test|
|Champions League draw: The possible last-16 ties|
|Southee happy to be back on home soil|
|I wouldn´t swap Dembele for Neymar – Pires|
|Canelo ready to risk heavy weather against Fielding|
|Raptors upstage Warriors, Davis leads Pelicans with 44 points|
|India skipper Kohli excited by green Perth wicket|