Jhonny Peralta knew he hit it well. Peralta's two-run homer produced the first runs scored by St. Louis in its first at-bat since June 18, a span of 14 games, leading the Cardinals past the reeling San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Thursday. Carlos Martinez (2-3) earned his second win as a starter and added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who won their second straight after losing three in a row. ''It was good to start it off in the first inning.'' Madison Bumgarner (9-6) fell to 0-3 over his past four home starts after allowing five runs - four earned - and six hits over five innings.
CC Sabathia's return to the New York Yankees has been set back because of swelling in his injured right knee. Sabathia woke up Thursday with the problem, a day after making his second rehabilitation start. Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia was sent for an MRI and the organization was conferring with doctors about the next step. The Yankees were aiming for his return soon after the All-Star break.
The Colorado Rockies activated third baseman Nolan Arenado from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and optioned left-hander Christian Friedrich to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Arenado was set to play Thursday night and bat sixth against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series. ''I've been fortunate enough to never go on the DL (before), so that was something I took a lot of pride in and I was fortunate in that,'' Arenado said. To be back out here is refreshing.'' Arenado broke the middle finger on his left hand sliding into second base in Atlanta on May 23.
The Braves, finding new ways to create runs, have regained the lead in the NL East with their best two-week stretch of the season. It's even more impressive when considering during that period starting pitcher Gavin Floyd had season-ending elbow surgery and power-hitting catcher Evan Gattis was lost indefinitely with a back injury. The Braves were off on Thursday, but will carry a seven-game winning streak into Friday night's game against Arizona. Atlanta has won 11 of its last 14 games to move one-half game ahead of Washington.
Adam Wainwright will take the win and run. Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings, Matt Carpenter continued to feast on San Francisco pitching, and the Cardinals ended a scoring drought, beating the Giants 2-0 Wednesday night. ''To come away with a way on a night I walked the pitcher, I'll run out of here,'' Wainwright said. ''That was a big win for us.'' Carpenter had three hits and drove in a run, improving to .520 (26 for 50) against the Giants to help the Cardinals end a three-game losing streak.