The Minnesota Twins were the first team in over a year and a half to beat Dallas Keuchel in Houston, and they did it with patience. Brian Dozier broke out of a slump with three hits and the Twins snapped Keuchel's 17-game home winning streak with a 6-2 victory on Monday night. Keuchel (2-4) allowed five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and struggled with his command for the third time this season, walking five.
In the meantime, the Nationals manager is content to rely on his pitching to win games. Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy drove in the only runs in the first inning. Gonzalez (2-1) went just six, but he scattered four hits and a pair of walks in his latest smooth start.
Adam Wainwright knew his mammoth home run changed the complexion of Monday night's game. ''Right now, it's all about wins for me,'' Wainwright said. Wainwright pitched six innings and hit a three-run home run - the first of five for St. Louis - as the Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jimmy Nelson has been lone the bright spot in the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation this season. Nelson entered the game with just one hit in 11 at-bats this season but drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning with his second single of the game, leading the Brewers to an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. ''This is the first time I've gotten two hits in a game since I was like 15,'' Nelson said.
Jason Hammel raised his record to 4-0 and Anthony Rizzo hit two doubles as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Monday night. Home plate umpire Laz Diaz warned both benches after Pirates reliever Kyle Lobstein hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch to lead off the seventh. The teams had a benches-clearing incident in last year's NL wild card game when Pirates reliever Tony Watson plunked Jake Arrieta, who went on to a pitch a five-hit shutout.
Johnny Cueto enjoyed the hugs and the applause. The Reds roughed up Cueto in his return to Great American Ball Park, but the San Francisco Giants rallied against Cincinnati's historically bad bullpen, riding Brandon Crawford's three-run homer to a 9-6 victory Monday night. Joey Votto hit a three-run homer as the Reds piled up six runs in the third inning off Cueto, who got a warm welcome from his former teammates and fans before the game.
Adam Wainwright pitched six innings and hit a three-run home run - the first of five for St. Louis - as the Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Matt Adams, rookie Aledmys Diaz and Randal Grichuk added solo homers and Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to help St. Louis overcome a 3-0 deficit and avoid its first five-game slide since losing seven straight from July 26-31, 2013. Wainwright, who has struggled since missing most of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, has won two straight.
Fresh off being named the American League's top rookie in April, Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara started making his case for a repeat victory in May. Mazara hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth, then threw out the potential tying run at home plate in the bottom half of the inning, helping Texas beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Monday night for their fifth win in six games. ''Mazara just continues to impress all of us,'' manager Jeff Banister said.
Jimmy Nelson pitched seven strong innings and drove in the go-ahead run to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 on Monday night. Ryan Braun reached base four times as the Brewers ended an eight-game home losing streak to the Angels, the last win coming in May 1997 at County Stadium. Milwaukee had lost six straight to the Angels at Miller Park.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a $95 million free agent who lost his starting job before going on the disabled list, will have exploratory surgery on his left shoulder to determine the source of the injury. The team announced Monday the procedure will be performed in Florida by Dr. James Andrews, a specialist in repairing ligaments. The Red Sox said they had no timetable for Sandoval's return, but ESPN reported that the two-time All-Star is expected to miss the rest of the season.