Only when Dakota Hudson reached the dugout after being removed from the game did he realize something was different.
“Guys were giving me hugs instead of handshakes,” the St. Louis starter said. “I thought, what was going on? I didn’t know it was a no-hitter.”
Hudson and two relievers combined on a one-hit shutout as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 3-0 in St. Louis on Monday night.
Yasmani Grandal’s ground-rule double with two outs in the eighth inning off Giovanny Gallegos was Milwaukee’s only hit. Hudson was lifted with two outs in the seventh after throwing 111 pitches, and Andrew Miller got four outs for his fifth save.
Paul DeJong homered for St. Louis, which increased its NL Central lead to a half-game over the idle Cubs. Third-place Milwaukee is three back.
Taking out Hudson was not a difficult decision, St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.
“He did his job,” Shildt explained. “We saw the tea leaves and the way the game was going.”
Nationals 13, Pirates 0: Asdrubal Cabrera hit the last of Washington’s four home runs and drove in five runs, and three relievers combined for 6 ⅔ innings of one-hit ball for the visiting Nats.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3: Carson Kelly homered to break an eighth-inning tie and David Peralta added a two-run triple for host Arizona.
Mariners 9. Rays 3: Tom Murphy homered twice and drove in four runs, Austin Nola also went deep and had three RBIs, and visiting Seattle beat playoff-contending Tampa Bay. Two-way rookie Brendan McKay, the Rays’ starter, struggled again, allowing seven runs, three hits and three walks over two innings.
White Sox 6, Twins 4: Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer in Chicago’s four-run second inning to help beat host Minnesota.
Astros 5, Tigers 4: Yuli Gurriel had two hits and drove in two runs as host Houston built a lead with a big first inning and held off Detroit. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa left after the first inning with back discomfort.
Royals 5, Orioles 4: Nicky Lopez and Nick Dini homered on successive pitches in the seventh inning and visiting Kansas City stretched Baltimore’s latest losing streak to eight games. Dini, a 26-year-old rookie catcher, played high school ball in New Jersey, and when he learned he was going to be playing at Camden Yards, he had his family spread the word. Around 40 people, including his parents, grandparents and sister, saw his homer.
Padres 3, Reds 2: Francisco Mejia homered and Manny Machado had another big hit off Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer. Machado had an RBI single in the first inning, leaving him 10-for-15 in his career off Bauer with four homers, two doubles and six RBIs.
Rangers 8, Angels 7: Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought home the winning run with a high-chop infield single off Noe Ramirez in the 11th inning, scoring Jose Trevino and ending host Texas’ four-game losing streak. Los Angeles had led 7-1 in the second inning.
Briefly: The Braves claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Royals. Hamilton, 28, played in 93 games for the Royals this season, hitting .211 with 18 stolen bases. … Boston left-hander Chris Sale had an injection of platelet-rich plasma to treat inflammation in his pitching elbow that will shut him down for the rest of the regular season. … Minnesota designate hitter Nelson Cruz was reinstated from the injured list and will play through a ruptured tendon in his left wrist. … The Nationals’ Max Scherzer is expected to come off the injured list to start Thursday against Pittsburgh.
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