All of a sudden, the Chicago Cubs are locked in at the plate and looking like a confident, playoff-bound team again.
Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among three hits, and the Cubs went deep four times to set a club record with 237 home runs as they pounded the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 14-1 on Saturday.
Bryant hit a two-run shot in the fourth and had four RBIs. Hoerner’s second homer in two days, a three-run drive in the sixth, broke the mark of 235, set in 2004.
Ben Zobrist and Victor Caratini added solo shots as Chicago has outscored Pittsburgh 31-9 in the series’ first two games and won three straight.
San Francisco native James Marvel (Campolindo-Moraga) allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings and fell to 0-2.
“It’s nice to kind of get those non-stressful wins,” Bryant said. “Our offense is doing great, scoring runs. Let’s keep this up and right now I think we should feel pretty good about what we’ve been able to do.”
Twins sweep Indians: Miguel Sano’s grand slam capped a five-run eighth, silencing the Progressive Field crowd, and Minnesota beat Cleveland 9-5, completing a day-night doubleheader sweep and taking a 5 ½-game lead in the AL Central. In the opener, five pitchers combined to stop Cleveland’s offense 2-0. Mike Clevinger (11-3) lost for the first time since June 28.
Braves 10, Nationals 1: Ronald Acuna Jr. ignited a four-run rally with a two-run double as visiting Atlanta clinched a playoff berth.
Mets 3, Dodgers 0: Rajai Davis hit a three-run double off Julio Urias with two outs in the eighth inning following a brilliant pitchers’ duel between the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Red Sox 2, Phillies 1: Pinch-hitter Andrew Benintendi’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning lifted Boston over Philadelphia.
Astros 6, Royals 1: Zack Greinke finally beat his old club and Yordan Alvarez belted a pinch-hit three-run homer for visiting Houston.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 2: Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal homered as visiting Milwaukee beat St. Louis. The Brewers won their eighth game out of their past nine.
Rockies 11, Padres 10: Host Colorado built a 9-2 lead in the third inning, with Tony Wolters and Daniel Murphy each providing two hits to score runs, and the Rockies hung on to beat San Diego.
Yankees 13, Blue Jays 3: James Paxton pitched five innings to win his ninth straight start, Brett Gardner homered twice and had five RBIs, and visiting New York hit five home runs.
Diamondbacks 1, Reds 0: Merrill Kelly pitched seven scoreless innings, Nick Ahmed’s triple led to the only run, and host Arizona snapped a six-game slide.
Tigers 8, Orioles 4: Victor Reyes hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning and John Hicks had a grand slam in the 12th to lift host Detroit. The loss gave Baltimore its second straight 100-loss season.
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