Paul Goldschmidt’s grand slam in 10th lifts Cards past Pirates

Paul Goldschmidt hit his fifth career grand slam in the top of the 10th and right fielder Jose Martinez threw out the tying run at the plate to help the Cardinals beat reeling Pittsburgh 6-5 on Monday night.

Goldschmidt took an offering from Clay Holmes and sent it to the concourse that runs behind the wall in right-center field as the surging Cardinals improved to 8-3 since the All-Star break. Goldschmidt’s 19th home run of the season was just enough after St. Louis closer Carlos Martinez nearly let a four-run cushion get away.

Pittsburgh cut the margin to a run in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI single by Josh Bell and a two-run homer by Jung Ho Kang. The Pirates put the tying run at second base with no outs but couldn’t draw even.

Martinez threw outKevin Newman at home on a sharp single to right by Jacob Stallings for the second out. The call stood after the Pirates challenged and Carlos Martinez retired Adam Frazier on a flyball to right to collect his ninth save.

Indians 7, Blue Jays 3: Mike Clevinger pitched seven innings to win his third straight decision, Oscar Mercado homered and tripled, and visiting Cleveland won to improve to 13-3 in July.

Red Sox 9, Rays 4: J.D. Martinez homered and drove in four runs for visiting Boston, including an RBI double in the ninth inning following Tampa Bay’s curious decision to put a position player on the mound, down just five runs. Eduardo Rodriguez allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings to win his sixth straight decision.

White Sox 9, Marlins 1: Chicago opened a 10-game homestand with its third win in its past 11 tries as Ivan Nova pitched a four-hitter, backed by four homers. The White Sox became the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole.

Twins 8, Yankees 6: Mitch Garver hit two of host Minnesota’s five home runs, and the Twins prevailed with the help of a triple play in the first inning. New York’s Edwin Encarnacion hit a sharp grounder after walks to DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to open the game. The ball went straight to third baseman Luis Arraez, who stepped on the bag and whipped the ball to second baseman Jonathan Schoop in the same motion to barely get Judge. The relay to first baseman Miguel Sano beat Encarnacion by a step.

Diamondbacks 6, Orioles 3: Host Arizona hit Baltimore starter Aaron Brooks hard, scoring six times off the former A’s pitcher. D’backs starter Robbie Ray struck out 10.

Mariners 7, Rangers 3: Rookie first baseman Austin Nola hit a three-run homer in the second inning to erase Texas’ 2-0 lead, and host Seattle won for just the second time in its past 10 games.

Reds 6, Brewers 5: Eugenio Suarez hit two home runs, including a two-run, go-ahead shot in the ninth inning off Jeremy Jeffress as visiting Cincinnati rallied to win.

Rockies-Nationals, postponed: The game in Washington, D.C., was postponed because of inclement weather in the area. They will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday, with the makeup game starting at 10:05 a.m. PDT.

Briefly: Right-hander Edwin Jackson agreed to a minor-league contract with the Tigers and will report to Triple-A Toledo. … The Rangers placed closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with biceps soreness in his right arm. … All-Star pitcher Brandon Woodruff could miss up to six weeks with a left oblique strain, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. … The Pirates suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified violation of his contract.

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