Matt Carpenter drew a walk, Kolten Wong singled, Matt Holliday singled, and Matt Adams homered as the Cardinals plated four runs before Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could even record an out Saturday in an eventual 4-2 victory at a sold-out Busch Stadium.
St. Louis starter Joe Kelly cruised on the back of that big early lead, yielding just four hits, one walk, and one run over seven strong innings. And flame-throwing closer Trevor Rosenthal closed it out for his 30th save, which is tied for the major league lead.
The Cardinals are now tied with the Brewers — who got blown out by the Nationals on Saturday night in Washington, D.C. — for first place in the National League Central standings. The Reds and Pirates are both 2 1/2 games back. Let’s get weird.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Reds 1, Yankees 7
Indians 6, Tigers 2 (Game 1)
Rangers 1, Blue Jays 4
Dodgers 2, Cardinals 4
Brewers 3, Nationals 8
Rockies 2, Pirates 3 (11 innings)
Indians 5, Tigers 2 (Game 2)
Royals 1, Red Sox 2
Astros 3, White Sox 4
Rays 5, Twins 1
Phillies 2, Braves 1
Giants 5, Marlins 3
Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 9
Mets 0, Padres 6
Orioles 8, Athletics 4
Mariners 3, Angels 2
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.