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Cardinals end Cubs’ 11-game win streak

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CHICAGO — Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam that capped a six-run burst in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped the Cubs’ 11-game winning streak, beating Chicago 8-4 Saturday.

After a run-scoring wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth put the Cardinals ahead 4-2, Grichuk connected.

Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis.

Addison Russell hit his 14th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.

Alex Reyes (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

St. Louis starter Luke Weaver gave up two runs on four hits in his major league debut. The 22-year-old was lifted for a pinch hitter after four innings and 85 pitches.

Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1) allowed five runs while getting only two outs.

Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks struck out 12, matching a career best, in seven innings. He gave up five hits, including two homers. His ERA rose slightly from 2.17 to 2.19.

It was 2-all in the eighth when the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out. Edwards Jr. struck out Molina with a breaking pitch in the dirt and the ball bounced off the chest of catcher Willson Contreras and rolled toward the third-base dugout, allowing Stephen Piscotty to score.

Edwards then walked the next two batters to force in another run. Joe Smith relieved and Grichuk hit his slam.

The Cubs added a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Weaver retired the Cubs in order in the first inning. Ben Zobrist led off the second with a double and Russell homered. Weaver limited the damage, getting Kris Bryant to ground out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

 

Indians’ Brantley to have season-ending shoulder surgery

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CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who has played in only 11 games this season for the AL Central leaders, will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Monday.

Brantley had surgery in November and began the season on the disabled list. He was activated in late April but returned to the DL on May 10 with biceps tendinitis.

Brantley has attempted to return several times but was shut down with soreness in the shoulder while he was hitting. He received two cortisone shots and underwent a procedure to remove scar tissue, but the shoulder didn’t progress enough for him to return.

Brantley hit .327 in 2014, when he finished third in the AL MVP balloting. Brantley batted .310 and led the league in doubles last season. He suffered a torn labrum diving for a fly ball in September.