The first-place Cardinals closed out the first half of 2015 with three straight losses in Pittsburgh, which allowed the Pirates to move their once-gaping deficit in the National League Central standings to just 2 1/2 games. But facing this current Mets offense can do wonders for a struggling team with good pitching.
St. Louis topped New York 3-2 on Friday night behind a very solid outing from Lance Lynn and then rolled to an easy 12-2 rout on Saturday. Randal Grichuk homered twice and collected a career-high six RBI. Jason Heyward tallied five hits, continuing to stay hot after a somewhat sluggish first two months. Starter John Lackey gave up 10 hits but only one run.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has dropped two games in a row in Milwaukee.
The standings gap is back to 4 1/2 games entering play Sunday.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Royals 7, White Sox 6 (13 innings)
Twins 2, Athletics 3 (10 innings)