Gallen ties scoreless start record as Arizona stops Brewers

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PHOENIX – Zac Gallen tied the major-league record with his sixth consecutive scoreless start on Sunday, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gallen (11-2) extended his scoreless streak to 41 1/3 innings. He allowed only two singles and a walk in seven innings. He struck out seven and retired the last 11 batters he faced.

Gallen tied Don Drysdale (1968), Orel Hershiser (1988) and Zack Greinke (2015), all with the Los Angeles Dodgers, by not allowing a run in his sixth straight start. Hershiser set the MLB record with 59 consecutive scoreless innings.

In those six games, Gallen is 5-0 with a 0.58 WHIP. He has allowed 16 hits, walked eight and struck out 46 in his scoreless streak. He is two outs away from matching the Diamondbacks’ franchise record of 42 innings, set by Brandon Webb in 2007.

Daulton Varsho hit his 20th homer and helped preserve Gallen’s scoreless streak with a running catch on Tyrone Taylor‘s drive to right center in the second. The catch came with two outs and a runner at first.

Gallen didn’t allow more than one baserunner in any inning and struck out the side in the fifth.

The Diamondbacks scored in the second inning against Jason Alexander (2-2) when Corbin Carroll walked and advanced to third on Carson Kelly‘s single off shortstop Willy Adames‘ glove. Carroll scored on Alek Thomas‘ sacrifice fly. Varsho’s home run, to right field, came in the third.

In the fifth, Jake McCarthy greeted reliever Hoby Milner with a broken-bat single to right, scoring Josh Rojas with Arizona’s third run. McCarthy hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Brent Suter, his seventh home run of the season.

Alexander, a 29-year-old who debuted earlier this season, pitched 4 2-3 innings for Milwaukee. He gave up five hits, three runs, walked four and struck out three.

Hunter Renfroe spoiled the combined shutout bid when he hit his 24th homer off Mark Melancon in the ninth. Kyle Nelson pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Brewers, who managed just three hits in the game, began the day 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for the final National League wild card. They trail St. Louis by 8 1/2 in the Central Division race. Milwaukee is trying for its fifth consecutive postseason appearance.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell was denied his 600th career victory. The winningest manager in franchise history, Counsell is 599-542 (.524).

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Milner had to avoid Thomas’ broken bat while fielding a comebacker in the sixth. The Brewer left-hander dodged a wedge of the bat that followed the ball, then went back to the mound to retrieve the ball and threw out Thomas.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers OF Christian Yelich (neck discomfort) missed his third straight game.

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Brewers: Freddy Peralta (4-3, 3.56) opposes fellow RHP Ryan Feltner (2-6, 5.78) at Colorado.

Diamondbacks: RHP Ryne Nelson, currently at Triple-A Reno, will make his major-league debut for Arizona on Monday at San Diego against LHP Blake Snell (6-7, 3.87).

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).