The Brewers’ Jeff Bianchi hits a double in the seventh inning to drive in two runs during Sunday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago.
CHICAGO — Yovani Gallardo and the Milwaukee Brewers haven’t had the year that either had hoped for.
Hopefully finishing strong can put a positive spin on a disappointing season for both.
Gallardo pitched seven strong innings to lead the Brewers to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Since returning in mid-August from a stint on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury, Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.35 earned run average and looks like the ace who won 16 and 17 games, respectively, the previous two seasons.
“I’ve been feeling good,” he said. “That’s the main thing and to be consistent. The year hasn’t gone the way I wanted it to, but coming off the DL kind of refreshes the mental side and you can go out there and just pitch.”
Gallardo (11-9) allowed just three hits in his seven innings with one walk and six strikeouts.
Padres 5, Rockies 2
SAN DIEGO — Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley delivered a three-run double in the seventh inning that lifted the San Diego Padres to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
San Diego swept the three-game series and has won five of six. The Rockies have dropped five of six.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 2
ST. LOUIS — Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 26-10 overall in taking the NL Central lead.
The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1½-game division lead and a chance to cement their first winning season since 1992. They left trailing the Cardinals by 1½ games and still stuck on 81 victories. This was the last time this season Pittsburgh and St. Louis were scheduled to play.
Phillies 3, Braves 2
PHILADELPHIA — Darin Ruf hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to back a strong outing by starting pitcher Cole Hamels and lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory and three-game sweep over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Hamels (7-13) gave up just two hits, both homers, and two runs over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked two. He retired the side in order four times.
B.J. Rosenberg earned his first career save with a perfect ninth inning.
Nationals 6, Marlins 4
MIAMI — Stephen Strasburg got past a shaky start and pitched six innings to earn his first victory in nearly a month as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Sunday.
Ryan Zimmerman homered, his third shot in two days, and Wilson Ramos also connected for Washington.
Strasburg (7-9) struck out seven and allowed four runs and four hits. He also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and had two run-scoring balks. It was his first win since Aug. 11 against Philadelphia.
Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 45 chances.
Ramos and Ian Desmond each had three hits and drove in two runs. Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the majors.
Justin Ruggiano had three of the Marlins’ six hits.
Jacob Turner (3-6) allowed five runs in four innings.
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