The St. Louis Cardinals have been lucky enough to be in the NL Central this season, as no team has been able to pull away with any type of lead. That gave them plenty of time to figure things out for themselves, and it seems as if all is figured out for the "Redbirds." Paul DeJong's home run was the difference in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves, as they extended their win streak to eight games. The victory also pulled St. Louis in to a tie for first place in the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs, who suffered a 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. DeJong's home run was his team-leading 17th long ball from the rookie who made his major league debut on May 28th. He now has 15 big flies since June 15th. Randal Grichuk added his 15 homer to back up Carlos Martinez, who threw six innings and knocked in a run in his ninth victory of the year. One blemish against him was a Brandon Phillips home run for Atlanta, who have now dropped five in a row. The Cards' eight-game win streak is their longest since May of 2015, although, they technically sit "percentage points" behind the Cubs. They will finish off their series with the lowly Braves on Sunday afternoon.
Benintendi Powers Red Sox Past Yankees
The Boston Red Sox got back on track against their historic rival on Saturday afternoon, as young outfielder Andrew Benintendi stayed hot at Yankee Stadium. Benintendi went deep twice and drove in six runs in the Red Sox' 10-5 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the series. The win helps them overcome blowing a 3-0 lead late in Friday's 5-4 loss that snapped snapped their eight-game win streak. Yankees hurler Luis Severino was charged with all 10 runs on the night, which is easily a career worst for him. Before Saturday's debacle, the young pitcher had gone 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. Benintendi put an end to those numbers, as he stayed red hot this month for Boston, going 15-for-31 with four home runs, and has reach base 20 times in eight games. Boston's outburst marks the first time a Yankees pitcher has given up 10 runs in a game in the new stadium that opened in 2009, Rafael Devers chipped in with a two-run double, while Mookie Betts added a two-run single for the Red Sox, who have now won nine of 10 and hold a 4.5-game lead in the AL East. They currently sit just 4-7 against the Yankees this season, but can take the weekend series from them on Sunday night.
Dodgers Clinch Winning Season
The Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a rare home loss against the lowly San Diego Padres on Friday with a 6-3 comeback win on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. The victory is their 82nd of the season, which ensures them a winning season, although, that seemed to be the case a long while ago. Los Angeles trailed 3-1 after five innings, but they were far from done on the night. The major league's top team scored three times in the sixth, and then once in the seventh and eighth to rally past San Diego for a 6-3 win. Corey Seager singled with the bases loaded in the sixth to drive in two, and then Yasiel Puig scored during a rundown between first and second base to give the Dodgers the lead. Craig Stammen was the victim of this unfortunate play and suffered his second loss of the year. The win for Los Angeles is their 27th in the past 32 games, as they remain on pace for 115 wins on the season. Chris Taylor added an eighth-inning long ball, while Cody Bellinger hit his 34th home run in the seventh, as he sits one short of Mike Piazza's franchise rookie record. Tony Watson pitched a perfect sixth inning to earn his first win since being acquire from Pittsburgh,