(St. Louis, MO) — Luke Voit homered and also stroked a go-ahead, two-run double as the Cardinals clipped the Marlins 4-3 at Busch Stadium. Randal Grichuk added a solo shot in the sixth, which proved to be the deciding run. Michael Wacha struck out nine over five-and-two-thirds innings of two-run ball to move to 6-and-3.
>>Cardinals Close Out First Half Against Mets
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals close out the first half of the season at home this weekend against the Mets. They play the first of a three-game series tonight, with Carlos Martinez slated to oppose New York’s Jacob deGrom. The Cardinals are third in the NL Central at 41-and-44, five-and-a-half games behind the first-place Brewers.
>>Cubs Crushed By Rays
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs surrendered seven runs in the third inning and were blown out 11-2 by the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Mike Montgomery gave up the first seven runs and fell to 1-and-6 with the loss. Outfielder Jon Jay pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Chicago, which is second in the NL Central at 42-and-43, four and a half games back.
>>Cubs’ Bryant Beaten Out In NL Final Vote
(New York, NY) — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won’t be going to the All-Star Game next week in Miami. He finished second to the Dodgers’ Justin Turner in the MLB Final Vote for the last roster spot on the National League All-Star team. The Cubs are the first World Series champion with no All-Stars that made it the previous year.
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