>>Piscotty Homer Pushes Cards Past Padres
(San Diego, CA) — Stephen Piscotty’s two-run homer in the seventh inning erased a 1-0 deficit and the Cardinals went on to beat the Padres 3-1 in San Diego. Harrison Bader added a sac-fly for insurance in the eighth. Ryan Sherriff got his first big league win in relief. Tyler Lyons posted his second save. St. Louis has won four straight and six of its last seven.
>>Cardinals Acquire Nicasio From Phillies
(San Diego, CA) — The Cardinals are adding an arm for the stretch run. They’ve acquired pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Phillies in exchange for minor-league infielder Eliezer Alvarez. Nicasio was claimed by the Phillies on August 31st from the Pirates. The 31-year-old is 3-and-5 with a 2.79 ERA this season. Nicasio will be a free agent at the end of the year.
>>Cubs Blank Bucs 1-0 With Ninth-Inning Run
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Alex Avila tripled in the game’s only run in the top of the ninth inning as the Cubs blanked the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh. Jose Quintana and three relievers combined on a six-hitter. Chicago had just three hits in the win. The Cubs lead the Cardinals by four games and the Brewers by four-and-a-half in the NL Central. They finish their series in Pittsburgh tonight.
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