Home is where the hurt is for Cubs, Brewers wrap up series

The Milwaukee Brewers inflicted a first home series defeat in nearly 11 weeks on Major League Baseball rivals the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

Wily Peralta threw six solid innings of one-run ball as the Brewers beat the National League Central winners 3-1 at Wrigley Field.

Elsewhere in the National League, the Cincinnati Reds, wearing green to celebrate Irish Heritage Day, defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4, while the San Francisco Giants were shut out for the 12th time this season – they lost 3-0 to the St Louis Cardinals.

Brandon Drury hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom a six-run sixth proved in vain in a contest which lasted nearly four and a half hours.

Two rain delays failed to dampen the Atlanta Braves, who beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 in a contest called in the seventh inning, while the Miami Marlins kept their wild card hopes alive with a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

A five-run fourth made the difference for the Colorado Rockies, 6-3 conquerors of the San Diego Padres.

In the American League, the Detroit Tigers maintained their hopes of a wild card slot with a come-from-behind 9-5 defeat of the Cleveland Indians.

The Kansas City Royals were the day’s biggest winners, seeing off the Chicago White Sox 10-3, while the Seattle Mariners’ 7-3 win over the Houston Astros enabled them to close on Toronto in the race for a wild card spot – the Blue Jays were blanked 4-0 by the Los Angeles Angels.

Khris Davis homered twice as the Oakland Athletics wrapped up a series win over the Texas Rangers with a 5-2 success, while the Baltimore Orioles’ push for a play-off place was boosted by a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

It was a similar story for the New York Mets, who capped a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory.

Sunday’s late game saw the Boston Red Sox complete a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees with a 5-4 win.

Hanley Ramirez homered twice and drove in four runs in a victory which further damaged the Yankees’ hopes of winning AL East.

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