MILWAUKEE – Inning after inning, the St. Louis bullpen got into tough jams in a one-run game.
Marco Gonzales and five fellow relievers staved off every advance, getting a huge boost from a game-saving catch in center field by Peter Bourjos.
The bullpen combined for six innings of one-run ball and the Cardinals held off the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.
St. Louis moved to a season-high 14 games above .500 and extended its lead to four games in the NL Central over the Brewers, who lost their ninth straight
The Cardinals used the bullpen early after Michael Wacha was limited to three innings in his first start off the disabled list. Gonzales (2-2) went 2⅓ innings for the win.
“The bullpen came in there and shut the door for those last six innings,” Wacha said. “That was fun to watch.”
Milwaukee stranded potential tying runs in scoring position from the sixth through the ninth, the latest frustrating loss for a team that was in first place just 10 days earlier.
St. Louis never trailed after Yadier Molina’s two-run single in the first off Wily Peralta (15-10). Still, the Brewers had numerous chances to snap out of their two-week funk.
Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1
In San Diego, Randall Delgado and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, and A.J. Pollock had three hits to help Arizona defeat the Padres.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 4
In New York, Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley hit solo home runs off Koji Uehara (6-5) in the ninth inning, and the Yankees stunned Boston to bolster their slim playoff hopes.
Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-3.
Angels 5, Twins 4
In Minneapolis, pinch hitter Chris Iannetta’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning lifted Los Angeles over Minnesota.
David Freese broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with two doubles and an RBI, and Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar each had two hits and an RBI to help the Angels bounce back from a two-game sweep in Houston.
Huston Street earned his 36th save in 38 chances to give Los Angeles a five-game lead in the AL West over Oakland.
Blue Jays 1, Rays 0 (10)
In St. Petersburg, Florida, pinch hitter Colby Rasmus homered in the 10th inning and Toronto earned its first three-game sweep at Tampa Bay.
The Blue Jays’ Munenori Kawasaki was hitless in two at-bats.
Orioles 9, Reds 7
In Baltimore, J.J. Hardy snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single, and the Orioles gave away a six-run lead before rebounding to beat Cincinnati for a three-game sweep.
Tigers 11, Indians 4 (11)
In Cleveland, Eugenio Suarez’s two-run single and Victor Martinez’s three-run homer highlighted a seven-run 11th inning for Detroit.
Mariners 10, Rangers 2
In Arlington, Texas, Robinson Cano drove in four runs for the first time with Seattle, and the wild card-contending Mariners jumped out to a big early lead on the way to an easy victory over the hosts.