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    ST. LOUIS — Jose Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Cincinnati Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Saturday night.

    CHICAGO — Leury Garcia had three hits and three RBIs, All-Star Jose Abreu homered for the first time in July and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 on Friday night.

    A trio of pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Normal CornBelters scored a 1-0 win over the Evansville Otters on Friday night at the Corn Crib.

    O'FALLON, Mo. — Normal CornBelters Derrick Loveless and Chris Iriart belted first-inning home runs to launch the Experienced to an 8-3 win over the Rookies in the Frontier League All-Star game on Wednesday night at Car Shield Field.

    SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey would prefer not to discuss his inflamed right hip, and notes that if it wasn't the reason he has to skip the All-Star Game it might still be a secret that he needs an injection once the first half wraps up this weekend.

    CHICAGO — Slumping outfielder Dexter Fowler hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Tuesday night.

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning a day after driving in five runs, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina earned his ninth All-Star Game nod Monday evening as a replacement for Giants backstop Buster Posey, who is dealing with hip inflammation.

    Joe Maddon flashed a smile that speaks of the homestand his Cubs had just experienced, going 7-1 despite trailing in every game. Nothing has been easy, which was partly why it was so sweet to watch Jason Heyward score from first base on a single in the seventh inning Sunday.

    SAN FRANCISCO — At some point, Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to give Pablo Sandoval a day off. It's just that Sandoval's bat, coupled with a slew of injuries in San Francisco's infield, is making it increasingly difficult to rest the portly third baseman.

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