Adam Wainwright (17-9) gave up two runs in the first and then found his groove to earn his 17th win, second-most in the NL this season.
Matt Holliday had four hits, including a two-run homer, to help the St. Louis Cardinals take over sole possession of the NL Central with an 11-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied off the stingy Kansas City Royals bullpen for a 5-3 victory Tuesday night that evened their series.
Bruce Chen worked five innings and Salvador Perez doubled home two runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Wednesday night.
He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali's jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight. Ken Norton frustrated Ali three times in all, including their final bout at Yankee Stadium where he was sure he had beaten him once again.
Joe Barksdale will replace Rodger Saffold as a starter on the offensive line for the Rams this week as they travel to play the Dallas Cowboys.
Dmitrij Jaskin scored twice for St. Louis, and Jaden Schwarz had the other goal for the Blues, who missed both attempts in the shootout.
All eyes are on Andy Reid as the Kansas City Chiefs head to Philadelphia on Thursday night. Reid coached the Eagles for 14 seasons until he was fired last year.
Baseball was played in the nation's capital Tuesday, just a short walk from where a gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard military instillation. It was another attempt from the world of sports to restore normalcy when things really aren't normal.
James Shields wound up going six innings Monday night, and Salvador Perez led a scrappy Kansas City offense that eventually pulled away for a 7-1 victory in the opener of a pivotal three-game series.
Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who prevented the Cardinals from taking over sole possession of first place in the NL Central. They remained tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost 2-0 to San Diego.
The Washington Nationals postponed Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard. The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday.
That spin started as the well-intentioned desire to help a teammate earn a valuable spot in NASCAR's version of the playoffs, and with a little honesty, a few deep breaths and some clear thinking, it might have ended there.
Jerry Seinfeld will join the broadcast crew Tuesday for the New York Mets, a team that is 15 games below .500 and with little to laugh about this season.
Despite winning on Sunday, the Chiefs are facing a quick turnaround as they prepare to face Coach Andy Reid's old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Thursday.
The 40-year-old Todd Helton, who announced his retirement over the weekend, holds virtually every offensive record for the Rockies, the only club he's ever known. But he remains on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, mainly because he spent his career playing half his games in the friendly confines of Coors Field.
The St. Louis Rams were unable to capitalize on a string of injuries suffered by the Falcons on Sunday and suffered their first loss of the season, 31-24.
Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chiefs' defense held up against the Cowboys as Kansas City moved to 2-0 on the season with a 17-16 victory over Dallas.
The Cardinals offense woke up from a two-game slump and routed the Seattle Mariners 12-2 on Sunday. The win keeps them in a tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Central.
Two home runs by Detroit's Alex Avila sunk the Royals on Sunday, as Kansas City lost 3-2 and lost ground in the American League Wild Card race.