Juan Uribe homered in each of his first three trips to the plate, and the Los Angeles Dodgers connected six times Monday night in an 8-1 romp over the Arizona Diamondbacks that reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West title to eight.
Lance Lynn pitched seven innings of one-run ball to extend his winning streak to nine games and Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate and drove in three runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night.
The Cardinals have seen a couple of breakthrough years on their pitching staff, but Adam Wainwright, and his exceptional command of the plate, has been the biggest, writes Buster Olney. Plus some key injury news and a note on a star of Texas.
The feud over Barry Bonds' historic 73rd home run ball went to trial Thursday, starting a flurry of arguments from both sides about what it means to be a spectator to America's pastime -- and whether scuffling over a ball just comes with the territory.