RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 2 Joey Gallo hit a game-ending three-run home run and host Texas won with a four-run ninth inning for the second night in a row, this time beating Oakland.
The Cubs got on the board first in the second inning when starting pitcher Jon Lester doubled in Javier Baez.
Even with their Gold Glove right fielder on the disabled list and their All-Star shortstop sidelined again Friday, the Cubs opened their weekend series against the Cardinals hoping their slumping fielding would show signs of improvement.
ASTROS 5, YANKEES 1: In New York, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer against his former team and Lance McCullers Jr. pitched four-hit ball over six shutout innings to lead Houston past New York, the Astros' fifth straight victory.
"I just wanted to be a little bit overly cautious with it", Maddon said.
"Eddie was really good wasn't he", Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said. He is 8-2 in 14 career starts against the Cardinals.
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The Chicago Cubs got two home runs from Catcher Willson Contreras and edged the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Friday night at Busch Stadium. He's got good strikeout and walk numbers, but has been hurt by the homer and an unlucky BABIP and left-on-base percentage, causing a 5.35 ERA despite a 3.78 FIP. Off to the best start in team history, Houston has won 10 of 12 and matched its longest winning streak of the season.
Before that, the Cardinals had put together a couple runs in the fourth, but had been nearly silent since offensively. The last match-up between the two teams, 2017 MLB Opening Day, April 2.
NOTES: In addition to his home run, RF Ian Happ reached on an error, walked and struck out in his major league debut for the Cubs.
Grichuk is the only Cardinal to appear in each of the team's first 34 games this season, but that may come to an end Saturday if he doesn't pinch hit. Martinez has been good against the Cubs, but the Cubs have been able to get to him too. Over the next 25 games, the Cardinals play the Los Angeles Dodgers seven times and the Cubs on six occasions.
The Chicago Cubs, playing without their leading hitter Kris Bryant (stomach bug) (.299 BA, 7 HR, 18 RBI) parlayed six hits into three runs. He's 3-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 career starts against Chicago. In four career starts, Lester is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA. He faced 23 batters and struck out five of them for a 21 percent strikeout rate, often by elevating his fastball when ahead in the count, a strategy that would seem effective as his four-seamer touched 96.8 miles per hour in the 1st inning.