Minor shines in major way against Cards
APST. LOUIS -- Mike Minor bounced back from the shortest outing of his career with seven strong innings, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
August 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Atlanta, which has the best record in the National League, salvaged the finale of the four-game set. Andrelton Simmons hit his 12th homer for the Braves, who closed out a 2-4 road trip.
Allen Craig had three of St. Louis' eight hits for his 44th multihit game of the season. But the Cardinals had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Minor (13-5) gave up one run and six hits while pitching on seven days' rest after allowing four runs in 1 2-3 innings against Washington on Aug. 17. Craig Kimbrel came on with two out in the eighth and picked up his 41st save in 44 opportunities.
St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn gave up four runs and nine hits over seven innings while dropping to 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in his last four starts.
Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 5 Roy Halladay pitched six effective innings in his return from the disabled list and John Mayberry Jr. homered as Philadelphia downed Arizona.
Cody Asche and Roger Bernadina each had two RBIs for the Phillies, who have won six of their last eight games.
A.J. Pollock had three hits, including a three-run homer, for Arizona, which has lost four of five.
The game started just 11 hours and 25 minutes after the final out at 2:12 a.m. of Saturday's 7-hour, 6-minute marathon that set a record for length of time of a game for both clubs. The Diamondbacks won that one, 12-7.
Halladay (3-4), coming back from midseason right shoulder surgery, allowed two runs and four hits. He was going to pitch his third minor league rehab start on Sunday but was pressed into action when Sunday's original starter, Tyler Cloyd, was one of 11 Philadelphia pitchers used on Saturday.
Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (13-4) gave up a season-high nine runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Giants 4, Pirates 0 Ryan Vogelsong threw eight sharp innings for his first victory in three months, leading the Giants to the win.
Pablo Sandoval had two RBIs as the Giants won their second straight to split the series with the Pirates. Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias each drove in a run.
Vogelsong (3-4) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked one in his first win since May 20 against Washington. The right-hander used his longest outing of the season to lower his ERA to 2.55 in four starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 9.
A.J. Burnett (6-9) pitched 7 1-3 innings for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs and eight hits. He fell to 2-3 in 10 starts since returning from the DL.
Sandy Rosario finished the three-hitter for San Francisco's 11th shutout.
Other games on Sunday:
Brewers 3, Reds 1
Rockies 4, Marlins 3
Padres 3, Cubs 2, 15 Innings
Tigers 11, Mets 3
Red Sox 8, Dodgers 1