Yadier Molina never got down during his recent rut. So the All-Star catcher wasn’t about to celebrate after breaking out of the skid on Sunday.
Molina had a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals remained tied for first place in the NL Central with a 12-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Molina’s second-inning homer off Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) snapped an 0-for-15 skid.
“It’s not about one guy, it’s about the team,” Molina said. “I came out aggressive. But right now, it’s just about getting wins.”
Molina scored three times and raised his batting average to .317. “Yadi’s had a special offensive year,” manager Mike Matheny said. “He’s been so good. I just want him to keep going and finish the season the way he started.”
Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis finished up a 7-2 homestand and kept pace with Pittsburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 games remaining. Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967.
St. Louis got 19 hits after totaling just three runs on seven hits over the first two games of the series.
Matt Carpenter keyed the fourth-inning burst with a two-run bases-loaded single. Daniel Descalso and Matt Holliday also had RBI hits in the inning.
Oakland 5, Texas 1: Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the chasing and slumping Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win.
Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 4: Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Ryan Doumit in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Josmil Pinto, and the Tampa Bay Rays stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
L.A. Angels 2, Houston 1: Jerome Williams won a third straight start for the first time since April 2004, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Houston 2-1 Sunday to send the Astros to their 98th loss of the season.
Baltimore 3, Toronto 1: Miguel Gonzalez pitched 5 1-3 innings before leaving with a strained right groin, Danny Valencia hit a two-run double and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1.
Detroit 3, Kansas City 2: Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 3-2.
Arizona 8, Colorado 2: Paul Goldschmidt homered and went 4 for 4, driving in five runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 8-2.
Washington 11, Philadelphia 2: Wilson Ramos had four hits and five RBIs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings for his NL-best 18th win and the Washington Nationals kept up their late playoff push by routing the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2.
N.Y. Mets 1, Florida 0: Slumping rookie Travis d’Arnaud hit a winning single with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Florida Marlins.
San Diego 4, Atlanta 0: Burch Smith struck out 10 in seven innings to earn his first major league victory, Chase Headley and Tommy Medica homered, and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0.