Hammel, Olt lead Cubs past D-backs
CHICAGO (AP) - Jason Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Hammel (3-1) allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.60.
Olt still is batting below .200 for the season (.195), but has four homers and nine runs batted in.
The Cubs, who've won three of four, have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They last won consecutive games on Sept. 9 and 10 of last season against the Cincinnati Reds. Their last consecutive home wins came on Sept. 4 and 6 against Miami and Milwaukee.
Brandon McCarthy (0-4) managed to lower his ERA from 7.11 to 6.23. He allowed five runs - one earned - and seven hits in five innings.
Morales leads Rockies to 2-1 win over Giants
DENVER (AP) - Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer leading off the fifth and Franklin Morales outdueled Madison Bumgarner, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Troy Tulowitzki also added a solo shot for the Rockies, who have hit seven homers in two nights against the Giants.
Morales (2-1) was masterful on the mound as he allowed five hits over seven innings, which matches the longest outing of his career. The left-hander's only mistake was a hanging slider to Hunter Pence in the fifth. It was Pence's second homer of the season.
LaTroy Hawkins got the final two outs in a rocky ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.
McHugh strikes out 12 as Astros beat Seattle 5-2
SEATTLE (AP) - Collin McHugh struck out a career-high 12 in his season debut, and Jason Castro, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez homered to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
McHugh (1-0), called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the start, struck out the first three batters of the game to set the tone for his first win in 10 career starts. The right-hander didn't walk a batter, giving up three hits in 6 2-3 shutout innings.
Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his second save. The Astros have won six straight against the Mariners.
Justin Smoak provided Seattle's only offense with a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Mariners extended their losing streak to eight games.
Avalanche, Wild brace for absence of Barrie, Cooke
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been summoned for a hearing at the NHL office in New York regarding his kneeing penalty that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.
The league said Cooke's meeting will be Wednesday afternoon. Game 4 is Thursday night, but Cooke likely will be suspended for that one and more. The Avalanche lead the series 2-1.
The incident occurred in the second period on Monday night on the open ice, as Cooke's knee clipped Barrie's. Barrie, who led Avalanche defensemen this season with 13 goals, will need four to six weeks to recover from a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Cooke has a long history of punishment for rough play, but none of his suspensions has come in the last three years.
Cardinals player to be sentenced for assault plea
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for his guilty plea to a charge that he assaulted a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter.
The 27-year-old pleaded guilty nearly a month ago to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1 argument with the child's mother.
Authorities say Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone.
His possible punishments range from probation to 18 months in jail, though his plea agreement and prosecutors are calling for probation.
Washington has started 53 games over four seasons for Arizona. He had nine sacks last season and led the team in tackles in 2012 with 140.
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