Taylor Teagarden singled home the tiebreaking run off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning last night, completing the Chicago Cubs' biggest comeback of the season for a 6-5 win and a doubleheader split with the host Cincinnati Reds.
"I knew he was coming after me," said Teagarden, who had only one RBI heading into that at-bat. "I wasn't looking for anything off-speed -- 100 mph, something I could get my barrel on."
The Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to get the split, completed with Teagarden's pinch-hit single off Chapman (3-4).
The Reds won the opener, 9-1, behind another strong showing by righthander Mike Leake (8-5). Todd Frazier extended his post-home run derby surge with three more hits, including a two-run double in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks (4-5).
Dodgers 3, Braves 1: Mike Bolsinger (5-3) pitched seven innings and visiting Los Angeles scored three runs in the fifth. Alberto Callaspo, Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson each drove in a run for the Dodgers.
Giants 7, Padres 1: Brandon Belt hit a tying solo home run in the sixth inning and Buster Posey hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh to back Matt Cain (2-1).
Tigers 9, Mariners 4: Nick Castellanos hit a grand slam off the brick facade in left-centerfield, part of an eight-run third inning for host Detroit. Anibal Sanchez (10-7) won his seventh straight decision and Ian Kinsler had four hits for the Tigers.
Astros 4, Red Sox 2: Preston Tucker homered twice and Evan Gattis added a solo shot to back Collin McHugh (11-5) for host Houston.
Phillies 5, Rays 4: Pinch hitter Odubel Herrera's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted host Philadelphia. The Phillies lost a franchise-record 62 games before the All-Star break but are 5-1 since.
Cardinals 3, White Sox 2: Yadier Molina hit a bases-loaded triple off David Robertson with two out in the eighth inning for visiting St. Louis.
Royals 5, Pirates 1: Edinson Volquez (9-5) pitched into the eighth inning and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer for host Kansas City.
TJ surgery for Vargas?
The Royals have placed lefthander Jason Vargas on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his elbow, an injury that typically requires season-ending Tommy John surgery. Vargas left his start against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night after throwing only 26 pitches. An MRI yesterday that revealed the extent of the injury. -- AP