The Cardinals beat the Rockies 6-1. Kyle Lohse pitched well, allowing just the one earned run in 6.1 innings on four hits and three walks. The Cards were helped by a big five run inning in the sixth. Albert Pujols was 2-4 with a run and an RBI and David Freese was 2-3 with a run and three RBI.
The Astros managed just three hits as they were shut out by the Dodgers 1-0 in ten innings. Jose Altuve, Jason Bourgeois and Brian Bogusevic were the only Houston players to pick up a hit. Bud Norris was outstanding, pitching seven two hit innings and striking out eight Dodger players.
The Reds beat the Padres 5-3. San Diego had a one run lead in the eighth, but with two outs and a runner on the Padres intentionally walked Joey Votto to face Jay Bruce instead. Bad idea as Bruce promptly hit his 24th home run of the season. Bruce was 2-4 with four RBI total in this game.
The Cubs lost to the Braves 10-4. As mentioned above, Carlos Zambrano had a bit of a meltdown after allowing eight earned runs and five home runs in just 4.1 innings. Hitting-wise, Starlin Castro hit a solo shot for Chicago and Marlon Byrd, Reed Johnson, Aramis Ramirez, and Jeff Baker all had two hit days.
Marco Estrada (2-7, 4.80) takes Chris Narveson's spot in the rotation and goes up against Kevin Correia (12-10, 4.78) as the Brewers take on the Pirates.
Randy Wells (12-10, 4.78) and the Cubs take on Derek Lowe (7-10, 4.78) and the Braves.
Homer Bailey (6-5, 4.72) gets the start for the Reds as they go against Tim Stauffer (7-8, 3.06) and the Padres.
Jaime Garcia (10-5, 3.23) hopes to keep the Cardinals momentum going against the Rockies and Jason Hammel (6-11, 5.14).