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Cardinals drop Rockies

AP Photo St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler drops his bat after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina knew Dexter Fowler would come up big, even before Fowler did.

Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Fowler each hit two-run homers, and the St. Louis Cardinals came back to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Thursday night.

Fowler’s 15th home run of the season, off of a 97 mph fastball from Yency Almonte (0-1) in the seventh, capped the rally. Molina had his hands in the air as the pitch left Almonte’s hand.

“I got a good feeling the way he was the previous at-bat,” Molina said. “He was taking good swings, and I knew it for some reason.”

Fowler made solid contact his previous two at-bats, sending a pair of drives to the center field wall that were caught. After the second fly out, Paul Goldschmidt gave some advice to his teammate.

“Goldy said, ‘Hey, try to pull the ball,’ so that’s what I did,” Fowler said.

Matt Carpenter set it up by working a walk in an eight-pitch, pinch-hitting appearance to lead off the frame.

Fowler leads the Cardinals with 15 RBIs in August. He is batting .320 (8 for 25) in his last seven games with two homers and 12 RBI.

“The situation’s there,” Fowler said of his recent surge, which has coincided with his being moved to the leadoff spot. “The guys have been getting on base and I’ve just been in the right situation at the right times.”

Dominic Leone (1-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis before the game, got the win. Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Carlos Martinez picked up his 15th save in 18 opportunities.

WHITE SOX 6,

RANGERS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Yo·n Moncada lined a two-run homer on his return from the injured list, Ross Detwiler struck out a career-high eight and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 on Thursday night.

James McCann hit a solo shot and doubled, and Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Matt Skole each had an RBI as Chicago won for the third time in four games.

RED SOX 5, ROYALS 4

BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Red Sox won a weather-suspended game that began Aug. 7. The official time of game was 3:48, with only 12 minutes being played Thursday.

NATIONALS 7, PIRATES 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched four innings in his return from the injured list, giving up one run and four hits. The three-time Cy Young Award winner, who was put on the IL on July 26 with a strain in his upper back, struck out three and walked one. Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick homered for Washington, which leads the NL wild-card race and won for the ninth time in 11 games.

RAYS 5, ORIOLES 2

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles set the major league record for home runs allowed in a season, giving up drives to Austin Meadows and Willy Adames in a rain-delayed, 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay that ended shortly before 1 a.m. Friday. About 200 fans were left at Camden Yards when the Rays closed out the win.

BRAVES 3, MARLINS 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight.

Freddie Freeman hit a tying homer in the eighth and the Braves sent Miami to its 12th road loss in a row, the longest streak in the majors this year.

METS 2, INDIANS 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday night in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win.

The game was called with New York batting in the eighth inning after a second rain delay.

Dodgers 3, Blue Jays 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kike Hernandez capped a three-run ninth inning by blooping a single to score Corey Seager and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Thursday night after being one-hit through eight innings.