MLB wrap: Cardinals take no-hit bid into 8th in win over Brewers

The Cardinals were close to completing a combined no-hitter Monday.

Dakota Hudson pitched 6 2/3 no-hit innings, walking four batters and striking out seven, before he handed it over to the bullpen. Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal eventually spoiled the Cardinals’ efforts with a two-out double in the eighth inning.

But St. Louis still pulled off a 3-0 win and now has a slight advantage in the National League Central.

The Cardinals are 1/2-game in front of the Cubs and three games ahead of the Brewers.

The pitching staff got some help offensively as three different batters drove in runs, including shortstop Paul DeJong, who blasted a homer in the sixth inning.

Hudson earned the win and Andrew Miller was given the save while Milwaukee righty Zach Davies was tagged with the loss.

Studs of the Night

Nick Dini hit his first career home run and it came directly after Nicky Lopez knocked one out of the park.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit the last of the Nationals four homers and drove in five runs as they beat the Pirates, 13-0.

Duds of the Night

The Rays’ Willy Adames and Kevin Kiermaier both went 0 for 4 in a 9-3 loss to the Mariners.

Highlights

Albert Pujols capped off the Angels’ five-run first inning against the Rangers with this homer.

Yeah, this was cool.

What’s Next?

Giants (63-62) at Cubs (66-58), 8:05 p.m. ET – The race for the top spot in the NL Central is heating up and the Cubs will try to bump the Cardinals from the top spot when they start a three-game series against the Giants on Tuesday. Chicago will start Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.69 ERA) and San Francisco will go with Tyler Beede (3-7, 5.77).

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