Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Arrieta, Cubs stop Cards for 98th win

CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta struck out 10 in seven innings and the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-0 on Friday for their 98th victory, the most since they last played in the World Series in 1945.

Anthony Rizzo had three hits and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs as the Cubs tied a team record with their 56th home win.

Arrieta, who was a TCU teammate of Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter and Carpenter's wedding groomsman, struck him out twice during an 0-for-3 day. Carpenter is 0-for-24 against Arrieta.

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 0: Francisco Liriano and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and host Toronto maintained a one-game lead in the AL wild-card standings. New York was shut out for the second straight night and lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

Indians 10, White Sox 4: Jose Ramirez had a two-run homer and four RBIs, and host Cleveland reduced its AL Central magic number to three games.

Mets 10, Phillies 5: Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run fifth and host New York stayed atop the NL wild-card race.

Braves 3, Marlins 2: Adonis Garcia hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth and visiting Atlanta won its season-high seventh straight.

Tigers 8, Royals 3: Michael Fulmer pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in over a month and host Detroit homered three times.

TWEETS LEAD TO SUSPENSION: Mariners reserve catcher Steve Clevenger was suspended for the rest of the season without pay over tweets regarding a recent police shooting in Charlotte, N.C., and Black Lives Matter. He will lose $28,224. Clevenger made comments about protesters and President Barack Obama, saying "everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!" In a statement, he apologized.'

BREWERS TURN THREE: The Brewers turned a triple play in the first inning of a 5-4 victory over the Reds. With runners on first and second in motion, Joey Votto hit a drive that first baseman Chris Carter snagged. Carter stepped on first and threw to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who stepped on second for the third out.

SCULLY HONORED: The Dodgers honored Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully at Dodger Stadium. Actor Kevin Costner and Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax were among the speakers to pay tribute to Scully, 88, who is retiring next weekend. "Hi everybody and a very pleasant good evening to you," Scully said, his signature greeting drawing the first of several roars. "I thought I'd get that out of the way right away." Scully smiled, laughed and waved to the fans, who got a typed letter signed by Scully and containing recollections from his 67-year career.

METS: Right-hander Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his start tonight because of strep throat. Reliever Sean Gilmartin, a former FSU standout, will start instead.

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