ST. LOUIS — Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before giving up Jeremy Hazelbaker's leadoff home run, and the Cubs beat the Cardinals 4-1 Monday night to close in on the NL Central crown.
Hazelbaker drove an 0-and-2 pitch into the rightfield stands. Hendricks, the major-league ERA leader, was relieved by Aroldis Chapman.
"Just left that one up right there. What are you going to do?" Hendricks said.
Former Ray Ben Zobrist and Dexter Fowler homered for the Cubs, whose magic number to clinch the division is three.
Soon after Hazelbaker's shot cleared the fence, teammates went to the mound to talk to Hendricks, leading to an argument between Cubs manager Joe Maddon and plate umpire Joe West. Maddon was ejected, and Chapman came in.
RED SOX 12, ORIOLES 2: David Ortiz hit his 536th homer to tie Mickey Mantle for 17th on baseball's career list, and former Ray David Price allowed just two solo homers as host Boston protected its AL East lead.
DODGERS 8, YANKEES 2: Aaron Judge dropped Chase Utley's fly ball to the rightfield warning track and catcher Gary Sanchez threw wildly to second base, leading to four unearned runs for visiting Los Angeles.
TIGERS 4, TWINS 2: Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler homered and host Detroit scored two in the seventh inning on close plays at the plate to pull within a game of the Orioles for the second AL wild card.
A'S 16, ROYALS 3: Khris Davis and Marcus Semien hit three-run homers and visiting Oakland matched a season high with 17 hits while drawing 10 walks.
NATIONALS 8, METS 1: Starting pitcher Mat Latos hit a solo home run and Anthony Rendon added a three-run shot as host Washington reduced its magic number to nine to clinch its third division title in five years.
PHILLIES 6, PIRATES 2: Roman Quinn had two hits, two RBIs and a stolen base in his second major-league game for host Philadelphia.
Around the league
INDIANS: Right-hander Danny Salazar will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a forearm injury, casting doubt on his availability for the playoffs.
NATIONALS: Right-hander Mat Latos was removed when he appeared to injure his right leg with one out in the fifth inning.
PIRATES: Second baseman Josh Harrison will miss the rest of the season with a strained right groin.
TIGERS: Leftfielder Justin Upton left in the fourth inning with a strained left calf.