The hitting shoes were on in baseball last night as the runs were coming in bunches.
In Arizona, Stephen Drew hit his first career grand slam as the Diamondbacks set a franchise record with a seven-run 1st inning on their way to an 11-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Drew has 67 career homers. Ryan Dempster (1-3) had the shortest outing of his 266-start career, recording only one out and allowing seven runs, four hits, four walks and a hit batter. He now has a 9.58 ERA.
The Cubs have lost four straight and six of seven. Arizona drew a season-high nine walks.
In Houston, Lance Berkman homered and drove in four runs in a nine-run 6th inning, then added a solo shot in the 9th against his former team as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros, 11-7. It was Berkman’s third multi-homer game of the season and the 28th of his career. The switch-hitter hit one from each side of the plate.
In New York, Nick Swisher finally joined his teammates in the home run column. After earlier in the game breaking an 0-19 skein, Swisher broke a career worst 0-75 home run drought as the Yankees clobbered the White Sox, 12-3. Brett Gardner hit his third homer in six games as CC Sabathia (2-1) picked up the win. Sabathia improved to 17-4 against the White Sox in 30 career starts.
Edwin Jackson gave up four hits and six runs in four-plus innings. He walked a season-high five.