Four teams score in double digits

The hitting shoes were on in baseball last night as the runs were coming in bunches.

In ArizonaStephen 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.

And in Minnesota, the Rays and Ben Zobrist punished the Twins.