Game of the day: St. Louis at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. The National League Central is beginning to look like a two-team race, and those two teams are about to go at it this week. Milwaukee enters this three-game set on a six-game winning streak, but St. Louis is within striking distance only 2 1/2 games behind. Right-hander Chris Carpenter (6-7) will pitch the opener for St. Louis on Monday, aiming to win his sixth straight decision. The Cardinals had won six consecutive Carpenter starts before the bullpen lost a 4-2 game to Houston in Carpenter’s last outing on Wednesday. Right-hander Zack Greinke (8-4) is the scheduled starter for Milwaukee, and he’s coming off his first scoreless outing of the year in a 2-0 win Wednesday over the Cubs. Milwaukee has won five straight home games against St. Louis.
Other game to watch: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Both the Yankees and White Sox are looking up at teams in their respective divisions, but New York is just two games behind Boston in the American League East and Chicago sits just four games behind Detroit and 1 ½ behind Cleveland in the American League Central. Left-hander CC Sabathia (15-5) has been dominant for the Yankees, going 8-1 with a 1.70 ERA in his last nine starts. The White Sox have lost Jake Peavy’s last four starts, and Peavy (4-4) is 0-2 in two career starts against the Yankees.
Game you should have seen:
Phillies 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings) . Raul Ibanez hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning, capping a huge day for the Phillies left fielder that included two home runs and four RBI. Ibanez’s second homer, a two-run shot, tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the eighth. His solo homer opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Lyle Overbay hit a two-run home run for the Pirates, and Xavier Paul and Garrett Jones also had RBI hits for Pittsburgh. The Pirates’ third straight loss dropped them 4½ games behind streaking Milwaukee in the National League Central.
Detroit 3, Los Angeles Angels 2 . Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Jered Weaver was ejected in the Tigers’ emotional win over the Angels. Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen hit a solo home run off Weaver in the bottom of the seventh inning, then flipped his bat and stared down Weaver as he trotted to first. Weaver threw the next pitch over the head of Tigers catcher Alex Avila.
Stat you should know: 10,000. Losses in Braves franchise history after Florida beat them 3-1 on Sunday. Atlanta became the second franchise to lose 10,000 games, but more importantly, Atlanta fell six games back in the National League East behind Philadelphia, which was the first franchise to reach the dubious milestone.
Star of the day: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hit shutout Sunday, striking out six and walking one in Cincinnati’s 9-0 win over San Francisco. The Reds outscored the Giants 20-5 in their three-game sweep, and Cueto has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all 16 of his starts this season.
Chatter: “That was stupid -- it was all stupid. Everybody was stupid. That was unprofessional on both sides.” – Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, commenting on the gamesmanship that went on in Los Angeles’s 3-2 loss Sunday to Detroit.