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MLB Wrap: Craig's slam gives Cards big win
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals needed a big hit with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning on Monday night. Fortunately for them, they had Allen Craig at the plate.

Craig hit his first career grand slam, helping the Cardinals rally for an 8-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer as St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29. The Cardinals lead idle Pittsburgh by a half-game and Cincinnati by 3 1/2 games in the top-heavy division (see full recap).

A-Rod hits HR No. 650 in Yanks' loss
TORONTO -- When a rare error by Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki opened the door, the Toronto Blue Jays took full advantage.

R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning, Jose Reyes sparked Toronto's offense, and the Blue Jays snapped a 10-game losing streak against New York with a 5-2 victory on Monday night.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th home run, a leadoff drive in the fifth, but the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 road games this month. Rodriguez is 10 homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list, which would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman (see full recap).

A's hold on to beat Cabrera, Tigers
DETROIT -- Coco Crisp is on such a roll that he was even a little better than Miguel Cabrera on Monday night.

Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland's two-run sixth inning. Crisp went 3 for 6 with a solo homer and is batting .500 (9 for 18) in his last four games.

The A's scored at least one run against each of Detroit's three relievers after Anibal Sanchez was forced out after throwing 112 pitches in five innings (see full recap).

Royals rout Rays in makeup game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals' Jeremy Guthrie grinded through five shaky innings. Third baseman Mike Moustakas grinded through a calf strain that's still causing him trouble.

The rest of the Kansas City offense ground up Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Billy Butler also went deep and the Royals romped to an 11-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday in a steamy makeup of a snowed-out game from early May (see full recap).