Descalso's slam, Wainwright's arm carry Cards
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Daniel Descalso hit his first career grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs, and Adam Wainwright won for the first time at Petco Park as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 Tuesday night.
Descalso lined a 1-2 pitch from Anthony Bass into the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Deck in right-center with one out in the eighth, his second homer of the season. Jon Jay was intentionally walked ahead of him.
Descalso, hitting just .197 coming in, went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored three runs.
Wainwright (6-3) held San Diego to one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked one.
San Diego's Edinson Volquez (3-5) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one. He allowed four runs on six hits in the fifth.
Royals end skid with 7-3 win over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Moustakas tied it with an RBI single before George Kottaras walked with the bases-loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night to end a four-game skid.
The Royals trailed 3-0 and couldn't get much going offensively until the seventh when they cut the lead to one on RBI singles by Alcides Escobar and David Lough.
Eric Hosmer chased Wesley Wright in the eighth when he singled to load the bases. He was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who gave up the one-out RBI single by Moustakas, which snapped a 0-for-18 slump. Cisnero then walked Kottaras on four pitches to put the Royals on top.
They added two more runs when Escobar grounded into a force out to score Hosmer before an error by Marwin Gonzalez allowed Moustakas to go home.
Bulldogs outlast Missouri 2-1 in 17 innings
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Mitch Slauter's two-out single scored Kyle Hann in the 17th inning, giving Mississippi State a 2-1 victory over Missouri Tuesday night in the opening round of the SEC baseball tournament.
The game lasted more than 4½ hours and ended at 12:25 a.m. The 17 innings matched the longest game in tournament history with Auburn-Arkansas in 1994.
Slauter's RBI ended a streak of 11 scoreless innings. Mississippi State (41-16) left a total of 17 runners on base, while Missouri (18-32) stranded 10.
MSU starter Trevor Fitts threw wild pitches to two consecutive batters in the third inning, enabling Brannon Champagne to advance to third.
Champagne then scored on a groundout to give Missouri a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the fifth on a two-out single by Hunter Renfroe that drove in Derrick Armstrong.
Will Cox (3-1) gave up one hit over three innings for the victory.
OKLAHOMA TORNADO-BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
Big 12 delays baseball tournament after tornado
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Big 12 is delaying the start of its baseball tournament in Oklahoma City after this week's deadly tornado.
The league announced Tuesday that the tournament will change from a double-elimination format to pool play and start on Thursday instead of Wednesday.
Conference spokesman Bob Burda says Oklahoma City leaders asked the Big 12 not to cancel the tournament and allow it to show "the strong Oklahoma spirit and to the resiliency of the Oklahoma people."
One pool will feature regular-season champion Kansas State, No. 4 seed Oklahoma, No. 5 seed Baylor and No. 8 seed Texas Tech. The other will feature second-seeded Oklahoma State, No. 3 seed West Virginia, No. 6 seed Kansas and No. 7 seed TCU. The championship is Sunday.
Chiefs installing mixed bag offensive system
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are putting together an offensive system that promises to be bold and dynamic, if not downright revolutionary, a blend of old and new under coach Andy Reid.
At least, that's what it looks like on paper.
The Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress to be their "spread game analyst," and the assumption is he'll augment Reid's traditional West Coast offense with elements of the spread that has been sweeping through the NFL the past few years.
Then there was the recent news that "pistol offense" guru Chris Ault would be joining the team as a consultant, adding yet another wrinkle.