A Luis Urias three-run homer gave the Milwaukee Brewers enough cushion to win 7-6 against the Cubs on Monday in Chicago.
The Cubs narrowed the gap well to just one run with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Josh Hader made the game's final three outs for his 17th save of the campaign.
Jace Peterson and Tyrone Taylor also hit a long ball in the win, while P.J. Higgins and Rafael Ortega followed suit in the other clan.
The win went to the record of Miguel Sanchez (1-1), who gave up just one hit in the fifth and sixth innings. Daniel Norris (0-3) also worked on the mound for two innings, allowing three runs.
Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez was a man on a mission Monday in Oakland, pitching a full game in a 5-1 win over the Athletics.
After five innings of work, the starting gunner could still hope for a game without a run or hit. The first batter to face him on the sixth assault, Kevin Smith, however, hit one of his offerings to safety.
Nonetheless, Valdez stayed in the game and finished all nine runs, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks.
Offensively, for the Astros, Yordan Alvarez had a good game, hitting two homers, respectively in the fourth and eighth innings, each time solo. Jose Altuve also had a long ball (two points), on the fifth assault.
The Minnesota Twins were sunk by errors in Detroit, so the Tigers beat them 7-5.
The local favorites scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning after a blunder by first baseman Jose Miranda, while Derek Hill touched the plate after a bad pitch from Gio Urshela at third base during the next at-bat.
Urshela and Miranda may not have shone defensively, but they still drove in two runs apiece in that encounter, both hitting a home run. Willi Castro was also responsible for two points in a winning cause.
A three-run push in the seventh inning allowed the Cardinals to beat the Padres 6-3 at St. Louis.
Paul Goldschmidt's 11th homer of the campaign - good for two runs - and Yadier Molina's fourth double gave the Cards a four-point lead. The Padres have never been able to come from behind.
The visitors still hit 11 hits in the loss, three of which came off Jurickson Profar's bat.