BOSTON (AP) — The St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup champions for the first time in their 52-year history following a 4-1 victory in Game 7 of the final. Ryan O’Reilly was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP after providing a goal and an assist to finish with 23 points in the postseason. Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh) also had a goal and an assist to back Jordan Binnington, who stopped 32 shots and was perfect until Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lehk) beat him with 2:10 left to cap the scoring.
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have taken a one-game lead over Philadelphia atop the NL East by rallying for their sixth consecutive win, 8-7 over the Pirates. Austin Riley tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Ozzie Albies' double off Michael Feliz in the 11th. The Arizona Diamondbacks earned a 2-0 win over the Phillies as Merrill Kelly tossed three-hit ball over seven innings.
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have kept their half-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central by winning a matchup of division leaders. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) smacked a two-run homer while the Brewers scored three times in the 14th inning to beat the Astros, 6-3. Cole Hamels struck out nine over seven scoreless innings and delivered a two-run single in the Cubs’ 10-1 romp over Colorado.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Seattle Mariners blew a 6-1 lead before knocking off the AL Central leaders. The M’s scored three times on three Minnesota errors to earn a 6-3 win against the Twins. Daniel Vogelbach homered and drove in four runs, while Shed Long collected three RBIs. Byron Buxton hit a tying two-run shot off Anthony Bass with no outs in the ninth.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ramon Laureano launched a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning to send the Oakland Athletics past the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-2. Matt Olson homered for the second consecutive game, a solo shot off Yonny Chirinos (YAH’-nee chih-REE’-nohs) in the sixth that put Oakland ahead 2-0. The loss drops the Rays a half-game behind the AL East-leading Yankees.