Chicago Cubs 5 – Philadelphia Phillies 4
Highlights: Willson Contreras hit a key two-run double and scored with some aggressive baserunning on Matt Szczur‘s infield hit, helping Chicago edge the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Wednesday night. Chicago trailed 3-1 before scoring four times in the sixth. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist started the rally with singles, and then Jason Heyward dropped a two-out RBI single into left field. Maikel Franco got Philadelphia within one with an RBI single in the eighth, but the Cubs bullpen closed the door. Hector Rondon got Odubel Herrera to strike out swinging on a full count to end the inning.
Chicago White Sox 1 – Kansas City Royals 6
Highlights: Kansas City cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox Wednesday night. Nate Karns (1-2) allowed only a two-out single in the first over his six dominant innings, striking out seven with one walk. Throw in the wild pitch and an error on himself and Karns only allowed four runners to reach base, none of them getting closer to home than second. Mike Pelfrey (0-2) kept the White Sox in it until the sixth, when he gave up a single, double and triple in succession. Eric Hosmer followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead, a shot to center that came within about 5 feet of giving the Royals a natural team cycle. Pelfrey allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, and White Sox slugger Jose Abreu homered off the Kansas City bullpen with two outs in the ninth.