MLB scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Brewers swept before All-Star break; Cards win first game without Matheny

It's officially the final day of the first half. That means every team is in action, and there are no night games. Keep it here for all the latest scores, news, and notes.

Sunday's baseball scores

Brewers continue slide

A few days ago, the Brewers looked poised to enter the All-Star Break with the division lead. They were up by a game on the Cubs entering play on Thursday with five -- yes, five -- remaining against the Pirates before the first half came to a close.

Alas, the Brewers stumbled into the break by losing each and every one of those five games, including both parts of Saturday's doubleheader. Sunday might've proven to be the most frustrating of the bench, as the Brewers held leads of 1-0, 5-2, and 6-5. Each time they blew it.

The Pirates scored three runs between the bottom of the eighth and ninth, then walked it off on a 10th-inning Josh Bell double that plated a pair.

The Brewers wasted a good start from Jhoulys Chacin, who held Pittsburgh to a hit and two runs across 5 ⅓ innings. Josh Hader threw a perfect 1 ⅔ innings, but from there the Milwaukee bullpen fell apart. Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel, Taylor Williams, and Dan Jennings combined to allow eight hits, five runs, and two walks with no strikeouts in 2 ⅔ innings of work. That's suboptimal.

Meanwhile, the Cubs swept the Padres and now hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Brewers in the Central. They actually have the same number of wins but the Cubs have lost five fewer games. It's now a bit of a hole after leading most of the first half. 

The Brewers open the second half on Friday against the Dodgers. They'll hope to do better.

Cardinals begin post-Matheny era with a W

On Saturday night, the Cardinals fired Mike Matheny, installing bench coach Mike Shildt as their interim manager. On Sunday, the Cardinals played a game without Matheny serving as their manager for the first time since the 2011 World Series. They won, too.

The Cardinals entered the game 47-46 and having lost two in a row. Their solid start to the season that saw them amass a 30-24 record had since been sabotaged by a 17-22 run.

Nonetheless, St. Louis got back on the right side of the ledger thanks to a four-run fourth that saw Yadier Molina, Jose Martinez, and Tommy Pham each tally RBI. Oh, as for Dexter Fowler, who had to feel relieved that Matheny was gone? He homered in his first at-bat:

A sign of things to come or a fluke? We'll see.

Verlander faces, loses to Tigers

Remember when the Tigers traded Justin Verlander to the Astros last August? On Sunday, Verlander met his old team for the first team since. That seemed like bad news for the Tigers, but it was Verlander who had the rough day at the park.

Verlander, who entered with a 2.05 ERA on the season, permitted five runs over six innings. He struck out 12 and walked none, but that didn't matter, as the Tigers hit four home runs on the afternoon.

The Tigers' win prevented them from being swept.

A's scorching hot, breathing down Mariners' neck now

The A's won again, meaning they closed the first half going 21-6 in the past month. What once looked like a gigantic gap between the second Wild Card and everyone else is all the way down to just three games. That's because the Mariners were swept with ...

Rockies walk-off homer

All-Star Trevor Story closed down the first half in style with this shot: 

The Rockies head to the break with five straight wins. 

Twins walk-off grand slam

Brian Dozier is a one-upper of Story, apparently: 

The Twins have won nine of their last 11, too. 

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