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Pujols breaks drought as Cards down Padres

Pujols breaks drought as Cards down Padres

Albert Pujols hit his first homer and drove in his first runs for 12 games, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 in the National League on Thursday.
Star slugger Pujols was homerless with no RBIs for two weeks before he lined a shot off Wade LeBlanc (2-3) in the fifth inning that hit off the third-story balcony.
St. Louis' Brendan Ryan tied a career high with four hits.
Cardinals rookie P.J. Walters (1-0) won his first major league game with five shutout innings.
Mets 3, Phillies 0
In New York, the hosts pulled off an extraordinary pitching feat by shutting out hard-hitting Philadelphia for the third straight game.
Mike Pelfrey (7-1) and a pair of relievers held the Phillies to four singles while winning their fifth consecutive game. It was the first time the Mets had recorded three successive shutouts since 1988.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and the flailing NL champions got swept in the series without scoring a single run _ it marked the first time since 1983 that Philadelphia was blanked three days in a row.
Cubs 1, Dodgers 0
In Chicago, Ted Lilly pitched seven scoreless innings to direct Chicago over Los Angeles.
Lilly had his best start this season but still is searching for his first win in five weeks, with the win being credited to his replacement Sean Marshall (1-0).
Tyler Colvin drove in the lone run with a double in the eighth, ending the night for Dodgers starter John Ely (3-2), who was the unlucky loser.
Braves 8, Marlins 3
In Miami, Martin Prado had three hits and drove in two runs for Atlanta, defeating Florida.
Chipper Jones and Yunel Escobar each reached base three times and drove in a run in a game delayed by rain.
Atlanta's Peter Moylan (2-0) took the win with an inning in relief of Tim Hudson, who did not return after the delay.
The Marlins failed to take advantage of the Braves' season worst-tying four errors.
Giants 5, Nationals 4
In San Francisco, Freddy Sanchez hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to lift San Francisco over Washington.
Aubrey Huff added a solo home run for the Giants.
Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched 2-3 of an inning to get the win in relief of starter Barry Zito.
Adam Dunn hit his 10th homer of the season for Washington but was denied No. 11 after umpires used instant replay to uphold their original ruling. Nationals starter Sean Burnett (0-2) took the loss.
Reds 8, Pirates 2
In Cincinnati, Scott Rolen's three-run homer started an early splurge as Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh and notched its best record since 2006.
The NL Central moved a season-high eight over .500 at 28-20. They haven't been that well off since '06, also was the last time they were in first place so deep into a season.
The Reds batted around in each of the first two innings for seven runs off Pirates starter Charlie Morton (1-9), who had his second-shortest start of the season.
Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (5-1) won his fourth straight start.
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 2
In Denver, Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Spilborghs hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning as Colorado completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.
The game was close until the Rockies' bats exploded against Arizona starter Dan Haren (5-4) in the seventh. Ahead 4-2, Clint Barmes singled with one out and Smith, battling a cold, went long. Gonzalez followed and Spilborghs added a third on the next pitch to make it 8-2.
Gonzalez and Spilborghs finished with three hits each for the Rockies, who have won a season-high five straight. Troy Tulowitzki also homered for Colorado.
Stephen Drew had two hits and scored a run for Arizona, which has dropped four in a row.
Brewers 4, Astros 3, 10 innings
In Milwaukee, Matt Lidstom walked Rickie Weeks with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to force in Milwaukee's winning run against Houston.
Lidstrom (1-1) had converted 22 straight save opportunities dating to last season, including his first ten in 2010.
Brewers rookie John Axford (1-0), the fifth reliever used, pitched a scoreless 10th for his first victory.


Updated : 2021-06-20 11:39 GMT+08:00