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La Russa's back, Cardinals beat Phillies 3-1

La Russa's back, Cardinals beat Phillies 3-1

Jake Westbrook allowed one run in seven innings as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak in manager Tony La Russa's first game back from illness, 3-1 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.
Cliff Lee (2-4) allowed a career-high six walks and is winless in six starts since throwing a three-hit shutout at Washington on April 14. Ryan Theriot, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman each walked twice against Lee.
Fernando Salas worked the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.
The Phillies totaled four hits and had only three runners in scoring position against Westbrook (3-3).
Jimmy Rollins had two of the Phillies' five hits.
The 66-year-old La Russa was back on the job after missing a six-game trip while getting treated for shingles.
Braves 3, Astros 2
At Atlanta, Eric Hinske had three hits, including a tie-breaking single in the seventh inning, as Atlanta used a makeshift lineup to beat Houston.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez subbed Hinske in left field and Joe Mather, who had a two-run single in the sixth, in right as the Braves were missing third baseman Chipper Jones and right fielder Jason Heyward from their starting lineup.
Tommy Hanson (5-3) gave up three hits and two runs, one earned, in seven innings. He struck out 10, one shy of his career high, with only one walk.
Craig Kimbrel gave up a single to Carlos Lee but struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save.
Matt Downs had a homer and RBI double for Houston.
Reds 7, Cubs 4
At Cincinnati, Jonny Gomes hit his first homer in nearly a month, completing Cincinnati's seven-run rally that ended Carlos Zambrano's run of road success.
Zambrano (4-2) had won his last 10 starts on the road, matching the second-longest such streak in Cubs history since 1919. He took a one-hitter into the sixth, then fell apart.
The Reds sent 12 batters to the plate, matching their biggest inning this season. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano misplayed Scott Rolen's fly into a double that tied it at 4. Marcos Mateo let in a run with a wild pitch that nearly hit Gomes. The slumping outfielder then hit a two-run shot _ his first homer since April 17.
Nationals 4, Pirates 2
At Washington, Danny Espinosa broke out of a slump with a two-run homer in the seventh inning as Washington extended Pittsburgh's losing streak to a season-worst seven games.
Espinosa, who was 8 for 73, drove the first pitch thrown by reliever Jose Ascanio into the left-field bullpen, scoring Mike Morse, who had singled off hard-luck starter Paul Maholm (1-6). Espinosa's 22 RBIs leads all rookies, but has seen his average dip from .281 to .193 in the last 20 games.
Jerry Hairston homered for the Nationals, who managed just six hits.
Washington starter John Lannan scattered seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, allowing two runs.


Updated : 2021-05-08 05:43 GMT+08:00