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Brewers blank and sweep St. Louis

Brewers blank and sweep St. Louis

Carlos Villanueva pitched four scoreless innings of relief for injured starter Chris Capuano, helping the Milwaukee Brewers complete a sweep of the dazed St. Louis Cardinals with a 4-0 victory on Wednesday.
With three consecutive wins over the World Series champions, who still seem to be reeling after the death of reliever Josh Hancock, Milwaukee has won nine of 11 overall and has the best record in Major League Baseball at 18-9.
Prince Fielder hit a two-run single off Anthony Reyes (0-5) for the Brewers, who finished their first home sweep of St. Louis since taking four games in April 2002.
St. Louis has lost five in a row. The Cardinals are off on Thursday, but players will travel to Mississippi to attend a memorial service for Hancock, killed in a highway wreck on Sunday.
The Brewers won despite getting only three innings from Capuano, who took a sharp comebacker from Aaron Miles off his right calf in the second and pitched one more inning before he was taken out of the game.
Villanueva (2-0) allowed two hits and walked two.
Mets 6, Marlins 3
At New York, Oliver Perez struck out a season-high 10 and singled twice to start New York rallies, helping the Mets avoid a three-game sweep.
Jose Reyes scored two runs and Endy Chavez had two RBIs. Perez went 2-for-2 at the plate with a sacrifice bunt and scored twice.
The left-hander allowed three runs _ one earned _ and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three in his 17th career double-digit strikeout game.
The Mets chased Florida starter Anibal Sanchez (2-1) in the fourth with a 3-1 lead. It could have been much worse. Sanchez allowed seven hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings. The Mets left 10 runners on base in the first four innings. Every New York batter had been on base by the end of the fourth.
Cubs 8, Pirates 6
At Pittsburgh, Alfonso Soriano hit his first homer for Chicago and Cliff Floyd had a go-ahead, two-run shot during a four-run rally in the seventh inning, and Chicago completed the suspended game with its best comeback win of the season.
The game was suspended on Tuesday with Pittsburgh about to bat in the seventh, trailing 6-5. After the game resumed, relievers Bob Howry, Will Ohman and Ryan Dempster gave up one run in three relief innings and Jacque Jones doubled and scored an insurance run with some heads-up baserunning in the eighth. Rocky Cherry (1-1) got two outs in the sixth for the win.
Derrek Lee had four hits, including two doubles and a run-scoring single in the ninth off John Wasdin. Dempster got the final four outs for his fifth save in as many opportunities despite allowing Chris Duffy's RBI double in the ninth.


Updated : 2021-07-26 08:52 GMT+08:00