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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
Cubs 7, Pirates 1
At Pittsburgh, Jason Marquis limited Pittsburgh to four hits over eight innings to win his fourth consecutive start and Alfonso Soriano homered for the second time in two days after not connecting all season, leading Chicago to two victories.
The Cubs completed a game suspended by a persistent rain with Chicago ahead 6-5 in the middle of the seventh on Tuesday. Soriano led off that game with his first Cubs homer and Cliff Floyd's two-run shot off Jonah Bayliss (2-2) keyed a four-run rally just before the rain came.
Soriano was 8-for-15 in the three-game series, including a go-ahead drive in the third inning off Ian Snell (2-2) that made it 2-1 in Wednesday's second game.
Derrek Lee also doubled in a run during the first, his eighth consecutive game with a double, and had six hits in the final two games of the series.
Ryan Theriot doubled twice and drove in two runs, not that Marquis (4-1) needed a lot of support. He struck out five and walked none and was touched only for Ryan Doumit's two-out solo homer in the second.
In the suspended game, Rocky Cherry (1-1) got two outs in the sixth for his first career victory and Ryan Dempster finished up by getting four outs for his fifth save in five opportunities, despite allowing a run.
Lee had four hits, including two doubles and a run-scoring single, and Jacque Jones also homered.
Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1
At Los Angeles, Mark Hendrickson allowed three hits over six-plus innings, Juan Pierre singled home a run after a costly error by rookie center fielder Chris Young, and Los Angeles beat Arizona.
Hendrickson (2-0) struck out seven, walked one and allowed only one runner as far as second base. The left-hander has allowed just two earned runs over 16 2-3 innings in three starts. Takashi Saito allowed Eric Byrnes' RBI single in the ninth before earning his eighth save in eight chances.
Doug Davis (2-3) was the hard-luck loser in this pitchers' duel, allowing an unearned run and five hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks.
The Dodgers broke through in the sixth after a slicing flyball by Rafael Furcal glanced off Young's glove on the warning track. Pierre drove in Furcal with a single, giving him 10 hits in 22 career at-bats against Davis. Andre Ethier singled home a run in the eighth.


Updated : 2021-05-06 12:08 GMT+08:00