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Cards Win; Cubs/Sox Lose

>>Cards Crush Reds

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman swatted back-to-back homers in the first inning and the Cardinals went on to trounce the Reds, 8-1.  Holliday added a three-run jack in the fifth inning to back a solid start from Jaime  Garcia.  Garcia tossed six frames of two-hit, one-run ball to run his record to 8-and-3 on the year.  Edinson Volquez took it on the chin for Cincinnati, allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in five-and-a-third innings.  Scott Rolen drove in the Reds' lone run on a fourth-inning groundout.  The finale of the three-game series is tonight with Jake Westbrook opposing Bronson Arroyo.

>>Nats Knock Off Cubs

(Washington, DC)  --  The Nationals scored three runs in the first frame and held off the Cubs for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday in the nation's capital.  Roger Bernadina and Danny Espinosa both scored on a throwing error and Wilson Ramos added an RBI single for Washington, which has won three of its last four games.  Ross Detwiler gave up two runs through five-and-a-third frames to pick up his first win of the season and Drew Storen closed it out for his 21st save.  Aramis Ramirez' two-run homer in the sixth inning accounted for Chicago's only runs of the game.  Ramon Ortiz, whose contract was purchased before the game, allowed three runs, two earned, through six innings of duty to absorb the loss.  The Northsiders have dropped four-of-five.  Randy Wells will toe the rubber against former Cub Tom Gorzelanny in tonight's third installment.

>>Royals Flush Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Felipe Paulino kept the White Sox bats at bay as Kansas City earned a 5-3 win in Chicago on Tuesday night.  Paulino allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out nine over six innings to pick up his first win of the year.  Joakim Soria gave up a couple hits in the ninth but still managed the save, his 14th of the year.  Jake Peavy took the loss for Chicago after six frames of six-hit, five-run ball.  He falls to 4-and-2 on the season.  Paul Konerko continued his torrid year at the plate with his 22nd homer and a pair of RBI to give him 64 for the season.  Edwin Jackson gets the nod opposite Bruce Chen in this afternoon's series finale.

MLB National League
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Houston Astros 1 
Philadelphia Phillies 14, Florida Marlins 2
Atlanta Braves 5, Colorado Rockies 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Milwaukee Brewers 3
New York Mets 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
San Diego Padres 5, San Francisco Giants 3

MLB American League
New York Yankees 9, Cleveland Indians 2
Boston Red Sox 3, Toronto Blue Jays 2
Texas Rangers 4, Baltimore Orioles 2
Minnesota Twins 3, Tampa Bay Rays 2
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1, Detroit Tigers 0
Seattle Mariners 4, Oakland Athletics 2 (10 inn)

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