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Cards Win; Sox & Cubs Lose

>>Cards Drop Astros

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Albert Pujols lifted a two-run homer in the first inning to help give the Cardinals a 3-1 victory over the Astros.  David Freese also went yard with a solo shot for St. Louis, which has won two in-a-row and five-of-six overall.  Jake Westbrook gave up one run in six innings for the win while Fernando Salas notched his 19th save.  Carlos Lee drove in the lone run for Houston, which has lost four straight.  Brett Myers pitched a complete game, going eight innings while taking the loss.  The third of the four-game series is tonight as Chris Carpenter opposes Houston's Bud Norris.

>>Crew Clips Cubs

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  Chris Narveson tossed five frames of two-run ball and the Brewers scored a trio of runs in the opening inning en route to a 3-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday evening at Miller Park.  Narveson picked up his seventh win of the season and John Axford closed it out to nail down his 28th save.  Ryan Braun had an RBI single and Casey McGehee added an RBI triple for Milwaukee, which snapped a two-game slide.  Aramis Ramirez' two-run homer in the first frame accounted for the Northsiders' only runs of the game.  Ryan Dempster gave up three runs through six innings of work to absorb the loss for Chicago, which was coming off its first three-game sweep of the season.  Carlos Zambrano will be on the bump opposite Zack Grienke in tonight's second installment.

>>Tigers Top White Sox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Wilson Betemit's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the middle contest of a three-game set at The Cell on Tuesday evening.  Justin Verlander earned the win despite allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk through eight innings.  He also struck out seven in Detroit's sixth win in nine games.  Jose Valverde tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 27th save of the year.  Will Ohman took the loss for Chicago.  Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each had two-run homers for the Southsiders, which had its three-game win streak come to an end.  John Danks will toe the rubber against Max Scherzer in this afternoon's series finale.

Philadelphia Phillies 7, San Francisco Giants 2
Florida Marlins 11, Washington Nationals 2
New York Mets 8, Cincinnati Reds 6
Atlanta Braves 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (19 inn)
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, San Diego Padres 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Colorado Rockies 2

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2, Cleveland Indians 1
New York Yankees 4, Seattle Mariners 1
Baltimore Orioles 12, Toronto Blue Jays 4
Boston Red Sox 13, Kansas City Royals 9
Minnesota Twins 9, Texas Rangers 8
Oakland Athletics 6, Tampa Bay Rays 1

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