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>>Cards Get By Marlins

(Miami, FL)  --  Matt Holliday hammered a three-run homer as the Cardinals cut down the Marlins, 7-4.  Albert Pujols clubbed a solo homer, while Skip Schumaker laced a two-run double for St. Louis, which is now three games behind the Brewers for first place in the NL Central.  Cardinals third baseman David Freese had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch in the head with the bases loaded in the third inning.  Kyle McClellan tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Kyle Lohse to earn his ninth win.  Fernando Salas got the final four outs to earn his 20th save.  The second of the four-game series is tonight as Jake Westbrook opposes Anibal Sanchez.

>>Cubs Strike Late To Sweep Bucs

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Marlon Byrd's sac-fly capped a three-run eighth inning as the Cubs rallied for a 7-6 win over the Pirates.  Carlos Pena tied the game when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.  Blake DeWitt clubbed a two-run homer, while Pena and Geovany Soto added solo shots as the Cubs completed a four-game sweep.  Chicago has won five in-a-row overall.  Jeff Samardzija tossed a scoreless inning to get his sixth win.  Carlos Marmol earned his 23rd save.  The Northsiders return to Wrigley Field this afternoon for a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.  Ryan Dempster gets the nod opposite Mike Leake in the opener.

>>Yankees Sweep ChiSox To Tie BoSox In AL East

(Chicago, IL)  --  Russell Martin hit a three-run homer and had four RBI as the red-hot Yankees crushed the White Sox, 7-2.  Robinson Cano added a solo shot for the Yanks, who have reeled off seven straight wins to pull into a tie with the Red Sox for first place in the AL East.  Adam Dunn slugged a solo homer in the ninth for Chicago, which was swept by the Yankees in a four-game series at home for the first time since 1976.  Phil Humber allowed four runs over six-and-a-third innings to fall to 8-and-8.  The ChiSox have dropped six straight overall.  The Southsiders head to Target Field for a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins starting this evening.  Mark Buehrle will toe the rubber against Nick Blackburn in the opener.

>>THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD

MLB NL
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Colorado Rockies 6, Washington Nationals 3
Philadelphia Phillies 3, San Francisco Giants 0

MLB AL
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Tampa Bay Rays 7, Toronto Blue Jays 6 (12 inn)
Texas Rangers 5, Detroit Tigers 2
Cleveland Indians 7, Boston Red Sox 3
Kansas City Royals 9, Baltimore Orioles 4
Minnesota Twins 7, Los Angeles Angels 1

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