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>>Cards Cut Down Brewers

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Cardinals cut down the Brewers, 5-2.  Pujols also scored twice, while Rafael Furcal added a solo shot to help the Cards salvage the finale of the three-game series.  Chris Carpenter tossed eight innings of two-run ball to move to 8-and-8.  Fernando Salas earned his 22nd save.  The Cardinals will open up a three-game series with the Rockies at Busch Stadium tonight.  The Cards enter tonight's tilt four games behind the Brewers in the NL Central.  Kyle Lohse will get the start on the mound for St. Louis.  Colorado will counter with Aaron Cook.  First-pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

>>Cubs Clip Nats

(Chicago, IL)  --  Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena clubbed back-to-back homers in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Cubs in a 4-3 win over the Nationals on Thursday afternoon in a makeup game from Monday's rain out.  Alfonso Soriano added an RBI triple for the Cubs, who took two-of-three at Wrigley Field.  Ryan Dempster struck out six through seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 10-and-8 on the season.  Carlos Marmol allowed a run in the ninth but held on to notch his 26th save.  The Cubs will be in Atlanta to begin a three-game series with the Braves this evening.  Carlos Zambrano will get the call on the mound for Chicago.  Atlanta will counter with Mike Minor.  First-pitch is at 6:35 p.m.

>>White Sox Roll O's

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer during a four-run first inning as the White Sox rolled the Orioles, 6-3.  Juan Pierre went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored to help Chicago take three-of-four in the series.  Mark Buehrle struck out six over eight solid innings to improve to 10-and-5.  Sergio Santos closed things out to earn his 25th save.  The Royals will be in Chicago to begin a three-game series with the White Sox tonight.  Bruce Chen will get the call on the mound tonight for Kansas City.  Chicago will counter with Zach Stewart.  First-pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

San Diego Padres 3, New York Mets 2
Cincinnati Reds 2, Colorado Rockies 1
Chicago Cubs 4, Washington Nationals 3
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Milwaukee Brewers 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Houston Astros 5 (10 inn)

Tampa Bay Rays 4, Kansas City Royals 1
Oakland Athletics 10, Toronto Blue Jays 3
New York Yankees 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 5
Chicago White Sox 6, Baltimore Orioles 3
Detroit Tigers 4, Cleveland Indians 3

>>Cards Add Rhodes

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Cardinals agreed to terms with veteran lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes on Thursday.  Rhodes was put on waivers by the Rangers on Monday.  The 41-year-old Rhodes was 3-and-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 32 games with Texas this season.

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