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>>Cubs Hold Off Braves

(Chicago, IL)  --  Alfonso Soriano smacked a two-run homer to back six-and-two-third stellar innings from Randy Wells as the Cubs held off the Braves, 3-2, on Wednesday evening at Wrigley Field.  Wells struck out six and gave up just one run on two hits to improve to 5-and-4 on the season and also plated a run for the Northsiders, who snapped a three-game slide.  Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless ninth to nail down his 30th save.  Chipper Jones and Alex Gonzalez each popped solo homers for Atlanta.  Derek Lowe was tagged with the loss for the Braves, who had their winning streak end at six games.  Matt Garza will toe the rubber opposite Brandon Beachy in this afternoon's series finale.

>>Dodgers Crush Cards For Three-Game Sweep

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Dodgers used a six-run third inning en route to a 9-4 win over the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon.  Juan Rivera and A.J. Ellis hit home runs for Los Angeles, which notched its first road sweep of the season and first three-game sweep in St. Louis since 1993.  Jaime Garcia took the loss.  Skip Schumaker went 4-for-4 and Gerald Laird homered for the Cardinals in defeat.  The Redbirds welcome the Pirates to Busch Stadium tonight for the start of a four-game series

>>Halos Hammer ChiSox Behind Weaver

(Anaheim, CA)  --  Jered Weaver struck out eight over seven shutout innings as the Angels hammered the White Sox, 8-0, on Wednesday night in Anaheim.  Weaver scattered four hits and two walks en route to improving to 15-and-6.  Erick Aybar drove in three runs and scored twice for the Halos, who swept the two-game set and have won six straight overall.  Torii Hunter added a solo homer in the win.  Zach Stewart allowed seven runs over six innings to fall to 1-and-3.  Chicago has dropped five-of-seven.  The Southsiders are off today.  They open up a three-game series in Seattle starting tomorrow night.  Jake Peavy gets the nod against Charlie Furbush in the opener.

Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Milwaukee Brewers 0
New York Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Colorado Rockies 7, Houston Astros 6  (10 inn)
Florida Marlins 6, Cincinnati Reds 5  (Gm.1)
Cincinnati Reds 3, Florida Marlins 2  (Gm.2)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4, Washington Nationals 2
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 1

Seattle Mariners 9, Cleveland Indians 2
Oakland Athletics 6, New York Yankees 4 (10 inn)
Toronto Blue Jays 4, Kansas City Royals 3
Boston Red Sox 13, Texas Rangers 2
Tampa Bay Rays 3, Detroit Tigers 2 (10 inn)
Baltimore Orioles 6, Minnesota Twins 1

>>Cards Attendance Down But Not Out

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Despite being projected to eclipse three-million fans for the eighth straight year, Cardinals attendance has taken a hit this season.  According to the "Post-Dispatch," the Redbirds have the fourth-highest attendance decline in the major leagues this season at nearly three-thousand fans per game.  The Dodgers are down more than a half-million fans from this time last year.

>>Colts Bring QB Kerry Collins Out Of Retirement

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  With Peyton Manning unlikely to be ready for the start of the season, the Indianapolis Colts are making contingency plans.  The Colts have lured quarterback Kerry Collins out of retirement.  The 38-year-old announced his retirement in early July during the lockout after spending the last five seasons with the Tennessee Titans.  Collins previously led the New York Giants to the Super Bowl in 2000.  Manning has never missed a game in his 13 seasons with the Colts, but has been slow to recover from offseason neck surgery.

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