>>Cards Edge Pittsburgh
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- An RBI double by Nick Punto and a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols in the ninth helped St. Louis edge the Pirates, 6-4. Starting pitcher Chris Carpenter helped his own cause with his bat, driving in a pair of runs. On the hill, Carpenter went seven innings and gave up four runs while fanning six, while Kyle McClellan picked up the victory out of the bullpen. Jason Motte notched his sixth save for the Cards, who have won six-of-seven. The finale of the three-game set is this afternoon with Edwin Jackson and Charlie Morton the starters.
>>Leake, Reds Clip Cubs
(Cincinnati, OH) -- Brandon Phillips clubbed a solo homer in the first frame to back eight stellar innings from Mike Leake as the Reds clipped the Cubs, 2-1, on Tuesday evening at the Great American Ball Park. Leake gave up just one run on six hits with two strikeouts and as many walks to improve to 12-and-9 on the season. Francisco Cordero worked a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his 33rd save. Carlos Pena scored on an Alfonso Soriano double-play groundout in the sixth to account for Chicago's lone run of the game. Ryan Dempster fanned eight through seven innings of two-run ball to suffer the tough-luck loss and fall to 10-and-12 on the season. The Northsiders had a three-game winning streak come to an end. Casey Coleman will toe the rubber opposite Johnny Cueto in tonight's third installment.
>>Verlander Gets 23rd Win As Tigers Blank ChiSox
(Chicago, IL) -- Justin Verlander tossed seven frames of shutout baseball, leading the Tigers to a 5-0 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday evening at The Cell. It's the 23rd win of the season for Verlander, who surrendered just six hits and two walks while fanning six to become the first pitcher to hit that mark since 2002. Victor Martinez clubbed a three-run homer in support of the Major-League leader in wins as Detroit won its 11th straight game. Gavin Floyd gave up four runs over five-and-a-third innings to take the loss for Chicago. Alex Rios managed to go 3-for-4 for the Sox, who have dropped three-straight. Dylan Axelrod gets the nod against Brad Penny in this afternoon's series finale.
Washington Nationals 3, New York Mets 2
Atlanta Braves 7, Florida Marlins 1
Houston Astros 5, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Milwaukee Brewers 2, Colorado Rockies 1 (11 inn)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (10 inn)
San Francisco Giants 3, San Diego Padres 2 (12 inn)
Baltimore Orioles 4, Tampa Bay Rays 2
Boston Red Sox 18, Toronto Blue Jays 6
Texas Rangers 10, Cleveland Indians 4
Kansas City Royals 4, Minnesota Twins 0
LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Oakland Athletics 3
New York Yankees 3, Seattle Mariners 2