>>Cards Hold Off Halladay, Phillies
(Philadelphia, PA) -- Lance Berkman went 2-for-2 with a home run to back seven-and-a-third stellar innings from Kyle Lohse as the Cardinals held off Roy Halladay and the Phillies, 4-3. Lohse fanned five and gave up just one unearned run on seven hits to improve to 14-and-8 on the season. Octavio Dotel recorded the final out in the ninth to notch his second save. St. Louis has won 10 of its last 12 games. They are just two-and-a-half games back of Atlanta atop the NL Wild Card standings. The Cards host the Mets for three games starting tonight, with Edwin Jackson opposing Mike Pelfrey.
>>Soto, Cubs Cruise Past Crew
(Chicago, IL) -- Geovany Soto went 3-for-3 with a pair of two-run homers and an RBI single to lead the Cubs in a 5-2 win over the Brewers on Monday evening at Wrigley Field. Casey Coleman struck out eight through six innings of two-hit, one-run ball to pick up his first win since May 19th and improve to 3-and-8 on the season. The Northsiders have won three of their last four games. Jerry Hairston Jr. and Casey McGehee each smacked solo home runs for Milwaukee. Randy Wells will toe the rubber opposite Shaun Marcum in tonight's second installment.
Florida Marlins 6, Atlanta Braves 5
Houston Astros 3, Cincinnati Reds 2
San Diego Padres 8, Colorado Rockies 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Baltimore Orioles 6, Boston Red Sox 5 (Gm 1)
New York Yankees 6, Minnesota Twins 4
Seattle Mariners 12, Cleveland Indians 6
Toronto Blue Jays 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 2 (10 inn)
Boston Red Sox 18, Baltimore Orioles 9 (Gm 2)
>>Wood Headed For Knee Surgery
(Chicago, IL) -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will not play for the remainder of the season in anticipation of knee surgery. Wood, who will require a procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, has to sit out until the swelling subsides before going under the knife. The 34-year-old reliever appeared in 55 games this season for Chicago, going 3-and-5 with a 3.35 earned-run average and one save. Originally a fireballing-starter, Wood was converted to a closer near the end of his first tenure with the Cubs in 2008. He spent the previous two years with the Indians and Yankees in the AL before returning to the north side of Chicago on a one-year deal.
>>Stewart Wins Chase Opener At Chicagoland
(Joliet, IL) -- Tony Stewart drew first blood in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning Monday's rain-delayed Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The first of NASCAR's 10-race championship was pushed back one day after getting rained out on Sunday. It was the first win of the season for Stewart, who pulled to within seven points of standings leader and second-place finisher Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski completed Monday's top-five. The Sprint Cup championship series moves to Loudon, New Hampshire for Sunday's Sylvania 300.