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>>Cardinals Crush Hapless Astros

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Adam Wainwright tossed a five-hitter as the Cardinals clobbered the Astros, 7-0, in the opener of a three-game series.  Wainwright struck out 12 and walked only one to improve to 12-and-10.  Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Cards, who have won two-of-three.  Skip Schumaker smacked a two-run single in the victory.  Lucas Harrell allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings to fall to 10-and-9.  Houston is 0-and-2 under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco.

>>Brewers Hold Off Cubs

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  Marco Estrada struck out nine over six shutout innings as the Brewers held off the Cubs, 5-3.  Estrada scattered two hits and a walk en route to his first win of the season.  John Axford got the final out to earn his 19th save.  Jonathan Lucroy laced a two-run double for Milwaukee, which has won the first two in the three-game set.  Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro each plated a run in the ninth for the Cubs, who have dropped five-of-six.  Chris Rusin allowed only a run on one hits and two walks in five innings to take the tough-luck loss in his first MLB start.

Washington Nationals 4, Atlanta Braves 1
Cincinnati Reds 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Colorado Rockies 6, New York Mets 2
Miami Marlins 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (10 inn)
San Diego Padres 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (10 inn)
San Francisco Giants 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 1

>>Youkilis' Slam Leads White Sox Past Yankees

(Chicago, IL)  --  Kevin Youkilis smacked a grand slam to lead the White Sox in a 7-3 win over the Yankees.  Paul Konerko added a solo shot, while A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham both plated a run and scored for the White Sox, who will go for the three-game sweep on Wednesday.  Francisco Liriano struck out seven over six innings of two-run ball as he improved to 5-and-10.  Derek Jeter and Russell Martin both went deep for the Yankees, who have dropped four-of-six.  Ivan Nova allowed six runs in six frames as he slipped to 11-and-7.

Detroit Tigers 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3
LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Boston Red Sox 3
Kansas City Royals 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0 (10 inn)
Baltimore Orioles 5, Texas Rangers 3
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 1
Seattle Mariners 5, Cleveland Indians 1

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