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>>Cardinals Edge Pirates

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth as the Cardinals edged the Pirates, 4-3, in the first of a three-game series.  Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker each knocked in a run for St. Louis, which has won two straight and six-of-seven.  Kyle Lohse singled in a run and tossed five innings of two-run ball to improve to 14-and-2.  Jason Motte got the final four outs for his 31st save.  Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison and Clint Barmes plated the runs for the Bucs, who have dropped six-of-seven.  A.J. Burnett allowed four runs, three earned, in five-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 15-and-5.

>>Brewers Pound Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Milwaukee took a lead into the ninth and poured on nine runs to finish a 15-4 rout of the Cubs.  Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBI while Ryan Braun added a three-run home run and five RBI in his 4-for-6 night.  Corey Hart also hit a solo homer while Carlos Gomez was 4-for-5 with three runs as the Brewers won their sixth in seven games.  Marco Estrada lasted five innings and struck out eight while allowing three unearned runs to get the win.  Brett Jackson hit a solo homer and Alfonso Soriano had a pair of hits with an RBI and a run scored for Chicago.  Justin Germano gave up five runs in as many innings to suffer the loss for the Cubs, who had won two-of-three.

Colorado Rockies 10, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Cincinnati Reds 3, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
San Diego Padres 3, Atlanta Braves 0

>>O's Cool Off White Sox On McLouth's Homer

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lift the Orioles to a 4-3 win over the White Sox.  McLouth also drew a bases-loaded walk earlier in the game to finish with three RBI.  Lew Ford connected on a solo homer, his first round-tripper since July 29th, 2007.  Pedro Strop earned the win in relief and Jim Johnson notched his 40th save.  Baltimore set a club record with its 13th straight one-run victory and has won three straight overall.  Brett Myers suffered the loss for Chicago.  Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who had won their previous six contests.

Boston Red Sox 5, Kansas City Royals 1
Oakland Athletics 3, Cleveland Indians 0
Toronto Blue Jays 8, New York Yankees 7 (11 inn)
Texas Rangers 6, Tampa Bay Rays 5
Seattle Mariners 1, Minnesota Twins 0

>>Northsiders Complete Trade With Oakland

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Cubs swapped catchers with the Oakland Athletics on Monday as Blake Lalli was set to the Bay Area squad in exchange for Anthony Recker.  Recker will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa.  Recker played in 13 games with the A's this season and is a career .146 hitter in the big leagues.  Lalli batted .133 in just six MLB games with the Cubs this season.

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