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 width=>>Soler's Two Homers Power Cubs Past Reds

Arismendy Alcantara picked an opportune time to end his cold spell to start the season.

Jorge Soler helped give him that chance.

Alcantara's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three- game set.

Anthony Rizzo and Chris Coghlan sandwiched walks around a single by Soler, who tied the game in the eighth with his second two-run homer of the game, to load the bases in the 10th.

The Reds squandered a Joey Votto leadoff double in the top of the 10th. Todd Frazier rolled one back to Hector Rondon (1-0), who went to third to nab Votto. Brandon Phillips then lined out to left and Jay Bruce struck out after a Marlon Byrd single to end the top of the inning.

Jon Lester struggled again in his second start with Chicago. He surrendered six runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts over six innings.

 width=>>Brewers Down Cardinals

Carlos Gomez had two hits, including an RBI double, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Monday in the opener of a three-game series.

Matt Garza (1-1) picked up the win despite giving up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position in their home opener, stranding 12 men on base.

Wainwright (1-1) pitched on seven days' rest after beating the Cubs last Sunday and yielded five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a walk, striking out four.

Jhonny Peralta had two hits and two RBI for the Cardinals, who went 3-2 on their rain-shortened road trip to start the season.

National League Scoreboard
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New York 2, Philadelphia 0
Colorado 2, San Francisco 0
Atlanta 3, Miami 2
Arizona 8, San Diego 4
Pittsburgh 5, Detroit 4
LA Dodgers 6, Seattle 5 (10 innings)

American League Scoreboard
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Boston 9, Washington 4
Kansas City 12, Minnesota 3
New York 6, Baltimore 5
Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 1
LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Texas 3
Oakland 8, Houston 1

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