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>>Cubs Blow Out Reds

 

John Lackey pitched into the seventh inning, Kris Bryant hit his first homer of the season and the Chicago Cubs matched the best eight-game start in franchise history with a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Miguel Montero had two of Chicago's 10 walks and scored three times as the Cubs improved to 7-1 for the first time since 1985 and just the 11th time overall. Jason Heyward drove in two runs with a two-out single in the third and robbed Scott Schebler of a hit with a diving grab in right-center in the fourth.

 

Lackey (2-0) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three, rebounding nicely from a shaky start at Arizona last Thursday.

 

Lackey also contributed at the plate, chasing Alfredo Simon (0-1) with a two-out RBI single in Chicago's five-run first.

 

>>Rodon's Brilliance Sends White Sox Past Winless Twins

 

Carlos Rodon worked his way out of trouble several times to complete six scoreless innings, Jerry Sands hit a two-run home run and the Chicago White Sox kept the Minnesota Twins winless with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night.

 

At 0-8, the Twins have been outscored 33-13 this season.

 

The only other winless team in the majors is Atlanta, also 0-8. The Twins beat the Braves in that epic seven-game World Series in 1991 - some 25th anniversary this season is turning out to be for the two teams.

 

Rodon (1-1) needed 107 pitches to make it as far as he did. He walked five, including the leadoff man twice, but the Twins left the bases loaded in the sixth after filling them with one out. David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save in as many attempts.

 

Phil Hughes (0-2) gave up the one-out homer to straightaway center field to Sands in the seventh.

 

>>Santana's Late HR Lifts Milwaukee Past St. Louis

 

Milwaukee outfielder Domingo Santana was thinking fastball when he ripped a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night.

 

Santana pounded a 98-mph pitch from closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) with two out.

 

Kirk Nieuwenhuis started the two-out rally with a walk. All of the Brewers' runs came with two away.

 

Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his fourth save. He has not allowed a run in five relief appearances this season.

 

St. Louis' Brandon Moss tied the game 4-4 with a leadoff, pinch-hit homer in the eighth off reliever Michael Blazek (1-0). It was the Cardinals' fourth pinch-hit homer this season, matching their total from last year.

 

Lucroy had three hits and drove in two runs for the Brewers, and Chris Carter had a run-scoring double.

Randal Grichuk had a two-run double in the first for the Cardinals, who ended a four-game winning streak.

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