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>>Cardinals Down Reds

 

Adam Wainwright allowed only two hits in six innings, and Molina's bases-loaded single snapped a tie in the eighth on Thursday night, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 and yet another series win in their lopsided NL Central rivalry.

Molina's third hit of the game led St. Louis to its fourth victory in five games.

 

Molina also doubled and scored a run in the second inning.

 

Seung Hwan Oh (2-0) pitched one inning in relief of Wainwright, who was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with two runners aboard and the score tied. Trevor Rosenthal retired the side in the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.

 

Matt Carpenter scored twice, including the go-ahead run after opening the eighth inning with a double.

 

St. Louis took two of three and has won 18 of its last 22 series with Cincinnati.

 

The Cardinals (32-28) are a season-high four games over .500, tied with the Pirates for second place, 10 games behind the Cubs.

 

Michael Wacha (2-6) tries to snap the longest losing streak of his career in Pittsburgh. He's lost six straight decisions since April 28. The last Cardinals pitcher to lose seven straight decisions was Kip Wells in 2007.

 

>>Sox End Five Game Skid With Win Over Nationals

 

Melky Cabrera doubled twice and drove in two runs, Miguel Gonzalez pitched six strong innings after securing a rotation spot and the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 Thursday night to snap a five-game skid.

Gonzalez (1-1) won his first game with Chicago after losing seven straight decisions dating to last season with Baltimore. The right-hander retired the first 12 batters he faced, giving up three hits and a run.

 

The White Sox gave Gonzalez the No. 5 starting spot after designating Mat Latos for assignment before the game.

 

Brett Lawrie added an RBI double in a three-run first off Gio Gonzalez (3-5), who struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings.

 

Daniel Murphy hit a solo homer in the fifth for the Nationals, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.

 

Chris Sale (9-2, 2.54), who hasn't won since May 19, faces Kansas City RHP Ian Kennedy (4-4, 3.44). The Royals bring a seven-game losing streak to Chicago.

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