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Cardinals, White Sox Win Wednesday

>>Cardinals Blank Brewers
 
Carlos Martinez pitched into the ninth inning and struck out 10, Yadier Molina homered and the Cardinals beat the error-prone Milwaukee Brewers 6-0 on Wednesday night.
 
Dexter Fowler scored twice in the first three innings for the Cardinals, who beat their NL Central rivals a night after losing on a game-ending homer by Ryan Braun. St. Louis took two of three in the series.
 
A 4-0 lead after four innings was more than enough cushion for the hard-throwing Martinez (1-1), who rebounded from a rough opening-day start last week against the New York Mets by cruising through the Brewers' dangerous lineup at hitter-friendly Miller Park.
 
Martinez allowed four hits and two walks. 
 
The two-time All-Star then retired 16 straight before Domingo Santana laced a one-out single in the seventh. 
 
Molina hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-1). The right-hander, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, allowed seven hits and six runs over 5 2/3 innings.
 
Adam Wainwright will pitch in his 345th career game when he starts Thursday, which would leave him three behind Todd Worrell for eighth place on the team's career list. 
 
Brent Suter opens the series at home against the Cubs.
 
>>White Sox Hold Off Blue Jays
 
Matt Davidson hit his fourth home run of the season and Jose Abreu added a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox snapped the Toronto Blue Jays' four-game win streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.
 
With the win, the White Sox return to Chicago for Thursday's home opener against the Detroit Tigers, having avoided their first three-game sweep in Toronto since 2004.
Having been held hitless throughout the series, Davidson connected on his fourth home run of the season to lead off the second inning, driving a 3-1 pitch from Aaron Sanchez over the left-field fence.
 
With the score tied at 3-3, Abreu connected on a 3-0 pitch from reliever Ryan Tepera (1-1), sending a solo shot into the second deck in left-center field for his second home run of the year. The home run, the 126th of his career, broke a tie with former White Sox infielder Joe Crede for 14th in franchise history.
 
In his first start of the season, right-hander Carson Fulmer held Toronto to five hits over five innings, surrendering all three runs.
 
Right-hander Nate Jones (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Closer Joakim Soria earned his second save of the season with a flawless ninth inning.
 
Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez went six innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs, while striking out seven.
 
After Toronto had tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, an odd play in the top of the fifth put the White Sox back in front.
 
With the bases loaded and one out, Yoan Moncada hit a fly ball to the fence in left field. Curtis Granderson attempted to make the catch, but the ball squirted out of his glove and he barehanded the ball before it hit the ground.
 
After the umpires initially called Moncada out, the White Sox challenged the call and video review showed that the ball had hit the fence before Granderson's glove.
 
Moncada was awarded a single, which brought in Welington Castillo to score from third. Chicago added to its lead one batter later when Avisail Garcia was hit by a pitch.
 
The Blue Jays tied the score once again in the sixth inning, as pinch-hitter Steve Pearce and Kendrys Morales both had RBI singles.
 
James Shields (1-0, 6.00) brings his 23-12 record and 2.91 ERA in April starts into Chicago's home opener Thursday as the White Sox open a three-game set against Detroit. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 6.00) takes the mound for the Tigers.

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