Cardinals Blank Mets, Cubs Stomp D'Backs


Published on April 23 2014 6:20 am
Last Updated on April 23 2014 6:20 am
Written by Millie Lange

Cardinals Blank Mets

(Flushing, NY) -- Adam Wainwright cruised through seven innings to help the Cardinals blank the Mets, 3-0, in the second of four from Citi Field. Wainwright allowed four hits and struck out three to improve to 4-a1, but left the game after hyper extending his knee. He is expected to be okay for his next start. Matt Holiday had three hits and an RBI, while John Jay drove in two with two hits. Trevor Rosenthal locked up his sixth save as St. Louis bounced back from losing the series opener.  The Cards are 12-9. Four different Mets had hits in the loss. Dillon Gee fell to 1-1 giving up two runs in six innings. New York is back at the .500 mark with a 10-10 record.

The Cardinals and Mets continue their four-game series tonight in New York. St. Louis sends Michael Wacha and his 2-1 record to the mound. The Mets counter with Jonathon Niese, who is 0-2 on the year. First pitch from Citi Field is set for 6:10.

Cubs Stomp Diamondbacks

(Chicago, IL) -- Jason Hammel turned in another stellar pitching effort for the Cubs as Chicago rolled Arizona 9-2 at Wrigley Field. Hammel finished with seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts as he improved to 3-1. Mike Olt blistered a three-run shot while Luis Valbuena and Justin Ruggiano finished with two hits each. Brandon McCarthy gave up five runs, one earned, on seven hits and six strikeouts in five innings to fall to 0-4. Tuffy Gosewisch hit his first career home run in the sixth inning. Paul Goldschmidt drove in the other run for Arizona.

The Cubs and Diamondbacks will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first game played at Wrigley Field this afternoon. The teams will sport throwback uniforms for the contest. Jeff Samardzija gets the start for Chicago, while Arizona counters with Wade Miley. First pitch is at 1:20.

Tigers Hold Off White Sox Rally

(Detroit, MI) -- The White Sox got the tying run to the plate in the ninth after being down five runs entering the inning, but Detroit escaped with an 8-6 victory at Comerica Park. The Tigers pounded out 15 hits in the victory as Miguel Cabrera finished with three RBI with a double and a home run. Ian Kinsler doubled twice in the victory. Justin Verlander moved to 3-1 with seven innings of two-run ball and Joba Chamberlain notches his first save of the season. Charlie Leesman was rocked for six runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings in his 2014 White Sox debut. Dayan Viciedo was a perfect 4-for-4 in the loss while Adam Dunn and Jose Abreu went deep.

The White Sox continue their four-game series with the Tigers in Detroit tonight. Right-hander Andre Rienzo will take the mound for Chicago. The Tigers counter with southpaw Drew Smyly. First pitch from Comerica Park is scheduled for 6:08.

Cueto, Reds Cruise Past Pirates

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Johnny Cueto tossed a complete game and drove in a run as the Reds cruised past the Pirates 4-1 in the second of four games at PNC Park. Cueto struck out four while giving up three hits including a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen in the bottom of the ninth inning that broke up the shutout. He evened his record at 2-2. Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart doubled in a run each in the seventh, while Jay Bruce singled in a run in the eighth for Cincinnati, which has won five of its last seven. Edinson Volquez allowed two runs in seven frames as he fell to 1-1. The Bucs have lost four-of-five.

Fernandez Outduels Wood As Marlins Down Braves

(Atlanta, GA) -- Jose Fernandez sparkled in leading the Marlins to a 1-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field. Fernandez scattered three hits while striking out a career-high 14 and walking no one in eight innings to improve to 3-1. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his fourth save as Miami won its fourth in five games. Casey McGehee drove in the lone run on an RBI single to score Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth. Alex Wood allowed four hits and the run and struck out 11 while walking no one in eight innings of work for Atlanta. He took the hard-luck loss to fall to 2-3. The Braves have dropped two of three.

Rockies Edge Giants

(Denver, CO) -- Nolan Arenado's solo homer in the fifth inning held up as the Rockies edged the Giants 2-1 at Coors Field. Troy Tulowitzki went deep in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games for the Rockies, who have won five of their last six. Franklin Morales struck out seven over seven innings of one-run ball as he improved to 2-1. LaTroy Hawkins notched his sixth save. Hunter Pence accounted for the only Giants run with a solo shot in the fifth inning. Madison Bumgarner allowed both runs in eight frames as he fell to 2-2. San Francisco has lost five-of-six.

Phillies Nip Dodgers In Tenth

(Los Angeles, CA) -- A costly miscue in the tenth inning gave the Phillies a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.  Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz hit a towering fly ball into shallow left field which led to miscommunication between shortstop Hanley Ramirez and left fielder Carl Crawford. The ball hit off Crawford's glove which gave Ruiz second base, and three pitches later Domonic Brown doubled in the eventual winning run. Marlon Byrd and Ryan Howard each tallied an RBI in the victory, Antonio Bastardo grabbed the win in relief to move to 3-and-1 while Jonathan Papelbon locked up his sixth save. J.P. Howell took the loss in his one inning of work, giving up an unearned run. Crawford and Justin Turner both drove in a run while Hyun-Jin Ryu grabbed a no-decision after his six-innings of two-run ball went for none.

Shields Shines In Royals Route Of Indians

(Cleveland, OH) -- James Shields tossed six innings, giving up one earned run with nine punch outs to move to 2-2 as the Royals knocked off the Indians 8-2 at Progressive Field. Eric Hosmer finished 4-for-5 while Mike Moustakas hit a three-run bomb to get the Royals on the board. Billy Butler doubled in his two hits and Alex Gordon drove in two runs in the victory. Danny Salazar fell to 0-and-3 after 4 1/3 innings of work, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher grabbed two hits in the loss as Bourn and Yan Gomes drove in the only runs of the game.

Blue Jays Homer Their Way Past O's

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera each hit a three-run homer in the eighth to break a 3-all tie and send the Blue Jays to a 9-3 win over the Orioles at Rogers Centre. Edwin Encarnacion also lifted a three-run shot in the sixth for Toronto, which has won three out of four. R.A. Dickey allowed three runs in six innings while Steve Delabar recorded the win. Nelson Cruz blasted a three-run homer in the top of the sixth for Baltimore, which has dropped three of four. Evan Meek was charged with the loss in relief for the O's after starter Miguel Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned.

Rays Club Twins 

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- David DeJesus went 3-for-4 with three RBI as the Rays cruised to a 7-3 win over the Twins at Tropicana Field.  David Price tossed a complete-game six-hitter while allowing the three runs, walking one and striking out 12. He improved to 3-1 with the win. James Loney and Matt Joyce each added two hits and two RBI as Tampa won its third in four outings. Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer and Briaz Dozier added a solo shot for Minnesota in defeat. Kyle Gibson fell to 3-1 after being tagged for all seven runs in just three-plus innings as the Twins lost their third in four games.

Yankees Roll Red Sox

(Boston, MA) -- Fenway Park got its first taste of the newest off-season acquisition of the Yankees as Masahiro Tanaka tossed 7 1/3 innings, giving up two runs with seven strikeouts as New York knocked off the Red Sox 9-3. Tanaka moves to 3-and-0 with a 2.15 earned run average with the victory. Three Yankees drove in two runs as Carlos Beltran went deep. Jacoby Ellsbury finished with two hits and two RBI in his return to Fenway. Jon Lester took the loss after four-and-two-thirds innings of work, giving up three earned runs out of eight total on eleven hits. Grady Sizemore was the only Boston player not to record a hit.

Rangers Edge Athletics In Ninth Inning

(Oakland, CA) -- The Rangers appeared done after a questionable squeeze call resulted in the tying run being out at the plate, but Texas knocked in two runs with two outs to steal a 5-4 win from Oakland at Coliseum. Mitch Moreland led off the ninth with a double and after being sacrificed over, was tagged out at home plate on a failed squeeze play. Josh Wilson followed with a two-out double to tie the game at four apiece and Michael Choice singled in the go-ahead run the next at-bat. Alexi Ogando grabbed the win and Joakim Soria notched his fifth save. Luke Gregerson took the loss. Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes recorded RBI doubles in defeat.

Astros Rock Mariners

(Seattle, WA) -- Collin McHugh notched his first career victory in his Astros debut, striking out 12 batters in six-and-two-thirds innings of shutout ball to beat the Mariners 5-2 at Safeco Field. Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez both cracked their fourth home run on the season while Chris Carter went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer. Josh Fields came in and got his second save on the season for Houston, which has won two in-a-row after losing seven straight. Justin Smoak was responsible for both Mariners runs after a two-run homer in the seventh. Erasmo Ramirez suffered his third loss after giving up three runs off three hits in six frames of work for Seattle, which has lost eight straight.

Pujols Powers Angels Past Nationals

(Washington, DC) -- Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th career homers to power the Angels in a 7-2 win over the Nationals in DC. Pujols became the 26th member of the 500 home run club and drove in five runs for Los Angeles. Tyler Skaggs improved to 2-and-0 after throwing seven innings of two-run ball for the Halos, who have won four out of six. Taylor Jordan went five innings, allowing six runs and four earned to fall to 0-3 for Washington, which has lost three out of four.  The Nats managed just three hits, including doubles from Jayson Werth and Sandy Leon.

Tuesday, April 22 Scoreboard

MLB National League

Cincinnati Reds 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 1

St. Louis Cardinals 3, New York Mets 0

Miami Marlins 1, Atlanta Braves 0

Chicago Cubs 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 2

San Diego Padres 2, Milwaukee Brewers 1 (12 inn)

Colorado Rockies 2, San Francisco Giants 1

Philadelphia Phillies 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (10 inn)


MLB American League

Kansas City Royals 8, Cleveland Indians 2

Toronto Blue Jays 9, Baltimore Orioles 3

Detroit Tigers 8, Chicago White Sox 6

Tampa Bay Rays 7, Minnesota Twins 3

New York Yankees 9, Boston Red Sox 3

Texas Rangers 5, Oakland Athletics 4

Houston Astros 5, Seattle Mariners 2


MLB Interleague

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7, Washington Nationals 2

Wednesday, April 23 Schedule (All Times Central)

MLB National League

11:10 a.m. - Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

1:20 p.m. - Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs

2:10 p.m. - San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies

6:05 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

6:10 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets

7:10 p.m. - San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers

9:10 p.m. - Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers


MLB American League

2:35 p.m. - Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics

2:40 p.m. - Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners

6:05 p.m. - Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians

6:07 p.m. - Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays

6:08 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

6:10 p.m. - Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays

6:10 p.m. - New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox


MLB Interleague

6:05 p.m. - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Washington Nationals