Cardinals Win; Cubs, Sox Don't

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Published on June 8 2013 2:21 pm
Last Updated on June 8 2013 2:21 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

>>Cardinals Bash Reds

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Pete Kozma was 2-for-4 with three RBI as the Cardinals picked up a 9-2 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.  David Freese and Jon Jay each collected two RBI for St. Louis, which has won two straight since falling in three out of four.  Adam Wainwright improved to 9-and-3 by tossing seven innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts in the win.  Jay Bruce and Shin-Shoo Choo each drove in a run for the Reds, who were just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position while the Redbirds went 8-for-19.  Mike Leake allowed three runs over five innings to fall to 5-and-3 for Cincinnati, which has lost three straight.

>>Bucs Blank Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  --  Francisco Liriano didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning as the Pirates shut out the Cubs 2-0 at Wrigley Field.  The left-hander struck out eight while scattering five walks and two hits over seven shutout frames for his fourth win.  Jason Grilli gave up two hits in the ninth but struck out the side to record his 23rd save.  Russell Martin doubled in a run in the sixth and Travis Snider plated another in the ninth as the Bucs snapped a three-game skid.  Travis Wood allowed just four hits and one run in six innings to fall to 5-and-4 with the tough-luck loss.  Chicago has lost four of its last five.

>>Donaldson's Slam Lifts A's Past ChiSox

(Chicago, IL)  --  Josh Donaldson crushed a grand slam in the sixth to send the Athletics to a 4-3 win over the White Sox in Chicago.  Jarrod Parker pitched seven innings while allowing two earned runs and three total to improve to 5-and-6 for Oakland, which has won three straight and seven out of eight.  Grant Balfour notched his 15th save in the victory.  Chris Sale gave up Donaldson's blast while tossing seven-and-a-third innings and striking out six to fall to 5-and-4.  Tyler Flowers hit a solo homer while Dayan Viciedo and Alejando De Aza each lifted sacrifice flies in defeat.  Chicago has lost two straight and 10 of its last 11.

Today:

3:05pm--Pittsburgh at Cubs

3:10pm--Oakland at White Sox

6:15pm--Cardinals at Cincinnati