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Cardinals take down Cubs for 10-4 victory

ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- Matt Adams homered, Matt Carpenter drove in two runs and Adam Wainwright saved a tired bullpen by lasting seven innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 10-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

It was hardly a vintage performance by Wainwright (2-1), who struck out eight and helped his own cause with an RBI single. He gave up Junior Lake's homer on his first pitch and allowed six more hits after that. The four runs were twice as many as Wainwright yielded in his first two starts.

St. Louis did most of its damage off starter Carlos Villanueva (1-3), who allowed nine runs and 10 hits in three innings.

Brewers 3, Pirates 2 Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff homer, Jonathan Lucroy drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single and Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh for its eighth consecutive victory.

Gomez got the Brewers (9-2) started with a 432-foot drive to center field off Edinson Volquez, and Khris Davis scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 in the second.

Pittsburgh tied it in the third on Starling Marte's groundout and Travis Snider's single, snapping Yovani Gallardo's scoreless streak to start the season at 14 2-3 innings.

Lucroy singled to right off reliever Mark Melancon (0-1) to drive in Ryan Braun, who slid in ahead of the throw to the plate. Jim Henderson (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning and Francisco Rodriguez got his fourth save in four attempts.

Braves 6, Nationals 3 Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a homer, and Atlanta beat Washington to continue its early success against the Nationals.

Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his right thumb when he was picked off second base in the fifth inning. Before the game, the Nationals placed outfielder Denard Span on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion.

B.J. Upton had two hits, including his first homer, and Dan Uggla drove in two runs with two hits for the Braves. Justin Upton had three hits, including two doubles. Evan Gattis also had three hits.

After winning two of three at Washington in the opening week, the Braves have won the first two games of a home series against their NL East rivals.

Alex Wood (2-1) allowed one run and six hits in five innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Washington starter Taylor Jordan (0-1) allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings. Anthony Rendon homered leading off the game.

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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, scores as he avoids the tag from Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, April 12. (AP)

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