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Dodgers edge Cards 1-0 in season's 1st match

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers edged St. Louis 1-0 on Thursday in the first clash this season between the two teams that fought out last year's National League championship, with pinch-hitter Justin Turner coming up with the winning hit in the eighth inning.

The win moved the Dodgers within two games of faltering NL West division leader San Francisco, which was beaten 3-1 at home by Cincinnati, while the Cardinals dropped 5-1/2 games behind NL Central leader Milwaukee, which defeated Colorado.

Among other games, Toronto had a shutout win over the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels notched a sixth-straight win by downing Minnesota.

The Dodgers-Cardinals clash was a classic pitchers' duel between LA's Josh Beckett and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright and it was Wainwright (10-4) who ended up an undeserving loser despite holding the Dodgers hitless for the first five innings and pitching the complete game.

The decisive moment came in the eighth. Juan Uribe, back after missing 34 games with a hamstring strain, led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Drew Butera before rookie Miguel Rojas' infield single put runners at the corners.

Turner, batting in place of the pitcher, came through with his 20th RBI of the season.

Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips homered among his three hits and scored twice in his return to the lineup, leading the Reds to a 3-1 win over San Francisco.

Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each added two hits for the Reds, who have won five of six. Bruce doubled in the seventh and has an extra-base hit in each of his last seven games; the longest streak by a Reds player since 1986.

Cincinnati starter Mike Leake (6-6) allowed one run and one walk in eight innings, with a career-high 12 strikeouts.

Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks had three hits, including a leadoff home run, to power the Brewers to a 7-4 win over Colorado.

Weeks homered on the first pitch from Christian Friedrich (0-2). Aramis Ramirez added a two-run shot later in the inning.

Brewers' starter Wily Peralta (9-5) won his fifth consecutive start despite giving up a grand slam in the fourth inning.

Toronto's J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 7-2/3 scoreless innings to steer the Blue Jays to a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

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