Rizzo helps Cubs down Cardinals 6-5 in Chicago
AP Sunday, May 4, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first that ended Adam Wainwright's scoreless streak at 25 innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Friday for their third win in four games.
Wainwright (5-2) had allowed six runs in 45 innings coming in, but the Cubs matched the runs total in just five innings against the St. Louis ace, who gave up 10 hits. His ERA rose from 1.20 to 2.16.
The scoreless streak was one inning shy of the career high for Wainwright, who had been 6-0 in 12 previous starts and five relief appearances at Wrigley Field.
Rizzo added a leadoff home run in the fifth against the Cardinals, who have lost 10 of 16.
Travis Wood (2-3) gave up three runs — two earned — and six hits in seven innings, and Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
Marlins 6, Dodgers 3 Surprising Tom Koehler outpitched Josh Beckett, and the Marlins extended their home winning streak to seven games by beating the Dodgers.
Koehler (3-2) allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings. The right-hander began the year with a career record of 5-11, made the rotation as a fifth starter and now has an ERA of 2.41.
Beckett (0-1) struck out eight but gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings. He fell to 0-6 in his past 13 starts and remained winless since the end of the 2012 season, even though his ERA this year is 3.14.
The Dodgers arrived in Miami at 6:30 a.m. after playing for more than 8 hours Thursday at Minnesota to earn their first doubleheader sweep in 12 years, and they looked travel-logged while falling behind 6-0. Twice a bloop single dropped among three Los Angeles fielders to allow a run to score.
Rockies 10, Mets 3Charlie Blackmon homered among his three hits, Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively for six innings and the Rockies beat the Mets for their sixth win in seven games.
Troy Tulowitzki added three hits and three RBIs, and Nolan Arenado extended the majors' longest hitting streak to 22 games with a single in the seventh. The flashy third baseman, whose streak is tied for the third-longest in Rockies history, also made an eye-catching stop of Chris Young's sharply hit grounder down the line in the eighth, finishing the play with an off-balance throw across the diamond.
De La Rosa (3-3) allowed three runs and eight hits, including a two-run homer by Curtis Granderson in the sixth inning. The left-hander struck out four and walked three in winning his third straight since an 0-3 start.
Pirates 6, Blue Jays 5 Pedro Alvarez hit a tying two-run homer off Sergio Santos in the ninth inning and Starling Marte following one out later with a winning drive into the bullpen in left-center, giving the Pirates a win over the Blue Jays.
Santos (0-2) entered with a 5-3 lead and allowed a leadoff single to Neil Walker. He struck out Andrew McCutchen, and Alvarez followed with his seventh homer this season. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis flied out, and Marte hit the first game-ending homer of his big league career.
Mark Melancon (1-1) pitched a hitless ninth for the win. After saving his first four save chances this season, Santos has blown three of his last four for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last nine games.
McCutchen had three hits for Pittsburgh, which outhit the Blue Jays 17-10. The Pirates won for just the third time in 13 games and the fifth time in their last 20.
Other games on Friday:
Nationals 5, Phillies 3
Giants 2, Braves 1
Brewers 2, Reds 0
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 0
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