ST. LOUIS (AP) 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
MILWAUKEE (AP) – 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
ATLANTA (AP) – 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.
PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 4, 10 INNINGS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jimmy Rollins homered with two outs in the 10th inning and Philadelphia overcame two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton to beat Miami.
Rollins drove a 2-2 pitch from Dan Jennings (0-1) into the seats in left. It was the 201st career homer for Rollins, and the second game-ender of his career. The first came June 23, 2010, against Cleveland.
B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Rollins finished with three hits and Chase Utley had two doubles and an RBI for Philadelphia, which has won 12 of 15 against the Marlins. Utley is batting .500 with five doubles and eight RBIs.
Stanton finished with three hits and three RBIs. His first homer, measured at 470 feet, cleared the seats in left-center and landed on Ashburn Alley – a popular outfield concessions spot.
ROCKIES 1, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tommy Kahnle and four relievers combined for two-hit ball over six innings after Brett Anderson was injured, leading Colorado past Matt Cain and San Francisco.
Troy Tulowitzki had a sacrifice fly in the third, and Kahnle (2-0) allowed one baserunner in two innings. Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers and LaTroy Hawkins pitched an inning apiece to complete the three-hitter, with Hawkins earning his second save.
Rockies relievers extended their scoreless streak to 9 2-3 innings in the series.
Anderson left with a bruised left index finger after allowing a hit in three innings. It was the Rockies’ third win in their last 17 games at San Francisco’s waterfront ballpark.
Cain (0-2) allowed four hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. He is winless in his last seven starts at home.
RAYS 1, REDS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) – Alex Cobb went seven innings to extend Tampa Bay’s run of solid starting pitching, and James Loney homered against slumping Cincinnati.
The Rays came into the interleague series with a 1-8 mark against Cincinnati. They’ve taken the first two games with shutdown pitching and just enough offense.
Cobb (1-1) pitched seven shutout innings against Texas on Sunday but got a no-decision. He kept the scoreless streak going Saturday, limiting Cincinnati’s struggling lineup to four hits without walking a batter.
Grant Balfour got three outs for his fourth save, finishing the four-hitter.
Loney led off the second inning with his first homer against Alfredo Simon (1-1), who matched his career high with eight innings and allowed only five hits.
Cincinnati stranded a pair at third base and had runners thrown out at third and home. The Reds have lost all four of their series this season, falling to 3-8 for the first time since 1995, when they won the NL Central.