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Top tier of Central crowded with Cards, Cindy deadlocked

Top tier of Central crowded with Cards, Cindy deadlocked

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 2:48 pm
By: By The Associated Press

A pair of extra-inning games forced a tie atop the National League Central when Sunday’s play was complete.
The Milwaukee Brewers edged the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Sunday evening, while the Cincinnati Reds slipped past the Washington Nationals 5-4 in the same amount of frames.
With the dual extra-inning decisions, the Cardinals and Reds are now both 33-24, sharing the top spot in the NL Central.
Today’s action has the Cardinals at Los Angeles, while the Giants visit Cincy.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3
Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Zach Braddock’s first major league win earned him a beer shower from the Brewers.
Rickie Weeks homered early and Corey Hart hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, lifting Milwaukee to the victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.
The 22-year-old Brad-dock (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. Upon entering the clubhouse after the game, the reliever was doused in suds by his teammates.
“It’s a great experience, especially coming at this time,” said Braddock, who made sure to get the game ball as a souvenir. “The team’s been fighting hard every night and I’m fortunate to have my first win pick up the team.”
It was a welcome celebration for the Brewers, too.
“We haven’t too many moments like that this season,” manager Ken Macha said.
Manny Parra struck out a career-high 10 in 51⁄3 innings and the Brewers overcame Albert Pujols’ 14th home run to snap a three-game skid. Milwaukee has won five of its last seven in St. Louis.
The Cardinals, who had won three straight, fought back from a three-run deficit but lost for the third time in 10 games.
Jason Motte (2-2), who had retired 32 consecutive batters, walked Prince Fielder with one out in the 10th.
Ryan Braun followed with an infield single and Casey McGehee also singled, loading the bases. Hart drove in Fielder with a fly to center.
“I just didn’t get it out enough and it got too much of the plate. He hit it in a spot where we couldn’t do anything with it,” Motte said.
Reds 5, Nationals 4
Drew Stubbs hit a two-out single in the 10th inning, driving in Jay Bruce and helping Cincinnati beat Washington.
Bruce sparked the decisive rally with a single off Doug Slaten (2-1).
After Laynce Nix singled, Miguel Batista replaced Slaten, and Stubbs sent another single to right.
Pinch-hitter Scott Rolen gave the Reds a 4-2 lead in the ninth with a two-run homer off Matt Capps, one batter after Capps allowed a tying double to pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes.
Washington tied it against Francisco Cordero (2-3) in the bottom half on pinch-hitter Michael Morse’s two-run double. It was Cordero’s fourth blown save in 20 tries.
Nick Masset got three outs for his first save, wiggling out of a two-out, two-on jam by getting Ian Desmond to bounce to second.
Astros 6, Cubs 3
Houston will take a little bit of momentum on the road.
Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer and Pedro Feliz added a two-run single, helping the Houston Astros to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
“To be able to get on the board like we did,” Astros manager Brad Mills said, “and then when it looked like they were trying to come back into the game a little bit, Pedro got that two-run single up the middle.”
It was enough to give Houston the win, and to make Mills feel good about the Astros’ 10-game road trip.
Brett Myers (4-3) pitched well into the seventh inning, scattering eight hits while allowing only two earned runs and striking out six.
Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth to earn his 13th save in 16 chances.
“Hopefully I can go out and keep pitching and make the game as close as possible and get our hitters in the dugout as quickly as possible,” Myers said. “Today, they got a pretty good rhythm. It’s my job to get them in there quick.”
The four runs constituted a rare outburst for the Houston offense against Randy Wells (3-4), who entered the game 2-0 in three career starts against the Astros and had not allowed an earned run against them in 202⁄3 innings.
Wells left after only 51⁄3 innings and hasn’t won since April 30.
“He’s fine. He’ll keep starting,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “We just need to talk about how to settle down in the first inning.”

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