Westbrook leads Cardinals over Brewers for 100th career win
Jake Westbrook allowed one run over six innings for his 100th career win and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-5, last night.
Westbrook (2-1), came in with a 0.98 ERA, best in the majors – it increased to 1.10. In his 12th season, he walked three and struck out four. The Brewers were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position against him.
Westbrook allowed Norichika Aoki’s double to open the game and then nothing more until one out in the fourth when the Brewers pushed across a run on three consecutive singles. He struck out Alex Gonzalez and then fanned Wily Peralta (2-2), his third strikeout of the inning.
Westbrook left with a 6-1 lead for the relievers to protect, but the Brewers scored twice in the seventh, one in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Nationals 3, Braves 1
Dan Haren pitched eight sharp innings, Denard Span hit a two-run double and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves last night.
The Nationals, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Atlanta on Wednesday, allowed their NL East rivals to get only three runners in scoring position over two nights.
Haren (3-3) won his second consecutive start, giving up four hits and one run with one walk and four strikeouts.
Washington got off to a good start in the first off Kris Medlen, breaking its 15-game streak without a first-inning run.
Medlen (1-4) lost his third straight start, allowing seven hits, three runs and three walks in seven innings. He struck out eight.
PHILLIES 7, MARLINS 2
Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hit solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies beat the Marlins.
Kendrick (3-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn his ninth straight win against the Marlins, dating to May 28, 2010.
Justin Ruggiano hit a solo shot for Miami. Alex Sanabia (2-4) gave up four runs – two earned – and six hits in five innings.
PADRES 4, CUBS 2
Yonder Alonso’s two-out fly ball to right field dropped in front of Julio Borbon for an RBI single that led to a four-run eighth inning and boosted the Padres over the Cubs for a four-game series split.
Travis Wood (2-2) retired his first 14 batters before Kyle Blanks singled, and he led 2-0 when Jesus Guzman reached on an infield single leading off the eighth. San Diego went ahead with just one hard-hit ball in the inning, taking advance of two infield hits, the shallow fly and a passed ball.
Joe Thatcher (2-0) pitched one-third of an inning for the win.
Chicago 3, texas 1
Hector Santiago allowed two in five-plus innings filling in for Jake Peavy last night, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat Texas, handing the Rangers their first series loss of the season.
Flowers’s drive just inside the foul pole in left field was the third straight hit after Texas right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1) retired 10 in a row on the day he was named AL rookie of the month.
Adrian Beltre’s homer in the second was the only hit through five innings against Santiago (1-1), who had six strikeouts and two walks in 51∕3 innings. The left-hander made his first start of the season and fifth of his career after Peavy was scratched because of back spasms.