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Cubs extend Strasburg’s slump in rout of Nationals

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) handles the rosin bag during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) handles the rosin bag during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Stephen Strasburg fell apart after one of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s two errors and wound up dropping his fifth consecutive decision as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals, 8-2, yesterday.

Edwin Jackson (1-5) worked into the sixth inning and hit a two-run double for good measure. He earned his first win under a $52 million, four-year contract he signed after leaving Washington as a free agent, and ended the Nationals’ five-game winning streak.

Strasburg (1-5) set down Chicago’s first 11 hitters, six via strikeout. But with two outs in the fifth, third baseman Zimmerman’s off-target throw put a runner on. Turned out to be Strasburg’s last inning, making for his shortest outing of 2013.

The NL All-Star’s only win this season came April 1 on opening day against the lowly Miami Marlins.

CARDINALS 3, ROCKIES 0

Adam Wainwright took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and wound up with a two-hitter, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over Colorado.

The Rockies had been hitless in 49 consecutive at-bats before Nolan Arenado lined a clean hit to center field with one out in the eighth. Eric Young led off Friday night’s game with a broken-bat single against rookie Shelby Miller, then failed to put a runner on until Todd Helton walked with one out in the fifth inning a day later.

The 49 at-bats is the longest hitless stretch since Sept. 25-27, 1981, when the Los Angeles Dodgers went 50 at-bats without a knock, according to STATS.

Wainwright (5-2) struck out seven for his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career.

REDS 13, BREWERS 7

Jay Bruce homered his first time up, then doubled twice during a seven-run burst as the Cincinnati Reds delighted a sellout crowd, battering the Milwaukee Brewers.

Six different Reds players drove in two runs each, including starting pitcher Mat Latos (4-0). The defending NL Central champions moved five games over .500 for the first time this season.

Bruce led off a five-run second that was helped by a pair of fielding mistakes by left fielder Ryan Braun. Bruce opened the seven-run third with a double off Hiram Burgos (1-1) and capped it with an RBI double that made it 12-4.

GIANTS 10, BRAVES 1

Madison Bumgarner struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, Gregor Blanco entered in the fifth as a pinch hitter and drove in four runs, and the San Francisco Giants routed the Atlanta Braves.

Bumgarner (4-1) gave up just four hits and walked two, snapping a string of four starts without a victory.

Blanco had a three-run double and triple in setting a career high for RBIs.

Paul Maholm (4-4) lasted just 41∕3 innings and was charged with six runs on eight hits.

PIRATES 11, METS 2

Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets.

Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot for the Pirates.

Liriano (1-0), returning from a broken non-throwing arm, allowed one run in 51∕3 innings. He gave up six hits and two walks.

Jonathon Niese (2-4) tied a career high by allowing eight runs in 41∕3 innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Yankees 3, Royals 2

Vernon Wells hit a go-ahead two-run homer and made a long running catch to preserve a victory for Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals.

Pettitte (4-2) showed off his mastery of the Royals once more, allowing a run-scoring groundout by Lorenzo Cain and a solo homer by Billy Butler in seven stellar innings. The 40-year-old left-hander gave up five hits, struck out seven and improved to 15-3 in his career against the Royals.

Kansas City hasn’t beaten Pettitte in 14 starts dating to Sept. 4, 2000.

James Shields (2-3) was hurt by a throwing error on third baseman Mike Moustakas in the second inning that resulted in the Yankees’ first run. He also gave up Wells’s two-run shot in the fifth, moments after Butler’s home run had staked Kansas City to 2-1 lead.

Twins 8, Orioles 5

Ryan Doumit homered, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles.

Vance Worley (1-4) struggled through 51∕3 innings, but a strong performance by Minnesota’s bullpen enabled him to earn his first win in 13 starts dating to Aug. 1, 2012.

Matt Wieters connected for the Orioles, who lost for just the second time in seven games.

Up 6-5 in the sixth, Doumit hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot into the second deck in left field to give Minnesota a little breathing room at 8-5.

Jared Burton earned his first save in two chances for the Twins.

Angels 3, White Sox 2

Mike Trout hit a two-run homer and Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox.

Williams (2-1) allowed two runs and scattered seven hits in 62∕3 innings. He struck out three and walked one. After eight appearances out of the bullpen, Williams made his second start after he replaced the struggling Garrett Richards, who was filling in for injured Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver.

Williams wore a pink glove in honor of his mother Deborah, who died of breast cancer 12 years ago. It was his first win as a starter since June 1, 2012 against the Rangers.

Scott Downs got one out in the seventh, Richards pitched a perfect eighth and Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Carlos Quintana (2-1) allowed three runs in the loss.

Rangers 8, Astros 7

Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Lance Berkman all homered to back up another solid outing by Yu Darvish, and the Texas Rangers held on for a win over the Houston Astros.

Darvish (6-1) yielded three hits and three runs in seven innings. In his previous outing against the Astros, he came within one out of pitching a perfect game at Houston on April 2.

Houston led 3-1 before it was done in by its bullpen during a six-run sixth inning by the Rangers.

Indians 7, Tigers 6

Ubaldo Jimenez outpitched Justin Verlander, and Cleveland’s Chris Perez got Miguel Cabrera to hit a game-ending groundout with two on to preserve the Indians’ win over the Detroit Tigers.

Verlander (4-3) was erratic early, allowing three runs in the first two innings. He settled a bit after that, but the Indians took a 6-1 lead before Detroit closed the gap with a four-run seventh.

It was 7-5 when Perez allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but with men on first and second, Cabrera hit a weak grounder to third to end it.

INTERLEAGUE

Rays 8, Padres 7

Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off Padres closer Huston Street, rallying the Tampa Bay Rays over San Diego.

Street (0-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking Ben Zobrist on a full count. Longoria followed with his ninth home run, handing Street his first blown save in nine tries this season.

The Rays won their fourth straight, coming back after Jesus Guzman’s pinch-hit grand slam off Jeremy Hellickson helped San Diego overcame a 6-2 deficit in the seventh.

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