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Cardinals beat Reds behind Schumaker, Pujols and Freese

compiled from staff and wire reports

Skip Schumaker singled to snap an eighth-inning tie after Cincinnati twice rallied to even the score in the Cardinals home victory, 6-3.

Albert Pujols had an RBI double and added one of two bases-loaded walks in a three-run eighth inning for the Cardinals. Pujols is 9 for 17 at the plate with three doubles and four RBI’s the first six games of a seven-game homestand, including his first day off of the season Thursday.

Skip Schumaker (mlb)

David Freese added his second homer of the season and second days, while Ryan Franklin got the last four outs to pick up the win.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NOTES

compiled by the megasportsnews.com staff

Heath Bell Padres (mlb)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

The San Diego Padres shut down the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-0.

The Padres have won 12 of 14 and is in first place in the National League heading into May for the first time since 1998 when the club won the National League pennant.

San Diego won their eighth straight home game, including four shutouts, and have outscored opponents 37-10. The Padres 9-2 home record is the best in the National League.

Milwaukee lost for the seventh time in eight games and has been held scoreless in 22 straight innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Evan Longoria Tampa Bay (mlb)

Kansas City Royals beat Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2.

Evan Longoria homered and knocked in two RBI’s for the Rays, who lost for just the third time in the last 17 games. Tampa Bay ended April with a 17-6 record.

Paul Konerko White Sox (mlb)

The New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-4.

Paul Konerko set a White Sox record with his major league-best 11th homer in April but Chicago lost for the 12th time in its last 14 games in New York.

Alex Gonzalez Toronto (mlb)

The Toronto Blue Jays knocked out the Oakland A’s, 10-2.

Alex Gonzalez hit two home runs and Vernon Wells also connected.

Gonzalez, has hit seven home runs this month, a team record for a shortstop in April. Marco Scutaro hit five last April.

Toronto, which leads the American League in home runs with 32, sent the A’s to their sisth straight road loss.

In 10 innings, Baltimore beat Boston, 5-4 in Baltimore.

The Orioles record of 5-18 is still the worst in the majors.

Minnesota Twins 9 Cleveland Indians 3

compiled from staff and wire reports

Joe Mauer Twins (mlb)

Justin Morneau was an instant hero in his return to the Twins lineup, belting a two-run homer after missing two games with a stiff back.

After Joe Mauer singled with two outs in the first inning, Morneau blasted a 444-foot homer over the center-field wall against Fausto Carmona (3-1).

Kevin Slowey (3-2), moved up in Minnesota’s rotation, pitched five innings for the win. He filled in for Nick Blackburn, who was placed on the family medical emergency list to deal with a personal matter.

Reds overcome rough plane ride, rain delay to beat Cardinals

compiled by staff and wire reports

Jay Bruce Reds (mlb)

Right fielder Jay Bruce had three hits and two RBI’s, and Cincinnati turned in several fine defensive plays following a 2 1/2-hour delay that featured lightning strikes near the stadium.

The Reds, who have won seven of 10, snapped St. Louis’ five-game winning streak. The game was delayed 2 hours, 32 minutes in the middle of the sixth by rain and severe weather. But the Reds beat the Cardinals Friday night 3-2 for their season-high fifthe win in a row.

Cincinnati had trouble getting into St. Louis from Houston early Friday due to high winds. They began their descent at 1:20 a.m. On the third attempt in a span of 90 minutes, the pilot finally touched the plane down, but not without a few anxious moments for all.

Cincinnati starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (1-1) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth inning for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Yadier Molina finished April with 15 RBI’s, the second-most by a St. Louis catcher in the first full month of the season. Ted Simmons drove 20 in 1977.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NOTES: AL and NL

compiled by the megasportsnews.com staff

Wade LeBlanc Padres (mlb)

The San Diego Padres tied a team record with seven straight singles during a five-run fifth inning, including Wade LeBlanc’s career-high third hit of the night in beating Milwaukee, 9-0.

The National League West-leading Padres won their seventh straight home game and for the 11th time in 13 games overall.

San Diego collected 13 hits and all of them were singles.

Wade LeBlanc (2-0) struck out six, walked none and surrendered 8 hits in 6 1-3 innings.

David Freese Cardinals (mlb)

Rookie David Freese homered, doubled and drove home six runs as the Cardinals sent Atlanta reeling to their ninth loss in a row.

Atlanta wrapped up an 0-7 road trip, their first winless swing of seven or more games since September 1949 when the franchise was located in Boston and went 0-8 in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Adam Wainwright (4-1) worked six strong innings for St. Louis as the Cardinals completed a four-game sweep.

John Buck Toronto (mlb)

Toronto catcher John Buck became the first catcher to hit three home runs in six years as the Blue Jays beat Oakland 6-3.

Buck led off the third inning with a drive off right-hander Justin Duchscherer into the left field bullpen. His next two homers came off left-handed pitchers. He belted a three-run bomb off of Jerry Blevins with a three-run homer into the second deck in left field in the fourth and then connected off of Craig Breslow for a solo  shot in the sixth inning, off the facing of the centerfield restaurant.

Paul Konerko White Sox (mlb)

Paul Konerko belted two homers and the White Sox avoided a three-game sweep by beating Texas in Arlington, 7-5.

Konerko leads the majors with 10 home runs after hitting a solo drive in the eighth and a two-run bomb in the ninth.

At 17-5. the Tampa Bay Rays are off to the best start in the majors after 22 games since 2003 when San Francisco and the New York Yankees opened 18-4 and the Royals were 17-5.

Tampa Bay has won 14 of 16, outscoring opponents 117-44 during this stretch.

Matt Garza Rays (Fresno State photo)

The Rays beat Kansas City 11-1 last night behind pitcher Matt Garza (4-1) scattering five hits, walked two and struck out nine. Usually Garza struggles against Kansas City. He is now 1-4 lifetime.

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