Around baseball: Jay helps Cardinals edge Brewers

Sunday May 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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Jeffrey Phelps | Associated Press
Alex Gonzalez of the Brewers loses the grip on his bat in the first inning against the Cardinals.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 6: Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit home runs to lead St. Louis over host Milwaukee yesterday.

With the score tied at 6, Shane Robinson singled to center and took second on center fielder Carlos Gomez’s fielding error. Robinson stole third and then scored when Jay singled up the middle.

“You saw a little bit of their relentless approach,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “It helps guys to know that if they stay with it, they can come back.”

Jay hit a three-run home run in the second, Craig had a solo shot in the sixth and Descalso put the Cardinals ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Brewers trailed by one in the eighth when they got one-out singles that put runners on the corners. Matheny brought in reliever Randy Choate. Norichika Aoki dropped a perfect bunt as pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi raced home and avoided catcher Yadier Molina’s tag. Seth Maness (1-0) came on and got the Cardinals out of the jam, getting Jean Segura to hit into a double play.

“He got the ball down and got the big double play in the eighth,” Matheny said. “That was huge. We have a few of those guys that really don’t fall into traps when the intensity gets higher. They just make their pitches.”

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

Nationals 5, Pirates 4: Stephen Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and Washington won a game he started for the first time since opening day by beating host Pittsburgh.

Tyler Moore hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Marlins 2, Phillies 0: Jose Fernandez pitched one-hit ball and struck out nine in seven dominant innings, leading Miami over host Philadelphia for his first win in the majors.

Fernandez (1-2) allowed just a single by Freddy Galvis in the first. He then retired the next 17 batters.

Yankees 4, Athletics 2: Phil Hughes pitched eight shutout innings of four-hit ball for his first win of the season, and host New York beat Oakland.

Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay homered against Bartolo Colon (3-1), sending the A’s to their only loss in the right-hander’s six starts this year.

Orioles 5, Angels 4, 10 innings: Steve Pearce’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted Baltimore over host Los Angeles.

Baltimore got homers from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold.

Royals 2, White Sox 0: Jeremy Guthrie (4-0) ran his unbeaten streak to a club-record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in host Kansas City’s victory.

 Tigers 17, Astros 2: Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and tied a career high with six RBI to lead visiting Detroit.  Rangers 5, Red Sox 1: Craig Gentry had an infield hit that produced two runs and later hit a two-run homer as host Texas beat Boston.  

Mariners 8, Blue Jays 1: Dustin Ackley hit his first career grand slam, Michael Saunders homered twice and visiting Seattle beat struggling Toronto. Toronto starter A.J. Dickey (2-5) lost his third straight start.

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