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Hairston, Cubs break through, beat Brewers

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Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:53 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:22 a.m. CST
The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo grounds out against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning Tuesday in Chicago.

By The Associated Press

Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and David DeJesus added a two-run single, lifting the Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Tuesday night in Chicago.

Carlos Marmol (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Kyuji Fujikawa worked a scoreless ninth for his second save, stranding two runners when he got Jonathan Lucroy to pop out.

The Cubs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was in the dugout after spending part of the day at a hospital emergency room because of back pain.

Nationals 8, White Sox 7: Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and the Nationals opened an early interleague series by edging the White Sox in Washington.

Werth and LaRoche hit two-run shots off Jake Peavy in the sixth, an inning after Desmond went deep. LaRoche added a solo homer off Matt Thornton in the eighth.

That allowed Washington to hold on, even though Alex Rios hit a two-run shot off closer Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth. Soriano got Paul Konerko to fly out to end it and record his third save in four chances.

Reliever Craig Stammen (2-0) got the win.

Peavy (1-1) went 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs and nine hits.

Cardinals 5, Reds 1: Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings, and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis.

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also driving in runs.

St. Louis bounced back nicely a day after the Reds roughed up the bullpen for nine runs in the ninth inning of a 13-4 rout that made for a sour home opener.

Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly, and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits for Cincinnati.

The Reds were held to five hits, ending a run of four consecutive games with double-figure hit totals.

Choo has four straight two-hit games.

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