Alex Rios hit a two-run homer, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Wednesday in Chicago to stop a four-game losing streak.
Jeff Keppinger had two hits and drove in a run for the Sox, who earned a split of the rain-shortened series. Jose Quintana (2-0) was charged with two runs and four hits in five-plus innings.
Rios connected in the fifth, hitting a two-out drive to left on an 0-2 pitch from Zach McAllister. Rios’ team-high sixth homer made it 3-0.
McAllister (1-3) walked five and allowed five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers then combined for 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball, giving the Indians a chance to rally.
But four Sox relievers allowed one hit over the last four frames, capped by Addison Reed’s sixth save.
Reds 1, Cubs 0: Despite lowering his earned-run average to 3.03, Jeff Samardzija endured his fourth consecutive loss since beating Pittsburgh on Opening Day.
The right-hander allowed seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts and a wild pitch in Cincinnati. The hard-luck Samardzija had to battle through a cut on his right index finger on a Shin-Soo Choo comebacker, but matched Mat Latos, his mound opponent, pitch-by-pitch until the sixth inning.
Todd Frazier hit a long home run to help the Reds win the three-game series. Latos (1-0)allowed four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 2: Yadier Molina hit a two-run single off Stephen Strasburg in a three-run first inning, and the Cardinals swept the series in Washington. They also saddled the All-Star ace with his first four-start losing streak.
Jaime Garcia (2-1) allowed a run on Bryce Harper’s sixth-inning groundout, but otherwise added to the offensive struggles of the Nationals.
Washington produced only four runs in the three-game set, a rematch of the 2012 NL division series won by St. Louis.