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Cards shut down Cubs

Sale shaky as White Sox fall in Minneapolis

(Jeff Roberson)
The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (right) is safe at home as he knocks the ball out of the glove of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning Wednesday in St. Louis. That was the only run the Cubs scored in a 4-1 loss. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Yadier Molina hit his fifth home run, and Jake Westbrook pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

Westbrook (3-2) worked around trouble almost the entire night in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a sore elbow. He gave up no earned runs, striking out two and walking three.

Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 21st save in 21 attempts.

Edwin Jackson (3-9) was pulled after he hit Jon Jay following Molina’s blast to left field. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs and six hits. He struck out one and walked two.

Twins 7, White Sox 4: Justin Morneau homered for the first time in almost 2 months, and the two-run shot helped Minnesota send visiting Chicago to its sixth loss in seven games.

Morneau’s third homer of the season followed an RBI single by Josh Willingham in the sixth off Deunte Heath, after ace Chris Sale’s night ended after five shaky innings. Morneau last went deep on April 28.

Brian Dozier reached base four times, including a three-run homer in the second against Sale (5-6).

Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning for the second game in a row, recording his 18th save in 20 tries, after Kevin Correia (6-4) pitched into the seventh inning.


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