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Cubs hang on in Milwaukee

Sox blow strong start by Danks; Cards come up short on road

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:14 p.m. CDT
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(Morry Gash)
The Brewers' Jean Segura (9) steals second as Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney awaits the throw during the sixth inning Wednesday in Milwaukee. The Cubs won 5-4. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Scott Feldman pitched six solid innings, Anthony Rizzo had a key two-run single, and the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Wednesday night at Miller Park.

Feldman (7-6) gave up just three runs and six hits while striking out three and walking none for his first victory this season against an NL Central Division opponent. He retired 11 of the last 14 batters he faced.

Kevin Gregg got the last three outs for his 12th save in 12 chances. It didn’t come easy, as he gave up a leadoff homer to Juan Francicso to pull the Brewers within a run. Rickie Weeks followed up with a double, advanced to third on a Logan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt and then was thrown at home by Luis Valbuena on Yuniesky Betancourt’s fielder’s choice. Scooter Gennett then flew out to deep right field, his potential walk-off two-run homer falling into Nate Schierholtz’s glove one step short of the fence.

Mets 3, White Sox 0: Shaun Marcum outdueled John Danks, pitching eight shutout innings in Chicago for his first win of the season.

Eric Young Jr. had three hits and drove in a run for New York, as Marcum (1-9) avoided becoming the first to start a season 0-10 since St. Louis’ Anthony Reyes did it in 2007. The veteran right-hander faced just three batters over the minimum, scattering four hits and pitching around two walks.

Danks (1-5) allowed three runs – one earned – on seven hits. He struck out seven without a walk.

Astros 4, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard pitched six effective innings, and Houston used a four-run fourth inning to win at home.

Bedard (3-3) allowed seven hits and walked one, limiting St. Louis to three runs. Jose Veras worked the ninth for his 16th save; after yielding a one-out single to Jon Jay and walking Matt Adams, he got out of the jam with a strikeout and fly out.

Allen Craig homered for the second straight game, and Yadier Molina had a two-run shot for the Cardinals.

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