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White Sox extend losing skid; Cards rout Reds

Cubs can’t solve L.A.

Published: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 10:47 p.m. CDT
(Brian Kersey)
The Cubs' Darwin Barney kneels at second base after he was forced out on Junior Lake's double-play ground ball during the eighth inning Saturday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single, Stephen Fife pitched into the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their franchise-record road winning streak to 14 with a 1-0 win over the Cubs in Chicago.

The Dodgers haven’t lost on the road since July 6 in San Francisco. The NL record for consecutive road wins is 17 by the New York Giants in 1916. Detroit was the last to win 14 straight in 1984.

The Cubs haven’t scored for 23 straight innings, and lost despite starter Carlos Villanueva (2-8) and two relievers allowing just one run and two hits.

Fife (4-3) struck out five and allowed seven hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 17th save in 20 opportunities.

Tigers 3, White Sox 2, 12 inn.: Torii Hunter’s walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning lifted Detroit at home, and sent Chicago to its 10th straight loss.

Miguel Cabrera, who has been dealing with hip and abdominal problems, led off the 12th with a pinch-hit single. Matt Tuiasosopo ran for him, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Jackson. Hunter, who came on as replacement, lined a single to left-center off Dylan Axelrod (3-8).

The Tigers, who have won 12 of 13, take a three-game lead in the AL Central into a four-game series at second-place Cleveland.

Cardinals 15, Reds 2: Matt Carpenter broke his 0-for-23 slump with a bases-loaded double during the decisive rally, and St. Louis ended a tough trip on the upswing by winning in Cincinnati.

The Cardinals went 3-8 on a trip that included seven straight losses – four of them in Pittsburgh, allowing the Pirates to overtake them for the NL Central lead.

Carpenter’s two-run double off the wall completed a five-run rally in the sixth against Mike Leake (10-5) and two relievers. Matt Adams, David Freese and Tony Cruz homered for the Cardinals, who have scored 13, 13, 3 and 15 runs in their last four games.

Lance Lynn (13-5) allowed two runs on four hits in eight innings. He struck out 11.

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