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Cards flying high

Reds shut down Cubs; Tigers blank Sox

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 11:53 p.m. CDT

By The Associated Press

Matt Adams had a two-run home run, and the Cardinals broke open a tight game with four in the eighth to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Wednesday in St. Louis.

The Cardinals won their fifth straight game to maintain a one-game lead over Pittsburgh and a three-game advantage on Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Brandon Kintzler (3-2) gave up three runs on two hits and a walk while only getting two outs.

Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly off Michael Gonzalez scored Matt Carpenter to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. An error by catcher Jonathan Lucroy allowed Jon Jay to score, and Adams followed with his 12th homer of the season.

Tigers 1, White Sox 0: Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in a terrific performance, helping the Detroit Tigers top the White Sox in Chicago.

Sanchez (14-7) allowed five hits and walked four in 7 1/3 innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.50.

Omar Infante drove in the game’s only run with a two-out single against Matt Lindstrom (2-4) in the eighth inning.

Reds 6, Cubs 0: Devin Mesoraco hit his first home run in more than a month, and Jack Hannahan added his first career pinch-hit homer as the Reds avoided being swept by the last-place Cubs in Cincinnati.

Mesoraco, hitless in his previous 13 at-bats, collected three to lead the Reds to their seventh win on a 10-game home stand.

It included a 3-1 record against St. Louis and three-game sweep of NL West Division-leading Los Angeles.

Cincinnati went into the game in third place in the Central, three games behind the division-leading Cardinals and two behind Pittsburgh.

After winning the first two games of the three-game series, the Cubs were in position for their first sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati since May 2001.

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