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Abreu stays hot for Sox

Cubs, Cardinals both pick up shutout victories

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (left) avoids the slide of the Brewers' Rickie Weeks in a double play during the eighth inning Sunday in Milwaukee. The Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (left) avoids the slide of the Brewers' Rickie Weeks in a double play during the eighth inning Sunday in Milwaukee. The Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win.

Jose Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April, and the White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday in Chicago.

Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs. Albert Pujols had the previous mark of 27 in 2001.

The homer was his major league-leading 10th, and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.

In his major league debut, Scott Carroll (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, in 7 1/3 innings after he was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to fill in for injured ace Chris Sale.

Cubs 4, Brewers 0: Jason Hammel pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Starlin Castro homered twice, and Chicago won on the road to snap a four-game skid.

Hammel (4-1) struck out a season-high seven, outdueling Wily Peralta (3-1), who had won three straight decisions.

Ryan Braun (chest muscle strain) and Jean Segura (eye & cheek contusion) both missed the game with injuries for the Brewers. Segura was accidentally hit by Braun’s practice swing Saturday.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 0: Adam Wainwright became the majors’ first five-game winner, and Jhonny Peralta ended St. Louis’ 366 at-bat homerless drought with a pair of blasts at Busch Stadium.

Wainwright (5-1) allowed three hits in eight innings, and hasn’t allowed a run in 25 consecutive innings.

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