Cardinals shell Wada to earn split


Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is a part of a six-man rotation that is auditioning for the future.

He doesn’t think his latest outing helped his cause.

Matt Holliday homered twice, including a three-run blast off Wada, and drove in five and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago 13-2 Saturday night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader.

“I think that home run kind of changed the flow of the game and that kind of dragged on to the other pitchers, as well,” Wada said through an interpreter.

“In that way, I think it was not a very good game for me. The next time out, I’ve got to have a game that I wouldn’t regret and have a different result.”

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for St. Louis, which won for just the third time in its past nine games and pulled to within one game of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.

Wada (4-2) gave up four runs in six innings. Overall, manager Rick Renteria was pleased with his starter’s performance.

“Wada was hanging in there,” Renteria said. “He was hanging in there. One pitch obviously Holliday drilled it out of the ballpark. Then he went back out and kept us in there one more inning.

“He ground it out. I thought he kept us in the ballgame.”

The 13 runs are the most this season for the Cardinals and the first time in seven games they scored at least three runs. Their previous high was 10, which they did twice.

“Yeah, we really need those big production days and Matt’s the guy that can do that,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “It’s nice to see and nice to see him lead like he did.

“It’s good to see our offense kind of quiet people that think that we can only score two runs a game.”

Starlin Castro hit one of Chicago’s three solo homers and Felix Doubront pitched seven strong innings in his National League debut, sending the Cubs to a 5-1 victory in the doubleheader opener.

Logan Watkins and Chris Valaika also connected for Chicago in the makeup of a May 14 rainout.

Chris Coghlan had a two-run single for the Cubs.

Marlins 4, Braves 0

In Atlanta, Jarred Cosart pitched seven effective innings, and the Marlins stopped a three-game losing streak.

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 0

In Phoenix, rookie Tyler Matzek gave up three hits in seven innings for Colorado, and Matt McBride and Charlie Blackmon homered.

Padres 2, Dodgers 1 (10)

In San Diego, Alexi Amarista singled in the winning run with one out in the 10th, and the Padres beat the NL West-leading Dodgers for the second straight time in extra innings.

Pirates 3, Reds 2

In Pittsburgh, Neil Walker hit a three-run homer in the first inning.

Phillies 7, Mets 2

In New York, Ryan Howard drove in three runs for Philadelphia, and Marlon Byrd homered on his 37th birthday.

Jerome Williams (3-0) pitched into the seventh inning to win his third straight decision since joining the last-place Phillies, who won for the seventh time in nine games. They batted around in the sixth, scoring five runs off Bartolo Colon on seven hits — all singles.

Giants 3, Brewers 1

In San Francisco, Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the streaking Giants won their fifth straight game.


Angels 2, Athletics 0

In Anaheim, the Angels used eight pitchers — a franchise record for a nine-inning game — in a win that increased their AL West lead over the Athletics to four games.

White Sox 6, Tigers 3 (1st)

Tigers 8, White Sox 4 (2nd)

In Chicago, Kyle Ryan pitched six scoreless innings in his major league debut, and the Tigers salvaged a split of a day-night doubleheader with a potentially costly victory.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera pulled up lame while running out a grounder in the fourth inning, forcing him from the game. The All-Star has been dealing with a sore right ankle.

Indians 3, Royals 2 (11)

In Kansas City, Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th as Cleveland earned its third consecutive win.

Norichika Aoki went 1-for-4 for Kansas City.

Orioles 3, Twins 2

In Baltimore, Chris Davis hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Orioles, and Jimmy Paredes homered.

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0

In Toronto, Drew Hutchison pitched seven innings for the Blue Jays, and Jose Bautista homered for the fourth straight game.

Munenori Kawasaki was hitless in three at-bats for Toronto, while New York’s Ichiro Suzuki also finished 0-for-3.

Rays 7, Red Sox 0

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jake Odorizzi and two Rays relievers combined on a one-hitter.

Astros 2, Rangers 0

In Houston, the Astros’ Scott Feldman pitched a three-hitter for his second major league shutout.

Feldman (8-10) struck out five and walked one in his fourth career complete game and second this month.


Nationals 3, Mariners 1

In Seattle, Stephen Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning and Jayson Werth hit his second home run in two nights for Washington.