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Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:23 a.m. CDT

CARDINALS 2, NATIONALS 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright extended his sterling start to the season — and Washington’s mediocre one — by coming within two outs of his second shutout for St. Louis.

Wainwright (4-1) lowered his ERA to 1.93 by allowing five hits in 8 1-3 innings. Edward Mujica got two outs for his third save.

Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran drove in runs in the fourth off Ross Detwiler (1-1), who gave up eight hits across six innings.

The Nationals, who led the majors with 98 wins last season and were a popular pick to do well in 2013, lost for the eighth time in their past 11 games to fall to 10-10.

Wainwright’s walk to Bryce Harper with two outs in the sixth was the pitcher’s first free pass of the season, and it came in his fifth start, after 34 2-3 innings.

BREWERS 6, PADRES 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning and Milwaukee rode an early offensive outburst against San Diego to its ninth consecutive victory.

The winning streak is Milwaukee’s longest since it won 10 straight in August 2003. The Brewers started 2-8 this season.

Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double in the Brewers’ five-run second.

Tom Gorzelanny escaped a bases-loaded threat in the seventh and Jim Henderson earned his fifth save.

Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-2) gave up six runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings.

The Padres have lost five straight overall and seven in a row at home. They have scored six runs during their five-game slide and are 5-15 on the season.

Gallardo’s victory was his second straight since he was arrested on drunken-driving charges April 16.

CUBS 4, REDS 2, 10 INNINGS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Marmol blew a lead in the ninth inning before Darwin Barney bailed him out with a homer in the 10th that lifted Chicago over Cincinnati.

Chicago ended its four-game losing streak after squandering a late lead for the second straight day. The Cubs let a two-run lead get away in the 13th inning of a 5-4 loss Monday night.

Barney connected off left-hander Manny Parra (0-1), and Dave Sappelt added an RBI single.

Marmol (2-1), who lost the closer’s job after a rough opening week, came on with a runner on second and one out in the ninth to face Joey Votto, who was 1 for 15 in his career against the reliever with nine strikeouts. Votto singled up the middle to tie it.

Marmol escaped a bases-loaded threat to keep it tied. Kevin Gregg fanned Votto with two aboard in the 10th to get his first save.

Chicago won for only the second time in nine games, while the Reds lost for just the second time in nine games.

TWINS 4, MARLINS 3, GAME 1

MARLINS 8, TWINS 5, GAME 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia gave up two runs in seven innings, leading Minnesota over Miami in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

The Marlins’ offense finally showed some life in the nightcap with an 8-5 victory.

Arcia’s three-run homer in the fourth backed Correia (2-1), who allowed five hits and struck out five in the opener. The Twins shrugged off yet another chilly day to win their fifth straight. Brian Dozier had three hits, and Glen Perkins got his sixth save.

Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the Marlins, who are off to a franchise-worst 5-16 start after an offseason salary purge. Joe Mahoney had two hits and two RBIs for Miami.

In the second game, Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs for Miami.

Brantly had two doubles and Ricky Nolasco (1-2) allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings for the Marlins, who won for just the fifth time this season. Miami had a season-high 16 hits, including a double, a single and two RBIs from struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Steve Cishek got his second save.

Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI, while Mike Pelfrey (2-2) had another rough outing, giving up five runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings as the Twins lost for the first time in six games.

PIRATES 2, PHILLIES 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Locke pitched six innings of two-hit ball and Gaby Sanchez homered off Cole Hamels to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.

Locke (2-1) struck out six and walked two. After wriggling out of a jam in the fourth, he retired his last eight batters — striking out three of the final four.

Sanchez also doubled and Brandon Inge had an RBI double in his Pirates debut to help Pittsburgh win for the fifth time in seven games.

After opening the season with a pair of poor outings, Hamels (0-3) pitched well for the third straight start but was hurt by a lack of run support again. The Phillies were shut out for the third time this season.

Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

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