ST. LOUIS – Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and the Cincinnati Reds got an RBI each from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances, finishing off only the third road victory in 11 games for the Reds and handing St. Louis its third straight loss.
Yadier Molina had three of the Cardinals’ seven hits, including an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton that produced their first run in 17 innings. The Cardinals stranded 10 runners.
Wainwright (4-2) trailed just six pitches in after Shin-soo Choo doubled on his first offering, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Votto’s single. Over his final six innings, the right-hander gave up three hits and one run on Paul’s broken-bat forceout grounder in the fourth set up by hits from Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier.
Wainwright walked two, one intentionally, after issuing just one in 37 1/3 innings his first five starts.
Latos (2-0) worked around five hits and three walks in his sixth quality start in as many outings this season. The Reds have scored just four runs in his past three appearances.
The Cardinals, who entered with a major league-leading .355 average with runners in scoring position, had two base runners in an inning four times against Latos. Allen Craig, who came in 7 for 11 with runners in scoring position and two outs, failed twice in that situation with forceouts to end the third and fifth innings.
ATLANTA 3, NATIONALS 2: In Atlanta, Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as Atlanta ended itsfour-game losing streak.
Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg ended his career-worst streak of losses in four straight starts. He allowed two runs in six innings.
Jordan Walden (1-0) struck out three in 1 2/3 hitless innings. He replaced Julio Teheran, who allowed 10 hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
BREWERS 10, PIRATES 4: In Milwaukee, pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice in its rout of Pittsburgh.
Gallardo also tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh. He and Norichika Aoki hit consecutive homers in the fourth before Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt repeated the feat in the fifth.
CUBS 5, PADRES 3: In Chicago, Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs as Chicago won its fifth game in seven outings.
Barney hit a pair of RBI doubles as he went 2-for-3 and Ransom went 2-for-4 with a home run. Both players also made nice defensive plays in the seventh with men in scoring position to preserve the Cubs’ lead.
Kevin Gregg got the final out of the eighth and worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.