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Chicago’s Luis Valbuena fires to first after forcing out St. Louis’ Yadier Molina at second on Wednesday.

Cubs pay for sloppy play against Cards

– There were the four double plays, one in every inning from the fifth to the eighth. Mix in a wild pitch, an error and a shaky outing from a usually reliable reliever, and that was enough to sink the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Anthony Rizzo had three hits and Nate Schierholtz doubled home a pair of runs, but the Cubs blew a late one-run lead in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

“We just can’t seem to shut anybody down in the sixth, seventh inning,” manager Dale Sveum said. “We’re getting two strikes on people, we just can’t make a pitch when we have to.”

Carlos Beltran had three hits and two RBI as St. Louis improved to a major league-best 14-7 on the road.

“We’ve been an opportunistic team,” manager Mike Matheny said.

The Cardinals trailed 4-3 before Beltran singled in Matt Carpenter in the seventh, and Jon Jay drove in Yadier Molina with a tiebreaking single against Michael Bowden (1-2) in the eighth. Each rally featured a costly mistake by the Cubs, with Carpenter moving to third on an error by right fielder Nate Schierholtz and Molina advancing to second on a wild pitch.

PADRES 1, MARLINS 0: In San Diego, Jason Marquis outpitched Ricky Nolasco, Yonder Alonso had a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning as San Diego completed a three-game sweep.

Marquis (4-2) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three in eight innings.

BRAVES 7, REDS 2: In Cincinnati, Dan Uggla hit a pair of solo homers and Juan Francisco added his first career grand slam as Atlanta,which took two of three, handed Cincinnati its first series home loss this season.

GIANTS 4, PHILLIES 3, 10 inn.: In San Francisco, Andres Torres lined a game-ending single to right field with two outs in the 10th inning as San Francisco avoided a sweep.


INDIANS 4. ATHLETICS 3: In Cleveland, an apparent game-tying homer by Oakland’s Adam Rosales was ruled a double by umpires in the ninth inning, and Cleveland held on to beat the Athletics.

ASTROS 3, ANGELS 1: In Houston, Bud Norris pitched into the ninth and Chris Carter homered for the second straight game to lift Houston.

ORIOLES 5, ROYALS 3: In Baltimore, J.J. Hardy homered, Chris Tillman won his third straight start and Baltimore took advantage of three errors by Kansas City.

TWINS 15, RED SOX 8: In Boston, Pedro Florimon had a solo homer and a two-run double in Minnesota’s season-high seven-run second inning.

RAYS 10, BLUE JAYS 4: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Matt Moore won his sixth straight to start the season, and Evan Longoria drove in three to lead Tampa Bay.


MARINERS 2, PIRATES 1: In Pittsburgh, Felix Hernandez scattered six hits and Jesus Montero broke a tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning off A.J. Burnett to lift Seattle.

Hernandez (5-2) struck out five and walked one.

WHITE SOX 6, METS 3: In New York, Jake Peavy pitched three-hit ball in his return from a balky back, Alejandro De Aza had a leadoff homer and Chicago split its two-game interleague series.

NATIONALS 3, TIGERS 1: In Washington, Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, and Jordan Zimmermann won his NL-leading sixth game to lift Washington.

RANGERS 4, BREWERS 1: In Milwaukee, Derek Holland allowed one run over seven shaky innings and Texas benefited from two Milwaukee base-running blunders.