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Ramirez delivers winning hit in 9th


June 08. 2013 12:05AM


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The Associated Press


MILWAUKEE — Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 victory over the Phillies on Friday night that ended Philadelphia’s five-game winning streak.


Jean Segura started the winning rally by beating out a grounder to short for an infield single off Jeremy Horst (0-2). Ryan Braun singled and Segura advanced to third base. Ramirez then lined the second pitch he saw to left field to drive in the winning run.


Reliever Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Milwaukee.


Pirates 2, Cubs 0


CHICAGO — Francisco Liriano pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs for their major league-leading 10th shutout, matching Pittsburgh’s total for all of last season.


Liriano (4-2) walked five, his most since Sept. 1 last year, but struck eight to help Pittsburgh stop a three-game losing streak. He had lost his previous two starts.


Mark Melancon pitched the eighth, and Jason Grilli finished the five-hitter for his major league-leading 23rd save in as many chances. After two-out singles by Ryan Sweeney and pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro, Grilli struck out Darwin Barney.


Russell Martin had two hits, including an RBI double off Travis Wood (5-4) in the sixth as the Pirates won for the second time in seven games.


Cardinals 9, Reds 2


CINCINNATI — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings for his ninth win, and every Cardinals starter had a hit in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds that gave St. Louis a four-game lead in the NL Central, its biggest of the season.


Wainwright (9-3) gave up two runs and seven hits as the Cardinals improved the major leagues’ best record to 40-21.


Slumping Pete Kozma drove in three runs, David Freese and Jon Jay knocked in two apiece, and four Cardinals extended long hitting streaks against a pitching staff in a downturn. Mike Leake (5-3) lasted only five innings for the Reds, who have given up 26 runs while losing their last three games.


The NL Central rivalry has fallen into a pattern lately -- the second-place Reds can’t score many runs. They’ve scored two or fewer in their last six games against the Cardinals, the first time that’s happened since 1974, the year before the Big Red Machine won its first World Series.


A day after the Cardinals hit five homers for a 12-8 win over Arizona, they put together five singles in the fourth inning for all the runs they’d really need.


Jay Bruce’s RBI single ended Wainwright’s shutout in the six.




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