Fowler Hits 1st 2 Cards HRs in 2-1 Win


The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first against right-hander Chad Kuhl (1-1). "I just haven't had the results". "That's a tough at-bat if you're putting it on the corner".

Morton (1-1) worked in and out of trouble over five innings, allowing five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Lance Lynn pitched seven shutout innings, Kolten Wong homered and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday night. He has won nine of his last 11 decisions against the Pirates dating to September 11, 2012. ". He makes pitches, he's very effective, he competes very well on the mound. We've been up against the wall, and guys keep responding".

Betts, who was 3 for 5 and got the Red Sox rolling with an RBI single in the third inning, hit a drive into the second deck to lead off the seventh.

"It was just something mechanical that caused a lot of problems and I got that straightened out", he said.

The Cardinals have won back-to-back games for the first time this season to improve to 5-9.

"We get some positive ju-ju going our way and we're eliminating our mistakes and that's how we're winning games", Fowler said. Allowing multiple hits in five of his six outings, Tuesday night was no different as he struggled to start the inning sharp, as he did so well last season.

Dexter Fowler tripled, leading the Cardinals to their second straight win.

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Greg Garcia's double in the fifth scored Jose Martinez to make it 2-0 Cardinals. McCutchen picked up an outfield assist when Garcia was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. After a rocky start to his career in St. Louis, Cecil has now been ideal in his last four appearances.

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McCutchen was moved from center to right this spring so the Pirates could shift Marte from left to center. Cody Allen loaded the bases in the ninth, but he completed his third save by getting Joe Mauer to fly out to center field. "If I've got to show a couple of people that I can do it then that's what I'm going to do". With one out, Bell and Jordy Mercer hit back-to-back singles.

RED SOX 4, RAYS 3 Andrew Benintendi hit a go-ahead, two-run single as Boston scored three unearned runs following a dropped throw by second baseman Brad Miller, and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the annual Patriots' Day game.

Pirates: OF Jose Osuna was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill Marte's spot. Subsequently, Cervelli didn't fare much better, hitting a grounder to the pitcher, but in a stroke of good luck, Matt Carpenter muffed the catch to put the tying run on first base.

CUBS 9, BREWERS 7: Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Jon Jay added run-scoring hits in a four-run sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied from five down.

Wacha's outing capped a series which saw St. Louis starters allow only two runs in 20 innings.

The Cardinals, who will bring the National League's worst record back to Busch Stadium for the opener of a three-game series Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, rank 27th in fielding percentage and average nearly an error per game. In his two starts this year, Nova has a 1-1 record, a 2.25 ERA and five Ks in 12.0 innings.