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20 May 2015

Cardinals 10, Mets 2

Cards go on the offensive in rout of Mets

NEW YORK -- Strategizing against a lefty starting pitcher on Tuesday at Citi Field, the Cardinals opted to bench three of their best hitters -- all-left-handed -- on the same night.  They didn't seem to miss them.  The Cardinals exploded for 10 runs over the first six innings of their 10-2 win over the Mets, producing one of their best offensive outputs of the season while Matt Carpenter, Jason Heyward and Matt Adams lounged on the bench.
In place of the usual suspects, right-hander Randal Grichuk led St. Louis' attack with three hits and three RBIs against Mets starter Jon Niese, who gave up eight runs in five-plus innings. Daniel Murphy's two-run homer was one of the few bright spots for a Mets team that saw its winning streak end at three.

07 May 2015

Offensive explosion leads Rangers to sweep of Astros

HOUSTON -- The Rangers secured their first three-game sweep of the season by cooling down the Astros, 11-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. The first-place Astros had won 10 in a row before losing three straight to Texas.


Rangers starter Colby Lewis held the Astros scoreless for seven innings before giving up a run in the eighth. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six for his first win since April 7. He had his 13-inning scoreless streak come to an end when he allowed the run in the eighth.

"This series shows that when the pitching and the hitting come together, this is the type of team we are all about," Lewis said. "It's fun to get that kind of run support, fill up the strike zone, use their aggressiveness against them and get quick outs."

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/122798458/carlos-peguero-and-colby-lewis-led-the-rangers-to-a-sweep-of-the-astros?game_pk=414067

06 May 2015

Cards 7, Cubs 4

Matt Carpenter hit a game-tying three-run homer and Mark Reynolds hit a go-ahead RBI double as the Cardinals won their eighth straight game and became the first team in baseball to reach 20 wins. The St. Louis bullpen stayed hot with 4 2/3 scoreless, as the Cubs lost their 4th straight.

05 May 2015

Cards 19-6; Best Start through 25 games in modern history

By Jenifer Langosch and Carrie Muskat / MLB.com | 3:23 AM ET

May 4, 2015 Chi. Cubs 9, St. Louis 10 at Busch Stadium

ST. LOUIS -- Following a trio of walk-off wins over the weekend, the Cardinals rolled their winning streak to seven by erasing an early five-run deficit and snatching a 10-9 victory from the Cubs in Monday's series opener at Busch Stadium. The win improved the Cardinals to 19-6, marking their best start through 25 games in modern franchise history.

"If any team had the right to maybe shut down after this weekend and how everything played out, this team could have, and that wasn't at all what it was," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I think I said yesterday that 'wow' was my explanation. I don't even know what to give you today because, to me, that's just a sign of a tough team, a mentally tough team that is going to be relentless. I hope that's something that we never lose."

Tribute to Stan by Bob Costas

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