NL roundup: Cubs open two-game lead in Central
MILWAUKEE ó Derrek Lee doubled with one out in the ninth to score Alfonso Soriano and the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Monday night to take a two-game lead in the NL Central.
In the opener of a four-game series between the NLís top two teams, the Cubs prevailed in a back-and-forth contest to improve to 32-26 at Miller Park since it opened in 2001.
Marlins 7, Mets 3
MIAMI ó Dan Uggla and Cody Ross hit RBI singles to spark a five-run eighth inning, and Florida rallied for the win.
Cardinals 12, Braves 3
ATLANTA ó Albert Pujols drove in three runs, and Braden Looper won for the first time in six starts.
Pirates 8, Rockies 4
PITTSBURGH ó Ian Snell won for the second time in 18 starts, Nate McLouth homered and Pittsburgh rallied to snap Coloradoís five-game winning streak.
Astros 5, Reds 4
HOUSTON ó Roy Oswalt came off the disabled list and beat Cincinnati again, striking out five in Houstonís win.
Angels 7, Red Sox 5
BOSTON ó Casey Kotchman and Torii Hunter homered in a six-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Angels improved baseballís best record.
Twins 7, White Sox 0
MINNEAPOLIS ó Kevin Slowey pitched a six-hitter, Denard Span hit his first major league home run and Minnesota beat Chicago, striking first in this key AL Central series.
Orioles 13, Yankees 4
NEW YORK ó Adam Jones hit a grand slam and an RBI triple to back Jeremy Guthrieís strong start and end New Yorkís 10-game home winning streak.
Indians 5, Tigers 0
CLEVELAND ó Paul Byrd pitched into the eighth inning and combined with Edward Mujica on a four-hit shutout of the Tigers.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 1
TORONTO ó A.J. Burnett matched a career-high with his 12th win, Matt Stairs hit a two-run homer and Toronto won for the sixth time in seven games.
Mariners 7, Rangers 5
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Adrian Beltre homered twice for Seattle.