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Around the NL Central: May 12 Edition

News from around the Central:

 Yesterday's action:

  • Heavy rains and lightning put the Cardinals - Cubs game on hold for an hour last night, but the skies cleared and the game was able to resume. St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook probably wishes they'd just called the game, though: Chicago put up six runs when the game resumed in the bottom of the third inning and the Cubs blasted the Cards, 11-4. Starlin Castro busted out of a slump with a four-for-four performance and three runs driven.
  • Houston gave away a 3-0 lead against Cincinnati in the finale of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park, but, in the end, the Reds couldn't overcome the nine walks their pitchers handed out, as Hunter Pence doubled home J.R. Towles -- who drew a one-out walk off Mike Leake -- in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 Astro win.
  • Los  Angeles used a dynamite outing from Hiroki Kuroda -- seven innings, three hits, three walks, eight punchouts -- to blank Pittsburgh, 2-0. Paul Maholm flirted with disaster in his six-inning stint, giving up five hits and walking five, but the Dodgers only managed two runs off the Pirates lefty. Still, that was enough on this day, as the Pirates scratched out just four hits against Kuroda and two Dodger relievers.
Your updated standings for May 12:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 21 16 -- 5-5 L1
Reds 20 17 1.0 6-4 L1
Pirates 18 19 3.0 6-4 L2
Cubs 16 19 4.0 5-5 W1
Brewers 16 21 5.0 3-7 L1
Astros 14 23 7.0 4-6 W1


On tap for tonight:

  • The Cardinals and Cubs finish their three-game set at 1:20 p.m. CDT this afternoon. The Redbirds start Jaime Garcia (4-0, 1.99), while Chicago sends Casey Coleman (1-2, 6.29) to the bump.
  • Pittsburgh and Los Angeles wrap up their four-game series at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Scheduled to start for L.A.: right-hander Jon Garland (1-2, 3.66); for the Pirates: righty Charlie Morton (4-1, 3.13).
  • Cincinnati, Houston, and Milwaukee have the day off.