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Around the NL Central: May 16 Edition

News from around the Central:

 Yesterday's action:

  • Cincinnati clipped St. Louis, 9-7, to sweep the three-game series from the Cards and open a 1.5 game lead in the division. Cincinnati held what appeared to be a commanding 9-2 lead heading into the top of the ninth thanks to a four-run bottom of the seventh, but Aroldis Chapman brought his gas can to the mound in the final frame, walking four of the five hitters he faced and eventually surrendering four earned runs when Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero gave up run-scoring doubles. But CoCo took down Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman to end it, and the Reds moved to six games over .500.
  • Milwaukee rode the hot bats of Jon Lucroy and Ryan Braun and survived shaky outings from Zack Greinke and John Axford to sweep Pittsburgh with a 9-6 win at Miller Park. Our recap is here.
  • Rain washed out Chicago's game against San Francisco. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 28.
  • Houston was cruising along with a 2-0 lead on the Mets until Aneury Rodriguez melted down in the top of the fifth, surrendering four runs as New York claimed an eventual 7-4 win at Minute Maid Park. All told, Rodriguez gave up seven runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks in five innings. The big blow came off the bat of Mets second baseman Justin Turner, who clubbed a three-run homer in the fifth.
Your updated standings for May 16:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Reds 23 17 -- 8-2 W3
Cardinals 22 19 1.5 5-5 L3
Brewers 19 21 4.0 6-4 W3
Pirates 18 22 5.0 4-6 L5
Cubs 17 21 5.0 5-5 L1
Astros 15 25 8.0 3-7 L1


On tap for tonight:

  • The Reds look to build on the momentum gained over the weekend during a three-game series with the Cubs in Cincinnati. Game one starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT at Great American Ballpark, and features Chicago's Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.35) matching up with Cincinnati's Homer Bailey (2-0, 0.69).
  • St. Louis tries to rebound from the weekend's poor showing, but things don't get any easier for the Redbirds as come home to host Philly in a three-game series that starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. The Cardinals send Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92) to the mound to face the Fightin's' Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.78).
  • The Pirates travel to D.C. for a three-game series with the Nats, starting at 6:05 p.m. CDT tonight. Pittsburgh starts Paul Maholm (1-3, 3.60) and John Lannan (2-2, 4.79) goes for Washington.
  • Houston continues its string of games against NL East opponents with a series in Atlanta. Tonight's game is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CDT, with Brett Myers (1-3, 5.01) scheduled to face Tommy Hanson (4-3, 2.51).