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Around the NL Central: May 2 Edition

News from around the Central:

Last night's action:

  • Atlanta staved off a sweep with a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over St. Louis.  Once again, the late innings proved to be an adventure for the Cardinals: with the game knotted at 5 in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Theriot dropped a pop up to start the inning, and Alex Gonzalez eventually came around to score on a duckfart off the bat of Brooks Conrad.  Ryan Franklin took the loss for the Redbirds, his third on the young season.
  • Florida used five home runs to rout Cincinnati, 9-5, at Great American Bandbox.  Bronson Arroyo surrendered three of the homers and Nick Masset gave up two in his inning of work as the Reds fell back to .500 on the season.  Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce homered for the Reds.
  • Houston finished an impressive two days of pitching with a 5-0 shutout of Milwaukee.
  • Pittsburgh got to Colorado starter Ubaldo Jimenez (now 0-2, 7.20) early and often, scoring four runs in the first inning on the strength of a Xavier Paul triple and a Garrett Jones double and tacking on four more in the fifth to run away from the Rockies, 8-4.  Charlie Morton was the beneficiary of all that offense -- and he needed every run, as he lasted only 5.1 innings and walked five with one strikeout.
  • The Cubs and D-backs split their four-game series, with Arizona sneaking past Chicago for a 4-3 victory in Phoenix.  With the Cubs down one in the top of the ninth, Carlos Pena sent a drive to the wall, but Justin Upton hauled it in and Arizona then turned a game-ending 6-3 double play to finish off the Baby Bears.
Your updated standings for May 2:

W L GB Last 10 Streak
Cardinals 16 12 -- 7-3 L1
Reds 14 14 2.0 5-5 L1
Brewers 13 14 2.5 4-6 L2
Pirates 13 15 3.0 5-5 W1
Cubs 12 15 3.5 3-7 L1
Astros 11 17 5.0 4-6 W2

On tap for tonight:
  • St. Louis returns home to host Florida in a four-game series.  Tonight's game (7:15 p.m. CDT) features the Cards' Kyle Lohse (4-1, 1.64) and Florida's Chris Volstad (2-1, 5.32).
  • Houston travels to Cincinnati for a three-game series, with game one set to start at 6:10 p.m. CDT.  J.A. Happ (1-4, 6.35) goes for the Astros, while Mike Leake (3-0, 4.40) takes the ball for the Reds.
  • The Pirates head to San Diego for a three-game series with the Fathers.  Game one starts at 9:05 p.m. CDT with Pittsburgh's James McDonald (1-2, 7.66) battling Aaron Harang (4-1, 3.90).
  • The Cubs continue their West Coast swing with a trip to Los Angeles, with first pitch scheduled for 9:10 p.m. CDT tonight.  Chicago sends struggling James Russell (1-3, 8.31) to the mound to face L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.52).