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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's throwing error combined with Michael Wacha's wild pitch to allow two unearned runs in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and helping Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals beat St. Louis 3-1 Friday night.

Gonzalez (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, retiring the last 11 batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts and one walk as Washington ended an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis that dated to Game 5 of the teams' 2012 NL division series.

Wacha (2-1) gave up five hits and one earned run. But a night after the Nationals made three errors - they initially were charged with four, but one was changed to a hit Friday - it was the Cardinals' turn to be sloppy.



Lance Lynn won his fourth straight start and the St. Louis Cardinals took advantage of another shaky fielding performance by Washington, scoring three unearned runs to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 Saturday.

Tony Cruz drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who have won nine of the last 10 games between the teams. St. Louis took control with a three-run second inning fueled by third baseman Anthony Rendon's throwing error.

Lynn (4-0) gave up one run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in becoming the NL's first four-game winner.

Trevor Rosenthal worked the ninth for his fifth save, but not without difficulty. Washington put runners on second and third with one out, and Kevin Frandsen drove in a run with a groundout before Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth on three pitches.

Zimmermann (1-1) allowed four runs, only one of them earned, in seven innings.



Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a weeklong offensive funk and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 Saturday.

Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before beating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field.

Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and scored a pair of runs for the Cubs. Junior Lake, Starlin Castro and Justin Ruggiano each drove in a run.

Edwin Jackson (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Tony Cingrani (1-2) gave up three runs in five innings.

Jay Bruce went 3 for 3 with a walk for the Reds.


Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

St. Louis rallied after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to the head on Blues captain David Backes, who had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for overtime.

Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime with his second goal of the series, beating Corey Crawford with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and in with 6.4 seconds to go. Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and two assists for the Blues.



Heavy race favorite Midnight Hawk was run down in the stretch by Dynamic Impact, which won the $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose in a photo finish. Maiden horse Irish You Well finished third at Hawthorne Race course in Stickney.

Ridden by Miguel Mena, the 9-1 winner Dynamic Impact ran a mile and an eighth in 1:49.07 on a fast track from the No. 1 post position. The 57th running of the Illinois Derby featured an eight horse field.

"Nobody chased the favorite, so I had to go and put some pressure on him," Mena said. 

Midnight Hawk, the 2-5 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, stumbled out of the gate, but then righted itself immediately and went to the lead and was in front throughout the race until the finish line. Dynamic Impact stayed with the favorite from start to finish, but Midnight Hawk had a 2 1-2 length lead at the head of the stretch.

Midnight Hawk started to waiver at the  1/4 pole, as jockey Martin Garcia worked hard to keep his the horses head straight via the whip.

"He (Midnight Hawk) got a little tired (at the end)," Garcia said.

Dynamic Impact began to furiously close by the 1/8 pole until the dramatic finish.

"I was glad I was able to put him (Dynamic Impact) on the outside at the  1/4 pole," Mena said. "He wasn't liking it on the inside and I had no choice since I had to put some pressure. By the time we got to the 1/8 pole, I said he's coming back, he's coming back."

Dynamic Impact paid $21.20 on a $2 bet to win, $6.00 to place and $4.80 to show. Midnight Hawk returned $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show, while Irish You Well returned $4.80 to show in the race for 3-year-olds.

Dynamic Impact, which faced Graded Stakes winners for the first time in the Illinois Derby, is trained by Mark E. Casse and owned by John C. Oxley. The Illinois Derby is considered a prep race for the Preakness Stakes (May 17), since the Kentucky Derby (May 3) is thought to be too close a turnaround for Illinois Derby horses to recover.

Midnight Hawk is trained by multiple Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert. Part of the owners group of Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc., is Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and assistant coach Mike Kitchen. The Blackhawks also lost a heartbreaker, 4-3 in overtime at St. Louis, just minutes before the Illinois Derby race. Also part of the owning syndicate of Midnight Hawk is Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice.






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