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Cardinals rally past Reds 7-5

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 23:28 Published in Sports
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning that glanced off right fielder Jay Bruce's glove on the warning track and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Tuesday night.
 
Yadier Molina homered and Peter Bourjos had three hits and an RBI to help the Cardinals clinch their 26th series win to go with three losses and two splits since 2003 against Cincinnati.
 
Bruce had a two-run triple in the first, Billy Hamilton's second hit of the season drove in a run and Ryan Ludwick had two RBIs for the Reds.
 
The Reds squandered a 4-0 second-inning lead by the bottom half of the inning, and Lance Lynn (2-0) got enough support to beat Cincinnati for the second straight time.
 
The Cardinals averaged 5.67 runs in Lynn's starts last year, third-most in the National League, and have scored seven both outings this year.
 
Trevor Rosenthal finished for his third save in three chances.
 
Bruce appeared to have a bead on Holliday's two-out drive with two on against Logan Ondrusek (0-1), but had to jump a bit at the last instant and the ball glanced off his glove as the Cardinals took a 6-5 lead. Bourjos added an RBI single in the seventh off J.J. Hoover.
 
Both starters scuffled, just as they did in the second game of the season in Cincinnati. Lynn has surrendered eight runs in 11 innings and Homer Bailey has permitted eight runs on 16 hits and five walks in 9 1-3 innings.
 
Lynn is 5-1 for his career against the Reds, including three wins last year. Bailey is 5-11 against the Cardinals.
 
Joey Votto and Bruce had one-out hits in the fifth ahead of Ludwick's run-scoring groundout for a 5-4 lead.
 
Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter had two hits, an RBI and was hit by a pitch against Bailey. He's 13 for 22 against the right-hander.
 
Notes: It was 61 degrees for the first pitch, a 12-degree improvement over the home opener Monday. ... The Cardinals received World Series rings in a pre-game ceremony. "I'm going to be wearing this one," manager Mike Matheny said. "My fingers have been busted up pretty bad, so they don't hold rings real well. But I'm going to make sure this one stays with me for a while." ... Shelby Miller (0-1, 8.44) opposes Mike Leake (0-1, 5.40) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Miller gave up three solo homers in his first start at Pittsburgh. Leake makes his ninth start against the Cardinals but just his second on the road. ... Rehabbing Reds reliever Sean Marshall (shoulder) is scheduled to throw an inning at extended spring training Wednesday.

Ovechkin gets 50th goal, Capitals top Blues 4-1

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 23:27 Published in Sports
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin took his place in the NHL record book and helped the Washington Capitals keep pace in the playoff race.
 
Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to score 50 more goals in a season five times and added two assists as the Capitals beat the slumping St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night. The two points gave the Capitals 85, four behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
 
Both the Blue Jackets and Capitals have three games left.
 
"We talked this morning about all we can do is control our situation," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "Try and focus on tonight, get a win and see what happens tomorrow."
 
The Blues clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference a while ago, but their hopes of a President's Trophy are fading.
 
Maxim Lapierre had the only goal for St. Louis, which has lost a season-high three straight. The Blues have been outscored 12-3 during the losing streak. St. Louis has scored two or fewer goals in nine of its last 11 games.
 
"I thought the first period we were really good," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When we got down 3-1, we just seemed to lose our energy."
 
Hitchcock said the Blues' scoring problems are more than just the top lines not delivering.
 
"I think it's across the board," Hitchcock said. "When you're not scoring, you need to shoot, but it's more the execution after we got down."
 
Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and Mikhail Grabovski added another goal for the Capitals. Braden Holtby made 28 saves after he started over Jaroslav Halak, who played 40 games and recorded 24 wins for the Blues this season. Holtby also beat the Blues 4-1 on Nov. 17.
 
"We got fortunate in some places, a broken stick on a wide-open shot and a few others where they just missed, but I think that was a credit to us pressuring them on those scoring chances," Holtby said. "It's a game of those little things and tonight we did that."
 
Holtby said the Capitals have done what they had to do the last few games.
 
"I think we've done a pretty good job of staying calm and just playing our game the last couple," Holtby said. "It's hard, it's a tough thing, but we can only control what we can control now."
 
Ovechkin, who added an assist, beat Ryan Miller with a one-timer from the left circle at 17:54 of the first period for his 50th goal overall and 23rd on the power play, both league highs.
 
It is Ovechkin's first 50-goal campaign since 2009-10 when he scored 50. His single-season high is 65 in the 2007-08 season.
 
"It means a lot," Ovechkin said. "That's a big number, and it's going to be there my whole life."
 
After Lapierre tied the game at 2:39 of the second period, Grabovski gave the Capitals the lead for good when he beat Miller with a slap shot from the left circle at 8:52 of the period.
 
Ovechkin then gave Washington some insurance when he broke in down the right wing and fed Backstrom in the slot. Backstrom put it past Miller with 1:10 left in the second period to make it 3-1.
 
"It was a great feed again," Backstrom said. "That was a seam pass there and that defenseman gave me a little room, so you have to take advantage of that."
 
Washington began the third period on a power play and Backstrom put the game out of reach when he scored 16 seconds into the period.
 
NOTES: Ovechkin is tied with Pavel Bure, Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman with five seasons of 50 or more goals. Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky accomplished that nine times, and Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux had six such seasons. ... Alexander Steen returned to the Blues' lineup after missing the last three games. ... Tuesday marked the first time the Capitals have been in St. Louis since Dec. 1, 2010, when they also beat the Blues 4-1.

Webster Wins Back-to-Back Chess Championships

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:41 Published in Local News
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (AP) - The University of Connecticut may be celebrating a basketball championship, but Webster University in suburban St. Louis is celebrating back-to-back titles  - in chess.
 
The Webster Groves, Mo.-based university took first place, earning the President's Cup, in a national championship tournament over the weekend in New York. Webster University won with 9.5 points. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County was second with 7 points, followed by Texas Tech with 6.5 points and the University of Illinois with 1 point.
 
It was the fourth title in four years for Webster coach Susan Polgar. She led Texas Tech to two championships before coaching at Webster for the past two years.
 
Webster was undefeated in matches this season, going 9-0.

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