Wacha outduels Nats' Scherzer to stay unbeaten
WASHINGTON -- One of these days, Michael Wacha might be the guy who forces the other team's starting pitcher to excel. For now, the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander is having a delightful time trying to outdo the opposing team's ace. Wacha got the best of Max Scherzer, Matt Adams singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Thursday for their fourth straight series win...
Tarasenko, Blues dismantle Wild 6-1 to even series
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and the revived St. Louis Blues sent Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk to an early exit and thoroughly dominated the Wild in a 6-1 victory in Game 4 to even the Western Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday night...
Wong's tiebreaking double in 8th helps Cardinals top Nats
WASHINGTON -- Kolten Wong homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. Wong finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He had a two-run homer in the second inning and a single in the fourth...
Cardinals lose to Nationals on walk-off HR in 10th inning
WASHINGTON -- Heading toward a throng of excited Washington Nationals teammates after his first game-ending homer in four years, Yunel Escobar jumped head-first toward the plate. "He's got life to him. Teammates love him here," Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez said afterward. "He's just a different ballplayer."...
Porter helps Wizards to 2-0 series lead with 15 points
TORONTO -- John Wall had 26 points and 17 assists, Bradley Beal scored 28 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 117-106 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Marcin Gortat scored 16 points, Otto Porter had 15 and Paul Pierce added 10 for the Wizards, who host Game 3 on Friday night...
Blues blanked in Game 3, trail Wild in playoff series
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The St. Louis Blues have been busy trying to agitate the Minnesota Wild into costly mistakes. With a sarcastic smile here and a timely goal there, the Wild have kept their cool and taken the series lead.
Cardinals sweep Reds to extend winning streak to five games
ST. LOUIS -- Two on and two out in the eighth inning with the heart of the Cincinnati Reds lineup due in a tie game, Adam Wainwright was at a crossroads. In a brief mound meeting that matched the brisk pace of the game in a 2-1 victory Sunday night, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny showed faith in his ace...
Martinez, Heyward, Cardinals beat Reds for 4th win in row
ST. LOUIS -- Jason Heyward wasn't sure how to react after hitting his first home run as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The curtain call concept was new to him. "A couple guys in the dugout said, 'They want you to go back out there,"' Heyward said. "So I did. It was a good feeling."...
Blues whip Wild 4-1, even series at game apiece
ST. LOUIS -- There was no containing Vladimir Tarasenko this time around. Held to an assist without a shot in a deflating Game 1 loss, Tarasenko responded with his first career playoff hat trick, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday to even their first-round series at a game apiece...
Blues drop playoff opener to Wild
ST. LOUIS -- Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba gave Minnesota a two-goal lead through two periods and the Wild kept chances to a minimum for Devan Dubnyk, opening the playoffs strong with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen scored in the third period for the Central Division champion Blues, but too little and too late. Game 2 is Saturday...
Lackey, Carpenter spark St. Louis' 4-0 win over Milwaukee
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis starter John Lackey had little trouble with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. He threw seven scoreless innings and benefited from two Matt Carpenter doubles in helping the Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over the Brewers...
Blues to start Allen in goal to open playoffs against Wild
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are riding the hot hand in goal into the playoffs. There was never a doubt who'd be minding the nets for the Minnesota Wild. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock ended the intrigue on Wednesday, a day ahead of the opener of the best-of-seven series, choosing rookie Jake Allen over veteran Brian Elliott...
Lynn solid again, leads Cardinals to win over Brewers
ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn extended his April success with five solid innings and Matt Holliday had a two-run single in the first inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Lynn (1-1) allowed one run and six hits. He pushed his April record to 13-2 since 2012, the best record in the majors over that period...
Return of Tarasenko, Steen boosts Blues playoff chances
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues played it close to the vest while Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen were out with injuries. While waiting for one of the league's top goal scorers and one of the best two-way players to heal, they won a pair of tight 2-1 victories over rival Chicago...
Carpenter's HR in 11th sends Cards to 7-5 win over Reds
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals want leadoff batter Matt Carpenter to drive the ball. He sure did Sunday.
Rested Wainwright will start today's home opener for Cardinals
ST. LOUIS --At least the first time through the rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals stuck to the plan of giving their pitchers extra rest. Adam Wainwright starts today's home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers with seven days' rest since pitching six scoreless innings in an opening-night win at the Chicago Cubs...
Tarasenko, Steen return, Blues top Wild 4-2
ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen looked as if they're ready for the playoffs. The pair had a lot to do with the St. Louis Blues finishing the regular season strong. "This is the team we want to take on the journey," coach Ken Hitchcock said after a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday...
Cardinals can't overcome Votto's 2 homers, lose to Reds 5-4
CINCINNATI -- The Cardinals couldn't stop Cincinnati's hottest hitter or its fastest player. Joey Votto had a pair of two-run homers -- the strongest indication yet that he's fully back in form -- and Billy Hamilton slid home on Todd Frazier's tiebreaking sacrifice fly on Friday night, keeping the Cincinnati Reds unbeaten with a 5-4 victory...
Adams homers, spurs Cardinals to 4-1 win over Reds
CINCINNATI -- Matt Adams' first hit sent the Cincinnati Reds to their first loss. The St. Louis first baseman snapped a hitless start to the season at 10 at-bats with a leadoff homer in the fourth inning, lifting the Cardinals to a 4-1 victory Saturday that ended the Reds' winning streak at four...
Despite 2-hit ball from Lynn, Cardinals lose to Cubs 2-0
CHICAGO -- Six innings of two-hit ball wasn't good enough for Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals. "If you don't win, it doesn't matter. That's how I see it," Lynn said after Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. "When it's all said and done, it's a loss, so I've got to pitch better."...
Blues edge Blackhawks 2-1 to move into 1st in Central
CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues are primed to grind out the regular season and head into the playoffs on a high note. Olli Jokinen and David Backes scored in the second period as the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Sunday night for their third straight win to move into first place in the Central Division...
Wainwright, Cardinals beat Cubs 3-0 on opening night
CHICAGO -- Same ol' Cubbies. Same old Cardinals, too. At least for one game. Adam Wainwright threw six sharp innings to outpitch Jon Lester, and St. Louis handed new Chicago manager Joe Maddon a 3-0 loss Sunday night in the major league opener. Jason Heyward had three hits in his St. Louis debut and Matt Holliday drove in two runs for the NL Central champions. Throw in Matt Carpenter's two hits at new-look Wrigley Field, and the top third of the Cardinals' lineup went 7 for 14 with three RBIs...
Cubs, Cardinals come into opener with high hopes
CHICAGO -- The new videoboard looms large beyond the left-field wall, a gigantic symbol of a new day and a new era at Wrigley Field. The 101-year-old ballpark got a high-definition upgrade. So did the team that plays there. The Chicago Cubs will be tested right from the start when they send new ace Jon Lester to the mound against Adam Wainwright for the opener against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight...
St. Louis departs Florida after 0-0 draw with Mets
JUPITER, Fla. -- All the tuneups are complete for Matt Harvey. Next up is the real thing. Harvey capped an exemplary spring training by striking out four in four innings Thursday as the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals played a 0-0 tie in their Grapefruit League finale.
Blues handle Flames 4-1, clinch playoff spot
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues got the fast start they had been craving. A strong finish, too, that launched them into the postseason. Jaden Schwartz had an early goal and an assist and Jake Allen got light work in net for the Blues, who ended a three-game home losing streak and clinched a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night...