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Angels' Garrett Richards allows five runs in loss vs. Padres
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:00 am ET) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards took the loss on Wednesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Padres.

Richards (4-3) gave up an RBI double in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth, both to Will Middlebrooks, but the game was tied after six innings. He then surrendered two unearned runs in the seventh after committing an error himself earlier in the frame.

Richards owns a 3.12 ERA and 43:21 K:BB ratio in 52 innings. He's slated to face the Rays on Monday.


D-Backs' Mark Trumbo goes 1 for 2 with HR in loss
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:00 am ET) Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo hit his eighth home run of the year in Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. 

Trumbo finished 1 for 2 and drew two walks. This is the second time this year Trumbo has drawn more than one walk in a game. Trumbo is now hitting .235 over his past five games. 

For the season, Trumbo has a slash line of .265/.311/.517. 


Padres' Andrew Cashner strikes out six in win vs. Angels
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:00 am ET) Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner earned a win on Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 5-4 victory over the Angels.

Cashner (2-7) had recorded five quality starts in six games since his first win of the season but was 0-5 during that stretch before breaking the skid with a win on Wednesday. He gave up a run in the second inning and another in the fourth before surrendering a solo homer in the sixth to tie the game. The Padres were able to retake the lead in the top of the seventh, putting the starter in line for the win.

Cashner owns a 3.00 ERA and 60:15 K:BB ratio in 63 innings. His next start should come Monday against the Mets at home.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong hits sixth home run of season
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:55 am ET) Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong got back in the hit column by hitting a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Wong was on a nine-game hitting streak before failing to record one on Tuesday. He finished 1 for 5 on Wednesday. Wong now has six home runs for the season. 

Wong now has a slash line of .316/.373/.483.


Cardinals OF Jason Heyward hits game-tying homer in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:52 am ET) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning during Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Down 3-2, Heyward tied the game up in the final half-inning. St. Louis would go on to win with Peter Bourjos scoring the game-winning run a few plays later. 

Heyward, who went 2 for 4, now has five home runs this season. He's hitting .239/.290/.387 this season. 


Cardinals P Lance Lynn strikes out 5 in no-decision
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:45 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn gave up three runs — two earned — in a no-decision during Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Lynn went six innings, struck out five batters, walked four and surrendered six hits. Lynn was in line for a win until he gave up a two-run single to David Peralta in the sixth inning. Lynn now has an ERA of 3.41. 

His next start is projected for June 2 against the Brewers. 


Athletics' Eric O'Flaherty tosses 14 pitches in rehab outing
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:42 am ET) Athletics pitcher Eric O'Flaherty made his rehab debut with Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, giving up two hits in a scoreless inning of work.

O'Flaherty, who threw 14 pitches in the appearance, has been out since April 30 due to a shoulder injury. He's 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA and 7:5 K:BB ratio in seven innings


D-Backs P Josh Collmenter gives up 2 runs in no-decision
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:41 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter allowed two earned runs in a no-decision effort during Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. 

Collmenter went five innings and struck out three batters. He gave up six hits and two walks. This is the second game in a row that Collmenter was only able to go five innings. He now has an ERA of 5.05. 

Collmenter's next start is projected for June 2 against the Braves. 


Report: Matt Adams (quad) to undergo surgery Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams will undergo surgery to repair a torn quad on Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The team announced on Wednesday that Adams had been diagnosed with a strained left quad, which was expected to sideline the first baseman for three-to-four months. The timetable could mean that Adams won't play again this season. He has hit .243/.281/.375 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 144 at-bats.

The Cardinals' most-likely internal option to replace Adams is Mark Reynolds, though the team could explore other options outside the organization.


Nationals IF Danny Espinosa hits homer in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:15 am ET) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa hit his sixth home run of the year in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs. 

The homer, which came in a pinch-hit situation, was an insurance run for the Nationals in the top of the ninth inning. Espinosa is now hitting .256/.357/.463 for the season. 

Espinosa is on pace to have the best hitting season of his career. He's never ended a year with a batting average over .247. 


 
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