Young, Granderson, Colon lead Mets over Cards 4-1
NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April.
Colon allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none. Carlos Torres and Scott Rice split the eighth, and Daisuke Matsuzaka finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his first save since 2000 with the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League.
New York took three of four from the defending NL champions and has won four of five overall.
Kluber, Indians roll past Royals 5-1
CLEVELAND (AP) - Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 11 and pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game, and David Murphy and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs apiece, leading the Indians to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Thursday.
Kluber didn't walk a batter and let Cleveland manager Terry Francona give some needed rest to his bullpen.
Murphy and Cabrera delivered big hits in the Indians' five-run fifth off Bruce Chen, who controlled Cleveland's lineup for four innings.
The Indians have won four of five to get back to .500.
The Royals scored an unearned run off Kluber in the seventh when Omar Infante singled and scored when Indians first baseman Nick Swisher made a half-hearted attempt at Mike Moustakas' grounder, which got by him for an error and rolled all the way into the right-field corner.
Cards' Wainwright says knee good for Sunday start
NEW YORK (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright threw a bullpen session and said his right knee feels good enough to allow him to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Pittsburgh.
He stretched his scoreless streak to 17 innings Tuesday but left a 3-0 win over the New York Mets after hyperextending his right knee while lunging for Chris Young's flare between the mound and first base.
Wainwright said Thursday his knee was "a hair sore - on fully extension only."
"And when you look at the way I pitch, you barely do anything stiff-legged, so I'm going to be OK," he said.
Wainwright is 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA.
Blackhawks, Blues prepare for Game 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) - One more game, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have linchpin defenseman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup.
The St. Louis Blues aren't certain when captain David Backes, the player on the receiving end of the jarring hit that landed Seabrook a three-game suspension, will be ready.
Coach Ken Hitchcock said from a selfish standpoint it would be unfair if Seabrook returned before Backes to a white-knuckle first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5 Friday night. Backes was not among a handful on the ice for an optional practice Thursday and Hitchcock was tight-lipped about his status.
The Blues still have home-ice advantage in a series that couldn't be closer. Three games were decided in overtime and Game 3 was a one-goal affair before the Blackhawks added an empty-netter.
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