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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Yadier Molina's RBI single in the sixth inning was the difference maker as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals, 3-2, Monday in the first of a three-game set. Allen Craig had a two-run double for the Cardinals, who saw starter Shelby Miller (3-1) have a solid performance in which the rookie fanned eight and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second save of the season. Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon drove in a run apiece for the Nationals, who were shut out by the Mets, 2-0, on Sunday. Starter Dan Haren (1-3), who came into the game with a 8.10 ERA, gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in five-plus innings.

Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 2

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Rollins' go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a four-game set. Rollins finished with two hits and a pair of RBI for the Phillies, who have won three of their last four games on the heels of a four-game skid. Jonathan Pettibone made his MLB debut for Philadelphia and fanned six while surrendering two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Raul Valdes (1-0) came in to pick up the final two outs of the top of the sixth to get the win. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin both had two hits and a solo homer for Pittsburgh, which was coming off a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

Final Score: Cincinnati 5, Chicago 4 (13 innings)

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cesar Izturis capped a three-run rally in the 13th inning with the game-winning RBI single, and the Cincinnati Reds outlasted the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, in a marathon 4-hour, 35-minute affair Monday at Great American Ball Park. Chicago's Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer off Reds reliever Alfredo Simon (2-1) in the top half of the inning to put the Cubs ahead, but Cincinnati drew even on Jay Bruce's two-run double. Two batters later, Izturis ripped a liner off Michael Bowden (0-1), and it sailed just past the reach of shortstop Starlin Castro to send the Reds to their seventh win in eight games. Bruce added his first home run of the season earlier in the contest and Jack Hannahan provided a pinch-hit RBI triple. Castro had an RBI single and extended his hitting streak to 14 games, but was just 1-for-6 and lined out with the bases loaded in the 11th. Nate Schierholtz had three hits in the Cubs' seventh loss in eight tries.

Final Score: Milwaukee 7, San Diego 1

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers scored five runs in the first inning and defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-1, on Monday to pick up their eighth straight win. Ryan Braun had a two-run homer and drove in three runs while Yuniesky Betancourt hit a three-run shot for the Brewers, who won the first game of a three-game set. Kyle Lohse (1-1) was having a solid start, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk in five innings but in the sixth, as he was reaching first on a bunt, he bumped into Yonder Alonso at the base and left the game with an apparent left hand injury. Jason Marquis (1-2) lasted just 4 2/3 innings, surrendering seven runs on four hits and four walks. Anthony Bass, who came on in relief of Marquis, drove in the lone run for the Padres, who were swept by the Giants over the weekend.

Final Score: San Francisco 5, Arizona 4

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Buster Posey tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Belt hit a pinch-hit, RBI single in the ninth to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Posey also had a run-scoring double for the Giants, who have won four straight and improved to 9-1 against the rest of the NL West so far this season. Sergio Romo (1-1) retired the final batter in the top of the ninth to earn the win behind Ryan Vogelsong, who was on the hook for the loss before Posey took David Hernandez deep in the eighth. Vogelsong was charged with four runs on seven hits over seven innings and served up a solo homer to his counterpart, Wade Miley. Miley was in line for the win after allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 frames, but the bullpen's failure resulted in the club's sixth loss in nine games.

Atlanta at Colorado, postponed

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Monday's contest between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies has been postponed due to snowy conditions at Coors Field. The opener of the three-game set will be pushed back to Tuesday, when the teams will play a doubleheader. The first contest will begin at 3:10 p.m. (et) and the second is slated for 8:40 p.m. Atlanta's Mike Minor will counter Colorado's Jeff Francis in Game 1, while Julio Teheran will start for the Braves in Game 2 against the Rockies' Jon Garland.

Miami at Minnesota, postponed

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Monday's interleague series opener between the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins has been postponed due to inclement weather. The contest will be played as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, with that day's contest moved back to a 2:10 p.m. ET start time with Monday's postponed game to follow at 8:10 p.m ET.

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