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ST. Don Majkowski Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Eleven days after he was released by the Baltimore Orioles, Steve Pearce was a huge reason they beat Tampa Bay. Pearce hit a two-run homer and made a game-saving defensive play Thursday night in Baltimores 3-1 victory over the Rays. Pearce, who re-signed with the Orioles two days after his April 27 release, hit his second homer in three games. Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4) won his second straight start as Baltimore completed a three-game sweep. The home run by Pearce came off David Price after J.J. Hardys double in the second inning. Playing first base in place of injured slugger Chris Davis, Pearce also made an outstanding stretch to catch a throw from Hardy that completed an inning-ending double play in the fifth. "Stevie may have made the defensive play of the night," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, but the ruling that Pearce kept his foot on the bag was confirmed after a 2-minute review. "The bases were loaded at the time, so if that got past me it could have cleared the bases," said Pearce, who had to wait for the replay decision to be sure the call was right. "It happened so fast and when you look, youre not on the bag anymore, so it depends on what happens." Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the Baltimore third. Evan Longoria hit a two-out RBI single in the first off Jimenez, who pitched 5 1-3 innings for his second win after going 0-4 in his first month with the Orioles. "Im really happy April is gone," Jimenez said. "Now its May and everything is good." Singles by Adam Jones, Pearce and Jonathan Schoop produced Baltimores final run in the fourth. Darren ODay worked the ninth for his second save. The Rays have scored only eight runs in losing five straight games to Baltimore. They left 11 runners on base in this one. "Our goal right now is to figure out a way to get through it," Longoria said. "We all want to win. We all want to do our part. When it doesnt work out, its definitely frustrating." Price (3-3) gave up nine hits and three runs while striking out three in five-plus innings. It was the 16th time in their last 23 games that a Rays starting pitcher has failed to pitch into the sixth inning. Tampa Bay pitching coach Jim Hickey was ejected in the first inning for arguing a checked swing by Jones. NOTES: Baltimore C Matt Wieters was the designated hitter, one day after having his sore right elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews. No timeframe has been announced for when Wieters, who took pregame grounders at first base, will resume catching. ... Davis (strained left oblique) could be ready for a short minor league rehab assignment next week. ... Showalter will attend his sons graduation from TCU on Saturday, but expects to be back for the night game against Houston. He will miss the May 17 game at Kansas City to attend his daughters law school graduation at SMU. ... The Orioles begin a six-game homestand Friday night with LHP Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) facing Houston RHP Scott Feldman (2-1). Jim Ringo Jersey . They say things like "stress is when you dont know what youre doing" and "I wasnt hired to motivate players, I was hired to coach motivated players." They ring as true now as they did when Mularkey heard them the first time playing tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame coach 25 years ago. David Whitehurst Jersey .Cameron sustained his third concussion in three seasons last week on a hit by Oakland safety Brandion Ross, who was fined $22,050 by the NFL for the helmet-to-helmet blow.CHICAGO -- Mike Matheny looked at Adam Wainwrights run over the past five years and summed it up with one word. "Wow," he said. Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw as the majors only 20-game winners, pitching three-hit ball over seven innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Monday night. "I hope he realizes how special that is," Matheny said. "Hes in a very elite group." Wainwright hit the 20-win mark for the second time while matching his career-high for victories, and the Cardinals moved a step closer toward their second straight division title. They remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central with five to play with the Pirates beating Atlanta 1-0. St. Louis clinched its fourth straight playoff appearance on Sunday. Wainwrights run the past five years has been nothing short of jaw-dropping. Twice during that span he has won 20. Two more times he finished with 19 victories, and he hasnt won fewer than 14 in that stretch. "Its a tremendous honour, obviously," Wainwright said about winning 20. "But more important, its a big win for our team." Wainwright (20-9) won his fifth straight start and made it look easy, striking out eight and walking one. He gave up a double to Anthony Rizzo with two out in the first and did not allow another hit until back-to-back singles by Luis Valbuena and Welington Castillo with two out in the seventh. Just like Kershaw did for the Dodgers on Friday, Wainwright picked up his 20th win at Wrigley Field. And when he did it in 2010, victory No. 20 that year also came at the famed old ballpark. He got plenty of support in this one, with the Cardinals pounding Travis Wood (8-13) for seven runs and eight hits over five innings. The Cardinals scored four in the fourth and three in the fifth on the way to their eighth win in 10 games. Matt Holliday had two hits and scored two runs. He also drove in one. Matt Adams chipped in with two hits and two RBIs. Jon Jay added two hits and drove iin three, capping a four-run fourth with a two-run single to make it 4-0. Willie Wood Jersey. Holliday also had a run-scoring double to left and Yadier Molina singled in a run in that inning, and the Cardinals broke it open in the fifth. Matt Carpenter led off that inning with a walk and was ruled safe at second tagging on Randal Grichuks fly to centre following a replay review. He scored on Hollidays bloop single to right, and Adams capped the rally with a two-run single to make it 7-0. Wood felt sharp overall but still couldnt avoid the big innings. Thats something he will try to fix in the off-season. "Wasnt a good year for me overall," said Wood, owner of a 5.03 ERA after making the NL All-Star team last season. "With that being said, it showed me a lot of the stuff that I need to take into the off-season to work on because you learn a lot more about yourself as a pitcher when things arent going good as opposed to when things are." TRAINERS ROOM Cardinals: Adams and Carpenter returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a stomach virus thats been battering the team. Nearly half the Cardinals players and coaches have been affected by it in recent days. Assistant batting coach David Bell and pitcher Marco Gonzales were not with the team Monday because of the virus. "Theres still some aftermath (of the virus) going around," Adams said. "But its getting a lot better." Cubs: RF Jorge Soler was back in the Cubs lineup after leaving Saturdays game against the Dodgers as a precaution due to wet conditions. He had a scheduled day off on Sunday. UP NEXT RHP Shelby Miller (10-9, 3.68 ERA) looks to stay on a roll for St. Louis, as the Cardinals continue their three-game series against the Cubs. He is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four starts in September. RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-2, 2.28) starts for Chicago. UNFRIENDLY CONFINES The Cardinals are 14-31 in night games at Wrigley Field. LOPSIDED MARGIN The Cubs have been outscored 45-22 while dropping four of five. ' ' '

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