Last Update on April 20, 2015 05:31 GMT
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright outpitched Mike Leake, and Kolten Wong had a tiebreaking sacrifice in the eighth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Sunday night to finish a three-game sweep.
Matt Carpenter hit his fifth career leadoff homer and singled for his eighth multi-hit effort this season as the Cardinals won their fifth straight. Jordan Walden worked around a leadoff hit by Brennan Boesch in the ninth to earn his first save and end the game in 2 hours, 2 minutes.
Wainwright (2-1) gave up one run and seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks, improving to 3-0 against the Reds the last two seasons.
Leake (0-1) gave up both runs and four hits in eight innings for the Reds, who have totaled four runs during a four-game losing streak. Brandon Phillips had two hits and an RBI and Joey Votto singled in his first two trips.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds leadoff man Billy Hamilton was not in the lineup but was available to play a day after injuring his groin beating out an infield hit.
Manager Bryan Price said Sunday that Hamilton was a "useful piece" and "pretty close to a full go" after running outdoors and hitting indoors. Price was a bit hesitant to use Hamilton after daylong rains in St. Louis and gave Skip Schumaker his first start in left field and leadoff.
Catcher Devin Mesoraco was not in the lineup for the sixth straight game with a hip injury. Price said Mesoraco could do everything but catch but hoped he'd be ready for that duty in a few days.
In the meantime, Price said he was not concerned Mesoraco could aggravate the injury hitting or running.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his playoff debut, LeBron James added 20 in his first postseason game with Cleveland in five years and the Cavaliers opened a run toward an NBA title with a 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Irving made five 3-pointers and Kevin Love, another postseason rookie, added 19 points and 12 rebounds.
It was Cleveland's first home playoff game since May 11, 2010, when the Celtics won Game 5 and James left the floor to some boos from Cavaliers fans. He departed for Miami two months later, but he's home now, all is forgiven and Cleveland is aiming to end a championship drought dating to 1964.
Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points to lead the seventh-seeded Celtics. They will try to even the best-of-7 series in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Torii Hunter hit his first home run for Minnesota since 2007, helping Trevor May and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday.
Hunter, who rejoined the Twins this year after five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and two with Detroit, hit a three-run homer in the sixth off former Minnesota pitcher Anthony Swarzak for a 7-1 lead.
Making his second start since coming up from the minors when Ricky Nolasco went on the disabled list, May (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. With Ervin Santana serving a drug suspension, May is bidding to remain in the rotation when Nolasco returns from elbow inflammation.
Cleveland scored on Michael Brantley's RBI single in the first and Carlos Santana's ninth-inning home run off J.R. Graham, the 100th home run of Santana's big league career.
TJ House (0-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, leaving him with a 14.14 ERA.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cleveland right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco is having his next start pushed back to Tuesday.
Carrasco left his previous start April 14 after being hit in the jaw by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera. He was set to rejoin the rotation Monday in Chicago.
"It doesn't really do anything other than give him another day," manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's game in Minnesota.
Francona said that Carrasco has looked good throwing on the side, and the manager isn't concerned about Carrasco being worried about getting hit again when he returns to the mound.
"Everybody is different mentally about everything," Francona said. "I do know the best thing to do is get back out there and just play the game."
Trevor Bauer is scheduled to start Monday's game in Chicago on his normal rest.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott won the AAU Sullivan Award on Sunday as the most outstanding U.S. amateur athlete who also demonstrates premier leadership, character and sportsmanship.
Elliott helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship, earning MVP honors in the national semifinal and title games. He ran for 1,878 yards on 273 attempts and caught 28 passes for 220 yards.
Also selected the Academic All-Big Ten Player, Elliott is a two-time OSU Scholar Athlete. He holds a 3.0 GPA and is a recently declared marketing major. He will be a junior this fall.
Elliott is the eighth football player to win the award.