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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Joe Montana Jersey . —It took almost three
full seasons, but the Minnesota Timberwolves finally won a game in April.
Nikola Pekovic scored 23 points and J.J. Barea flirted with a triple-double to
help the Timberwolves to a 91-80 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday
night. The win was the franchises first in the final month of the regular season
since 2009—breaking a 27-game losing streak. “We finally got a win,” said
Berea, who finished with 13 points, 12 assists and six rebounds to help
Minnesota snap an 11-game overall losing skid. “We had a lot of energy and we
moved the ball well.” The Timberwolves never trailed and took a 49-31 halftime
lead after shooting 57 per cent (21 of 37) from the field. An 8-0 run pushed the
lead to over 20 points midway through the third quarter but the Pistons rallied
in the fourth to make it close. Tayshaun Prince had 18 points and Will Bynum
scored all of his 17 in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who lost for the
second time in as many nights. “Except for parts of the fourth quarter it was
pretty good,” Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. “We just want to see if we can
turn this around in the last two games and end the season on a positive note.”
Pekovic made five of his first six shots to start the game and had 13 points in
the first half to pace the Wolves, who hadnt won since March 28, at Charlotte.
He finished with nine rebounds. The Pistons ended the first quarter by missing
10 straight field goals and shot just 29 per cent in the first half. The 31
first-half points were one off their worst halftime output this season. Detroit
trailed 78-55 with less than 8 minutes to play but outscored the Wolves 19-3
over the next 6 minutes to cut the lead to seven points. Pekovic had a putback
and dunk in the last 90 seconds to end the rally and force the Pistons to foul.
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, who called Wednesdays lacklustre 116-84 loss at
Atlanta “unacceptable,” wasnt much happier with most of the next nights effort.
“We looked a little punch drunk at times out there,” he said after his teams
starters shot a combined 16 of 50 from the field. Ben Gordon scored 14 points
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Anthony Randolph had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Michael Beasley added 13
points for the Wolves, who finish the season with two home games. Notes: Adelman
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drove in the go-ahead with a bunt single in the seventh inning and the Chicago
Cubs got past St. Louis 3-2 Saturday, ending the Cardinals four-game winning
streak. The Cubs had lost five in a row to St. Louis. Chicago has won nine of
its last 11 overall at Wrigley Field. Johnson caught the Cardinals by surprise
when he squared up on the first pitch with runners on first and third and two
outs. His bunt fell perfectly between reliever Brian Fuentes and third baseman
Matt Carpenter, allowing pinch-runner Tony Campana to score. James Russell (3-0)
earned the win in relief. Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth for his 13th save in
15 chances. He struck out Skip Schumaker and got John Jay on a groundout with
pinch-runner Tyler Greene on second to end the game. Bryan LaHair drew a leadoff
walk in the seventh from rookie Joe Kelly (1-4). Campana entered the game and
stole his 26th base in 29 tries, then went to third on Geovany Sotos single. Two
outs later, Johnson bunted for a hit. Kelly allowed three runs over a
career-high 6 1-3 innings. He hasnt allowed more than three runs in any of his
nine outings this season. Both starters struggled early, then settled down—
combining to strike out seven straight batters at one point. Cubs starter
Jeff Samardzijas first seven pitches eluded the strike zone and he walked the
bases full on 16 pitches. He limited St. Louis to one run in the inning on an
RBI grounder by Carlos Beltran. Kelly allowed hits to three of the Cubs first
four batters. David DeJesus singled to start the game, followed by
Starlin Castros double. Frank Gore Womens Jersey. . Both scored on
Alfonso Sorianos two-run triple that bounced around the left-field corner and
got away from Matt Holliday. It was Sorianos first triples since last Aug. 11.
Kelly set down the next 14 batters, including four straight strikeouts at one
point. He struck out a career-best six. Samardzijas control problems returned in
the sixth, when St. Louis loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a broken-bat
single by Yadier Molina. Daniel Descalso tied the score at 2 with a sacrifice
fly to deep right. Samardzija finished with seven strikeouts in six innings but
walked six, the second-most in his career. He walked seven against the Cardinals
on Sept. 26, 2010 at Wrigley Field. NOTES: Cardinals 3B David Freese was held
out of the starting lineup for the second straight day after leaving Thursdays
win over the Dodgers because of cramping in his right calf. He was available for
pinch-hitting duty on Saturday and manager Mike Matheny expects him to return to
the lineup for Sundays series finale. ... Cubs RHP Matt Garza reported no
problems after throwing off flat ground on Saturday. He is slated to throw a
bullpen session on Monday and if that goes well, he is in line to make his next
start in the latter part of next week. Garza left his last outing on July 21
because of cramping. An MRI showed a small trace of fluid buildup in his right
triceps. ... Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected after the seventh inning by 1B
umpire Mike Winters for arguing that Castro had beaten out an infield hit with
the bases loaded. ’ ’ ’ 

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