St. Louis Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson pitched a career-high seven innings Tuesday night and said teammate Adam Wainwright would be hearing about it.
"Waino always says if you want to get wins, you'd better go seven," Hudson said. "I finally hit that benchmark, so I'll have to give him a call."
While Wainwright is back in St. Louis nursing a minor hamstring injury, Hudson turned in a performance worthy of the longtime ace as the Cardinals handed the Miami Marlins their sixth consecutive defeat, 7-1.
Hudson (5-3) allowed four hits and one run, struck out six and retired 10 in a row during one stretch for the Cardinals, who have won his past five starts.
He said he was glad to go seven innings but doesn't want to be satisfied meeting that goal.
"I'm pushing for nine every time," Hudson said. "I'll just have to keep making a case to be out there as long as possible."
The right-hander has the highest groundball rate in the majors, and 12 of his 21 outs came on grounders. He hasn't given up a homer in 47 innings.
"He controlled counts and threw a heavy ball," manager Mike Shildt said. "He was down with pretty much everything."
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned after missing 11 games because of a strained right thumb and went 2 for 5 with a single and double.
Left fielder Marcell Ozuna made a fine catch with two on in the fourth, and punctuated the victory with a ninth-inning homer , his 18th. He has a career average of .452 (14 for 31) against his former team.
"Ozo is an All-Star with the year he's having," Shildt said.
The Marlins totaled five hits, all singles. They rank last in the majors in runs and have been outscored 31-10 in the past six games.
"When you start losing and everything is going backward, it's really hard to have the same energy as when you're winning," Miami shortstop Miguel Rojas said. "It's really tough to have fun when the team is not doing good around you. That's when we have to be stronger and come here with a different attitude."
Elieser Hernandez (0-1), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first start of the year, allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Kolten Wong had two of the Cardinals' 13 hits and reached base four times, and teammate Harrison Bader drove in two runs with a triple and a bases-loaded walk. Dexter Fowler had an RBI single in the seventh and then scored from first on Jose Martinez's pinch-hit two-run single.
Rockies 10, Cubs 3: Charlie Blackmon's three-run homer highlighted a five-run, sixth-inning explosion for the hosts at Colorado's Coors Field.
Noted Cubs-killer Daniel Murphy also added three hits, including a 2-run first-inning double as the Rockies pounded Jose Qunitana (4-6) and Cubs pitching for 13 hits and 10 runs. Starter Quintana lasted only 4 2/3 innings, exiting with a 4-1 deficit before Colorado's biggest inning.
Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. drove in runs for the Cubs in their final at-bat. Jason Heyward homered for Chicago in the second.
White Sox 7, Nationals 5: Alex Colome nailed down his 14th save by holding off a Washington comeback in the final 1 2/3 innings. The Nats scored two runs in the eighth before Colome entered; he surrendered a run in the ninth at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Rookie sensation Eloy Jimenez had a solo homer and RBI double in a 2-for-3, 3-run, 2-RBI effort to lead the Sox.
However, Wellington Castillo delivered the big blow against Washington starter Patrick Corbin (5-5), with a grand slam highlighting a four-run first to come back from a 2-run deficit against the visiting Nationals.