ST. LOUIS (AP) - Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

St. Louis rallied after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to the head on Blues captain David Backes, who had to be helped off the ice.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals scored three unearned runs to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 Saturday. Tony Cruz drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who have won nine of the last 10 games between the teams. St. Louis took control with a three-run second inning fueled by third baseman Anthony Rendon's throwing error.

Hear the Cards and Nats on KHMO at 12 noon Sunday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bruce Chen labored through five innings before the Kansas City Royals' bullpen took over at Kauffman Stadium, shutting down the Minnesota Twins in a 5-4 victory yesterday. The Royals have won five straight after getting swept last weekend in Minnesota. Wade Davis navigated a perfect eighth before turning the game over to All-Star closer Greg Holland.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colby Lewis pitched into the sixth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Saturday night. Jose Quintana allowed five runs and nine hits over five innings in Arlington.

CHICAGO (AP) - Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a weeklong offensive funk and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 Saturday. Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before beating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field.