Braves Sneak Past Cardinals, White Sox Rock Cubs


Published on May 7 2014 1:25 am
Last Updated on May 7 2014 1:25 am
Written by Millie Lange

Braves Sneak By Cardinals

(Atlanta, GA) -- Chris Johnson's RBI single in the eighth lifted the Braves to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals at Turner Field. Justin Upton scored the game-winning run along with hitting a solo shot in the fourth. David Carpenter grabbed his second win and Craig Kimbrel locked up his ninth save with a perfect ninth.  Gavin Floyd threw seven innings of one-run ball in his season debut as Atlanta ended a seven-game losing streak. Matt Holiday drove in the only run for St. Louis, which took the opener of the three-game set. Randy Choate took his first loss.

The Cardinals and Braves close out their three-game series tonight at Turner Field. Adam Wainwright puts his 5-2 mark up against Atlanta's Mike Minor, who is 0-1. After tonight, the Cardinals head to Pittsburgh to open a three-game series with the Pirates Friday night.


White Sox Roll Cubs

(Chicago, IL) -- White Sox pitchers allowed four hits and one run in a 5-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Hector Noesi took a no-decision after five-innings of one-run ball, giving up four hits and striking out six for the Sox. Zach Putnam got the win. Gordon Beckham and Moises Sierra each had four hits with Beckham hitting a solo shot for the Southsiders, who have won three in-a-row after a four-game skid. Edwin Jackson tossed seven innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts in a no-decision.  Neil Ramirez suffered the loss. Emilio Bonifacio drove in the lone run in defeat.

The Cubs and White Sox meet again tonight, but this time at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox send John Danks and his 2-2 record to the hill. The Cubbies counter with Travis Wood, who is 2-3 on the year. First pitch from the south side is set for 7:00.

Kershaw Shines In Return, Dodgers Down Nationals

(Washington, DC) -- Clayton Kershaw made a successful return to the mound as the Dodgers dropped the Nationals 8-3 in DC. Kershaw struck out nine and scattered nine singles over seven innings to improve to 2-and-0 in just his second start of the year. He missed over a month with a back injury. Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a solo homer while Drew Butera blasted a three-run shot. Los Angeles had dropped three out of four. Jayson Werth was 4-for-5 with an RBI while Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 and scored for Washington.  Blake Treinen allowed three unearned runs in five-plus innings in his big-league debut and took the loss. The Nats have lost three out of four.

Pirates Walk-Off On Giants

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Starling Marte tripled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and then scored the winning run on a throwing error, as the Pirates edged the Giants 2-1 in the middle of a three-game set at PNC Park.  Marte was originally ruled out, but after a challenge by Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, the call was reversed. Tony Sanchez plated the other run on a second inning groundout for the Bucs, who have won three-of-five. Tony Watson picked up his third win in relief of Charlie Morton, who gave up just an unearned run in eight innings of work. Ehire Adrianza drove in the lone run on a sac-fly in the second for San Francisco, which saw its six-game winning streak come to an end. Tim Hudson allowed two runs on five hits in 8 2/3 innings as he fell to 4-2.

Marlins Blank Mets

(Miami, FL) -- Henderson Alvarez struck out seven in a complete-game shutout to lift the Marlins to a 3-0 victory against the Mets at Marlins Park. Alvarez jumped to 2-2. Casey McGehee was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Giancarlo Stanton drove in the other run. Stanton got on base in all four of his at bats and stole a base. Miami has won the first two games of the series to move to 18-15. The Mets only had six hits, including two from Daniel Murphy. New York was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Bartolo Colon took the tough-luck loss, allowing three runs in seven innings. Colon is 2-5.

D'backs Rally Past Brewers

(Milwaukee, WI) -- Aaron Hill clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer during a three-run eighth inning as the Diamondbacks rallied past the Brewers 7-5 in the middle of a three-game series at Miller Park. Miguel Montero singled in the tying run in the sixth for Arizona, which has won four of its last six. Paul Goldschmidt finished a triple short of the cycle, drove in two runs and scored twice, while Chris Owings added his first career home run in the victory.  Evan Marshall picked up the win in his Major League debut. Addison Reed closed it out for his ninth save. Logan Schafer's two-run double capped off a five-run first inning for the Brewers, who have dropped five-of-seven. Brandon Kintzler suffered his first loss.

Indians Hold Off Twins

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Indians built and early lead and Josh Tomlin made it stand as Cleveland dropped the Twins 4-2 at Progressive Field. Tomlin tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in his first start of the year. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes each knocked in a run as well. Bryan Shaw closed it out for his first save as the Tribe won its third in five games. Chris Colabello hit a solo homer and Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Minnesota. Samuel Deduno gave up four runs in five innings to fall to 0-2 as the Twins saw a three-game slide end.

Tigers Smack Astros

(Detroit, MI) -- Miguel Cabrera was 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI as the Tigers rocked the Astros 11-4 in the second of four from Comerica Park.  Detroit compiled 18 hits, including two apiece from four players. Ian Kinsler had three hits and two runs scored for Detroit, which has won seven straight.  Robbie Ray earned his first career win, striking out five across 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. George Springer was 3-for-4 with one RBI in the loss. Brett Oberholtzer took his sixth loss after giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings. Houston has lost four in-a-row.

Orioles Get Past Rays

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- Ryan Flaherty's RBI single in the eighth lifted the Orioles to a 5-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.  Nick Markakis tacked on an RBI groundout while Darren O'Day picked up the win in relief of Chris Tillman, who allowed three runs in six-plus innings. Steve Pearce hit a solo homer, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones lifted sac-flies and Tommy Hunter survived a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his ninth save. Baltimore has won four out of six. Evan Longoria blasted a two-run homer for Tampa Bay while Ben Zobrist tied the game in the seventh with a sac-fly. Joel Peralta took the loss in relief for the Rays, who have dropped two out of three. The game was delayed 19 minutes by a power outage caused by a lightning strike.

Yankees Drop Angels

(Anaheim, CA) -- Brian Roberts hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to lift the Yankees over the Angels 4-3 in Anaheim. Roberts also drove in a run on a single in the fifth to get New York on the board.  Alfonso Soriano chipped in an RBI on his only hit of the game for the Yanks, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Hiroki Kuroda struck out eight in 7 2/3 for the no-decision. Shawn Kelley picked up his first win while David Robertson got the save. Ernesto Frieri fell to 0-3 after surrendering the late homer to Roberts. Erick Aybar, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each drove in a run.

Mariners Blast Athletics

(Oakland, CA) -- The Mariners scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning en route to an 8-3 win over the A's at Oakland Coliseum. Justin Smoak went 2-for-5 with three RBI and crossed home plate twice. Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano notched two hits and batted in a run for Seattle, which has won four straight and seven of eight. Roenis Elias got his third win after striking out six while allowing three runs in six-and-a-third frames. Jesse Chavez took his first loss of the season after allowing four runs in five-and-two-thirds. Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo home run while Nick Punto drove in two runs for Oakland, which has lost four of five.

Blue Jays Edge Phillies In 10th

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Juan Francisco plated the go-ahead run with a sac-fly in the top of the 10th inning as the Blue Jays edged the Phillies 6-5 in the finale of a two-game set at Citizens Bank Park. The teams will now meet in Toronto for two games. Francisco drove in two and scored twice, while Colby Rasmus added a two-run homer for the Jays, who have won three in-a-row. Edwin Encarnacion also went deep in the victory. Marcus Stroman picked up his first career win and Aaron Loup earned his second save. Cody Asche finished 4-for-4 with a grand slam that tied the game in the sixth inning for the Phils, who have dropped four-of-six. Antonio Bastardo suffered the loss.

Red Sox Clip Reds in 12th

(Boston, MA) -- Grady Sizemore's RBI single in the 12th gave the Red Sox a 4-2 walk-off win against the Reds in the first of two at Fenway Park. The game-winner capped a three-hit, two RBI night for Sizemore. Mike Napoli also drove in two, while reliever Craig Breslow snagged his first win. Boston has won three of four. Todd Frazier had a one-run single and Ryan Ludwick's RBI sac-fly in the top of the eighth tied the game at three. Logan Ondrusek took the loss out of the bullpen. Cincinnati had won its previous two games.

Rockies Bury Rangers

(Denver, CO) -- The Rockies rode a six-run sixth inning to a 12-1 win over the Rangers at Coors Field. Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs each hit a solo homer while Carlos Gonzalez went 5-for-5 with three RBI for Colorado, which has won five out of six. Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 26. Juan Nicasio got his fourth win, allowing one run and two hits in five frames. Robbie Ross took the loss after getting roughed up for six runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 frames. Adrian Beltre cracked a home run for the Rangers' lone run. Texas has lost seven of its last nine.

Royals Outlast Padres

(San Diego, CA) -- Alex Gordon singled in a run and scored on Billy Butler's double in the 11th as the Royals outlasted the Padres for a 3-1 win at Petco Park  Salvador Perez tied the game at one in the sixth with a solo homer as Kansas City snapped a five-game slide. Jeremy Guthrie tossed eight innings of one-run ball in the start while Wade Davis got the win and Greg Holland notched his eighth save. Yasmani Grandal hit a solo homer in the fourth for San Diego while Robbie Erlin tossed seven frames of one-run ball. Nick Vincent took the loss for the Friars, who have lost five out of seven.

Tuesday, May 6 Scoreboard

MLB National League

Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Washington Nationals 3

Pittsburgh Pirates 2, San Francisco Giants 1

Miami Marlins 3, New York Mets 0

Atlanta Braves 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1

Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Milwaukee Brewers 5


MLB American League

Cleveland Indians 4, Minnesota Twins 2

Detroit Tigers 11, Houston Astros 4

Baltimore Orioles 5, Tampa Bay Rays 3

New York Yankees 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3

Seattle Mariners 8, Oakland Athletics 3


MLB Interleague

Toronto Blue Jays 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5 (10 inn)

Boston Red Sox 4, Cincinnati Reds 3 (12 inn)

Chicago White Sox 5, Chicago Cubs 1

Colorado Rockies 12, Texas Rangers 1

Kansas City Royals 3, San Diego Padres 1 (11 inn)

Wednesday, May 7 Schedule (All Times Central)

MLB National League

11:35 a.m. - San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates

11:40 a.m. - New York Mets at Miami Marlins

12:05 p.m. - Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals

12:10 p.m. - Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers

6:10 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves


MLB American League

2:35 p.m. - Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics

6:05 p.m. - Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians

6:05 p.m. - Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics

6:08 p.m. - Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers

6:10 p.m. - Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays

9:05 p.m. - New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim


MLB Interleague

2:40 p.m. - Kansas City Royals at San Diego Padres

6:07 p.m. - Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays

6:10 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds at Boston Red Sox

7:05 p.m. - Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers

7:10 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox