Cardinals Clip Pirates, Braves Sweep Cubs


Published on May 12 2014 1:23 am
Last Updated on May 12 2014 1:23 am
Written by Millie Lange

Cardinals Clip Pirates

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Trevor Rosenthal hung tough in the bottom of the ninth to lock up the Cardinals' 6-5 win over the Pirates at PNC Park. Jordy Mercer hit a roller back to Rosenthal to start a double play to end the game. It's his 10th save. Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for St. Louis, which salvaged the finale of the three-game series. Yadier Molina also had two hits, an RBI and a run in the win. Shelby Miller gave up two runs in five-and-a-third innings for his fifth win.  Mercer hit his first home run of the year for Pittsburgh, which had won four straight. Pedro Alvarez was 3-for-5 with an RBI in defeat. Charlie Morton allowed one earned run and four total in the first inning to take the loss. He fell to 0-5 after six innings of work.

Braves Sweep Cubs

(Atlanta, GA) -- Jason Heyward belted a two-run homer and Evan Gattis added a solo shot as the Braves beat the Cubs 5-2 to sweep the three-game series at Turner Field. Ryan Doumit and Andrelton Simmons also plated a run each for the Braves, who have won four-of-five since a seven-game losing streak. Aaron Harang struck out nine over six innings of two-run ball as he upped his mark to 4-3. David Carpenter closed it out for his second save. Nate Schierholtz had a two-run double for the Cubs, who have lost seven of their last eight. Edwin Jackson allowed three runs in six frames as he dipped to 2-3.

Cubs Face Cardinals Tonight

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Cubs are in St. Louis to start a four-game series with the Cardinals tonight at Busch Stadium. Chicago sends Travis Wood and his 2-4 record to the mound. The Cards counter with Tyler Lyons, who is 0-2. First pitch is at 7:00.

D'backs Top White Sox In Rubber Match

(Chicago, IL) -- Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero both hit two-run homers as the Diamondbacks topped the White Sox 5-1 in the rubber match of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Parra also tripled and scored twice, while Martin Prado had two hits and an RBI for Arizona, which finished 6-3 on its nine-game road trip. Chase Anderson struck out six while giving up just one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win in his Major League debut. Moises Sierra homered for the Sox, who have lost three-of-four since a four-game winning streak. Hector Noesi allowed three runs in six frames as he fell to 0-3.

The White Sox are in Oakland to start a three-game series with the Athletics tonight. Chicago sends John Danks to the mound with a 3-2 record. The A's counter with Jesse Chavez, who is 2-1 so far. First pitch from Coliseum is set for 9:05.

Mets Walk-Off On Phillies

(Flushing, NY) -- Ruben Tejada singled in the winning run during the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies at Citi Field. Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer, and Juan Lagares knocked in a run during a three-run ninth inning for New York, which snapped a five-game slide. Scott Rice picked up the win. Jon Niese allowed three runs in six innings for a no decision. Cole Hamels also had a no decision for the Phils. He struck out 10 over seven innings of one-run ball. Jeff Manship took the loss. Wil Nieves went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Philadelphia, which has lost five of seven overall.

Bailey, Reds Take Rubber Match With Rockies

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Todd Frazier homered to back a solid outing from Homer Bailey as the Reds beat the Rockies 4-1 in the rubber match of a weekend series at Great American Ball Park. Bailey struck out six over seven-and-a-third innings of one-run ball as he improved to 3-2. Aroldis Chapman posted the save in his season debut. He had been out since taking a comebacker off his face during spring training. Skip Schumaker drove in two runs and Ramon Santiago had two hits and scored twice for the Reds. Charlie Blackmon went deep for Colorado, which has lost three-of-four. Juan Nicasio permitted four runs, two earned, in six frames as he fell to 4-2.

Giants Get Past Dodgers In Extras

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Giants struck for three runs in the tenth to take a 7-4 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Hicks each drove in two runs in the win with Hicks tagging a home run. Tim Hudson took a no-decision after giving up two runs in six innings. Sergio Romo blew his first save of the year but grabbed the win to improve to 3-0. Clayton Kershaw gave up three runs and struck out nine in seven innings for a no-decision for the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez went deep in the loss with Ramirez tying it in the ninth with a two-run blast.

Padres Hold Off Marlins

(San Diego, CA) -- Will Venable homered to back a strong performance from Robbie Erlin as the Padres held on to beat the Marlins 5-4 at Petco Park. Erlin struck out seven over six-and-a-third scoreless innings and improved to 2-4. Huston Street closed it out for his 11th save. Chris Denorfia drove in two runs, while Seth Smith and Alexi Amarista also plated a run each for the Friars, who won the final three of the four-game series. Christian Yelich homered and Jeff Baker had a two-run triple during a four-run eighth inning for Miami, which has lost three straight after a five-game winning streak. Henderson Alvarez allowed all five runs in four frames as he fell to 2-3.

Angels Hammer Blue Jays

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Hank Conger clubbed a three-run homer and drove in five runs as the Angels hammered the Blue Jays 9-3 at Rogers Centre. Efren Navarro drove in a run and scored twice, while Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs for the Halos, who will go for the four-game sweep on Monday.  Jered Weaver gave up just one run on four hits and two walks over six-and-a-third innings as he improved to 4-2. Edwin Encarnacion plated two runs and Jose Bautista had an RBI for the Jays, who had won five in-a-row before this series. Drew Hutchison yielded three runs in less than five frames to fall to 1-3 with the loss.

Twins Rally Past Tigers

(Detroit, MI) -- Eduardo Nunez singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Twins rallied past the Tigers 4-3 in the rubber match of a weekend series at Comerica Park. Josmil Pinto also drove in a run in the eighth and Joe Mauer came around to score on an error on the same play for Minnesota. Jared Burton picked up his first win and Glen Perkins earned his 10th save. Ian Kinsler homered, while Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson also plated a run each for the Tigers, who have dropped three-of-four since an eight-game winning streak. Joba Chamberlain took the loss.

Astros Top Orioles

(Baltimore, MD) -- Jason Castro hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and it held up as the Astros defeated the Orioles 5-2 from Camden Yards. Marc Krauss added a two-run shot in the seventh for Houston, which won the finale of the three-game series. Jarred Cosart allowed two runs in six innings for the win. Chad Qualls picked up save No. 2. Chris Tillman gave up the first homer over five innings as he slipped to 3-2. Chris Davis returned to the lineup and went 2-for-4 while Adam Jones knocked in both runs for Baltimore, which had won five in-a-row.

Indians Drop Rays

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- Nyjer Morgan hit the eventual game-winning homer in the top of the eighth inning to send the Indians over the Rays 6-5 at Tropicana Field. He ended 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI for Cleveland, which has won five of six. Michael Bourn also knocked in two runs for the Tribe. Josh Tomlin allowed two runs in six innings for his second win. Bryan Shaw notched his second save. Chris Archer gave up four runs in five-plus innings for the loss. Matt Joyce hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of its last six games.

Red Sox Bounce Rangers

(Arlington, TX) -- John Lackey delivered a strong seven innings with nine strikeouts to help the Red Sox take down the Rangers 5-2 at Globe Life Park.  Lackey improved to 5-2 and Koji Uehara picked up his ninth save. Dustin Pedroia doubled and went deep in the win, while A.J. Pierzynski drove in two for the Red Sox, who have won four of their last five. Robbie Ross Jr. fell to 1-4 after giving up five runs through six-and-two-thirds for Texas. Shin-Soo Choo homered and Mitch Moreland provided the second RBI for the Rangers, who have dropped two straight.

Royals Edge Mariners

(Seattle, WA) -- Johnny Giavotella clubbed a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning as the Royals knocked off the Mariners 9-7 at Safeco Field. Alcides Escobar slugged a grand slam for KC, which earned a split in the four-game set. Louis Coleman grabbed the win while Greg Holland locked up his ninth save.  Danny Farquhar took the loss for Seattle. Dustin Ackley went deep twice and Kyle Seager connected for a two-run shot in defeat.

Brewers Edge Yankees In Ninth

(Milwaukee, WI) -- Mark Reynolds singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Brewers past the Yankees 6-5 at Miller Park. Mark Teixeira homered in the top of the ninth to tie the game for New York. Rickie Weeks went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored for the Brewers, who took two-of-three in the series. Francisco Rodriguez was credited with the win after blowing his first save of the season. Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte drove in two runs each for New York, which has dropped two in-a-row after a three-game winning streak. Adam Warren suffered the loss.

Athletics Blow Out Nationals

(Oakland, CA) -- Scott Kazmir was flawless for seven innings and grabbed his fifth win of the season as the Athletics rolled the Nationals 9-1 at Coliseum.  Derek Norris blasted two three-run homers in the first two innings to give Oakland an early lead. Nick Punto drove in the remaining runs with a two-hit, three-RBI game. Gio Gonzalez was roughed up for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings to fall to 3-3 for Washington. Zach Walters collected the lone RBI and Jayson Werth led the team with two hits.

Sunday, May 11 Scoreboard

MLB National League

New York Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4 (11 inn)

Cincinnati Reds 4, Colorado Rockies 1

Atlanta Braves 5, Chicago Cubs 2

San Francisco Giants 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (10 inn)

San Diego Padres 5, Miami Marlins 4

St. Louis Cardinals 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5


MLB American League

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9, Toronto Blue Jays 3

Minnesota Twins 4, Detroit Tigers 3

Houston Astros 5, Baltimore Orioles 2

Cleveland Indians 6, Tampa Bay Rays 5

Boston Red Sox 5, Texas Rangers 2

Kansas City Royals 9, Seattle Mariners 7


MLB Interleague

Milwaukee Brewers 6, New York Yankees 5

Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland Athletics 9, Washington Nationals 1

Monday, May 12 Schedule (All Times Central)

MLB National League

7:10 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

8:40 p.m. - Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks

9:10 p.m. - Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers

9:15 p.m. - Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants


MLB American League

6:05 p.m. - Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles

6:07 p.m. - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Toronto Blue Jays

7:10 p.m. - Texas Rangers at Houston Astros

9:05 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics

9:10 p.m. - Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners


MLB Interleague

6:05 p.m. - New York Mets at New York Yankees