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Updated: April 18, 2013

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Final Score: Cincinnati 1, Philadelphia 0

 

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – After Tuesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds was suspended in the ninth inning of a scoreless tie due to rain, Jay Bruce helped end the contest quickly on Wednesday. Bruce singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Phillies in the middle test of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati quickly loaded the bases against Philadelphia reliever Phillippe Aumont (1-2), as Zack Cozart singled, Joey Votto walked, and Brandon Phillips reached first when his fly ball to left-center field tipped off the glove of center fielder Ben Revere and found the outfield grass. Bruce then scorched a single to right field to score Cozart and send the Reds to their second consecutive victory. Aroldis Chapman (2-0) was credited with the victory after tossing a perfect top of the ninth on Tuesday when he took over for starter Homer Bailey, who tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts while scattering two hits over eight scoreless innings. Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick struck out four and allowed just two hits over seven innings on Tuesday, but the Phillies managed just two hits and struck out 12 times in suffering their second straight defeat.

 

Final Score: Kansas City 1, Atlanta 0

 

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Behind seven strong innings from starter Wade Davis, the Kansas City Royals ended the Atlanta Braves’ 10-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory at Turner Field. Davis (2-0) scattered five hits and struck out seven to help the Royals split this two-game Interleague set. Former Brave and Atlanta native Jeff Francoeur drove in the lone run in the fourth inning against Mike Minor (2-1). Minor allowed five hits and fanned five over six strong frames. The Braves have been shut out in both of their losses this season. The Phillies blanked them, 2-0, on April 4.

 

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 0

 

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – There was a loud gasp at PNC Park when Carlos Beltran belted a ball earmarked for the right-center field gap with two outs in the seventh inning. Just like that, A.J. Burnett’s push for the second no-hitter of his career was dashed. Instead, he settled for another close call. Burnett tossed seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a rain- shortened two-game set. Beltran’s double in the seventh came on Burnett’s 96th pitch of the game. Burnett’s only other blemish was a hit batsman. He struck out eight. Burnett (1-2), who tallied his 2,000th career strikeout, fired his first no- hitter nearly 12 years ago. While with the Florida Marlins, he recorded a wild nine-walk no-no against the San Diego Padres on May 12, 2001.

 

Final Score: Cincinnati 11, Philadelphia 2

 

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – The Cincinnati Reds quickly ended Tuesday’s suspended game with a win and rode the momentum into the regularly scheduled series finale against the slumping Philadelphia Phillies. Mike Leake highlighted Wednesday’s 11-2 blowout victory with his arm and his bat as the Reds completed their three-game sweep. Leake (1-0) hurled seven scoreless innings and struck out seven while allowing as many hits as he recorded himself, as he went 3-for-4, scored three times and knocked in a run with a triple. Zack Cozart also had three of Cincinnati’s 15 hits and belted a two- run homer, while Brandon Phillips had three RBI in the rout. The Phillies lost a 1-0 decision in the conclusion of Tuesday’s rain-interrupted contest and scored just 10 runs on their disappointing 2-4 road trip.

 

Final Score: Washington 6, Miami 1

 

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Kurt Suzuki homered, tripled and drove in two runs and a healthy Bryce Harper went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored as the Washington Nationals downed the Miami Marlins, 6-1, in the rubber match of a three-game installment. Ross Detwiler (1-0) picked up his first win of the season and gave up one run on seven hits and struck out five over seven innings for the Nationals, who have won two of three. The lefty pitcher yielded just 10 hits and one earned run over 13 innings in his previous two starts but failed to earn a decision in both appearances. Harper missed Tuesday’s 8-2 loss due to flu-like symptoms. Miami scored its lone run in the fifth with Donovan Solano’s RBI single. Starter Ricky Nolasco (0-2), who picked up the loss in a 2-0 defeat versus the Nationals on Opening Day, lasted six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out six in defeat. The Marlins have lost nine of their last 11 games.

 

New York at Colorado, postponed

 

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Wednesday’s game between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies from Coors Field has been postponed due to a snowstorm that has hit the Denver area. A makeup date has yet to be announced. Heavy snow also forced the postponement of Monday’s opener of the scheduled four-game series, forcing the clubs to play a doubleheader on Tuesday that the Rockies swept. Weather permitting, the teams will wrap up the abbreviated set Thursday at 3:10 p.m. (ET).

 

Final Score: Milwaukee 4, San Francisco 3

 

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Blake Lalli’s pinch-hit, game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants in the middle test of a three-game set. Santiago Casilla (1-1) served up a single to Jonathan Lucroy to start the frame, but Alex Gonzalez was unable to move pinch-runner Josh Prince to second when he popped up a bunt to Brandon Belt in foul territory. Carlos Gomez reached on an infield single and both runners advanced a base on Brandon Crawford’s throwing error. Yuniesky Betancourt was intentionally walked to load the bases before Lalli ended it with a long single over the head of Gregor Blanco in left.

 

Final Score: San Diego 7, Los Angeles 2

 

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Denorfia, Everth Cabrera and Kyle Blanks each smacked a solo home run as the San Diego Padres completed a three- game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-2 win on Wednesday. Chase Headley, who had missed the first month of the season after breaking the tip of his left thumb in spring training, had one hit, one RBI and scored once for the Padres, who had dropped five straight games entering the series. Brad Brach (1-0) earned the win after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Starter Tyson Ross gave up just one run on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Matt Kemp added a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers, losers in five of their last six. Clayton Kershaw (2-2) surrendered five runs — three earned — on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four.

 

 

Final Score: Kansas City 1, Atlanta 0

 

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Behind seven strong innings from starter Wade Davis, the Kansas City Royals ended the Atlanta Braves’ 10-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory at Turner Field. Davis (2-0) scattered five hits and struck out seven to help the Royals split this two-game Interleague set. Former Brave and Atlanta native Jeff Francoeur drove in the lone run in the fourth inning against Mike Minor (2-1). Minor allowed five hits and fanned five over six strong frames. The Braves have been shut out in both of their losses this season. The Phillies blanked them, 2-0, on April 4.

 

Final Score: Oakland 7, Houston 5

 

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jed Lowrie had two hits, one RBI and one run scored, while Bartolo Colon pitched six strong innings as the Oakland Athletics swept a three-game series from the Houston Astros for the second time this season with a 7-5 victory. Josh Reddick drove in two runs with a double for Oakland, which has won 12 of 14 after dropping its first two games of the season. John Jaso added an RBI, two hits and a run scored and Seth Smith went 3-for-5. Colon (2-0) yielded one run on four hits and struck out three in the victory. Carlos Pena and Rick Ankiel each hit solo homers for the Astros, who have dropped five straight. Starter Bud Norris (2-2) lasted only two-thirds of an inning and give up six runs on five hits while walking three batters. He threw 46 pitches before exiting. Norris also struggled in a 6-3 loss to Oakland on April 6, allowing five runs – two earned – while throwing 122 pitches in 5 2/3 innings.

 

Texas at Chicago Cubs, postponed

 

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Wednesday’s game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast of heavy rain throughout the evening. A makeup date has not yet been determined. The teams will conclude the abbreviated two-game interleague series with Thursday’s regularly scheduled 2:20 p.m. (ET) start.

 

Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 2

 

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – James Loney finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the middle test of a three-game set Wednesday at Camden Yards. Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan each smacked solo homers, while Yunel Escobar added an RBI single to help the Rays snap a four-game skid. Matt Moore (3-0) struck out seven and limited the O’s to two runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames to earn the victory. Adam Jones stroked a two-run homer to account for Baltimore’s offense, while starter Chris Tillman (0-1) was charged with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five frames for the Orioles, who took the opener of the series, 5-4, on Tuesday.

 

Final Score: Boston 6, Cleveland 3

 

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava each drove in a pair of runs as Boston doubled up Cleveland, 6-3, in the second edition of a three-game series. Mike Carp finished 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI triple for the Red Sox, who have taken the first two in the set and five straight overall. Boston starter Alfredo Aceves (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning, snagging the decision after allowing seven hits and three runs. Andrew Bailey fanned two in a scoreless ninth to earn his first save. Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and Jason Giambi added a solo shot for the Indians, losers in three straight. Justin Masterson (3-1) was tagged for 11 hits and four runs in defeat despite five strikeouts over five innings.

 

Final Score: Chicago 7, Toronto 0

 

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Jose Quintana shut out the Blue Jays for 6 2/3 innings and the bullpen took care of the rest, as the Chicago White Sox blanked Toronto, 7-0, in the third installment of a four-game set at Rogers Centre. Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and Alex Rios added a solo shot in the White Sox’ second straight win. Quintana (1-0) turned in another solid performance, striking out seven and scattering just five hits. Since getting lit up in his first start, Quintana has thrown 13 2/3 scoreless innings. Paul Konerko had a sacrifice fly and extended his hitting streak to nine games, while Jeff Keppinger and Alexei Ramirez added an RBI apiece in the victory. J.A. Happ (2-1) struggled over 5 2/3 innings in his first career outing against the White Sox, allowing five runs on six hits. Rajai Davis and Edwin Encarnacion each had two hits in the setback, Toronto’s third in four games.

 

LA Angels of Anaheim at Minnesota, postponed

 

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Wednesday’s game between the LA Angels of Anaheim and the Minnesota Twins has been postponed due to inclement weather. Temperatures were predicted to be in the high 30s for the scheduled first pitch at 8:10 p.m. ET, with a wintry mix of snow and rain expected. No makeup date has been announced at this time.

 

Final Score: NY Yankees 4, Arizona 3

 

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Travis Hafner’s pinch-hit tie-breaking solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning completed a late comeback that propelled the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees trailed 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, but scored three times during the inning before moving in front on Hafner’s two-out blast off David Hernandez (0-1) a frame later. Brett Gardner’s two-run single in the seventh pulled New York even, while CC Sabathia (3-1) settled down after a shaky beginning to hold the Diamondbacks to three runs on six hits while fanning six over eight strong innings. The win was the Yankees’ third straight and seventh in eight games since a 1-4 start to the season.

 

Final Score: Detroit 2, Seattle 1 (14 innings)

 

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Bryan Pena pushed the go-ahead run across and Prince Fielder kept the lead in tact by gunning out Justin Smoak at the plate, as the Detroit Tigers came away with a 2-1 victory in marathon 14-inning pitchers duel at Safeco Field. In a game highlighted by incredible pitching performances, which resulted in a combined 40 strikeouts, the Tigers took advantage after Charlie Furbush (0-1) put two runners on to start the 14th inning. Blake Beavan took the mound for Seattle and the runners advanced on Jhonny Peralta’s sac bunt. Pena then got Victor Martinez to cross the plate with a groundout to short. Drew Smyly (1-0) picked up the win after Joaquin Benoit was able to preserve the save in the bottom half of the final frame. Benoit gave up a single to Smoak and two batter later, surrendered a double to Dustin Ackley. With Smoak chugging around third, Torii Hunter fielded the ball cleanly and got it to Fielder, who rifled the ball to Pena at home plate. Smoak, dead to rights, tried bulldozing over Pena, but he held on for the tag to end the game.

 

04/18 03:12:42 ET