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Updated: April 22, 2013

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Final Score: Cincinnati 10, Miami 6

 

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Todd Frazier’s three-run double highlighted an eight-run seventh inning that propelled the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-6 win over the Miami Marlins in the finale of a four-game set at Great American Ball Park. The outburst broke up what had been a close game. The first six Cincinnati batters reached base in the fateful frame, with Brandon Phillips’ RBI single off Jon Rauch snapping a 2-2 tie. A second runner came home when right fielder Giancarlo Stanton bobbled the ball. Rauch had replaced Alex Sanabia (2-2) after the Reds loaded the bases against the starting pitcher. After Jay Bruce worked a walk to reload the bases, Devin Mesoraco singled home Joey Votto, who had opened the scoring with a two-out, solo homer in the first inning. Frazier later cleared the bases with his two-out liner off the top of the right-field wall. Shin-Soo Choo and Xavier Paul followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to cap the barrage.

 

Final Score: New York 2, Washington 0

 

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – John Buck hit a solo home run and Mike Baxter added an RBI, as the New York Mets relied on 5 2/3 shutout innings from Dillon Gee to take a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals in the rubber match of a three-game set. Gee (1-3) allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out six and also avoided becoming the first Mets starter since Steve Trachsel (2001) to lose his first four starts of April. David Wright walked twice and scored a run for the Mets, who won a series versus Washington on the road for the first time since September 2-4, 2011. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (3-1), who was looking to become the first Nationals pitcher in 16 years to win his first four starts of the season, gave up two runs on two hits over five innings. He fanned four and walked three.

 

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Atlanta 2

 

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Clint Barmes had a pair of RBI singles, and the Pittsburgh Pirates notched their third straight win with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a four-game set at PNC Park. Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, Travis Snider added two hits and scored an insurance run for Pittsburgh, which has gone 9-3 since a four- game losing streak in the first week of the season. Justin Wilson (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless frames. Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez was removed after throwing 74 pitches in three innings of work. He allowed two runs on four hits with three walks. The Braves have dropped four of their last five since winning 10 in a row. Gerald Laird and Andrelton Simmons each had two hits and an RBI. Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (1-2) struck out six over six innings of work and was charged for three runs on seven hits and a walk in defeat.

 

Final Score: Milwaukee 4, Chicago 2

 

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Ryan Braun crushed a three-run homer prior to his eighth inning ejection, and the Milwaukee Brewers finished off a three- game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 4-2 victory on Sunday at Miller Park. Braun was tossed from the game for flipping his bat after taking a questionable called strike three, but his homer three frames earlier put Milwaukee ahead for good. The Brewers, winners in seven straight games, received 6 2/3 solid innings from starter Wily Peralta (1-1), who gave up just one hit after surrendering a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo in the third. Chicago has dropped 17 of its last 21 meetings with the Brewers, and was again plagued by poor defense, committing two more errors to give them 17 on the season. Starter Scott Feldman (0-3) had six strikeouts and was charged with four runs — one earned — on three hits over five frames. Starlin Castro scored a run and had a hit to extend his hitting streak to a major league-best 13 games.

 

Final Score: San Francisco 5, San Diego 0

 

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Barry Zito tossed seven shutout innings as the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 5-0 rout at AT&T Park. Zito (3-1), who gave up nine runs in 2 2/3 innings last time out against Milwaukee, allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out four. San Francisco has won nine of its last 13. Angel Pagan had just one hit on the afternoon but it plated two to break a 0-0 tie in the third inning. Pablo Sandoval and Andres Torres had two hits and a run apiece while Buster Posey, the reigning National League MVP, added his first home run of the season, a two-run blast, in the victory Eric Stults (2-2) gave up all five runs while registering just two strikeouts in seven innings. Everth Cabrera and Nick Hundley each had two hits for San Diego.

 

Final Score: Arizona 5, Colorado 4

 

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – The Arizona Diamondbacks plated two runs in the top of the ninth inning to end Colorado’s eight-game winning streak by taking a 5-4 victory over the Rockies in the finale of a three-game set at Coors Field. With Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt needed to pitch the previous two games, Wilton Lopez (0-1) was summoned upon to try and lock down the save in the ninth. He was unsuccessful after surrendering a single to Didi Gregorius and a double to A.J. Pollock before Arizona pulled even on pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte’s grounder to third. Pollock moved to third base on the play and scored on a sac fly from Gerardo Parra to put the D-backs in front, 5-4. J.J. Putz put runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to register his third save when he got Eric Young to ground out to end the game. Heath Bell (2-0) picked up the win with a perfect eighth.

 

Final Score: Philadelphia 7, St. Louis 3

 

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Ben Revere hit the go-ahead single and Erik Kratz provided insurance with a three-run homer as part of a four-run eighth inning in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 7-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a four-game set. After hitting into an inning- ending double play with the bases loaded in the sixth, Revere stepped up with runners on the corners and one away after Michael Young and Dominic Brown had back-to-back singles in the eighth. Revere slapped Mitchell Boggs’ (0-2) 1-1 offering back up the box to bring home Young before Kratz pounded a no-doubt shot deep into the seats in left to make it 7-3. Jimmy Rollins had three hits and scored a run for Philadelphia, which had dropped six of its last eight games coming in. Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the win, while Mike Adams (1-1) was credited with the win with a 1-2-3 eighth. Matt Carpenter smacked a solo shot in the opening frame for the Cardinals, who have alternated wins and losses over their last seven tilts.

 

 

Final Score: Toronto 8, New York 4

 

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Brett Lawrie keyed a four-run sixth with a two- run double and a run scored, as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for an 8-4 win over the New York Yankees to salvage the finale of a three-game set at Rogers Centre. Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and J.P. Arencibia chipped in a double and a two-run homer for the Jays, who won for just the second time in their last six games. Vernon Wells, Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart each had two hits for New York, which lost for just the third time in its last 12 games. Wells finished 7-for-15 with a pair of homers in the series against his former team. Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and his spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy after another shaky outing. He didn’t take the loss, but was charged with four runs on seven hits and four walks in five-plus innings.

 

Final Score: Kansas City 4, Boston 2 (Game One) Final Score: Kansas City 5, Boston 4 (10 innings) (Game Two)

 

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the fourth inning to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park. Kansas City starter Ervin Santana (2-1) gave up two first-inning runs, but kept the Red Sox off the board through the remainder of his outing, retiring 11 in a row at one point. Santana scattered six hits and struck out seven over seven frames. David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Boston, which had its winning streak snapped at seven games. Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster (0-2) allowed four runs on six hits, walked three and fanned eight in seven innings. Lorenzo Cain’s bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning scored Alex Gordon with the deciding run, as Kansas City took a 5-4 decision over Boston in the back end of the doubleheader. George Kottaras, Gordon and Billy Butler each slugged a solo homer for the Royals, who swept both ends of the twinbill. Kelvin Herrera (2-2) fanned three and walked one while allowing one hit in two scoreless relief frames. Greg Holland earned his fifth save by turning in a perfect bottom of the 10th. Mike Napoli homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who had won seven in a row prior to Sunday. Dustin Pedroia added two hits and an RBI in defeat. Andrew Miller (0-1) gave up the lead run in his lone frame on the hill.

 

Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Oakland 1

 

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) – Roberto Hernandez tossed six strong innings and earned his first win since 2011, while Yunel Escobar went 3- for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI as the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Oakland Athletics, 8-1, to sweep a three-game set at Tropicana Field. Ryan Roberts had two hits, one RBI and two runs scored, while Sean Rodriguez, James Loney and Kelly Johnson also drove in one apiece for the Rays, who swept a three-game series versus the A’s at home for the first time since 2005. Hernandez (1-3) allowed just three hits and one run while striking out seven. Josh Reddick singled in Oakland’s lone run, and Coco Crisp and Seth Smith provided the other hits for the Athletics, who were coming off their own three-game sweep of Houston prior to the series versus the Rays. Starter Tommy Milone (3-1) gave up six runs — four earned — on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in the setback.

 

Final Score: Minnesota 5, Chicago 3

 

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Josh Willingham cleared the bases with a tie- breaking three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon. Scott Diamond (1-1) went six strong innings to pick up the win, yielding just two runs — one earned — and four hits while striking out five. Justin Morneau and Aaron Hicks each supplied an RBI for Minnesota, which swept the rain-shortened two-game series with Chicago and has won four consecutive games overall. Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox, who have scored just five runs in three straight losses. Jeff Keppinger went hitless but picked up two RBI. Matt Lindstrom (1-1) picked up the loss after allowing three runs in 2/3 of an inning after replacing starter Gavin Floyd, who allowed one run in six innings.

 

Final Score: Cleveland 5, Houston 4

 

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Mark Reynolds hit the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and made a key defensive play late, as Cleveland escaped with a 5-4 win over Houston in the rubber match of a three-game set. Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana and Drew Stubbs also went deep once each for the Indians, who took the final two games in the series to erase the memory of a five-game losing streak. Cody Allen (1-0) recorded the final out of the sixth for the win. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the sixth, yielding four runs and as many hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Chris Perez left the bases loaded in the ninth for his second save, aided by Reynolds’ diving stop at third on a Jason Castro grounder. Fernando Martinez hit a two-run homer, while Jose Altuve knocked in a run and scored twice for the Astros, losers in seven of their last eight. Hector Ambriz (0-1) served up the deciding blast over his two relief innings. Erik Bedard was pulled after four frames, having yielded six hits and two runs while fanning eight.

 

Final Score: Texas 11, Seattle 3

 

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre each had two-run homers on Sunday as the Texas Rangers crushed the Seattle Mariners, 11-3, to earn a three-game sweep. Leonys Martin had a solo home run, a triple and scored twice for the Rangers, who picked up their first three-game sweep of Seattle since September 23-25, 2011. Starter Justin Grimm (1-0) tossed six innings and yielded two runs — one earned — on six hits and struck out nine for his first win of the season. Endy Chavez had a run-scoring double and Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and pair of RBI for the Mariners, who have lost five of six. Starter Aaron Harang (0-2) struggled through 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits, including three home runs, while walking two in defeat.

 

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Detroit 3 (13 innings)

 

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Mark Trumbo hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 4-3 victory on Sunday. Trumbo sent a 3-1 offering from Phil Coke (0-2) over the left-field wall, lifting the Angels to their fifth straight win at home. The blast made a winner out of Jerome Williams (1-0), who gave up two hits over three scoreless innings.

 

Final Score: LA Dodgers 7, Baltimore 4

 

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 and Mark Ellis knocked in three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a series sweep from the Baltimore Orioles with a 7-4 win on Sunday afternoon. Trailing 4-1 in the fourth inning, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had faith that his team would turn things around. The Dodgers then made their manager look good next time they came to the plate. After Orioles starter Jake Arrieta walked the bases loaded in the fifth, Ellis came through with a two-run single to left. T.J. McFarland replaced Arrieta, but LA’s big inning continued with an RBI double by Adrian Gonzalez and a run-scoring single by Kemp. Kemp added a run scored and his third steal of the season for the Dodgers, who snapped a six-game losing skid. Gonzalez had two hits and J.P. Howell (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in relief of Stephen Fife. Fife, who replaced Chad Billingsley in the rotation after the latter was placed on the disabled list earlier Sunday with right elbow pain, earned a no- decision in his first start of 2013. He allowed four runs and seven hits while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings. Adam Jones ripped his third home run of the season, a solo shot, for Baltimore. Chris Davis had three hits to increase his batting average to .403 on the season. Arrieta (1-1) looked unhittable early on, but struggled with his command in the decisive fifth inning before being pulled without recording an out. Arrieta went just four innings and allowed five runs while walking five, though he did register six strikeouts.