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Brewers keep on winning, beat Pirates 4-1

April 14, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee continued to set the pace in the early stages of the new Major League Baseball season, winning its ninth-straight game on Sunday by beating Pittsburgh 4-1, with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse starring.

The Brewers, who have a 10-2 record in their best start for 27 years, remained three games clear atop the National League Central, while in the NL East, Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of Washington to move a game clear of the Nationals.

Elswhere, San Francisco beat Colorado with a 10th inning homer and Oakland broke clear late in a defensive arm wrestle to defeat Seattle.

Milwaukee pitcher Lohse (2-1) gave up one run and struck out nine in 8 2-3 innings. He fanned five straight across the seventh and eighth innings.

Lohse was pulled with two outs in the ninth after giving up a single. Will Smith struck out Pedro Alvarez on three pitches to record his first career save.

Atlanta’s Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman each hit two-run homers off Gio Gonzalez to power the Braves to a 10-2 win over Washington.

Washington lost to the Braves for the fifth time in six games this season, and began the day by placing third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right thumb.

Atlanta starter Aaron Harang (2-1) allowed one run in six innings.

San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford led off the 10th inning with a homer into the waters of McCovey Cove to lift the Giants to a 5-4 win over Colorado.

Crawford turned on the second pitch thrown by Rex Brothers (1-1) and notched his first career walkoff homer and first splash homer.

Pablo Sandoval homered and Angel Pagan drove in two runs for the Giants.

The Rockies have lost 15 of their past 18 games in San Francisco.

Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer that broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, lifting Oakland over Seattle 3-0.

Cespedes pulled a 2-2 slider from Charlie Furbush (0-1) into the left field bullpen after Jed Lowrie drew a leadoff walk.

Josh Donaldson added a solo home run in the ninth.

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of Arizona, winning 8-6 with Adrian Gonzalez homering for the fourth consecutive game.

Gonzalez’s three-run shot off Trevor Cahill (0-4) in the third inning gave him 10 RBIs in the series. Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe also homered for the Dodgers.

Dodgers starter Dan Haren (2-0) allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer off John Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the White Sox to a 4-3 win over Cleveland.

The Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth, and Axford (0-1) came in seeking his fifth save in as many chances but he issued a leadoff walk to Jordan Danks, who stole second, and one out later, Ramirez homered over the left field fence.

New York beat Boston 3-2 with the aid of another disputed replay ruling that led to the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Boston thought it had turned an inning-ending double play in the fourth inning but Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call and after a video review the call was reversed, the inning continued and New York scored another run.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer for the Yankees among his three hits, and also was pressed into his first career appearance fielding at first base as New York tried to cover for injuries.

Toronto had a season-high 17 hits, including three homers, as it cruised to an 11-3 win at Baltimore.

Jose Bautista hit a three-run drive and Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie had solo shots to help Toronto win the decisive matchup of the three-game series.

Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (3-0) allowed just one run and no walks over seven innings to win his third straight start.

St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter drove in three runs to lead the Cardinals to a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Philadelphia finished off a three-game sweep of Miami, winning 4-3 as Chase Utley extended his strong season start with the tiebreaking homer among three hits.

San Diego’s Tyson Ross got his first win of the season after two shaky starts, outdueling Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and guiding the Padres to a 5-1 win over Detroit.

Cincinnati capitalized on Tampa Bay’s depleted pitching staff by trouncing the Rays 12-4, with Chris Heisey hitting his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homering and driving in a career high-tying four runs.

The Los Angeles Angels routed the New York Mets 14-2 after Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez hit consecutive home runs off Bartolo Colon in the first inning.

Texas pitcher Martin Perez threw eight scoreless innings to guide the Rangers to a 1-0 win over Houston, with the sole run coming from a Donnie Murphy sacrifice fly.

Minnesota rallied past Kansas City to win 4-3 and complete a three-game sweep, with the key moment coming when Royals pitcher Wade Davis made a wild throw to home plate in the eighth inning, allowing two runs.

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