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April 16, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday to end Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.

First, the National League Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night. Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning, giving the Pirates an 8-7 win.

Leake (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for a split. The right-hander has won his last four starts against the Pirates. Jonathan Broxton pitched out of a two-on threat in the ninth, converting his first save chance.

Leake, who has the most hits by a major league pitcher since 2010, doubled and scored in the third. He hit his third career homer in the sixth off Cole (2-1), who had won his last six starts.

Todd Frazier hit his second homer in two games and Joey Votto had four hits.

Neil Walker hit three of Pittsburgh’s seven homers in the two games.

The teams wore their customary uniforms for the completion of the suspended game, then switched to commemorative No. 42 Jackie Robinson jerseys for the later game, which started 5 minutes later than originally scheduled.

The teams put on a record-setting show Monday night before the game was suspended after six innings tied 7-all. They combined for 10 homers in those six innings, the most for a game in Great American Ball Park’s 12 seasons.

When play resumed, McCutchen doubled off Sam LeCure (0-1).

Bryan Morris (2-0) gave up Mesoraco’s tying solo homer in the sixth inning Monday night, but was still the pitcher of record. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.

MARLINS 11, NATIONALS 2

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg as Miami broke an eight-game losing streak by beating Washington.

Strasburg (1-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an ERA of 8.61.

Tom Koehler (2-1) yielded one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89. The performance was a welcome change for a team that had an ERA of 6.12 during the losing streak.

Both benches and bullpens cleared briefly in the fourth inning when the Nationals’ Ian Desmond and Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia engaged in a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate.

Desmond became annoyed when he barely avoided being hit by an inside pitch from Koehler. The confrontation didn’t escalate.

CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead St. Louis over Milwaukee.

Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta homered in the ninth for the Cardinals, who handed the Brewers their second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.

Miller (1-2) routinely fired fastballs clocked in the mid-90s (mph) and gave up only a homer to Aramis Ramirez in the fourth. The Brewers have one run and six hits in the first two games of the series.

Marco Estrada (1-1) allowed three runs in six innings.

METS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 0

PHOENIX (AP) — Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits and three RBIs in his season debut, and Jenrry Mejia pitched five effective innings in a combined three-hitter as New York routed the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Mets placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled hamstring and called up Nieuwenhuis from the minors before the game. He slid into Lagares’ spot nicely, hitting a two-run homer during a six-run fourth inning against Bronson Arroyo (1-1) and adding a diving catch in the fifth.

Mejia (2-0) was sharp before leaving with a torn blister. Eric Young Jr. had three hits and two RBIs, and the Mets finished with 12 hits to ensure a winning record on their nine-game road trip.

The Diamondbacks had another awful night on the mound, losing their seventh straight home game and eighth in nine at Chase Field. Arroyo allowed 10 runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.

GIANTS 3, DODGERS 2, 12 INNINGS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning as San Francisco beat Los Angeles after Brandon Belt’s tying double in the ninth.

Hunter Pence had four hits for the Giants, who have won three of four.

Brandon Crawford singled off Brandon League (0-1) with one out in the 12th and advanced to second on a groundout by Brandon Hicks. His bouncer deflected off third baseman Juan Uribe to shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who threw to first for the out.

But the Dodgers were unable to get the lead runner on the play, and it cost them.

Crawford went to third on a wild pitch and Sanchez hit a sharp one-hopper that glanced off the glove of diving second baseman Justin Turner and into center field.

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