The Associated Press
May. 25, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each homered as the Colorado Rockies beat Atlanta 3-1 Saturday.
The Rockies were without some of their big bats. Carlos Gonzalez missed his third straight start with a swollen finger and Nolan Arenado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger.
Juan Nicasio (5-2) didn't need much offense. The right-hander turned around his ugly history against the Braves — 0-3 and 9.82 ERA in four starts. He gave up only two hits in six shutout innings. Nicasio pitched around four walks and had five strikeouts.
Atlanta's Mike Minor (2-3) allowed three runs on four hits — including the two homers — in 6 2-3 innings.
PIRATES 3, NATIONALS 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison had a tiebreaking, two-out single in the seventh inning after Jose Tabata hit a sacrifice fly as Pittsburgh won its fourth straight game.
Gerrit Cole left after six innings trailing by a run while facing Stephen Strasburg in the first matchup in the NL of No. 1 overall draft picks in almost nine years.
But Strasburg (3-4) allowed three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Cole — the top pick of the 2011 draft, two years after Strasburg went first — allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Neil Walker hit his 10th home run for the Pirates, who tied their season-best winning streak.
Jered Hughes (3-1), Jeanmar Gomez and Mark Melancon each worked a perfect inning of relief for Pittsburgh.
PHILLIES 5, DODGERS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — David Buchanan threw five effective innings in his major league debut and Chase Utley hit a two-run homer to power Philadelphia.
Filling in for injured ace Cliff Lee, Buchanan (1-0) gave the struggling Phillies a lift. The 25-year-old righty allowed two runs and five hits, striking out two.
Ben Revere went 4 for 4 in his first game leading off since May 14 and Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs to help the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak.
Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in 14 tries.
Dodgers starter Dan Haren (5-3) gave up five runs — two earned — and six hits, striking out seven in six innings.
MARLINS 2, BREWERS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Jacob Turner pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings to help Miami win for the third time in four games.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Baker drove in the runs for the Marlins, and Steve Cishek recorded the final four outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.
It was the best outing of the season for Turner (1-2), who struck out two and walked one while allowing eight hits. It was only the second time in six starts that he has not allowed at least four runs.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta (4-4) allowed one run and six hits in six innings.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun was in the lineup after missing Friday's game with tightness in his right side and went 1 for 4.
CARDINALS 6, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia got his first victory in more than a year in his comeback from shoulder surgery and Yadier Molina homered again in the city where he's always booed, leading St. Louis to victory.
The Cardinals evened their series at a game apiece. St. Louis has won nine of the last 10 series between the NL Central rivals.
Garcia (1-0) made his second start since recovering from surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff last May. He gave up six hits and a pair of runs in 5 2-3 innings, fanning seven and retiring 12 batters in a row over one span.
Ryan Ludwick homered in the ninth off Jason Motte. Trevor Rosenthal came on with two outs and fanned Todd Frazier with two runners aboard for his 15th save in 17 chances.
Molina hit a solo shot off left-hander Tony Cingrani (2-4), who has lost both of his starts since returning from the disabled list following a bout with shoulder tendinitis.
CUBS 3, PADRES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chicago held on after left-hander Travis Wood came within five outs of pitching his first career shutout before allowing Carlos Quentin's pinch-hit, two-run home run in the eighth.
Wood (5-4) hit an RBI single and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs, who bounced back from an 11-1 loss Friday night.
Wood allowed two runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked two.
Quentin, who missed the previous four games with a groin injury, hit an 86-mph slider an estimated 405 feet off the left-field facade with one out in the eighth to chase Wood. Quentin has five career pinch homers and two in one week. Yasmani Grandal was aboard on a one-out walk.
Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Collmenter provided another solid start and Martin Prado hit a pair of RBI singles as Arizona ended a three-game losing streak.
A day after Aaron Hill had a home run washed out when the game at Citi Field was postponed because of rain, he cracked a key hit that counted. His second-inning double set up run-scoring singles by Prado and Cody Ross that put Arizona ahead to stay.
David Wright homered, doubled and singled for the Mets.
Collmenter (3-2) won his third decision in a row over a span of six starts. The righty with the unusual, straight over-the-top delivery allowed two runs in six innings before the Arizona bullpen held on.
GIANTS 2, TWINS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong struck out seven in 6 2-3 scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval homered for the fourth time in six games as San Francisco won its sixth straight interleague game dating to last season.
Vogelsong (3-2) allowed three hits and one walks to give him a 1.35 ERA in his past six starts.
Josmil Pinto broke up the shutout bid with a leadoff homer in the ninth inning against Sergio Romo, but that was all the Twins could manage. Romo retired the next three batters to get his 16th save in 18 chances.
Samuel Deduno (1-3) allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings after being moved up a day in Minnesota's rotation.