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Brewers beat Cardinals in extra innings again

April 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee beat St. Louis in extra innings for the second-straight night on Tuesday, with Lyle Overbay’s 11th inning single delivering a 5-4 win that lifted the Brewers a remarkable 6-1/2 games clear atop the National League Central after playing only 27 games.

Among other games, Oakland also beat its nearest division rival in Texas to open a two-game lead, Miami shut out Atlanta with Jose Fernandez in commanding form, and San Francisco’s pitching was just as dominant in a shutout win over San Diego.

Milwaukee’s Khris Davis, who hit the go-ahead triple that won the game on Monday, started the winning comeback this time with a leadoff double in the 11th off Kevin Siegrist (0-1), and Overbay drove him home for the winner.

The Brewers are a major league-best 20-7, two more victories than the previous franchise best for the opening month, and 11-1 on the road.

Carlos Gomez homered and pitcher Kyle Lohse had a two-run single for Milwaukee, which shrugged off the absence of four regular starters and improved to 4-1 in extra-inning games while the Cardinals are 0-3.

Oakland’s Derek Norris drove in three runs with a pair of doubles to help the Athletics win 9-3 at Texas.

The A’s went ahead to stay on Norris’ two-run double in the first inning off Martin Perez (4-1), who had pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous three starts.

Oakland starter Scott Kazmir (4-0) tied for the American League lead in wins. He needed 95 pitches to labor through five innings, but left with a 9-3 lead.

Miami starter Jose Fernandez pitched eight scoreless innings as the Marlins opened a homestand with a 9-0 win over Atlanta.

Fernandez (4-1) was dominant against the NL East leaders for the second time in a week, lowering his season ERA to 1.59. He struck out eight.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for the Marlins.

San Franciso’s Angel Pagan hit a leadoff homer to set the Giants on their way to a 6-0 win over San Diego.

Buster Posey connected two batters later to give the hosts and ideal start.

Giants’ starter Yusmeiro Petit (2-1) went six innings — not giving up a hit until the fourth — as he filled in for Matt Cain who dropped a knife in the clubhouse kitchen before the game and cut open a finger as he tried to catch it.

New York’s Jonathon Niese pitched seven steady innings on a rainy night to steer the Mets to a 6-1 win over Philadelphia.

The start was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 28 minutes, and temperatures were low but the weather hardly affected Niese (2-2), who struck out five and walked one.

Daniel Murphy had three hits for the Mets who, at 15-11, are four games over a .500 record for the first time since 2012.

Detroit’s Bryan Holaday bunted home Austin Jackson with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Jackson lined a long drive off Ronald Belisario and reached third on a fielding error by Dayan Viciedo. Jackson scored on Holaday’s surprise bunt down the first base line.

Detroit’s Joba Chamberlain (1-1) worked one inning of relief to take the win and Joe Nathan earned his fifth save.

Seattle’s Robinson Cano drove in a run and scored another despite boos of home fans in his return to Yankee Stadium, helping the Mariners to a 6-3 win over New York.

Cano began his first game in the Bronx since joining Seattle this winter for $240 million with a wink at Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia (3-3).

Seattle starter Chris Young (1-0) gave up a second-inning homer to Teixeira and not much else in 5 2-3 innings to earn his first win since 2012.

Kansas City’s Salvador Perez homered and drove in four runs, helping the Royals rally to a 10-7 win over Toronto.

Colorado’s Drew Stubbs homered off Arizona closer Addison Reed in the ninth inning to give the Rockies a 5-4 win.

Boston’s Shane Victorino had four hits and his first two RBIs of the season as the Red Sox defeated Tampa Bay 7-4.

Los Angeles’ Howie Kendrick had a two-run single in his first game batting in the leadoff spot this season, helping the Angels down Cleveland 6-4.

Washington’s Adam LaRoche hit a tying double in the eighth inning and a go-ahead single in the ninth to lift the Nationals to a 4-3 win over Houston.

Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in a game delayed three times by rain, with Billy Hamilton hitting his first career homer.

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