Apr. 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ike Davis hit a game-ending grand slam and the New York Mets were aided by a favorable ninth-inning replay review in rallying to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Saturday.
Brandon Phillips had given the Reds a 3-2 lead with a two-run homer off Dillon Gee in the eighth, two innings after Curtis Granderson connected for a two-run drive off Johnny Cueto, his first homer with the Mets.
Trailing by a run in the ninth, Juan Lagares walked leading off against fill-in closer J.J. Hoover.
Anthony Recker bunted and first baseman Joey Votto threw to second base for the force play. Second base umpire James Hoye called Lagares out and Mets manager Terry Collins raced out of the dugout to ask for a challenge. After a review of 2 minutes, 15 seconds, the call was overturned by crew chief John Hirschbeck.
Hoover, pitching the ninth for Aroldis Chapman who is out after being hit in the face by a line drive during spring training, then walked Ruben Tejada to load the bases.
Davis, having lost his starting first base job to Lucas Duda a day earlier, was called on to hit in the pitcher's spot and lined a 0-1 pitch to right field, setting off a gleeful celebration at Citi Field.
BRAVES 6, NATIONALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Julio Teheran allowed two runs in seven solid innings and had two hits, and Atlanta knocked out Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning.
Dan Uggla had a two-run single for the Braves and Freddie Freeman reached base five times with two hits and three walks.
Teheran (1-1) limited Washington to three hits, including a two-run home run by Adam LaRoche. The Braves right-hander was aided by a spectacular throw by B.J. Upton, who caught a liner to medium center by Bryce Harper and threw out Jose Lobaton at the plate for an inning-ending double play in the fifth.
Strasburg (0-1) allowed eight hits, three walks and three earned runs in 4 1-3 innings.
PHILLIES 2, CUBS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Chase Utley went 3-for-3 and homered for the second day in a row, and Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Philadelphia.
Dominic Brown drove in Utley for the Phillies' other run with a single in the fourth inning.
Lee (2-0) allowed 10 hits and had just one 1-2-3 inning. But it never felt as if he was in trouble. He worked on the edges of both sides of the plate and kept the Cubs hitters off balance. Four of his six strikeouts were called third strikes.
The Cubs wasted another strong start from Jeff Samardzija (0-1), who allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out eight.
GIANTS 7, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning and San Francisco hit three home runs.
Yasiel Puig started in right field and batted leadoff for the Dodgers a day after he was benched for arriving late for stretching and batting practice.
Michael Morse had a solo shot in the fourth inning and the Giants got back-to-back homers in the fifth from Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey.
Bumgarner (1-0) was charged with two runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out 10 in his second outing.
Paul Maholm (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits through 4 1-3 innings in his first start for the Dodgers.
MARLINS 5, PADRES 2
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings while lowering his ERA to 0.71, and Miami won again.
The Marlins improved to 5-1, their best start since 2009. Last year their fifth victory came in their 21st game, and they finished with 100 losses.
Fernandez (2-0) improved his career record at home to 11-0 even though he was at less than his best.
Giancarlo Stanton had two RBIs to increase his season total to 11, one more than teammate Casey McGehee, who began the day leading the NL. Four of the Marlins' runs scored with two outs.
Andrew Cashner (0-1) allowed only two runs in six innings for San Diego.
CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yadier Molina hit his second homer of the season and Jhonny Peralta added a late two-run shot for St. Louis.
Molina finished 2 for 4 and his solo homer in the sixth gave the Cardinals plenty of cushion as they bounced back from a 12-2 loss on Friday night by jumping on Pittsburgh ace Francisco Liriano (0-1) early.
St. Louis used a three-run first inning to put the Pirates in an early hole then held on as Joe Kelly (1-0) wiggled his way out of trouble. The right-hander worked 5 1-3 innings, walking four and striking out four in his first start of the season.
The Pirates left 11 runners on base, including seven in the first four innings.
ROCKIES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 4
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered twice, rookie right-hander Tommy Kahnle picked up his first major league victory and Colorado overcame a four-run deficit.
Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4, tying the Rockies' franchise record with nine hits in consecutive games, a mark set by Juan Pierre in September 2002. After going 6-for-6 Friday, Blackmon singled his first time up, and then grounded out to first base before adding two more singles.
Paul Goldschmidt had his 26-game hitting streak snapped. He went 0-for-2 with two walks as the Diamondbacks fell to 1-7, the worst start in franchise history.
Kahnle (1-0), selected in the 2013 Rule 5 draft from the New York Yankees, pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of starter Jorge De La Rosa, who struggled through his second straight start.
Brandon McCarthy (0-1) surrendered six earned runs on seven hits in six innings for Arizona.
BREWERS 7, RED SOX 6, 11 innings
BOSTON (AP) — Khris Davis doubled in the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the game, and scored on Logan Schafer's double.
Tyler Thornburg (1-0) earned the win with a perfect 10th inning. Burke Badenhop (0-1) came in to start the 11th and gave up Davis' one-out double, then Schafer one-hopped the Green Monster between the left and center fielders.
Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the 11th for his second save.
Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez each had three of Milwaukee's 19 hits. Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds each hit a solo homer in the second inning — the first hit of the season for Reynolds, who was signed as a free agent on Jan. 17.