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Brewers avoid sweep, extend division lead

April 17, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee avoided a series sweep against St. Louis by winning 5-1 on Wednesday, re-opening a two game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central Division.

Elsewhere, San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to go clear top of the NL West, the cross-town L.A. Angels fared better with a 12-inning win against Oakland, and Julio Teheran pitched a shutout to lead Atlanta over Philadelphia.

Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (2-0) allowed just one run in 6 1-3 innings as the Brewers got back in winning form, having had its nine-game streak ended by consecutive St. Louis wins.

Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (1-1) gave up three hits before suffering a hamstring strain after trying a bunt while batting at the top of the fourth inning.

San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and that held up as the winner in a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers.

Sandoval came through after Los Angeles reliever J.P. Howell (1-1) intentionally walked Hunter Pence with two outs. Sandoval, who entered batting just .164 for the season, grounded into center field to score the runner from second.

Giants pitcher Jean Machi (3-0) wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam earlier in the seventh to take the win.

The Angels edged Oakland 5-4 after Chris Iannetta homered with two outs in the 12th inning.

Iannetta drove a Drew Pomeranz pitch beyond center field and just out of the reach of a leaping Craig Gentry, ending Oakland’s four-game winning streak.

The Athletics stranded runners in scoring position in the 10th, 11th and 12th.

Atlanta’s Julio Teheran (3-1) retired his first 12 batters and pitched his first complete game in 38 career starts, leading the Braves to a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.

Evan Gattis homered for the sole run of the game, while getting a career-best four hits.

Phillies starter Cliff Lee (2-2) was an unlucky loser, striking out 13 in his own complete game and throwing a career-high 128 pitches.

Washington came from 3-0 down to win 6-3 at Miami, with Jayson Werth’s homer scoring three unearned runs.

Two errors in the sixth inning by Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia helped the Nationals.

Washington pinch-hitter Zach Walters broke a tie in the eighth inning against Mike Dunn (0-2) with his second career homer — and his second in as many nights.

Texas’ Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Rangers edged Seattle 3-2.

Texas scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Mariners closer Fernando Rodney (0-1), while Martin also had a leadoff triple in the eighth, ending the game for Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who had retired the previous 10 batters.

Rangers reliever Pedro Figueroa (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first major league victory.

San Diego’s Andrew Cashner pitched into the eighth inning to guide the Padres to a 4-2 win over Colorado.

Cashner (2-1) consistently pitched his way out of trouble and gave up only one earned run with five strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.

Chris Denorfia drove in two runs for the Padres.

Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) and two relievers combined to shut out Tampa Bay as the Orioles won 2-0 on two infield singles by Adam Jones.

Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double off Chicago infielder-cum-pitcher Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-4 win over the White Sox in a game that lasted 5 hours and 17 minutes.

Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Reds over Pittsburgh 4-0 for their first winning series this season.

The New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 and 2-0 in the two games of a double-header, with Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda pitching the hosts to the twin shutouts.

Cleveland’s Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple while Zach McAllister (2-0) allowed one run in six innings as the Indians beat Detroit 3-2.

The New York Mets completed a three-game sweep of Arizona with a 5-2 win, as Dillon Gee (1-0) retired his first 14 batters and went seven scoreless innings.

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