The Associated Press
May. 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez hit RBI singles in the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants recovered to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Sunday after closer Sergio Romo gave up a tying homer to Hanley Ramirez.
Brandon Hicks hit a two-run shot off Clayton Kershaw, and Buster Posey had an RBI single for the NL West leaders, who beat the defending division champions for the seventh time in 10 meetings this season.
The Giants finished their road trip 7-3 and played errorless ball over the last five games.
Romo (3-0) came on in the ninth to try and protect a 4-2 lead for Tim Hudson. The right-hander struck out Yasiel Puig after a one-out double by Dee Gordon, but Ramirez lined his fifth homer to left field. The blown save was Romo's first this season in 13 chances.
Angel Pagan drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Kenley Jansen (0-2) before Hunter Pence singled.
Jean Machi got three outs for his first major league save.
REDS 4, ROCKIES 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Aroldis Chapman made his first major league appearance since being hit above the eye by a line drive during spring training, striking out the side in the ninth inning with his 100 mph (161 kph) fastball to close out Cincinnati's victory over Colorado.
Todd Frazier hit his second 400-foot home run in three days to back Homer Bailey (3-2) as the Reds won the rubber match of the three-game series.
Chapman was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd of 33,143. He reached 100 mph with his first pitch and topped out at 102 mph in earning the save. Chapman had been out since a frightening injury March 19.
Skip Schumaker drove in two runs and the Reds capitalized on two throwing errors to send the Rockies to their third loss in four games. Charlie Blackmon hit his ninth homer for Colorado.
Bailey allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Juan Nicasio (4-2) gave up four runs — two earned — in six innings.
BRAVES 5, CUBS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Evan Gattis hit a tiebreaking homer and Jason Heyward added a two-run shot as Atlanta beat Chicago to complete a three-game sweep.
Gattis gave the Braves a 3-2 advantage with his homer off Edwin Jackson in the fourth inning. Heyward added to the lead with his first home run since April 9.
Aaron Harang (4-3) gave up two runs in six innings with nine strikeouts. David Carpenter pitched the ninth for his second save as closer Craig Kimbrel was rested after pitching two straight days.
Jackson (2-3) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.
The NL East-leading Braves have recovered from seven straight losses by winning four of five. The Cubs, last in the NL Central, have dropped seven of eight.
METS 5, PHILLIES 4, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets suddenly rallied for three runs in the ninth inning against Philadelphia's improvised bullpen, then ended a five-game losing streak off Ruben Tejada's single in the 11th.
Down 4-1, the punchless Mets fought back in the ninth, sparked by Murphy's two-run homer off Antonio Bastardo. Chris Young ended his 0-for-18 slump with a double, and Juan Lagares drove in the tying run with a slow grounder against Roberto Hernandez — who started Friday night and threw 99 pitches.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said closer Jonathan Papelbon was sore and unavailable to pitch in a third straight game.
Scott Rice (1-1) got Reid Brignac on a grounder with two runners on to finish the top of the 11th.
Jeff Manship (1-1) took the loss.
New York's comeback denied Cole Hamels his elusive first win of the season and the 100th of his career. He struck out 10 in seven innings while throwing a whopping 133 pitches, the most of any major leaguer this year.
PADRES 5, MARLINS 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Will Venable hit a leadoff homer as San Diego beat Miami for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
The resurgent Padres offense, which has scored 24 runs in three games, also got two hits and two RBIs from Chris Denorfia.
Robbie Erlin (2-4) scattered five hits over 6 1-3 scoreless innings before giving way to three relievers. Huston Street pitched around a hit and two walks in the ninth to earn his 11th save.
Erlin, who didn't walk a batter, had seven strikeouts to match a career high. He had lost four straight decisions.
Padres pitchers struck out 48 in the four-game series to set a franchise record.
Henderson Alvarez (2-3), who was coming off his second shutout of the season and third in his last eight starts, wasn't sharp. He lasted four innings, allowing five runs and seven hits with three walks.
Christian Yelich homered for the Marlins and Jeff Baker had a two-run triple.
CARDINALS 6, PIRATES 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shelby Miller won his fourth straight start and Trevor Rosenthal induced a bases-loaded double play to end the game as the Cardinals held off the Pirates.
Allen Craig and Yadier Molina had two hits each, including RBI singles in a four-run first inning. Craig went 5-for-11 in the three-game series after entering with a .202 batting average. Molina was 0-for-12 in his previous four games.
Miller (5-2) walked four and allowed four hits in 5 1-3 innings, but held the Pirates to just two runs — which came on Jordy Mercer's first home run of the season in the fourth inning.
Rosenthal gave up a run in the ninth that made it 5-4, but got Mercer to hit into a 1-2-3 double play to end it.
Charlie Morton (0-5) took the loss.
BREWERS 6, YANKEES 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth inning as Milwaukee overcame Francisco Rodriguez's first blown save of the season to beat New York.
Rickie Weeks doubled just inside first base with one out before going to third on a wild pitch by reliever Adam Warren (1-2).
Reynolds, who spent part of last season with the Yankees, held his right index finger in the air after his hard chopper bounced past diving third baseman Yangervis Solarte.
New York was one strike from defeat in the top of the ninth when Mark Teixeira homered off Rodriguez (1-0). It was the first run allowed all season by the veteran closer.
Before the game, the Yankees put struggling left-hander CC Sabathia on the disabled list with a right knee injury.