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(Sunday, April 20th)
Final Score: New York 4, Atlanta 3 (14 innings)
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning was the difference, as the New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a walk against Gus Schlosser (0-1) to start the decisive frame and Ruben Tejada moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Young Jr. was then intentionally walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Granderson lofted the second pitch he saw to left field, and Justin Upton's throw came in just behind Nieuwenhuis. Schlosser took the loss despite holding New York hitless over 3 2/3 innings, while Jose Valverde (1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the 14th to earn his first win of the year. Prior to the game, Mets manager Terry Collins replaced Valverde at closer with Kyle Farnsworth. David Wright had four hits for the Mets while extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Granderson went 0-for-6, and is now hitless in his last 16 at-bats.
Final Score: Washington 3, St. Louis 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Denard Span's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Washington Nationals a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in the finale of a four-game set from Nationals Park. Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton had three hits apiece for Washington and poked back-to-back singles with one away in the home half of the ninth off of Seth Maness (0-1). Nate McLouth then stepped in as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk to load the bags for Span, who fouled off four pitches before plating Espinosa with his lineout to left. Rafael Soriano (1-0) pitched a perfect top of the ninth to each his first win of the season. The Nationals were winners despite hitting just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and leaving 17 men on base.
Final Score: Milwaukee 3, Pittsburgh 2 (14 innings)
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Khris Davis' solo home run in the top of the 14th inning helped the Milwaukee Brewers to their third straight win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-2 decision on Sunday to wrap up a four-game set. Davis slammed the second pitch he saw from Jeanmar Gomez (0-1) over the left-field wall to give the Brewers the lead. Zach Duke (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win and Francisco Rodriguez earned his seventh save of the season. Rodriguez is now tied with Tom Henke for 19th place on the all-time saves list with 311. Mark Reynolds and Ryan Braun also connected on solo shots earlier in the game, with Braun's dinger tying the game in the top of the ninth. Jason Grilli, who blew his second save of the season on Saturday, gave up the game-tying homer to Braun in the ninth on Sunday, a day after Braun got the best of Grilli with a two-run homer that proved to be the difference in Milwaukee's 8-7 win. Brewers starter Marco Estrada allowed six hits and one run over six innings of work with four strikeouts. Neil Walker went 3-for-6 with a solo home run and Jose Tabata added the other run with an RBI single in the eighth. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole pitched a career-high eight innings and was in line for the win before Grilli blew his second save in as many days. Cole allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts.
Final Score: Cincinnati 8, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs, 8-2, on Sunday to take the rubber match of a three-game set. Jay Bruce hit a solo homer and scored twice, while Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the win. Reds starter Homer Bailey (1-1) pitched six scoreless innings and struck out eight to earn his first win of the season. Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney each knocked in a run for the Cubs, who saw starter Carlos Villanueva (1-4) take the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Philadelphia 10, Colorado 9
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard both went yard, while Howard finished a double shy of the cycle to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-9 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set from Coors Field. Howard went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI while Rollins had three hits, two runs and two RBI to help the Phillies take it after dropping the first two games in this series. Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd each added two hits in the triumph. The Phillies put two runs across in the top of the eighth against Matt Belisle (0-2) to break an 8-8 tie. Freddy Galvis got things going with a single to center and Revere advanced him with a one-out single to left. Rollins then stepped up and delivered with an RBI single, plating Galvis, and Revere scored on Chase Utley's groundout to shortstop. Charlie Blackmon got a run back for the Rockies in the home half with a solo homer to right-center off Antonio Bastardo, but Jonathan Papelbon shut the door in the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season. Justin Morneau also homered for Colorado, finishing with five runs batted in while Troy Tulowitzki had three hits, two runs and an RBI in the setback. The Rockies saw their brief three-game winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Arizona 1
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the rubber match of a three-game set. Carl Crawford added an RBI triple for the Dodgers, who saw starter Josh Beckett allow one hit over five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. Jamey Wright (1-0) earned the win in relief of Beckett, and Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to nail down his seventh save of the season. Eric Chavez knocked in the only run for the Diamondbacks, who only managed three hits. Arizona starter Josh Collmenter (0-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits over six innings with six strikeouts.
Final Score: San Francisco 4, San Diego 3
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Buster Posey smacked a two-run homer in the first inning and the San Francisco Giants held off the San Diego Padres, 4-3, in the finale of a three-game set. Angel Pagan had a two-run single in the following frame for San Francisco, which halted a three-game losing streak. Tim Lincecum (1-1) struck out seven and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks over six frames to notch the win. Sergio Romo fired a scoreless ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season. Nick Hundley cracked a solo shot among his two hits for the Padres, who had won five of their last seven tilts coming in. Robbie Erlin (1-2) surrendered four runs on three hits and three walks over six frames in the loss.
Final Score: Miami 3, Seattle 2
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Marlins scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to come back and sweep the Seattle Mariners with a 3-2 win on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. Garrett Jones, Adeiny Hechavarria and Donovan Solano picked up an RBI apiece for the Marlins, who have won four of five. Marlins starter Kevin Slowey gave up two runs on three hits through five innings of work, picking up three strikeouts. Mike Dunn (1-2) earned the win setting down the three batters he faced in the eighth. Despite allowing a leadoff double and a walk, Steve Cishek worked out of a one-out jam with runners on the corners to pick up his third save of the season and 32nd consecutive save dating back to last season. Corey Hart hit two doubles and Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak each drove in a run for Seattle, which has dropped six straight and eight of nine.
04/20 21:14:47 ET