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Game roundup: Mets avert no-no but fall to Padres

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 20 2014 08:03:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 21 2014 01:50:25 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

SAN DIEGO -- Seth Smith's two-out, infield single in the ninth inning gave San Diego a 2-1 win over New York on Sunday in a game that saw Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne hold the Mets hitless for 7 2/3 innings.

The winning rally included an error on Mets reliever Vic Black. With pinch runner Cameron Maybin at third, Smith topped a ball to the first base side of the mound against Josh Edgin. The left-hander fell as he came off the mound to field the ball and was late with his throw to first as Maybin scored.

Despaigne gave up a double to David Murphy with two outs in the eighth, New York's first hit. David Wright followed with a game-tying single, knocking Despaigne out of the game.

The rookie right-hander was bidding for the first no-hitter in Padres history.

Marlins 3, Giants 2

MIAMI -- A seventh-inning wild pitch gave Miami the go-ahead run, and the Marlins snapped a six-game losing streak by beating San Francisco. The Giants saw their three-game winning streak end.

The winning rally started with a leadoff double to center by Adeiny Hechavarria, who advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Mathis. Giants starter Tim Lincecum (9-6) then bounced a curveball on a 3-1 pitch to pinch hitter Reed Johnson. The ball got away from catcher Hector Sanchez, allowing Hechavarria to score from third.

Miami's Brad Hand (1-2) went seven innings of two-run ball. Bryan Morris pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Steve Cishek did the same in the ninth, earning his 21st save of the season.

Tigers 5, Indians 1

DETROIT -- Drew Smyly held Cleveland to one run and four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter blasted a two-run homer as Detroit salvaged the finale of a four-game series.

Smyly (6-8) struck out six while winning his second consecutive start before relievers Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan pitched scoreless innings. Hunter scored twice while center fielder Austin Jackson added two hits and scored a run.

The Tigers prevented the Indians from sweeping them in a four-game home series for the first time since at least 1914.

Blue Jays 9, Rangers 6

TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning and drove in three runs for Toronto.

Dioner Navarro also homered for the Blue Jays, who took the rubber match of three-game series.

Daniel Robertson had four RBIs for the Rangers, including the two tying runs in the sixth inning.

Right-hander Todd Redmond (1-4) pitched one inning to pick up the win. Right-hander Neftali Feliz (0-1) took the loss after allowing the 12th homer of the season by Cabrera.

Yankees 3, Reds 2

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann had a bloop single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as New York completed a three-game sweep.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 and started the ninth with a nine-pitch at-bat on pitches from Aroldis Chapman all clocked at 100 mph or higher. He capped the at-bat by slapping a single to left field, then stole second and took third on a wild pitch on Chapman's slider.

Right after the wild pitch, the Reds pulled their infield in but Mark Teixeira struck out on a high fastball. McCann blooped a fly ball to short right field that fell between first baseman Todd Frazier and right fielder Jay Bruce, giving the Yankees their second walk-off win of the season.

Pirates 5, Rockies 3

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh was once again able to wait out the Colorado's starting pitcher and attack the bullpen.

Andrew McCutchen knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh and Neil Walker added insurance two batters later with his 14th home run to propel the Pirates. Walker finished 3-for-4 with two runs while leading his team to its second series sweep of the year.

Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke worked six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks.

Red Sox 6, Royals 0

BOSTON -- Jon Lester pitched eight shutout innings as Boston completed a three-game sweep.

The left-handed Lester, making his first appearance since pitching one inning in the All-Star Game, improved to 10-7 and lowered his ERA to 2.50. He gave up four hits and two walk with eight strikeouts.

The Red Sox battered Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura (7-8) for a season-high six runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings, with four walks, a home run and a wild pitch. It was the only start this season in which he has not recorded a strikeout.

Astros 11, White Sox 7

CHICAGO -- Houston pounded out 17 hits, had three big rallies and still had to sweat it out in the late stages to prevent a Chicago sweep.

After three sixth-inning errors and a shaky bullpen contributed to a blown 7-3 lead, Houston answered in the seventh with four runs on four hits.

The Astros' first four hitters -- Jose Altuve, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez -- combined to go 9-for-18 with seven RBIs and seven runs. Marwin Gonzalez also went 3-for-4.

Rays 5, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay scored four runs over the first three innings and wrapped up a three-game series sweep of Minnesota.

Twins starter Kevin Correia struggled from the first batter he faced, allowing a leadoff double on the second pitch of the game. Correia walked two batters before a single to right field by James Loney scored two.

A sacrifice fly by Ben Zobrist made it 3-0 in the second inning, and an RBI double by Yunel Escobar made it 4-1 through three innings.

The support was enough for Rays right-hander Chris Archer, who allowed three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings.

Braves 8, Phillies 2

ATLANTA -- Rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella hit a three-run double in the third inning as Atlanta gave Alex Wood an early cushion in a rain-interrupted victory over Philadelphia.

Wood (7-7) retired the last 13 batters he faced and the only run against him was a home run by John Mayberry Jr. in the second inning. The left-hander allowed three hits, walked none and struck out eight in six innings.

La Stella, batting .297 after his first 46 games, is 6-for-7 with 13 RBIs when he comes up with the bases loaded. He went 2-for-4, giving him a .353 average (18-for-51) in his past 13 games.

Nationals 5, Brewers 4

WASHINGTON -- Right fielder Jayson Werth hit a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

The hit down the left field line scored Anthony Rendon, who had reached on a fielder's choice after a Denard Span single. It was the 11th last at-bat victory of the season for the Nationals.

Rafael Soriano (2-0) picked up the win, while Rob Wooten (1-4) was tagged with the loss. The Brewers tied the game at 4 in the top of the ninth on a one-out single by Rickie Weeks (two hits) against Soriano.

A's 10, Orioles 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Sonny Gray won his fifth consecutive decision Sunday, allowing two hits over 6 2/3 innings in Oakland's rout of Baltimore.

The A's gave Gray (11-3) plenty of support, pounding out 15 hits. Stephen Vogt had three hits, while John Jaso, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Craig Gentry and Eric Sogard each had two. Jaso, Donaldson and Gentry drove in two runs apiece.

Gray struck out eight, walked two and allowed two runs, the second one unearned.

Angels 6, Mariners 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Grant Green's single drove in Josh Hamilton with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Los Angeles a win over Seattle.

Green's single culminated a two-run rally against that nullified a 5-4 deficit. Mike Trout walked against Fernando Rodney (1-4), then scored when designated hitter Albert Pujols hit a double down the right field line.

Hamilton singled and second baseman Howie Kendrick received an intentional walk to load the bases. After a double play and another intentional walk, Green hit a ground ball past diving shortstop Brad Miller to bring home Hamilton.

Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2

PHOENIX -- David Peralta had two hits, drove in two runs and scored on a bizarre play in the sixth inning as Arizona finished a sweep of Chicago.

Ender Inciarte and Peralta led off the sixth with back-to-back doubles off Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-2) to tie the game at 1 before Peralta took third base on a groundout.

After Miguel Montero walked, Aaron Hill hit a foul popup that Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo caught before falling head-first into a camera well on the home plate side of the Cubs' dugout. Since Rizzo took the ball out of play, the runners were awarded one base, enabling Peralta to score for a 2-1 lead.

Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS -- Adrian Gonzalez ripped a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as visiting Los Angeles salvaged the finale of a three-game series.

The Dodgers lost a 3-1 lead in the sixth when Peter Bourjos hit an unlikely two-run homer against ace Clayton Kershaw, but J.P. Howell (2-3) stranded runners at the corners to end the bottom of the eighth and A.J. Ellis led off the ninth with a double to center. After two strikeouts and a hit batter, Gonzalez lined an offering from Trevor Rosenthal (1-5) to right and pinch runner Miguel Rojas scored without a play.

Juan Uribe had three hits and an RBI and Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier each recorded two hits and drove in a run for Los Angeles, which scored more than three runs for the first time in eight games. Kershaw allowed three runs and six hits while striking out eight in seven innings, failing to get the win for the first time in nine starts, and Kenley Jansen coasted through the ninth for his 28th save.

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