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April 27, 2014

Freeman leads Braves over Reds in 10th

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman’s single to the center-field wall scored Jason Heyward from second base with two outs in the 10th inning on Sunday, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto and Atlanta’s Julio Teheran each allowed only three hits in eight scoreless innings. Cueto struck out 11.

With two outs in the 10th, Heyward singled off J.J. Hoover (1-3) and B.J. Upton followed with a grounder off the pitcher’s glove for an infield hit.

Left-hander Manny Parra was summoned, and Freeman hit a drive that bounced on the warning track beyond center fielder Billy Hamilton’s reach.

Ian Thomas (1-0) got one out for the win.

Reds manager Bryan Price and pitcher Homer Bailey — who was on the bench — were ejected in the first inning after a replay ruling went against them.

CUBS 4, BREWERS 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Hammel pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Starlin Castro homered twice and the Chicago Cubs blanked the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hammel (4-1) struck out a season-high seven. Wily Peralta (3-1) had won three straight decisions.

Brewers stars Ryan Braun and Jean Segura both missed the game with injuries.

Braun out sat with a slight chest muscle strain and might be out three to five days. Segura had a partially closed right eye and bruised right cheek after being accidentally hit by Braun’s practice swing Saturday. Segura said he hoped to return during a seven-game road trip to St. Louis and Cincinnati.

PHILLIES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 0

PHOENIX (AP) — A.J. Burnett pitched eight sharp innings for his first win of the season and the Philadelphia Phillies ended a 10-game road trip with a victory over Arizona.

Burnett (1-1) gave up five hits, struck out eight and walked none in his sixth start. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his eighth save and second in as many games.

Chase Utley hit an RBI single in the first, then doubled and scored in the sixth while raising his batting average to .360. The Phillies took two of three from Arizona and went 6-4 on their trip.

METS 4, MARLINS 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Dillon Gee pitched three-hit ball over eight innings, Chris Young hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat Miami.

Gee (2-1) struck out six, walked four and threw 110 pitches — his high since May 30, 2012, against Philadelphia. That was six weeks before season-ending surgery to repair a damaged artery in his right shoulder.

Carlos Torres pitched a perfect ninth to finish the three-hitter.

ROCKIES 6, DODGERS 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Rutledge hit a three-run homer and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings, leading the Colorado Rockies over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rockies won their fourth straight series after beating San Diego, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

De La Rosa (2-3) allowed a run and four hits. The left-hander has beaten the Dodgers in three straight starts after going 0-8 with a 7.32 ERA in his 10 previous career starts against them.

PADRES 4, NATIONALS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cameron Maybin celebrated his return to the lineup with a pair of hits, Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings and the San Diego Padres beat Washington.

Maybin had been out since rupturing his left biceps in spring training. The center fielder doubled down the third-base line in his first at-bat, then singled and scored during a two-run sixth.

GIANTS 4, INDIANS 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Hicks hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep over Cleveland.

Buster Posey led off with a single against Cory Allen (2-1) and pinch-runner Gregor Blanco went to second on Juan Perez’s sacrifice bunt. Pablo Sandoval struck out and Brandon Crawford drew an intentional walk, setting up Hicks’ home run.

WHITE SOX 9, RAYS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.

Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs. Albert Pujols had the previous RBI mark of 27 in 2001.

The homer was his major league-leading 10th and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.

In his major league debut, Scott Carroll (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, in 7 1-3 innings after he was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to fill in for injured ace Chris Sale.

Rays starter David Price (3-2) allowed eight runs, six earned, in six innings.

BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 1

TORONTO (AP) — Melky Cabrera, one of a record six players from the Dominican Republic in Toronto’s starting lineup, hit a go-ahead double and the Blue Jays ended a season-worst four-game losing streak.

The first four hitters in Toronto’s lineup were all from the Dominican Republic: shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielders Cabrera and Jose Bautista and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Juan Francisco served as the designated hitter, batting sixth, and outfielder Moises Sierra batted seventh.

Esmil Rogers, the seventh Dominican player on Toronto’s 25-man roster, struck out the side in the ninth.

MARINERS 6, RANGERS 5

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the eighth, to lead Seattle over Texas.

Seager has five home runs in four games, a power surge that started with a two-homer game against the Astros on Wednesday. He’s also had at least two hits in all four games, tying a career-best streak.

Seager led off the seventh inning with his first home run and then gave Seattle the lead with his two-out bomb down the right field line in the eighth off Alexi Ogando (1-2). The comeback victory also gave the Mariners their first home series win against Texas since September 2012.

ROYALS 9, ORIOLES 3

BALTIMORE (AP) — Omar Infante homered and tied a career high with six RBIs, James Shields pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Kansas City coasted over Baltimore.

Nori Aoki scored three runs for the Royals, who took two of three from Baltimore to conclude a 3-4 road trip that began in Cleveland. Kansas City is 12-0 when scoring at least four runs and 0-12 when scoring three runs or fewer.

Infante hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning, a sacrifice fly in the third, a two-run double in the fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh. He entered with one home run and 11 RBIs in 21 games.

Shields (3-2) allowed two runs, struck out six and walked two in winning his third straight start. The right-hander gave up only an infield hit in the first five innings and improved to 10-7 lifetime against Baltimore, including 7-2 at Camden Yards.

Nelson Cruz hit his seventh homer for the Orioles, who finished with five hits. Before the game, Baltimore put slugger Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

ASTROS 5, ATHLETICS 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Collin McHugh allowed two hits over 8 2-3 stellar innings and Houston beat Oakland.

McHugh (2-0) followed up his first outing where he struck out 12 and allowed three hits in 6 2-3 innings at Seattle on Tuesday with another dominant performance.

He struck out seven and walked three, allowing one run in the longest outing of his career. His previous longest outing had been seven innings on Aug. 23, 2012 against Colorado when he was a member of the New York Mets.

After the first, McHugh retired 23 of the next 24 batters, including 19 straight before Brandon Moss was hit by a pitch with two outs in the ninth. Moss stole second and came around to score on Alberto Callaspo’s single — McHugh’s first run allowed in 15 1-3 innings this season.

Raul Valdes got the final out to complete the two hitter.

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