2012-04-26 / State/National Sports

Major League Baseball Round-up:

Bucs, Rockies split

National League

Rockies 2, Pirates 1, 1st

Pirates 5, Rockies 1, 2nd

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run of the day, Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Colorado to split a doubleheader.

Alvarez helped Pittsburgh’s tepid offense tie a season high in runs in the second game, hitting a solo shot off Jhoulys Chacin (0-2) to cap a five-run fifth.

Morton (1-1) benefited from an offense that broke out of a season long slump, at least for an inning.

In the opener, Colorado broke up James McDonald’s no-hit bid in the seventh. Matt Reynolds (2-0) won in relief and Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Pittsburgh set a major league record by playing its 18th straight game starting the season in which neither team scored more than five runs, surpassing the standard set by the 1943 Detroit Tigers.

Phillies 7, D-backs 2

PHOENIX (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings and also hit a two-run single as the Philadelphia Phillies beat Arizona. Hamels (3-1) gave up a leadoff double to Willie Bloomquist in the first, then retired the next 18 batters.

Mets 5, Marlins 1

NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright hit a two-run homer to become the Mets’ career RBIs leader, R.A. Dickey outpitched Mark Buehrle in a crafty duel Wednesday night and New York beat the Miami Marlins 5-1.

Nationals 7, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann helped Washington set a team record for the longest scoreless innings streak for starters before Orlando Hudson homered and the NL East-leading Nationals beat San Diego. Zimmermann (1-1) held San Diego without a run for four innings to give Washington starters 26 straight scoreless frames. Tom Gorzelanny got his first save.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 1

CHICAGO (AP) — David Freese homered and Lance Lynn threw eight strong innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over Chicago. Lynn (4-0) held the Cubs to six hits in becoming the first fourgame winner in the majors and helping the Cardinals avoid a threegame sweep.

Reds 4, Giants 2

CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Rolen’s homer started a four-run rally in the seventh inning that swept the Cincinnati Reds to a win and extended San Francisco’s misery at Great American Ball Park.

Rolen’s first homer since July 6 ended Barry Zito’s shutout and got into the Giants’ bullpen. Clay Hensley (1-2) threw wildly for an error after slipping as he fielded a bunt and Jeremy Affeldt’s wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score.

Astros 7, Brewers 5

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jose Altuve had a career-best four hits and J.D. Martinez had three hits and three RBIs as the Houston Astros ended their 11-game losing streak to Milwaukee.

Braves 4, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chipper Jones singled home the goahead run in his final regular season at-bat at Dodger Stadium after Dan Uggla tied it with his second RBI single earlier in the ninth inning to lead Atlanta.

American League

Rangers 7, Yankees 3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a long home run and had a pair of RBI singles as the Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 7-3 Wednesday night, winning their sixth consecutive series to start a season for the first time in franchise history.

Red Sox 7, Twins 6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Aviles homered and the Boston Red Sox bullpen just barely avoided another big collapse in a victory over Minnesota.

Mariners 9, Tigers 1

DETROIT (AP) — Felix Hernandez allowed only a run in seven innings, rookie Alex Liddi hit a two-run homer and the Seattle Mariners went on to beat the slumping Detroit Tigers.

Rays 3, Angels 2

Jeremy Hellickson overcame early struggles to pitch six effective innings and Ben Zobrist homered. Hellickson (3-0), who held Los Angeles hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position through the second, allowed one run and five hits. Zobrist hit a solo shot off C.J. Wilson (2-2) during a two-run third.

Royals 8, Indians 2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Billy Butler hit two of Kansas City’s four home runs to help the Royals snap a 12-game losing streak.

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 0

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jason Hammel pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Wilson Betemit and Chris Davis homered. Hammel (3-0) struck out seven and walked one in lowering his ERA to 1.73 over four starts..

A’s 5, White Sox 4, 14 inn.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kila Ka’aihue blooped a winning single in the 14th inning soon after Yoenis Cespedes’ tying two-run homer. Cespedes delivered his fifth homer of the season against Hector Santiago (0-1) after Chicago took the lead in the top half.

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