2015-05-07 / State/National Sports

Bryce homers thrice in Nats 7-5 win over Miami


Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches the ball after hitting a home run as Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto watches during the second inning of their game at Nationals Park in Washington. Harper homered three times in the Nationals’ 7-5 victory. 
AP Photo by SUSAN WALSH Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watches the ball after hitting a home run as Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto watches during the second inning of their game at Nationals Park in Washington. Harper homered three times in the Nationals’ 7-5 victory. AP Photo by SUSAN WALSH WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit three home runs in a game for the first time and had five RBIs, and the Washington Nationals beat Miami 7-5 Wednesday to take two of three from the Marlins for their third straight series win.

Harper hit a solo homer in the second, a two-run drive in the third and a bases-empty shot in the fifth, the last two reaching the second deck, all off Tom Koehler (2-3).

With an opportunity to tie major league record of four homers in a game, Harper hit a run-scoring groundout in the seventh.

Max Scherzer (2-3) struck out 10 and allowed five runs and 10 hits over seven-plus innings, including Giancarlo Stanton’s three-run homer in the eighth. Drew Storen got three outs for his eighth save.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 1

TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin homered and Mark Buehrle earned a victory over the Yankees for the first time in more than a decade.

Martin went 3 for 4 and Chris Colabello had a career-high four hits as the Blue Jays took two of three from the AL East-leading Yankees.

Buehrle came in with a 1-14 record in his career against New York, and was 0-12 with a 7.27 ERA in 17 starts against them since his lone victory.

Buehrle’s only previous win over the Yankees came on April 10, 2004. Buehrle (4-2) allowed one run and six hits in five innings.

CC Sabathia (0-5) remained winless in six starts,

Padres 9, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ian Kennedy (2-1) struck out five in seven innings to win his second straight start, and San Diego avoided a sweep and stopped the Giants’ eight-game home streak.

Austin Hedges, a 22-year-old rookie, hit an RBI single in a five-run third for his first major league hit, then added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. He also threw out Nori Aoki at second following his RBI single in the third.

Chris Heston (2-3) allowed five runs and 11 hits in five innings.

Indians 10, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just about everyone in the Cleveland lineup drove in a run, Carlos Carrasco tossed seven sharp innings and the Indians rolled to a win over the Kansas City Royals.

Brandon Moss homered and added a two-run double to lead the charge, but six other Indians also drove in runs, helping Carrasco (4-2) end a three-game skid against the Royals.

He gave up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales, but otherwise shut down a Kansas City lineup that returned hot-hitting outfielder Lorenzo Cain from a two-game suspension.

Cleveland had already taken a 4-0 lead when Danny Duffy (2-1) was yanked after facing five batters without getting an out in the second. The Royals’ bullpen briefly slowed the onslaught, but the Indians added four more runs in the seventh to put the game away.

Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 7

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 1

DENVER (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered and Robbie Ray threw six strong innings in a spot start, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks complete their first doubleheader road sweep since 2006, beating the scuffling Colorado Rockies.

In the opening game, Aaron Hill tied a career high with four RBIs, including a three-run homer, as the Diamondbacks breezed to a win.

Rain postponed the first two games of the series.

A light drizzle fell during the second game with lightning creeping closer and closer.

In the game, Jordan Lyles (2-3) allowed four runs in seven innings as the Rockies dropped their seventh straight. Ray (1-0), who allowed five hits and one run, was to be sent right back to Triple-A Reno.

In the first game, Josh Collmenter

(3-3) gave up five runs in seven innings, including three homers.

Tyler Matzek (2-1) allowed four runs in two innings and matched a career high with six walks.

Reds 3, Pirates 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Leake worked eight innings for his sixth straight victory over Pittsburgh and Marlon Byrd homered for the second night in a row.

Leake (2-1) allowed six hits and has not lost to the Pirates in 15 starts, dating to 2012.

The Reds’ Brandon Phillips had three singles, including one that hugged the third-base line in the fourth inning and scored Todd Frazier, who had tripled, with the game’s first run. Phillips scored on Leake’s single then Byrd led off the fifth inning with his fifth home run of the season.

Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save, finishing the seven-hitter.

April’s NL Pitcher of the Month Gerrit Cole (4-1) lost his first start in May.

Mets 6, Orioles 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom bounced back from two subpar starts with seven overpowering innings, Dilson Herrera hit his first homer of the season among three hits and the New York Mets won their eighth straight over the Baltimore Orioles.

DeGrom (3-3) struck out nine, yielding six hits and a run.

Curtis Granderson homered and had a sacrifice fly off a shaky Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2) as the Mets finished their homestand 3-3.

Rangers 11, Astros 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Peguero hit a pair of solo homers, Shin-Soo Choo had a tworun shot and the Texas Rangers routed the Houston Astros behind eight strong innings from Colby Lewis.

Adrian Beltre was a home run shy of the cycle for the Rangers, who finished a threegame sweep. Houston had won 10 straight entering the series, but was outscored 20-5 over the three games.

Lewis (2-2) allowed one run and six hits to earn his first win in nearly a month.

Chris Carter hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Astros.

Peguero drove in three runs and had the first multihomer game this season by a Rangers player.

Braves 7, Phillies 5

ATLANTA (AP) — Andrelton Simmons had three hits, including a homer, Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on Wednesday night.

The Braves won two of three for their first series win since taking two of three at Toronto April 17-19. T

Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard homered and Ben Revere had four hits, including a career-high three doubles. The Phillies have lost seven of nine.

Jason Grilli allowed one run on one walk and two hits in the ninth. Darrin Ruf’s single drove in Revere, who led off with a single. Grilli struck out Odubel Herrera to clinch his ninth save in 10 chances.

Rays 5, Red Sox 3

BOSTON (AP) — Evan Longoria hit two solo homers, Kevin Jepsen worked out of an eighth-inning jam and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox.

Joey Butler had given the Rays a 4-2 lead with a two-run single in the sixth, two nights after hitting his first majorleague homer.

The Red Sox cut that lead on Mookie Betts’ fifth homer of the season, his third in two days, leading off the eighth against Jepsen.

Then, after Dustin Pedroia grounded out, the Red Sox loaded the bases. But Daniel Nava grounded to first baseman James Loney, who got the force out at home. And Brock Holt grounded to Loney for the final out.

Alex Colome (2-0) got the win and Justin Masterson (2-1) took the loss. Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Brewers 6, Dodgers 3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam Lind homered and doubled and the Milwaukee Brewers scored five runs in the first inning off Joe Wieland.

Wily Peralta (1-4) pitched eight solid innings to win for the first time in six starts.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save in as many chances. Milwaukee has won four of five, but still has the worst record in the majors at 9-19.

Wieland (0-1), recalled from the minor leagues earlier Wednesday, allowed two-run homers to Scooter Gennett and Lind in the first inning, and an RBI single to Martin Maldonado as Milwaukee took a 5-0 lead.

Joc Pederson hit two home runs for the Dodgers. His last seven hits have been home runs.

Twins 13, Athletics 0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw in his major league career, Eduardo Escobar also homered and had five RBIs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics.

Rosario’s milestone homer traveled about 400 feet into the left-field seats and gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the third inning. He’s the 29th major leaguer to homer on his first pitch and the 117th to go deep in his first atbat.

Escobar homered off Scott Kazmir (2-1) in the sixth and hit a two-run double high off the wall in the seventh. Kennys Vargas added a three-run homer in the eighth.

Kyle Gibson (3-2) pitched six innings and hasn’t allowed a run in his past 17 innings.

Cubs 6, Cardinals 5

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered with three RBIs and Jon Lester had a strong outing for the Chicago Cubs, who ended the St. Louis Cardinals’ eight-game winning streak and their own four-game skid.

Jhonny Peralta hit a 447-foot homer and Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals. Lance Lynn (1-3) allowed five runs in six innings.

St. Louis put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth before Hector Rondon escaped for his sixth save in seven chances.

Lester (2-2) left leading 5-4 after seven innings but only one of the runs was earned.

White Sox 7, Tigers 6

CHICAGO (AP) — Melky Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, and the Chicago White Sox scored four times in the eighth inning to rally past the Detroit Tigers.

Avisail Garcia’s two-out single drove in the go-ahead run on the sixth straight hit off reliever Joba Chamberlain (0-1). All of them came after he retired the first two batters in the inning.

Zach Putnam (1-1) worked an inning to get the win and David Robertson earned his fifth save for the White Sox (10-14), who improved to 8-3 at home this season.

Chicago trailed 6-3 in the eighth after Victor Martinez drove in his fourth run of the night for Detroit.

Angels 4, Mariners 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Johnny Giavotella hit an RBI double in the ninth inning and Mike Trout homered, leading the Los Angeles Angels to their second walk-off win in a row over the Mariners.

One night after Carlos Perez punctuated his major league debut with a home run in the bottom of the ninth against Dominic Leone, Giavotella got his first career game-ending hit. It scored Erick Aybar, who bunted into a force play after David Freese drew a leadoff walk from Carson Smith (0-2) and was replaced by pinch-runner Taylor Featherston.

Huston Street (2-0) was credited with the win after his first blown save in 10 opportunities this season. He gave up a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Dustin Ackley in the top of the ninth.

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