2017-04-20 / State/National Sports

Russell’s three-run homer beats Brewers 7-4


Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell hits a game winning, three-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz during the ninth inning of a game Wednesday in Chicago. 
AP Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell hits a game winning, three-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz during the ninth inning of a game Wednesday in Chicago. AP Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell hit a three-run homer off Neftali Feliz (0-2) that capped a four-run ninth inning and the Cubs rallied to beat the Brewers 7-4.

Chicago trailed 4-1 before Willson Contreras’ RBI single in the sixth Carlos Torres, and Russell’s run-scoring single cut the deficit to one run in the eighth. Kris Bryant’s RBI single tied the score.

Wade Davis (2-0) worked around a walk in the ninth.

Cardinals 2, Pirates 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit his first two home runs for St. Louis, which completed a three-game sweep — all by 2-1 scores. The Cardinals are 6-9, winning their opener and losing nine of 11 before the sweep.

Fowler had three of the Cardinals’ eight hits, including homers in the third and fifth off Gerrit Cole (1-2). Josh Bell had tied the score with a fourth-inning homer against Michael Wacha (2-1)

Trevor Rosenthal struck out Jordy Mercer and Jose Osuna with a man on for his first save this season.

Nationals 14, Braves 4

ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Harper had two homers, including a grand slam, among four hits and the Nationals overwhelmed Julio Teheran and the Braves.

Harper drove in five runs. His third-inning grand slam just cleared the reach of leaping

Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte. Harper’s seven career homers off Teheran are his most against any pitcher.

Ryan Zimmerman added an eighth-inning grand slam off Ian Krol, sending some Braves fans for the exits at new SunTrust Park. The Nationals had 20 hits.

Washington’s Joe Ross (1-0) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings in his 2017 debut.

Teheran (1-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits in four innings.

Orioles 2, Reds 0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0) held the Reds to a pair of singles in the second inning and four walks overall in 7 2/3 innings to overcame a dominating performance by rookie Amir Garrett (2-1), who struck out 12 in seven innings.

Jonathan Schoop singled home a run in the second, and Manny Machado hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Brad Brach pitched the ninth for his first save, completing the Orioles’ first shutout this season.

Mets 5, Phillies 4

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce homered twice and drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth as New York ended its fourgame losing streak.

New York trailed 2-0 with two outs in the sixth before Bruce lined a three-run homer off frustrated starter Vince Velasquez. Philadelphia pulled even in the eighth, but Yoenis Cespedes singled leading off the bottom half and Bruce connected again, this time against Edubray Ramos (0-2).

Hansel Robles (3-0) struck out his only batter, and Addison Reed earned his fourth save. Reed allowed a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Daniel Nava after Freddy Galvis tripled, then struck out Cesar Hernandez to end it.

Padres 1, D-Backs 0

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin pitched eight scoreless innings and Erick Aybar hit a homer to lift the Padres to a win over the Diamondbacks.

Aybar, who had pitched to a batter the night before, pulled Zack Greinke’s 82 mph slider just fair down the rightfield line in the eighth inning for the game’s lone run.

The first homer of the year from Aybar made a winner out Chacin (2-2). Chacin was masterful as he gave up just three hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Brandon Maurer worked the ninth inning for his second save as the Padres snapped a five-game losing streak.

A.J. Pollack singled in the ninth, stole second and reached third with two outs. But Jake Lamb struck out.

Grienke (1-2) and Chacin were locked in a duel over the first seven innings as neither team placed a runner in scoring position.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings to lead the Dodgers over the Rockies.

Kershaw (3-1) allowed two runs on five hits. He walked just one and was done after 97 pitches. It was the 52nd time in his career that Kershaw has struck out 10 or more, and the Dodgers are 41-11 in those games.

Kenley Jansen got his fourth save of the season. It was his second four-out save of the homestand.

Kershaw avenged an early season loss at Coors Field. The left-hander gave up three home runs in six innings on April 8.

Left-hander Tyler Anderson (1-3) went five innings for the Rockies, allowing four runs — two earned — while striking out five and walking one.

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