July 21, 2013

Major League Roundup: Cincinnati closing in on Pirates

The Associated Press

CINCINNATI - Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs, and Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games on Saturday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that revolved around an early rain delay.

Alex Rios
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Alex Rios of the host Chicago White Sox connects with a third-inning grand slam in Saturday’s 10-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

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The third-place Reds have won the first two games in the NL Central series, closing their gap with second-place Pittsburgh to two games. The Ohio River rivals have split their 12 games this season.

Cincinnati's Mat Latos (9-3) and Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett (4-7) had a tough time finding their control after a 1-hour, 17-minute delay in the middle of the first inning. Aroldis Chapman escaped a two-on threat in the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

Latos gave up three runs in only five innings. Travis Snider's pinch-hit RBI double cut it to 5-4 in the eighth, but Logan Ondrusek got Jose Tabata to ground out with the bases loaded.

METS 5, PHILLIES 4: Gonzalez Germen came out of the bullpen to bail out fellow rookie Zack Wheeler and help host New York hold off Philadelphia.

Marlon Byrd, David Wright and Daniel Murphy each had an RBI single for the Mets, who handed Cole Hamels his latest defeat and snapped Philadelphia's seven-game winning streak at Citi Field.

BREWERS 6, MARLINS 0: Yovani Gallardo pitched a shutout into the seventh inning and Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks belted home runs, leading host Milwaukee over Miami.

Gallardo (8-8) gave up five hits in 61/3 innings. He struck out five batters and walked two. Four relievers combined to preserve the shutout as the Brewers extended Miami's scoreless streak to 24 innings.

PADRES 5, CARDINALS 3: Edinson Volquez was bailed out by his bullpen and earned the victory in San Diego's victory at St. Louis.

DODGERS 3, NATIONALS 1: Hanley Ramirez doubled to highlight a two-run 10th inning, and Los Angeles used seven pitchers to again tame the tepid offense of host Washington.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

MARINERS 4, ASTROS 2: Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two-RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift Seattle to victory at Houston.

Erik Bedard (3-7) pitched 61/3 innings of no-hit ball before he was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who walked Mike Zunino with two outs before the double by Saunders put Seattle ahead to stay.

ROYALS 6, TIGERS 5: Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a game-winning home run to lead host Kansas City over Detroit and Justin Verlander.

Verlander (10-7) had not lost to the Royals since Sept. 9, 2009, but gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and four walks in 52/3 innings. It was the seventh time in 21 starts that Verlander failed to make it into the sixth inning.

TWINS 3, INDIANS 2: Kevin Correia threw six sharp innings for his first win in a month, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had two hits and a walk, and host Minnesota won its fourth straight.

Correia (7-6) allowed only three hits -- one of them a two-run homer by Jason Kipnis -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

INTERLEAGUE

WHITE SOX 10, BRAVES 6: One day after being yanked from a game for not hustling, Alex Rios busted out of a slump in a big way.

Rios hit a grand slam, drove in five runs and had three hits to lead host Chicago over Atlanta. Rios had been in a 2-for-20 slump before going 3 for 5.

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