Braves Rally Past Cardinals, Cubs Hold Off Brewers


Published on May 19 2014 1:19 am
Last Updated on May 19 2014 1:19 am
Written by Millie Lange

Braves Rally Past Cardinals

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Braves grabbed two runs in the top of the ninth and held off the Cardinals in the bottom half for a 6-5 win at Busch Stadium. Freddie Freeman had three hits and homered while driving in three while Justin Upton tagged a long ball in the win. Craig Kimbrel logged his 11th save and Dan Carpenter improved to 3-0 in relief. Jaime Garcia took a no-decision for the Cards in his first Major League start in over a year, tossing seven innings and giving up four. Trevor Rosenthal took the loss after 2/3 of an inning and blowing the lead. Kolten Wong drove in three in the loss.

The Cardinals have a day off before welcoming the Arizona Diamondbacks to town. St. Louis sends Adam Wainwright and his 6-2 record to the hill in the opener of a three-game set. The D'backs counter with Bronson Arroyo, who is 4-2 this season.

Former Cardinals Skipper La Russa Joins D'backs

(Phoenix, AZ) -- Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has joined the Arizona Diamondbacks in the front office. La Russa is the chief baseball officer and will oversee all baseball operations for the club. He helped the Cards win the World Series in 2006 and 2011.

Cubs Hold Off Brewers

(Chicago, IL) -- Travis Wood gave up two runs through seven frames to push the Cubs past the Brewers 4-2 at Wrigley Field. Wood improved to 4-4 and Hector Rondon grabbed his fifth save out of the pen. Welington Castillo and Mike Olt tagged long balls while Starlin Castro and Junior Lake grabbed two hits each. Marco Estrada fell to 3-2 after a four-run outing in five innings for the Brewers. Milwaukee was held to three hits with Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun and Logan Schafer providing the offense. Weeks' two-run jack in the fifth plated the only runs for the Brewers.

The Cubs have a day off before welcoming the New York Yankees to Wrigley Field. Jason Hammel takes the mound for Chicago in the opener of a two-game set.  The Yanks counter with Masahiro Tanaka, who is 6-0 this season.

Astros Wash Up White Sox

(Houston, TX) -- Matt Dominguez homered twice and drove in four as the Astros cruised to an 8-2 win over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Chris Carter also went deep while Jonathan Villar finished 2-for-2 with two RBI. Brad Peacock improved to 1-4 with 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball for Houston, which has won four out of five. John Danks gave up eight runs in four-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 3-4 for Chicago. Adrian Nieto finished 3-for-3 and plated both runs for the Sox, who have lost six out of eight.

The White Sox will be missing Jose Abreu for a few weeks. The slugger has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left ankle. The Sox activated outfielder Adam Eaton from the DL to take the roster spot. Eaton had been out since early May with a strained hamstring.

The White Sox head to Kansas City to open a three-game series with the Royals tonight. Chicago sends Scott Carroll to the mound sporting a 1-3 record. KC counters with Jason Vargas, who is 4-1 on the year. First pitch from Kauffman Stadium is at 7:10.

Lee, Phillies Handle Reds

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Cliff Lee gave up two runs over six-and-two-thirds innings as the Phillies dropped the Reds 8-3 at Citizens Bank Park. Lee improved to 4-and-4 while Cody Asche went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. Jimmy Rollins, Wil Nieves and Marlon Byrd also went deep on solo shots. Philadelphia has won two straight since a four-game slide. Tony Cingrani gave up four runs over six innings to fall to 2-and-3 for Cincinnati. Devin Mesoraco finished 4-for-4 with an RBI as the Reds lost their third in four games.

Nationals Double Up Mets

(Washington, DC) -- Jordan Zimmermann tossed six innings of three-run ball as the Nationals held down the Mets 6-3 in DC. Ian Desmond hit a solo homer and Wilson Ramos went 2-for-3 with four RBI for Washington, which has won three out of four. Rafael Soriano shut the door in the ninth for his 10th save. Zack Wheeler fell to 1-4 after going six innings and allowing five runs, three earned. Juan Centeno was 2-for-4 with two RBI for New York, which has lost four of five.

Giants Hold Off Marlins

(San Francisco, CA) -- Ryan Vogelsong blanked Miami for seven innings as the Giants topped the Marlins 4-1 at AT&T Park. Vogelsong improved to 2-2, and Sergio Romo notched his 15th save. Pablo Sandoval hit a homer in the win while Buster Posey, Tyler Colvin and Brandon Hicks drove in a run apiece. Jacob Turner is winless at 0-2 after six frames of four-run ball. Christian Yelich drove in the lone run for Miami.

Diamondbacks Take Series From Dodgers

(Phoenix, AZ) -- Cody Ross and Eric Chavez went deep as the Diamondbacks downed the Dodgers 5-3 at Chase Field. A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings each collected three hits. Josh Collmenter tossed five-and-a-third innings and gave up three runs to improve to 2-2 and Addison Reed punched out two for his 12th save. Dan Haren fell to 5-2 after giving up four earned runs in six frames. Adrian Gonzalez grabbed three hits and homer in the loss while Hanley Ramirez went deep and drove in one.

Morneau Send Rockies Past Padres

(Denver, CO) -- Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the 10th to give the Rockies an 8-6 walk-off win against the Padres at Coors Field. Corey Dickerson also hit a two-run shot while Charlie Blackmon finished 2-for-3 with two RBI. Troy Tulowitzki also hit a solo shot. Nick Masset got the win in relief after LaTroy Hawkins blew the save in the ninth by allowing a two-run homer to Everth Cabrera. Dale Thayer fell to 2-2 for San Diego. Rene Rivera and Seth Smith each had a solo shot for the Padres.

A's Blow Away Indians

(Cleveland, OH) -- Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-5 and drove in five as the Athletics posted a 13-3 win over the Indians at Progressive Field. Brandon Moss finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and four runs while Josh Donaldson also touched home four times. John Jaso and Josh Reddick also knocked in two apiece as Oakland won its ninth in ten games. Jesse Chavez pitched five innings of two-run ball to improve to 4-1 for the A's. Justin Masterson was tagged for seven runs over 4 1/3 innings and fell to 2-3 for Cleveland. Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI while Michael Bourn also hit a round tripper. The Tribe has lost four straight.

Gordon Powers Royals Past Orioles

(Kansas City, MO) -- Alex Gordon hit a pair of three-run homers to power the Royals in an 8-6 win over the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. Gordon finished 4-for-4 with six RBI while Billy Butler went 3-for-4 and knocked one in. James Shields pitched seven innings of three-run ball to improve to 6-and-3 while Greg Holland locked down his 12th save. Kansas City has won five out of seven. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed five runs in five innings to fall to 2-5 for Baltimore. J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each went 3-for-4 while Adam Jones hit a three-run homer as the O's lost their sixth in eight games.

Mariners Bury Twins Behind Felix

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Felix Hernandez tossed eight innings of two-run ball as the Mariners dropped the Twins 6-2 at Target Field. Hernandez improved to 5-1 while Robinson Cano finished 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 with two RBI as Seattle stopped a four-game skid. Designated hitter Corey Hart left in the fourth inning with an apparent hamstring injury. Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 and drove in two for the Twins while Ricky Nolasco fell to 2-and-4 on the mound after allowing three runs in five innings. Minnesota saw a three-game win streak end.

Angels Top Rays

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Albert Pujols cranked two home runs in a three-hit effort as the Angels topped Tampa Bay 6-2 at Angel Stadium. Grant Green collected three hits and drove in one in the win. Matt Shoemaker improved to 2-1 after six-plus innings of one-run ball for the Halos, who have won five out of six. The Rays were held to five hits in the loss with Kevin Kiermaier hitting a two-run homer. David Price fell to 4-4 after giving up six runs, five earned, and 11 hits in 6 2/3.

Tigers Power Past Red Sox

(Boston, MA) -- Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer in the third to help lift the Tigers over the Red Sox 6-2 at Fenway Park. Torii Hunter also hit a home run while Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs for Detroit, which won it's sixth straight. Anibal Sanchez picked up his first win after surrendering just one earned run in five frames of work. Jake Peavy took the loss after allowing five runs off 11 hits in six innings. Xander Bogaerts notched the only RBI in the second for Boston, which has lost four straight.

Pirates Earn Doubleheader Split With Yankees

(Bronx, NY) -- Gerrit Cole allowed three runs over six innings to improve to 4-3 as the Pirates downed the Yankees 5-3 in the Bronx to earn a split of a doubleheader. Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and Josh Harrison added a solo shot as Pittsburgh stopped a three-game skid. Mark Melancon earned his sixth save in the win. Yangervis Solarte went deep for New York and Vidal Nuno allowed three runs in six innings during the start. Alfredo Aceves took the loss in relief for the Yanks, who saw a four-game win streak end. In the opener of the twinbill, Hiroki Kuroda tossed six innings of one-run ball to improve to 3-3 while David Robertson notched his eighth save as the Yankees won 4-3. Mark Teixeira knocked in two while Brett Gardner and Brian McCann each drove in a run. Neil Walker and Tony Sanchez each homered for Pittsburgh while Charlie Morton fell to 0-6 after allowing four runs in seven innings.

Sunday, May 18 Scoreboard

MLB National League

Philadelphia Phillies 8, Cincinnati Reds 3

Washington Nationals 6, New York Mets 3

Atlanta Braves 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5

Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee Brewers 2

San Francisco Giants 4, Miami Marlins 1

Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 3

Colorado Rockies 8, San Diego Padres 6 (10th inning)


MLB American League

Oakland Athletics 13, Cleveland Indians 3

Kansas City Royals 8, Baltimore Orioles 6

Houston Astros 8, Chicago White Sox 2

Seattle Mariners 6, Minnesota Twins 2

Texas Rangers 6, Toronto Blue Jays 2

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6, Tampa Bay Rays 2

Detroit Tigers 6, Boston Red Sox 2


MLB Interleague

New York Yankees 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3

Pittsburgh Pirates 5, New York Yankees 3

Monday, May 19 Schedule (All Times Central)

MLB National League

6:05 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals

6:10 p.m. - Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves


MLB American League

6:05 p.m. - Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

7:10 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

9:05 p.m. - Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim


MLB Interleague

No Games Scheduled