Rockies Hold Off Padres For Win – MLB Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds managed to pick up a victory Tuesday after dropping the completion of Monday's suspended game.
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer as the Reds downed the Pirates 7-5. Leake gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Bucs for the fourth consecutive start and help the Reds improve to 5-9.
Pittsburgh pulled out the suspended first game of the series as Russell Martin's RBI single in the seventh snapped a 7-7 tie in an 8-7 win over Cincinnati. The two teams combined for 10 homers over the first six innings before the game was suspended Monday by rain.
Pittsburgh had three sets of back-to-back homers, only the third time that's happened in major league history. Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez went back-to-back twice, only the second time that's happened in Pirates history.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings of the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list, and Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) each hit solo shots in the ninth as St. Louis handed the Brewers their second straight loss since a nine-game winning streak.
— Giancarlo Stanton crushed a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg and tied a career high with five RBIs as Miami ripped Washington 11-2 to end an eight-game losing streak. Tom Koehler allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89.
— Colorado was a 3-2 winner in San Diego as Juan Nicasio held the Padres to two runs and six hits in six innings. Edwin Rosario hit an infield single to drive in the tiebreaking run in the fifth.
— Kirk Nieuwenheis (NOO'-ehn-hys) made a nice major league season debut after being recalled from Triple-A earlier on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as the New York Mets hammered Arizona 9-0. Jenrry Mejia (HEHN'-ree meh-HEE'-uh) helped the Mets reach .500 for the first time this season by limiting the Diamondbacks to two hits in five innings.
— Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff (KOOS'-mah-nahf) hit back-to-back homers and Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings of the Rangers' 5-0 shutout of the Mariners in Texas. Fielder had gone the first 13 games of the season without a homer before drilling a second-inning shot that put the Rangers ahead to stay.
— Yordano Ventura picked up his first major league win by yielding just one earned run and four hits while fanning seven over seven innings of Kansas City's 4-2 victory at Houston. Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) hit a solo homer and had two RBIs to support Ventura's fifth big league start.
— Shortstop Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) threw away a potential inning-ending grounder in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score the winning run in the White Sox's 2-1 win over Boston. Adam Dunn homered in the White Sox's fourth victory in five games.
— Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI before Brett Lawrie's grand slam capped Toronto's scoring in the ninth inning of a 9-3 rout of Minnesota. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') had two hits and an RBI as the Blue Jays ended the Twins' three-game winning streak.
— Bad weather caused the postponement of four games. Rain washed out Tampa Bay in Baltimore, Atlanta at Philadelphia and the New York Yankees' game against the visiting Chicago Cubs. Cleveland's game in Detroit was postponed after the forecast called for temperatures in the low 20s.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of baseball's Internet company, which houses the office which controls the instant replay system, says the system is working. Bob Bowman says calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of "clear and convincing" evidence. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count.
Bowman said he knows the system has "arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is." An ESPN spokesman declined to comment.
Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) goes further saying the system has been "remarkable." He wouldn't say whether MLB would make any adjustments during this initial season.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals activated Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list after he missed the first 13 games of the season with left knee tendinitis.
Light-hitting shortstop Pete Kozma was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Ellis on the 25-man roster.
In other MLB news:
— Rays left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery. Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year.
— Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) had a cortisone injection in his left wrist and hopes to return to Boston's starting lineup tomorrow night. The AL MVP was injured April 4 when Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez broke up a double play at second base in the ninth inning.
— The Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares (lah-GAH'-rehs) on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NOO'-ehn-hys) from Triple-A Las Vegas. Lagares was injured while beating out a double-play ball Monday night in New York's 7-3 win over Arizona.