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Mets rally in ninth to beat Marlins, 4-3

Slumping Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning, sending the New York Mets past the Miami Marlins, 4-3, last night.

After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth that put the Marlins ahead 3-2, the Mets stung Marlins closer Steve Cishek.

Cishek (1-1) had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances – the longest active streak in the majors – before Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a single and moved up on a sacrifice.

Left fielder Christian Yelich then made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu’s liner for the second out. Omar Quintanilla followed with a single down the line and Yelich slipped on the dirt as he got ready to throw home, letting Duda score standing up.

NATIONALS 11, PADRES 1

Bryce Harper drove in a career-high four runs before leaving the game, and Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings as the Nationals defeated the Padres.

Harper drove in a run with an infield single in the first and had a bases-loaded triple in the third. Following his headfirst dive into third base on the triple, Harper flexed his left wrist. He was later replaced in left field by Nate McLouth to start the fifth inning. No announcement was made regarding whether or not Harper was injured.

Anthony Rendon had a career-high four hits for Washington.

BRAVES 5, REDS 4

Justin Upton hit a three-run homer to continue another strong April, Ervin Santana earned his third win and the Braves held off the Reds.

Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff single to Roger Bernadina and walked Zack Cozart to open the ninth. Kimbrel struck out Brayan Pena and Chris Heisey before earning his seventh save on Joey Votto’s groundout.

First baseman Freddie Freeman made a long stretch for Chris Johnson’s throw from third base on Heisey’s groundball. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged first base umpire Vic Carapazza’s ruling that Freeman’s foot remained on the bag. The call was confirmed, ending the game.

CARDINALS 1, PIRATES 0

Shelby Miller finally solved Pittsburgh, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings to lead the Cardinals to a win over Pittsburgh.

Miller (2-2) entered the game with an 0-5 record and a 5.93 ERA against the Pirates. He allowed just three hits and four walks while striking out four.

Matt Holliday had three hits, a walk and drove in the only run with a first-inning double. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, matching his career high set in 2007.

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (2-2) pitched seven innings and allowed a run on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Tigers 10, Twins 6

Nick Castellanos homered and drove in three runs, and Torii Hunter had two doubles and two RBI to lead Detroit past Minnesota T.

Rick Porcello (3-1) gave up four runs and six hits with four strikeouts in five innings for the Tigers, who broke the game open with seven runs in the third. Rajai Davis had three hits to raise his average to .354.

Royals 5, Orioles 0

Yordano Ventura scattered seven hits over eight innings as Kansas City cruised over Baltimore, which played the latter part of the game without injured slugger Chris Davis.

Davis left in the fifth inning with a left oblique strain. The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but Davis looked to be in obvious discomfort as he walked toward the dugout following a third-inning flyout. Davis led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBI last season.

Angels 13, Yankees 1

Albert Pujols hit one of Los Angeles’s four home runs, C.J. Wilson kept New York in check again and the Angels roughed up the road-weary Yankees.

Pujols hit homer No. 501 and Ian Stewart had a two-run shot off Hiroki Kuroda (2-2) for the majors’ top slugging squad. Erick Aybar connected for a three-run drive and Colin Cowgill went deep against Bruce Billings, one of the pitchers called up when Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games after being caught with pine tar on his neck Wednesday night.

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