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Braun’s two home runs help Brewers rally past Pirates

Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-7, last night.

Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the final 65 games last year in the Biogenesis drug scandal. The other three homers came in one game on April 8 at Philadelphia.

The go-ahead drive came off Pirates closer Jason Grilli (0-1), his second blown save in six opportunities. Jean Segura’s two-out single kept the inning going for Braun, who had three hits and three RBIs.

Jonathan Lucroy hit three doubles and drove in two runs for the Brewers. Mark Reynolds hit his fourth homer.

Ike Davis doubled, singled and walked a day after the Pirates got him in a trade with the Mets.

Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Francisco Rodriguez got his sixth save.

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 6

Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dan Haren (3-0) was charged with five runs – two earned – and seven hits over 7.1 innings. The right-hander struck out five in his fourth start of the season, six days after his 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks at Phoenix.

Haren departed with an 8-4 lead and was replaced by Brian Wilson, who gave up a two-run double by Martin Prado before retiring Chris Owings on a grounder with runners at the corners to end the eighth. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

Mike Bolsinger (0-1) made his first major league start and was charged with seven runs – six earned – and seven hits in four-plus innings. He struck out five of the first 11 batters he faced.

Cardinals 4, nationals 3

Nationals star Bryce Harper was pulled by first-year Manager Matt Williams after failing to run out a grounder in Washington’s loss to the Cardinals.

Harper hit a grounder back to pitcher Lance Lynn in the sixth inning, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.

Williams yanked the 21-year-old Harper after the play. Known for his aggressive approach, Harper is a two-time All-Star.

“I respect what he did,” Harper said of Williams’s decision.

Williams said Harper would be in the starting lineup today.

Lynn (4-0) won his fourth straight start and Trevor Rosenthal got his fifth save. Jordan Zimmermann (1-1) allowed four runs, only one of them earned, in seven innings.

CUBS 8, REDS 4

Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers, Mike Olt added a solo shot and the Chicago Cubs ended a five-game losing streak, beating the Cincinnati Reds.

Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before defeating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field.

Edwin Jackson (1-1) allowed two runs in 5.2 innings. Tony Cingrani (1-2) gave up three runs in five innings.

Braves 7, Mets 5

Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta Manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled star closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held off the New York Mets.

Freddie Freeman had three hits and hustled his way through a weird play that brought the Braves two runs when the Mets were unable to challenge a costly incorrect call.

Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the ninth to make it 7-3.

The Mets scored twice off Kimbrel, who loaded the bases with a two-out walk to Lucas Duda. That’s when Gonzalez went to the mound and lifted Kimbrel, who didn’t look happy about it. He waited for an extra moment or two before reluctantly handing over the ball.

Walden retired Travis d’Arnaud on a grounder to end it. Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons was shading toward the hole and made a strong throw to get d’Arnaud.

Rockies 3, Phillies 1

Jordan Lyles pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Colorado was aided by a reversed call that produced its first run.

Justin Morneau also drove in two runs the old fashioned way, connecting for his third home run of the season in the fourth after Carlos Gonzalez began the inning with a single.

Lyles (3-0), acquired in December from Houston in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler, allowed one unearned run on five hits in seven innings in winning his third straight, equaling a career best. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save in five chances.

Kyle Kendrick (0-2) went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits in a solid outing but could not avoid a seventh straight loss, dating to last Aug. 11.

Padres 3, Giants 1

Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the San Diego Padres.

The Giants lost their third straight game and have scored only three runs in their last 28 innings. It was the first time in nine games the Giants weren’t involved in a one-run decision.

San Diego has won seven of 10.

Stults (1-2) kept the already struggling Giants off balance and largely off the base paths, allowing one run and three hits in six innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.

Tim Hudson (2-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked none.

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