Pirates’ Locke shuts down Cardinals
Kennett grad goes to 3-1 to start year
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, April 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Rookie Jeff Locke pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Russell Martin had two of Pittsburgh’s four home runs in a 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday that gave the Pirates a series win and the NL Central lead.
Jones had three hits and John McDonald added an RBI double for Pittsburgh, which ended rookie Shelby Miller’s streak of 14 scoreless innings at home to start the season. The Pirates have won nine of 12 overall, leapfrogging St. Louis for first place.
Locke (3-1), a Kennett High graduate, has worked 13 scoreless innings while allowing five hits his last two starts. The Cardinals got just three singles and advanced two runners into scoring position against the 25-year-old left-hander, who earned the fifth spot in the rotation with a strong spring.
MARLINS 6, CUBS 4
Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs, helping Miami avert a four-game series sweep.
Ricky Nolasco (2-2) gave up three runs in seven innings and retired the final 15 batters he faced. The Marlins improved to 6-19, still worst in the majors, and 3-10 at home.
Chicago’s Dioner Navarro went deep in the ninth against Steve Cishek, who nonetheless earned his third save in four chances.
PHILLIES 5, METS 1
Ryan Howard snapped a seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit double, Cole Hamels earned his first win of the season and Philadelphia took advantage of a crucial Mets error to finish a three-game sweep.
Freddy Galvis homered, Chase Utley had an RBI single and Hamels (1-3) overcame six walks, which matched his career high. The left-hander held the Mets to two hits and struck out eight over six innings in his fourth consecutive solid outing.
REDS 5, NATIONALS 2
Tony Cingrani (2-0) struck out a career-high 11 – including four in one inning – while pitching two-hit ball through the sixth, and Cincinnati avoided a four-game series sweep.
Brandon Phillips had a two-run single as the Reds (14-12) improved to a major league-worst 2-9 on the road.
Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2
Gerardo Parra tripled and scored twice, and Josh Wilson had a run-scoring double to help lead Arizona over Colorado.
Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was lifted in the bottom of the third inning because of a strained left shoulder.
Patrick Corbin threw five scoreless innings before tiring in his final inning-plus. Corbin (3-0) allowed two runs on nine hits over 6 2∕3 innings and struck out five for his first win in four starts against the Rockies.
Padres 6, Giants 4
Chase Headley, Nick Hundley and Alexi Amarista homered off Ryan Vogelsong and San Diego beat San Francisco for its first three-game sweep of the Giants since May 2010.
Headley had three hits and Amarista scored three runs for the Padres, who’ve won four straight.
Dodgers 2, Brewers 0
Clayton Kershaw retired 18 consecutive batters and struck out 12 in eight dominant innings, Carl Crawford homered twice against Kyle Lohse and Los Angeles beat Milwaukee.
Kershaw (3-2) scattered four hits and didn’t walk a batter while lowering his ERA to 1.73. The 2011 Cy Young Award winner, who led the NL in ERA in each of the previous two seasons, hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last 18 starts – the longest active streak in the majors. The last time he did was July 24, 2012, when he gave up eight at St. Louis.
Lohse (1-2) gave up five hits and no walks while striking out four.
Rays 8, White Sox 3
David Price struck out nine in winning for first time this season, Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth and Tampa Bay beat Chicago.
The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. The Rays lost all five of Price’s five previous starts this year and were the second team to lose in the first five starts by a reigning Cy Young winner. The Minnesota Twins lost in Frank Viola’s first seven games in 1989.
Price (1-2) walked two and threw 119 pitches.
Jose Lobaton homered for Tampa Bay, which improved to 4-9 on the road.
Mariners 2, Angels 1
Jason Bay and Michael Morse hit solo home runs, leading Seattle over Los Angeles.
The Mariners won three of four from the Angels over the weekend to earn their first series victory of the year.
Bay tied it in the seventh with his second homer, connecting on the first pitch of the inning from Jason Vargas (0-3).
Morse put Seattle ahead in the eighth against Vargas, hitting his seventh home run into the Angels bullpen.
Twins 5, Rangers 0
Kevin Correia pitched eight sharp innings and Justin Morneau homered to lead Minnesota over Texas.
The Rangers lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Correia (3-1) gave up six hits, struck out two and walked one. He allowed only one runner to reach third base while lowering his ERA to 2.23.
Correia has pitched at least seven innings in each of his first five starts for the Twins after going seven or more only three times all of last season.
Athletics 9, Orioles 8, 10 inn.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made a throwing error in the 10th inning and Oakland completed its comeback.
Down 5-0 in the sixth, the A’s tied it at 8 on Yoenis Cespedes’s two-run homer with one out in the ninth. He was activated from the disabled list before the game.
The Athletics ended a four-game losing streak and prevented Baltimore from a four-game sweep.
Eric Sogard hit a leadoff single in the 10th and moved to second when reliever Pedro Strop (0-1) made a wide throw to second on Adam Rosales’s bunt. Coco Crisp followed with a sacrifice bunt and Machado threw wildly past shortstop J.J. Hardy covering third, allowing Sogard to score.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2
Lyle Overbay sent a knuckleball from R.A. Dickey into the right field bullpen for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning that was caught on the fly by Yankees reliever David Robertson, and New York beat Toronto for a four-game sweep.
Brennan Boesch homered in the second off Dickey (2-4), pitching in New York for the first time since getting his 20th win for the New York Mets last September.
Royals 9, Indians 0
Jeremy Guthrie kept the Indians off-balance, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon homered and Kansas City routed Cleveland to open the first day-night doubleheader in the history of Kauffman Stadium.
Guthrie (3-0) allowed six hits over 6 2∕3 innings for his 16th consecutive start without a loss, tying the Royals record set by Paul Splittorf from Aug. 13, 1977-April 22, 1978.
Justin Masterson (4-2) allowed seven runs in 6 1∕3 innings for the Indians.
Tigers 8, Braves 3
Miguel Cabrera’s three-run homer in the seventh inning broke the game open, and Detroit finished off a three-game sweep of Atlanta.
Austin Jackson and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers, and Doug Fister (4-0) struck out eight in seven innings.
Mike Minor (3-2) allowed a three-run homer to Jackson in the third, and although the Braves came back to tie it, Cabrera doubled and scored in the sixth to make it 4-3.
Atlanta has lost four straight and is 3-8 since a 12-1 start.