(Tuesday, May 21st)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Chicago 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Travis Snider's pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at PNC Park. Pedro Alvarez added an RBI and Neil Walker went 1-for-2 with a double, three walks and a run scored for the Pirates, winners in six of their last seven games. Wandy Rodriguez (5-2) gave up three runs on six hits while striking out five over six innings to earn the win. Jason Grilli picked up his 18th save despite allowing a run in the ninth inning. Matt Garza, who made his first start since July 21, 2012, carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning until giving up a base hit to Clint Barmes. It was the only hit the right-hander allowed over five scoreless frames. He also struck out five and walked three while driving in a pair with a double. Garza missed the second half of the last season because of stress reaction in his right elbow, and his return was further delayed after the 29-year-old suffered a left lat strain in spring training. Darwin Barney went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Starlin Castro drove in a run for the Cubs, who have dropped four of their last six games.
Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Miami 3
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Howard went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Delmon Young homered for the second time this season as the Philadelphia Phillies evened a three-game set with the Miami Marlins with a 7-3 win at Marlins Park. Ben Revere also had three hits while Dominic Brown drove in a pair of runs for Philadelphia, which has won six of nine to climb within two games of .500. Tyler Cloyd (1-0) earned his first win of the year after allowing two runs and eight hits over seven frames. Miami rookie Jose Fernandez, who hadn't allowed a run in 13 innings against the Phillies this season coming in, gave up one run while throwing 79 pitches in five innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. Duane Below (0-1) surrendered three runs in an inning-plus of relief.
Final Score: Cincinnati 4, New York 0
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Leake held New York's floundering offense to just three hits over seven innings of work, and the Cincinnati Reds shut out the Mets, 4-0, on Tuesday to take the second test of a three-game set. The Reds managed only seven hits, but took advantage of a two-out error by Mets third baseman David Wright to score two of their three first-inning runs. That's all the support Leake (4-2) needed to notch his third straight victory and fourth in five games. The righty struck out four and set down nine of the last 10 New York batters he faced. Devin Mesoraco forced a run in with a bases-loaded walk and then hit a solo homer in the ninth to help the Reds to their ninth win in 11 games. After a lengthy first inning, Jonathon Niese (3-5) settled in and went on to record a season-best seven strikeouts, but couldn't get any help from a feeble lineup which has produced a combined eight hits in the last two games. The Mets have won just two of their last 12 contests at Citi Field, where they have scored less than three runs in nine straight. Lucas Duda and John Buck each doubled and were stranded in scoring position.
Final Score: Milwaukee 5, Los Angeles 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - On the strength of a four-run fifth inning, the Brewers handed former ace Zack Greinke his first career loss at Miller Park by taking a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Carlos Gomez highlighted the big inning by plating a pair with a ground rule double off Greinke (2-1). Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt added an RBI apiece to help the Brewers take the middle test of this three-game set. Greinke, who went 15-0 at Miller Park during his one-plus seasons with the Brewers, was lit up for five runs on nine hits and was removed after failing to record an out in the fifth. It was Greinke's first time back in Milwaukee since being traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim just before last year's trade deadline. Mike Fiers (1-2) relieved a shaky Hector Burgos and worked out of a bases loaded jam to toss 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Jim Henderson stranded a pair of runners and struck out three in the ninth to earn his ninth save. The Dodgers were a woeful 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base. Greinke had two hits and an RBI while Nick Punto plated the Dodgers' only other run in their fourth loss in five games.
Final Score: Colorado 5, Arizona 4 (10 innings)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Wilin Rosario drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Colorado Rockies past the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4, in the middle test of a three-game set at Coors Field. Carlos Gonzalez hit a one-out double and the D-Backs intentionally walked Troy Tulowitzki to get to Rosario, who made them pay with a base hit to right field that scored Gonzalez easily. Rosario finished the game with two hits and also scored a run and DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBI for the Rockies, winners in four of their last five games. Wilton Lopez (1-1) pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win. Starter Jhoulys Chacin gave up four runs -- three earned -- on three hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings. Jason Kubel and Martin Prado both drove in a pair of runs for Arizona, which lost for just the second time in seven games. Matt Reynolds (0-2) gave up the deciding run to absorb the loss. Starter Ian Kennedy was tagged for four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits while striking out six over six frames.
Final Score: St. Louis 10, San Diego 2
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Daniel Descalso went 3-for-3 and broke the contest open with an eighth-inning grand slam as the St. Louis Cardinals took a 10-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in the middle test of a three-game set at Petco Park. Descalso knocked in five runs in all and scored three times to help back a solid performance from Adam Wainwright (6-3), who allowed just one run over 7 1/3 frames. He walked one and struck out six. Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs while Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each added two hits and an RBI for St. Louis, which has alternated victories and losses in its last seven contests. Edinson Volquez (3-5) was knocked around over six innings for San Diego, tagged for five runs on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Jedd Gyorko scored once and had three of the Padres' seven hits, with their only runs coming on an Alexi Amarista double-play ball and a fielding error in the ninth by Descalso.
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Washington 2 (10 innings)
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval scorched a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals Tuesday in the middle test of a three- game set at AT&T Park. Marco Scutaro ripped a one-out single back up the middle off Yunesky Maya (0-1) before Sandoval launched the second pitch he saw from the Washington reliever deep into the seats in center field to send the Giants to their second straight win. Gregor Blanco tied the game with a two-out, two-strike triple that scored Andres Torres in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) pitched a perfect top of the 10th to notch the victory.
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Minnesota 4 (10 innings)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman smacked a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight victory with a 5-4 decision over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday at Turner Field. After Evan Gattis' pinch-hit, two-out solo homer tied the game in the ninth, Jason Heyward kept the 10th alive with a double into the gap in left-center field. Brian Duensing (0-1) then intentionally walked Justin Upton to get to Freeman, who punched a 3-2 slider into shallow right field to score Heyward for the deciding run. Craig Kimbrel (1-1) blanked the Twins in the top of the 10th to earn the win. Freeman also added an RBI double in the first, while Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Braves, who can sweep this three-game set with a victory in Wednesday's finale. Trevor Plouffe and Ryan Doumit smacked consecutive run-scoring singles in the eighth to put Minnesota in front, but reliever Glen Perkins was unable to hold the lead in the ninth for the Twins, who have lost a season-high seven straight games.
05/22 01:42:29 ET