(Wednesday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Miami 1
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Gattis' pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Wednesday. Gattis, hitting for center fielder Jordan Schafer, lined a 1-1 offering from reliever A.J. Ramos down the left field line to score Ramiro Pena and Dan Uggla with the go-ahead runs and help the Braves take two of three from the Marlins. It was Gattis' second game-winning hit in the series. Jason Heyward finished with two of the seven hits for the Braves, who won four of their last six overall. Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an eighth-inning bunt single, as the Marlins failed to follow-up a three-game sweep of the Mariners over the weekend with another series win. Atlanta starting pitcher Aaron Harang pitched into the seventh inning, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out a season-high 11 and walked just one as his ERA increased to 0.85 for the season.
Final Score: Arizona 7, Chicago 5
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Hill capped a five-run, ninth-inning rally with a two-run triple, to help Arizona claim a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the third edition of a four-game series. Martin Prado contributed a two-run single and Miguel Montero added an RBI hit during the deciding frame for the Diamondbacks, who halted a four-game slide that included the first two games in this series. Trevor Cahill (1-4) turned in two innings of scoreless relief for the win, while Addison Reed followed suit in the ninth to close out the contest and earn his fourth save. Justin Ruggiano's two-run shot in the sixth provided a seemingly-safe three- run cushion for the Cubs, who failed to thrill the home crowd on Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration. Pedro Strop (0-2) was on the hook for four runs, but one earned, while recording only two outs in defeat.
Final Score: San Francisco 12, Colorado 10 (11 innings)
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Five home runs weren't enough for the San Francisco Giants. The sixth one did the trick. Hector Sanchez's grand slam in the 11th inning gave the Giants the lead, and they held on for a 12-10 win Wednesday over the Colorado Rockies to finish a three-game series. It was Sanchez's first career grand slam and first multi-home run game. He also hit a solo homer in the eighth to give the Giants an 8-7 lead but the Rockies tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning. His go-ahead blast came at the end of a 10-pitch at-bat and after Chad Bettis (0-1) intentionally walked Joaquin Arias with first base open. Sanchez sent a 3-2 fastball well over the wall in right-center field. Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer off Sergio Romo in the bottom of the 11th, but the Giants closer escaped a one-out jam after walking Drew Stubbs by getting Brandon Barnes to hit into a double play. The Giants salvaged a win in the series after dropping the first two games and went 2-4 on a six-game road trip. The teams combined to hit nine home runs. Michael Morse also hit two for the Giants and Brandon Belt and Brandon Hicks added one each. Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon homered for the Rockies, who lost for just the second time in their last seven games.
04/23 20:30:37 ET