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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:19 AM

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Monday night and ended their four-game losing streak.

Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month.

Washington’s Stephen Strasburg ended his career-worst streak of losses in four straight starts. He allowed two runs in six innings.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said the pitcher has a little tightness in his right forearm and was seen by a doctor after his start. Johnson said the hard-throwing righty will be given medication. Strasburg, who is 1-4 with a 3.13 ERA, said he’ll be able to make his next scheduled start.

Jordan Walden (1-0) struck out three in 1 2-3 hitless innings. Craig Kimbrel closed for his ninth save.

Tyler Clippard (1-1) took the loss.

REDS 2, CARDINALS 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and Cincinnati got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a victory over St. Louis.

Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save, finishing off the third road victory in 11 games for the Reds and handing St. Louis its third straight loss.

Yadier Molina had three of the Cardinals’ seven hits, including an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton that produced their first run in 17 innings. St. Louis stranded 10 runners.

Wainwright (4-2) trailed just six pitches in. He walked two, one intentionally, after issuing just one free pass in 37 1-3 innings over his first five starts.

Latos (2-0) worked around five hits and three walks in his sixth quality start in as many outings this season. The Reds have scored just four runs in his last three appearances.

BREWERS 10, PIRATES 4

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice against Pittsburgh.

Gallardo (3-1) also tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh. He and Norichika Aoki hit consecutive homers in the fourth before Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt repeated the feat in the fifth.

Jean Segura also connected for the Brewers, who added three triples and matched a season high for runs. They hit back-to-back homers twice in a game for the first time since 2005.

Milwaukee is 45-7 against the Pirates at Miller Park since 2007, the best record by any team against a division opponent during that stretch.

Pirates starter Wandy Rodriquez (2-1) walked four in a five-run first. Rodriguez, who entered with a 1.66 ERA, had walked three batters in his first four starts this season.

CUBS 5, PADRES 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs as Chicago defeated San Diego.

Barney hit a pair of RBI doubles and Ransom went 2 for 4 with a home run against the team that let him go this month. Both players also made nice defensive plays in the seventh inning with runners in scoring position to preserve the lead.

Scott Hairston also homered for the Cubs.

Kevin Gregg got the final out of the eighth with runners on second and third and worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. After a 5-13 start to the season, the Cubs have won five of seven.

Michael Bowden (1-1) got the win in relief of Jeff Samardzija, who struck out eight in five innings.

Clayton Richard (0-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

GIANTS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4

PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping San Francisco beat Arizona to end a five-game losing streak.

Belt also had a solo homer in the second against Ian Kennedy. The first baseman broke a 4-all tie in the eighth after Brad Ziegler (1-1) gave up a leadoff double to Nick Noonan and walked two.

Marco Scutaro had three hits and scored two runs for the World Series champions. Jean Machi (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for his first major league win and Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his ninth save.

The Diamondbacks scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning on homers off Matt Cain.

Jason Kubel had a two-run shot and Eric Chavez and Martin Prado each hit a solo drive.

MARLINS 4, METS 3, 15 INNINGS

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Green hit a game-winning sacrifice fly and Miami rallied for two runs in the 15th inning to hand New York its fifth consecutive loss.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton limped out of the game in the 10th inning with a strained right hamstring and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game.

Miami trailed 3-2 when Greg Dobbs singled with one out in the 15th against Shaun Marcum (0-2), a starter working out of the bullpen after the Mets ran out of relievers. Justin Ruggiano walked and Rob Brantly hit an RBI single to right.

Green followed with a fly ball to left field, and Ruggiano scored easily. Green also tied the game with a sac fly in the ninth against Mets closer Bobby Parnell, preventing Matt Harvey from improving to 5-0.

The Mets went 1 for 18 with runners in scoring position. The lone hit was Ruben Tejada’s infield single to score the tiebreaking run with two outs in the 15th. New York’s other runs were driven in by John Buck, who tied a team record with his ninth home run in April.

The Marlins grounded into five double plays. Jon Rauch (1-2) gave up one run in three innings.

The game lasted 5 hours, 31 minutes. By the end, the crowd of 15,605 had dwindled into the hundreds.

ROCKIES 12, DODGERS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit his first major league home run, and Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler also homered for the Rockies.

Arenado, one of the Rockies’ top prospects playing in his second big league game, had his first three hits. His two-run homer in the fourth made it 12-0.

Tyler Chatwood (1-0) shut out the Dodgers over six innings, striking out five with no walks. He also had three hits and two RBIs.

Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (0-1) was finished after three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and eight hits. Josh Wall fared even worse, giving up seven runs and eight hits in two innings. The Dodgers used five relievers, including utility infielder Skip Schumaker, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers.

 

 

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