Hudson shines as Atlanta routs Nats


Associated Press

ATLANTA — Tim Hudson was a dual threat in his 200th career win, combining with Anthony Varvaro on a three-hitter while adding a homer and a double to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

Hudson (3-1) dominated the Nationals through seven innings, striking out six, walking two and giving up one run. The 37-year-old also led off the second with a double to left field off Gio Gonzalez (2-2) and hit a fifth-inning homer off Zach Duke.

The Braves won their ninth straight against Washington, dating to last season.

Andrelton Simmons had three hits, including a homer to lead off the first inning for Atlanta. Freddie Freeman had three singles and three RBIs, and Evan Gattis drove in two runs with two hits.

Hudson’s homer was the third of his career and first since June 20, 2011 against Toronto. He became the third active pitcher with 200 wins, joining Andy Pettitte (248) and Roy Halladay (201). Hudson is 200-105 in his career, including 92 wins while with Oakland from 1999-2004.

Gonzalez lasted only four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and five walks.

GIANTS 2

DIAMONDBACKS 1

PHOENIX — Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth to lead San Francisco to a win over Arizona.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left after allowing a leadoff single to Angel Pagan, the Giants’ fourth hit against the right-hander. J.J. Putz (2-1) came on for Arizona and struck out Marco Scutaro, and quickly went ahead 0-1 on Sandoval, who sent the next pitch into the stands in right.

It was Putz’s fourth blown save in nine chances.

Sandy Rosario (1-0) recorded the last out of the eighth for his first career win, and Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

CARDINALS 2, REDS 1

ST. LOUIS — Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer, Jaime Garcia continued his mastery of Cincinnati with eight strong innings and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.

Garcia (3-1) gave up one run on seven hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. The left-hander improved to 7-0 in eight starts against the Reds at Busch Stadium and is 9-2 overall against them. He retired the last seven batters he faced and recorded 18 ground ball outs.

Edward Mujica struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.

Bronson Arroyo (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings for the Reds, whose win streak ended at three games.

BREWERS 12, PIRATES 8

MILWAUKEE — Rickie Weeks broke out of a season-long slump with a three-run homer and five RBIs to lead Milwaukee over Pittsburgh.

Weeks finished with three hits for the Brewers, who won their ninth straight against Pittsburgh. They improved to 46-7 at Miller Park against the Pirates since the start of 2007.

Andrew McCutchen homered and had four hits for Pittsburgh.

After Tom Gorzelanny (1-0) escaped a two-on, none-out jam in the seventh, Yuniesky Betancourt lined his sixth home run of the year off Pirates reliever Bryan Morris (0-1).

Weeks, who began the night batting .167, hit his second homer of the season in the eighth.

MARLINS 2, METS 1

MIAMI — Juan Pierre scored standing up on a wild pitch with none out in the ninth and Miami came from behind in the final inning for the second consecutive game to beat reeling New York.

Jeremy Hefner (0-3) took a 1-0 lead and a three-hitter into the ninth inning but couldn’t get another out for the Mets, who have dropped six straight games. Hefner had a career-high eight strikeouts and lowered his ERA from 5.14 to 3.72.

An intentional walk loaded the bases before Mets reliever Brandon Lyon’s first pitch to Greg Dobbs was a low breaking ball that got away from Recker, allowing Pierre to score.

Ryan Webb (1-1) pitched a perfect ninth to get the win.

PADRES 13, CUBS 7

CHICAGO — Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs and San Diego battered Edwin Jackson in a win over Chicago.

Edinson Volquez (2-3) worked 5 2-3 innings, allowing four runs while striking out three in his first outing against Chicago while with San Diego. Volquez is 5-0 in seven career starts against the Cubs, including 3-0 at Wrigley Field.

Quentin was 3 for 4 with the home run and two doubles. He is 34 for 101 (.337) with nine homers against the Cubs in his career.

Jackson (0-4) went 4 2-3 innings, giving up 11 hits and eight runs.

TIGERS 6, TWINS 1

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Verlander (3-2) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

Vance Worley (0-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, raising his ERA to 7.22.

Cabrera opened the scoring with his fourth homer of the year, and Fielder’s seventh was part of a three-run fifth. Alex Avila also went deep for Detroit.

Tigers pitchers struck out 10 — reaching that mark for the fifth straight game. That equals the longest streak by an American League team since at least 1921. The major league record since then is eight games by the Milwaukee Brewers last August, according to STATS.

BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 7

TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit an upper-deck homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a go-ahead shot in the seventh that sent Toronto over Boston.

The Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak and avoided the first 18-loss April in club history.

David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs for Boston, which had won five in a row and was trying for its first 19-win April.

Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes also connected for the Red Sox, who head into May with the best record in the majors for the 11th time in team history.

Encarnacion’s pair of two-run shots marked the 10th multihomer game of his career and second this season. He has nine home runs this year.

Encarnacion became the 14th player to reach the upper deck in left field at Rogers Centre, tagging starter Jon Lester. Toronto trailed 7-6 when Encarnacion homered off Junichi Tazawa (2-1).

Steve Delabar (2-1) got two outs for the win. Casey Janssen finished for his seventh save in as many chances.

YANKEES 7, ASTROS 4

NEW YORK — Hiroki Kuroda settled in after a rocky start to pitch four-hit ball through seven innings, Travis Hafner had three RBI singles and New York used small ball to beat Houston.

Lyle Overbay homered for the banged-up Bronx Bombers, who bounced back from a 9-1 loss to the Astros on Monday. New York took advantage of Phil Humber’s four wild pitches and a couple of close calls at first base to score its first four runs without an extra-base hit.

Kuroda (4-1) threw 67 pitches in the first three innings, putting at least two runners on in each one. But just as he did in his previous start, he got into a better rhythm and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

The right-hander won his fourth consecutive decision, matching a career best. Mariano Rivera got one out for his 10 straight save to start the season.

Ichiro Suzuki had three of the 15 hits for the Yankees, who put Kevin Youkilis on their star-studded disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain.

Chris Carter hit a two-run homer for Houston and Jose Altuve had a two-run double. Humber (0-6) was lifted after the sixth trailing 4-0.

ROYALS 8, RAYS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields made a stellar first start against his former team and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer to lead Kansas City over Tampa Bay.

Shields (2-2) allowed a two-run shot to Matt Joyce in the first inning, but only three more hits over the next six. The right-hander struck out seven in the kind of dominant performance that the Royals were hoping for when they acquired him in December.

The Royals trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Moustakas’ first homer of the year gave them the lead. Kansas City added another run to chase starter Alex Cobb (3-2), and three more off reliever Brandon Gomes in the seventh.

The Royals finished 14-10 in April, a dramatic improvement from the 6-15 mark they carried into May a year ago. Tampa Bay dropped to 4-10 on the road.

RANGERS 10

WHITE SOX 6

ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish overcame a shaky start for his fifth victory in April and Texas backed him with plenty of big hits against Chicago.

Darvish (5-1) struck out nine in six innings, but the game was tied when he threw the last of his 108 pitches. He leads the majors with 58 strikeouts in 38 2-3 innings.

The Rangers scored six times in the sixth to break it open. Mitch Moreland, who had three hits, delivered a go-ahead double and Adrian Beltre capped the burst with a two-run homer. The bases were loaded when Beltre got to the plate before two wild pitches by Nate Jones allowed two runs.

Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker homered on consecutive pitches from White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

Adam Dunn hit his sixth homer for Chicago. Dewayne Wise, who entered in an 0-for-15 slide, was 4 for 4 with a home run after being a late addition to the lineup.

Matt Lindstrom (1-2) took the loss.

INTERLEAGUE

INDIANS 14, PHILLIES 2

CLEVELAND — Ryan Raburn homered twice for the second straight game and Cleveland hit seven home runs in all to rout Philadelphia.

The Indians set a major league high this season for homers in a game. Cleveland has won three in a row, outscoring opponents 33-5 during that span.

Philadelphia had won three in a row before Roy Halladay (2-3) got tagged for eight runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. Activated from the disabled list before the game, Delmon Young homered in his first at-bat for the Phillies.

Cleveland’s first five homers were two-run shots. Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall homered off Halladay, then Raburn and Michael Brantley connected off Chad Durbin.

Raburn and Drew Stubbs hit back-to-back shots in the seventh against Raul Valdes. The Indians fell one homer short of the franchise record.

Given a 12-1 lead in the fifth, Zach McAllister (2-3) coasted. He gave up two runs in seven innings on solo homers by Young and Chase Utley.

 

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