Baseball Roundup

Baltimore's Nate McLouth,right, lays at first base after being picked off by Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning of Tuesday's game in Baltimore. Also pictured is first base umpire Mike DiMuro. The Orioles won, 4-3.
Baltimore's Nate McLouth,right, lays at first base after being picked off by Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning of Tuesday's game in Baltimore. Also pictured is first base umpire Mike DiMuro. The Orioles won, 4-3. Gail Burton/AP Photo

American League

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3

After Baltimore struck early against R.A. Dickey, Toronto spent the rest of the night trying to overcome the deficit.

Once the game reached the eighth inning, Toronto's chances of completing the comeback were all but gone.

Manny Machado had two hits and two RBIs, and Baltimore squeezed out a win Tuesday night with significant help from its trusty bullpen.

It was the 100th consecutive game the Orioles have won when leading after seven innings, a streak that began in August 2011.

"Obviously, it means that guys are throwing the ball well in the bullpen, getting put in good opportunities and doing what they're supposed to do," said closer Jim Johnson, who worked the ninth to earn his eighth save in eight tries.

"Our bullpen hasn't failed us yet, knock on wood," Machado said. "They do a good job in holding the lead. Once the ninth inning comes, Jimmy comes out, and you know it's lights out because you know he's going to shut the door for us."

Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the Orioles, who have won nine of 13. By taking the first two games of the three-game set, Baltimore improved to 5-2 in seven series this season — including 4-1 against the AL East.

"We know who we have to beat," Johnson said.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer for the last-place Blue Jays, who have dropped six of eight. Dickey yielded four runs in the second inning, and Toronto never got out of the hole.

"We had some chances late. We just couldn't get that big hit," manager John Gibbons said. "Dickey battled all night long. You wish you could take away that one inning, but you can't in this business."

Dickey (2-3) gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in six innings. The knuckleballer, who left his previous start with neck and back pain, did not appear to be in discomfort on the mound. But he sure looked uncomfortable during the four-run second.

"I'm definitely not 100 percent," Dickey said. "I'm giving everything I can possibly give but it feels like going to battle with a three-shooter instead of a six-shooter. You just don't have what you normally have. You feel like what you have is good enough to keep your team in it. But it's frustrating because you want to give more."

Dickey was outdone by Gonzalez, who allowed five hits and three walks. The Orioles right-hander blanked Toronto on three hits through five innings before staggering through the sixth.

In the eighth, after the Blue Jays put runners at the corners with two outs against Pedro Strop, Melky Cabrera looked at a third strike on a 3-2 pitch.

Baltimore did all its scoring while batting around in the second. Adam Jones led off with a single, Chris Davis singled and Matt Wieters punched an opposite-field RBI single to left. After Nolan Reimold added a sacrifice fly, the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs for Machado, who singled in two runs.

Angels 5, Rangers 4 (11)

Howie Kendrick hit his second home run of the game in the 11th inning and finished with four RBIs, leading Los Angeles to a victory over Texas.

Kendrick, who hit a two-run shot in the sixth off Alexi Ogando and an RBI single in the first, drove a 1-1 pitch to left-center against rookie Joe Ortiz (2-1) for his third homer of the season.

Dane De La Rosa (1-0) pitched two perfect innings for his first major league win.

The Rangers tied it 4-all in the eighth with an unearned run against Scott Downs, following a couple of costly errors by the Angels — one physical and one mental.

Astros 3, Mariners 2

Marwin Gonzalez homered, Bud Norris rebounded from a tough start last time out and Houston snapped a three-game skid with a victory over Seattle.

The game was tied at 1 when Gonzalez launched his homer about 10 rows into the stands in right field to start Houston's third. Gonzalez, who bats ninth, hit just four home runs in 80 games last season and has three in 16 this year.

Houston got an insurance run when Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1) hit Justin Maxwell with a pitch with the bases loaded later in that inning.

Norris (3-2) allowed a season-high eight hits in five innings.

National League

Braves 4, Rockies 3, Game 1

Braves 10, Rockies 2, Game 2

B.J. Upton and his brother Justin hit back-to-back homers for the first time, leading Atlanta past Colorado 10-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep that began with the coldest game at Coors Field.

It was the 27th time in major league history that brothers homered in the same game, but only the second time they went deep in consecutive at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates also accomplished the feat on Sept. 15, 1938.

In the first game, Justin Upton, Dan Uggla and rookie Evan Gattis homered in support of a solid outing by Mike Minor as the Braves won 4-3 in a game that began with a temperature of 23 degrees.

The weather warmed up for the night game — but only a bit. It was 30 degrees at first pitch.

In the nightcap, B.J. Upton homered to left field off Jon Garland to start the fifth inning, his third of the season. Justin Upton drove Garland's next pitch to center for his major league-leading 11th home run.

The Uptons have homered in the same game three times this season. They each added another RBI, B.J. on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly and Justin on a ninth-inning double that was part of a four-run burst.

The Braves outhomered the Rockies 6-0 in taking both games from Colorado, which entered the twinbill tied with Atlanta for the best record in baseball at 13-5.

Julio Teheran (1-0) made the most of his offensive support in the nightcap, allowing one run over seven innings to quiet the Rockies, who have lost three in a row at Coors Field since an 8-0 start at home.

The Braves also got a home run and run-scoring double from Juan Francisco. His two-run shot in the fourth came after Freddie Freeman drew a one-out walk. Colorado had broken on top with an RBI single by Michael Cuddyer in the third.

Garland (2-1) went six innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits.

Reed Johnson, playing right field for Atlanta because Jason Heyward underwent an appendectomy Monday night, went 4 for 4 with three doubles. Heyward was put on the 15-day disabled list.

Cardinals 2, Nationals 0

Adam Wainwright extended his sterling start to the season — and Washington's mediocre one — by coming within two outs of his second shutout for St. Louis.

Wainwright (4-1) lowered his ERA to 1.93 by allowing five hits in 8 1-3 innings. Edward Mujica got two outs for his third save.

Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran drove in runs in the fourth off Ross Detwiler (1-1), who gave up eight hits across six innings.

The Nationals, who led the majors with 98 wins last season and were a popular pick to do well in 2013, lost for the eighth time in their past 11 games to fall to 10-10.

Wainwright's walk to Bryce Harper with two outs in the sixth was the pitcher's first free pass of the season, and it came in his fifth start, after 34 2-3 innings.

Cubs 4, Reds 2 (10)

Carlos Marmol blew a lead in the ninth inning before Darwin Barney bailed him out with a homer in the 10th that lifted Chicago over Cincinnati.

Chicago ended its four-game losing streak after squandering a late lead for the second straight day. The Cubs let a two-run lead get away in the 13th inning of a 5-4 loss Monday night.

Barney connected off left-hander Manny Parra (0-1), and Dave Sappelt added an RBI single.

Marmol (2-1), who lost the closer's job after a rough opening week, came on with a runner on second and one out in the ninth to face Joey Votto, who was 1 for 15 in his career against the reliever with nine strikeouts. Votto singled up the middle to tie it.

Marmol escaped a bases-loaded threat to keep it tied. Kevin Gregg fanned Votto with two aboard in the 10th to get his first save.

Chicago won for only the second time in nine games, while the Reds lost for just the second time in nine games.

Pirates 2, Phillies 0

Jeff Locke pitched six innings of two-hit ball and Gaby Sanchez homered off Cole Hamels to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.

Locke (2-1) struck out six and walked two. After wriggling out of a jam in the fourth, he retired his last eight batters — striking out three of the final four.

Sanchez also doubled and Brandon Inge had an RBI double in his Pirates debut to help Pittsburgh win for the fifth time in seven games.

After opening the season with a pair of poor outings, Hamels (0-3) pitched well for the third straight start but was hurt by a lack of run support again. The Phillies were shut out for the third time this season.

Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

Brewers 6, Padres 3

Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning and Milwaukee rode an early offensive outburst to another win, beating San Diego for its ninth straight win.

Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, with five walks and two strikeouts. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double in the Brewers' five-run second inning.

Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.

Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-2), who missed his last start due to the flu, allowed six runs on six hits in 1 2-3 innings.

The Padres have lost five straight overall and seven straight at home, their longest skid since a seven-game losing streak Aug. 26 to Sept. 5, 2010 at Petco Park.

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 4 (11)

Didi Gregorius scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning and Arizona beat San Francisco after blowing a late four-run lead.

Gregorius hustled for a one-out double off reliever Santiago Casilla (2-2) when left fielder Andres Torres fielded the ball nonchalantly. Pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte reached when first baseman Brandon Belt was charged with an error for bobbling a throw from third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Casilla then threw a pitch to Gerardo Parra that bounced to the backstop, allowing Gregorius to score.

Parra followed with an RBI double to make it 6-4.

San Francisco got the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 11th, but Matt Reynolds got Torres to ground into a double play and then retired Brandon Crawford for his first career save.

Interleague

Twins 4, Marlins 3, Game 1

Marlins 8, Twins 5, Game 2

Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia gave up two runs in seven innings, leading Minnesota over Miami in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

The Marlins' offense finally showed some life in the nightcap with an 8-5 victory.

Arcia's three-run homer in the fourth backed Correia (2-1), who allowed five hits and struck out five in the opener. The Twins shrugged off yet another chilly day to win their fifth straight. Brian Dozier had three hits, and Glen Perkins got his sixth save.

Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the Marlins, who are off to a franchise-worst 5-16 start after an offseason salary purge. Joe Mahoney had two hits and two RBIs for Miami.

In the second game, Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs for Miami.

Brantly had two doubles and Ricky Nolasco (1-2) allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings for the Marlins, who won for just the fifth time this season. Miami had a season-high 16 hits, including a double, a single and two RBIs from struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Steve Cishek got his second save.

Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI, while Mike Pelfrey (2-2) had another rough outing, giving up five runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings as the Twins lost for the first time in six games.

Los Angeles' Howie Kendrick begins to celebrate after hitting a game-winning solo home run in the 11th inning Tuesday to give the Angels a 5-4 win over Texas.
Los Angeles' Howie Kendrick begins to celebrate after hitting a game-winning solo home run in the 11th inning Tuesday to give the Angels a 5-4 win over Texas. Christine Cotter/AP Photo
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