The Associated Press
May. 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Angel Pagan became the first San Francisco player to end a game with an inside-the-park homer, connecting with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday to give the Giants a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Troy Tulowitzki homered leading off the 10th to put the Rockies ahead 5-4, but Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt (1-2) walked Brandon Crawford to open the bottom half.
Guillermo Quiroz sacrificed before Pagan sent a long drive that hit the base of the oddly angled wall in right-center and bounced high over the head of right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The speedy Pagan raced around the bases and slid home ahead of the relay.
The last major leaguer to hit an inside-the-park home run that ended a game was Rey Sanchez for Tampa Bay on June 11, 2004 — also in a 10-inning victory over Colorado, according to STATS.
The previous Giants player to do it was Hall of Famer Bill Terry on Aug. 24, 1931, when the club was in New York. His drive beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1, STATS said.
It was Betancourt's first blown save in 11 chances this season.
Carlos Gonzalez homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Rockies.
Buster Posey had three hits and scored twice for the Giants, who ended a four-game slide against the Rockies. Sergio Romo (3-2) gave up Tulowitzki's 10th homer.
REDS 5, CUBS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and Cincinnati used another big inning to beat Chicago for its fifth straight victory.
The Reds have won 13 of 16, surging to a season-high 13 games over .500 at 31-18. It's their best start since 1995, when they reached the NL championship series.
Cincinnati scored four times in the sixth off Travis Wood (4-3), extending its domination of the NL Central's last-place team. Chicago has lost a season-high six consecutive games.
Homer Bailey (3-3) gave up a pair of runs in six innings. Aroldis Chapman had a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.
Cincinnati has won 16 of the last 18 games in the series. The Reds are 19-5 against the Cubs over the last two seasons, including 7-1 this year.
PIRATES 5, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs, Andrew McCutchen also went deep and Jeff Locke pitched six shutout innings to lead Pittsburgh over Milwaukee.
Neil Walker added a solo home run for the Pirates, who won for a second time in Milwaukee this season. They are 9-47 at Miller Park since 2007.
Locke (5-1) gave up three hits and struck out a season-high seven to win his fifth straight decision. He hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts.
Mike Fiers (1-3), starting in place of an ailing Kyle Lohse, gave up four runs and five hits in four innings. Carlos Gomez homered twice for Milwaukee, which is 5-17 in May and hasn't won back-to-back games since April 29-30 at home against Pittsburgh.
BRAVES 7, METS 5, 10 INNINGS, COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME
BRAVES 6, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Light-hitting pitcher Mike Minor homered for his first two RBIs in the majors and struck out 10 as Atlanta posted its second win in a matter of hours, beating New York for its eighth straight victory.
Earlier, Dan Uggla hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Braves won in the resumption of a game suspended because of rain Friday night after eight innings with the score tied at 5.
Minor (6-2) then pitched 7 1-3 innings of three-hit ball on a blustery night, sending the Mets to their fifth loss in a row overall and eighth straight at Citi Field.
Minor singled in the third and hit a two-run drive inside the left field foul pole off Dillon Gee (2-6) that broke a scoreless tie in the fifth and touched off a five-run burst.
The Braves got six straight hits in their surge, including doubles by Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons.
The teams took 42 minutes to complete the resumption, and there was a 36-minute break between games.
The suspended game picked up right where it left off, at the start of the ninth inning. There was no national anthem, fans were scattered in the stands and it was cloudy and windy with temperatures in the low 50s.
Freddie Freeman, who homered Friday night before the rain came, drew a leadoff walk from Brandon Lyon (1-2) in the 10th and took third on a double by Brian McCann.
Uggla, who hit a late home run the previous night at Citi Field, followed with his tiebreaking single. B.J. Upton later squeezed home pinch-runner Jordan Schafer.
Anthony Varvaro (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. He worked the eighth a day earlier and gave up two runs that made it 5-all.
Craig Kimbrel escaped a two-on, no-out jam for his 15th save in 18 tries.
PHILLIES 5, NATIONALS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Young scored the go-ahead run from first base on a single in the eighth inning, and Domonic Brown homered and hit an RBI double as Philadelphia beat Washington.
Young walked and came home on Delmon Young's single to the right-field corner, stretching his hand across the plate to beat Bryce Harper's throw and break a 3-all tie. Pinch-runner Michael Martinez then scored on Brown's double to right-center.
The runs came off Drew Storen (0-1), the latest failure for the Nationals' bullpen.
Chad Durbin (1-0) got two outs for the win. Jeremy Horst pitched out of an eighth-inning jam and Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save.
Brown and Erik Kratz homered on consecutive pitches in the second.
Pettibone, a rookie yet to lose a decision over seven starts, was also mowing them down, matching his career high with six strikeouts while scattering nine hits and three runs. He allowed single runs in the third, fourth and fifth.
Adam LaRoche homered and hit an RBI single for the Nationals.
DODGERS 5, CARDINALS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, Mark Ellis lined a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and Los Angeles snapped St. Louis' three-game winning streak.
The last-place Dodgers, who had lost five of seven, blew a two-run lead before Ellis' two-out hit off Seth Maness (3-1) scored Carl Crawford from first base to make it 4-3.
Paco Rodriguez (1-2) earned his first major league victory, getting three outs on 10 pitches. Brandon League worked the ninth to earn his 10th save in 12 chances.
Cardinals starter John Gast left in the second because of left shoulder tightness.
PADRES 10, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Everth Cabrera matched his career high with four RBIs, two coming on his second home run in two nights, and the Padres beat the Diamondbacks.
Cabrera fell a triple shy of the cycle, with a single in the first and a two-run double to cap the Padres' five-run fourth.
Andrew Cashner (4-2) got the victory, giving up four runs on nine hits in six-plus innings. He also singled in a run, his first RBI of the season.
Wade Miley (3-4), who took a shot off his backside off the bat of Jedd Gyorko just before the Padres' fourth-inning surge, got the loss. Arizona's Eric Chavez drove in three runs with a two-run homer and sacrifice fly.