Braves keep winning

MLB Recap: Braves Win, Mets finally play a game, Cincinnati and Philly press the pause button Photo: Justin Upton and the Braves keep rolling/AP John Amis

LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2013 — The Atlanta Braves are sporting a spiffy 12-1 record with no end in sight. The Yankees may have picked up some good karma after playing Sweet Caroline. Here is what happened yesterday in the world of baseball.

The Atlanta Braves extended their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals. The Braves hit five homeruns off of Kansas City’s pitchers, including three in the eighth inning. Jeremy Guthrie went seven innings with six strikeouts and two earned runs for the Royals. Atlanta third baseman Juan Francisco went 2 for 3 with two homeruns. Final Score: Atlanta Braves 6, Kansas City Royals 2.  

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The New York Yankees honored the victims in Boston after the third inning of their game by playing the Fenway favorite, Sweet Caroline. Arizona started Brandon McCarthy exited the game after the fourth inning, giving up three runs. His ERA now sits at an unspectacular 7.47 for the season. Robinson Cano hit his fourth homerun of the season and Mariano Rivera picked up the save. Final Score: New York Yankees 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 2.

Dan Haren failed to get passed the fifth inning again and the Nationals lost to the mighty Miami Marlins. Juan Pierre went 3 for 4 with two stolen bases and scored two runs. Alex Sanabia went six innings with two earned runs to get his second win for the Marlins. Jason Werth went 2 for 4 for Washington. Final Score: Miami Marlins 4, Washington Nationals 2.

The Minnesota Twins beat the Anaheim Angels for the second consecutive game. Joe Mauer went 4 for 5 again at the plate with three RBIs. Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout went 2 for 4 with three RBIS. Neither team displayed any decent pitching.  Final Score: Minnesota Twins 8, Anaheim Angels 6.

 San Francisco lost to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Giants starter Barry Zito gave up nine earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. San Francisco tried to fight back, but came up short as Jim Henderson picked up the save for the Brewers. Carlos Gomez went 3 for 4 with his first homerun for Milwaukee. San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval went 2 for 3 with four RBIs. Final Score: Milwaukee Brewers 10, San Francisco Giants 8.

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A.J. Griffin got an unlucky no decision/AP Ben Margot

Oakland starter A.J. Griffin went six innings with eight strikeouts and two earned runs. A’s reliever Sean Doolittle poached Griffin’s win by giving up the tying run in the top of the eighth with Oakland taking back the lead in the bottom of the same inning. Carlos Peña went 2 for 3 for Houston with a homerun. Oakland’s Coco Crisp went 1 for 4 with two stolen bases. Final Score: Oakland Athletics 4, Houston Astros 3.

Chris Capuano gave up four earned runs in the first inning and that is all the runs San Diego would need to beat the Dodgers. Los Angeles, however, was in a giving mood and San Diego was happy to score five more runs. Jason Marquis went 7 2/3 innings for the Padres, giving up one earned run and striking out five. Final Score: San Diego Padres 9, Los Angeles Dodgers 2.

Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 5 at the plate and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners. The recently acquired Aaron Harang went five innings for Seattle with six strikeouts and three earned runs. Miguel Cabrera hit his second homerun off Harang and also had four RBIs. Doug Fister earned the win for Detroit by going seven innings, striking out five and allowing two earned runs. Final Score: Detroit Tigers 6, Seattle Mariners 2.

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The Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets were finally able to get their double header in after a rain delay of about two hours. The Rockies took the first game with Carlos Gonzalez going 2 for 4 at the plate with a triple, a homerun and two runs scored. The Rockies also took the second game of the double header in 10 innings. Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Final Scores: Game 1-Colorado Rockies8, New York Mets 4. Game 2-Colorado Rockies 9, New York Mets 8.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Mike Napoli went 3 for 5 with a three run double. Ubaldo Jimenez is officially back to being the new unimproved Ubaldo Jimenez, giving up seven earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings. Jimenez has given up seven earned runs in each of his last two starts and probably shouldn’t be pitching for anybody in MLB. Final Score: Boston Red Sox 7, Cleveland Indians 2.

Derek Holland finally earned his first win of the season for the Texas Rangers, throwing seven scoreless innings with two strikeouts while allowing the Cubs only two hits. Travis Wood was the hard luck loser for Chicago. He went 7 1/3 innings and gave up two runs. Adrian Beltre hit his second home run of the season. Final Score: Texas Rangers 4, Chicago Cubs 2.

The Tampa Bay Rays hit three homeruns, but were unable to beat Baltimore. Jake Arrieta got the win for the Orioles, pitching five innings with one earned run and seven strikeouts. Baltimore catcher Matt Weiters hit his second homerun of the sseason. Roberto Hernandez also struck out seven but gave up five runs, three earned, and took the loss for the Rays. Final Score: Baltimore Orioles 5, Tampa Bay Rays 4.

Other Games…

The Chicago White Sox beat Toronto, 4-3, in Toronto. St. Louis at Pittsburgh was rained out with no makeup yet announced. Cincinnati and Philadelphia both went nine scoreless innings in an awesome pitcher’s duel between Homer Bailey and Kyle Kendrick before having the game called due to rain. The game will be continued this afternoon before the start of their regularly scheduled game.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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