Kansas City ends Atlanta's streak

Atlanta's streak ends at 10, Reds and Padres sweep. Photo: Alcides Escobar after scoring the only Run for the Royals/AP David Goldman

LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2013 — While they are fun to watch when they are happening, it is inherent that streaks will end. The Braves had an impressive 10 game run that ended on Wednesday. Here is what you may have missed yesterday.

Kansas City Royals starter Wade Davis went seven innings and held the Braves to zero runs, while striking out seven. The last time the Braves failed to score a run was on April 4 against the Phillies. Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar went 3 for 4 and scored the game’s only run. Final Score: Kansas City Royals 1, Atlanta Braves 0.

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The Philadelphia Phillies (6-8) and Cincinnati Reds (7-7) finished their game that was called after 8 ½ innings on Tuesday night because of rain. It didn’t take long as the Reds loaded the bases on a single, a walk and an error with their first three batters. Their fourth batter, Jay Bruce, singled in Zack Cozart to win the game. Final Score: Cincinnati Reds 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0.

Then the Reds (8-7) completed their sweep of the Phillies (9-9) with great offense and good pitching. Mike Leake went seven innings without giving up a run and striking out seven. Leake even contributed on offense, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and his fourth homerun of the season. Final Score: Cincinnati Reds 11, Philadelphia 2

The Oakland A’s (12-4) completed their three game sweep of the Houston Astros (4-11) with a good start by Bartolo Colon. Still fresh off his suspension for PEDs, Colon went six innings with three strikeouts, while giving up just one run. Oakland left fielder Seth Smith went 3 for 5. Jose Altuve, one of the few bright lights this year for Houston, went 3 for 5 and is now batting .365 for the year. Final Score: Oakland Athletics 7, Houston Astros 5.

The San Diego Padres (5-10) swept the Los Angeles Dodgers (7-8) at Dodger Stadium. Evereth Cabrera went 3 for 4 for the Padres with his second homerun of the season. Clayton Kershaw had a bad outing, giving up seven hits and walking four in 5 1/3 innings. The Dodger starter gave up five runs, three earned. Final Score: San Diego Padres 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 2.

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The Chicago White Sox (7-8) beat up on the Toronto Blue Jays (6-9) in the third game of a four game series. White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers went 2 for 4 with a homerun and three RBIs. Alex Rios hit his fifth homerun of the year for Chicago as well. Jose Quintana earned the win, striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings. Final Score: Chicago White Sox 7, Toronto Blue Jays 0.

Bryce Harper played with the flu/AP J Pat Carter

The Washington Nationals (9-6) took the final game of their series with Miami (3-12). A still sick Bryce Harper was back in the lineup for the Nationals after missing the previous game with the flu and went 4 for 5 at the plate. Ross Detwiler turned in another good start, going seven innings with five strikeouts and one earned run. The Nationals’ hurler has an ERA after three starts of just 0.90. Final Score: Washington Nationals 6, Miami Marlins 1.

The Yankees (8-5) beat the Arizona Diamondbacks (8-6) on Wednesday. The Yankees have won seven of their last eight games. CC Sabathia did what CC Sabathia does, going eight innings and striking out six. He also gave up three runs. Mariano Rivera picked up his fourth save of the year after Travis Hafner hit a solo homerun that broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning. Final Score: New York Yankees 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 3.

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Milwaukee (5-8) beat San Francisco (10-4) for the second game in a row. Ryan Braun went 0 for 1 with three walks and Carlos Gomez went 3 for 4 with a triple for the Brewers. Milwaukee’s Jim Henderson picked up his second win in relief. Giant shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2 for 4 to increase his season average to .320. Final Score: Milwaukee Brewers 4, San Francisco 3.

An excellent pitchers’ duel went down in Seattle yesterday. Felix Hernandez went eight innings giving up one unearned run and striking out 12. Detroit starter Max Scherzer also went eight innings and also struck out 12, while allowing one run. The game went 14 innings and Detroit (9-5) went ahead of Seattle (6-10) on Brayan Pena’s RBI. Joaquin Benoit picked up the save for the Tigers. Michael Morse went 1 for 5 in his second game back from a hand injury and scored the Mariners’ only run. Final Score: Detroit Tigers 2, Seattle Mariners 1.

In Other Games:

Boston beat Cleveland, 6-3, in Cleveland. The Rays beat the Orioles, 6-2. Pittsburgh defeated St. Louis, 5-0, in Pittsburgh. Anaheim at Minnesota and Texas at Chicago were both rained out with no makeups yet announced. The New York Mets at Colorado Rockies was snowed out for the second time in this series. It was the third game this season that was snowed out for the Mets. No makeup for that game has been announced.

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

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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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