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April 24, 2013

NL CAPSULES: Upton brothers hit back-to-back HRs for Braves

DENVER — B.J. Upton and his brother Justin hit back-to-back homers for the first time, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 10-2 Tuesday night 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 (3-1) as the Braves won 4-3 in a game that began in 23-degree weather. It was the coldest game-time temperature in the majors since such data collection began in 1991, according to STATS.

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

In the nightcap, B.J. Upton homered off Jon Garland (2-1) 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.

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

Julio Teheran (1-0) allowed one run over seven innings in the nightcap 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.

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

Craig Kimbrel earned his eighth save in eight chances.

Jeff Francis (1-2) gave up four runs in four innings, leaving him with an 8.44 ERA.

Ground crews began working around 6 a.m. to clear several inches of snow from the playing surface at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.

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.

BREWERS 6, PADRES 3

Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning and Milwaukee rode an early offensive outburst against San Diego to its ninth consecutive victory.

The winning streak is Milwaukee's longest since it won 10 straight in August 2003. The Brewers started 2-8 this season.

Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double in the Brewers' five-run second.

Tom Gorzelanny escaped a bases-loaded threat in the seventh and Jim Henderson earned his fifth save.

Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-2) gave up six runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings.

The Padres have lost five straight overall and seven in a row at home. They have scored six runs during their five-game slide and are 5-15 on the season.

Gallardo's victory was his second straight since he was arrested on drunken-driving charges April 16.

CUBS 4, REDS 2, 10 INNINGS

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.

DODGERS 7, METS 2

Mark Ellis lined two home runs and hit a hard grounder that sent Mets starter Jonathon Niese limping off for X-rays, leading Los Angeles over New York.

Ellis got four hits and drove in four runs. He hit his 100th career homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a tiebreaking, three-run shot with two outs in the seventh.

Los Angeles won despite an uneven outing by ace Clayton Kershaw. With Dodgers great Sandy Koufax watching at Citi Field, Kershaw walked four and struck out five in five innings.

Ronald Belisario (1-2) pitched one inning for the win. Brandon Lyon (1-1) gave up Ellis' go-ahead homer.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, GIANTS 4, 11 INNINGS

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 Santiago Casilla (2-2), and pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte reached on an error by first baseman Brandon Belt. Casilla then threw a wild pitch that allowed Gregorius to score.

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

Matt Reynolds finished for his first career save. Brad Ziegler (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

The Diamondbacks led 4-0 before the Giants scored twice in the eighth and tied it in the ninth on Belt's pinch-hit, two-run homer off closer J.J. Putz, who has blown three saves in six tries this season.

San Francisco also put two on in the 10th but failed to score when Pablo Sandoval was thrown out at home plate by Arizona right fielder and former teammate Cody Ross following Hunter Pence's two-out single.

The loss ended San Francisco's nine-game winning streak against NL West opponents and also stopped the Giants' seven-game streak at AT&T Park.



 

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