Brewers Streak Reaches Eight – MLB Roundup For April 23rd
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers still own the majors' longest current winning streak.
Ryan Braun smacked a two-run homer and Yuniesky (yoo-NEHS'-kee) Betancourt added a three-run blast while the Brewers were scoring five times in the first inning of a 7-1 win at San Diego. Braun and Betancourt each finished with three RBIs as Milwaukee won its eighth in a row.
Kyle Lohse (lohsh) picked up his first win since joining the Brewers during spring training, allowing a run and five hits in five innings to lower his ERA to 2.52.
In other major league action, San Francisco completed a 5-4 comeback win on Brandon Belt's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Diamondbacks led 4-2 in the eighth until Buster Posey hit a two-run homer.
Cincinnati scored three times in the bottom of the 13th to send the Cubs to their fourth straight loss, 5-4. Jay Bruce hit a tying double and scored on a single by Cesar Izturis (ihz-TOOR'-ihs) after Luis Valbuena's two-run homer put the Cubs ahead 4-2 earlier in the inning.
Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr) singled home the tiebreaking run to back Shelby Miller in the Cardinals' 3-2 win at Washington. Allen Craig hit a two-run double to to back Miller, who's 3-1 after holding the Nationals to two runs and four hits while fanning eight in 6 2/3 innings.
Jonathan Pettibone looked good in his major league debut but settled for a no-decision after allowing two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings of Philadelphia's 3-2 win against Pittsburgh. Jimmy Rollins snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the sixth after Pettibone gave up solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin.
Matt Moore became the first Tampa Bay pitcher to win his first four starts in a season, allowing a run and two hits while striking out nine over eight innings of a 5-1 win over the New York Yankees. Ryan Roberts went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers as the Rays beat the Yanks for the 12th time in their last 14 meetings in St. Petersburg.
Mike Napoli (NAP'-uh-lee) belted a grand slam and had five RBIs as Boston outscored Oakland 9-6. Will Middlebrooks added a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who bounced back from Sunday's doubleheader loss to the Royals and won for the eighth time in 10 games.
A.J. Pierzynski's solo homer in the ninth inning completed the Rangers' comeback in a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers trailed 6-3 until Pierzynski lined an RBI single to ignite a three-run seventh.
Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) poked a walk-off single with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give Baltimore a 2-1 win over Toronto. Markakis had two of the Orioles' five hits.
Felix Hernandez struck out nine and scattered five hits in six shutout innings to lead Seattle's 7-1 win at Houston. Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales homered to help Hernandez pick up his 100th career victory.
Matt Thornton's throwing error set up Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera's go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning of Cleveland's 3-2 triumph over the White Sox. Chicago collected just five hits in losing their fourth in a row and 10th in their last 13.
Another snowstorm in Denver has forced postponement of the Rockies' game against Atlanta, creating a day-night doubleheader tomorrow. The postponement was the third in eight days at Coors Field because of snow.
The Twins and visiting Marlins will also play a split doubleheader on Tuesday after their game was postponed due to inclement weather. Four of Minnesota's last eight scheduled games have been wiped out before they began because of weather problems, including three at home.
UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is denying any involvement with a South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball.
ESPN has reported that the spokeswoman for Cano's foundation is listed as having been a client of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic. The spokeswoman told ESPN she did not receive anything from the clinic and said Cano never did, either.
In other baseball news:
— Cleveland Indians right-hander Brett Myers is expected to miss about a month due to tendinitis and a mild ligament sprain in his right elbow. Myers pitched five innings of three-run ball against Houston on Friday, then said he had been dealing with a problem with the flexor tendon in his arm since spring training.
— Baltimore optioned right-hander Jake Arrieta to the minors, one day after he walked five and hit a batter over four-plus innings in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baltimore recalled right-hander Alex Burnett from Norfolk to fill out a weary bullpen.
— Toronto Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey expects to make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Orioles despite being bothered by soreness in his neck and back.
— The Oakland Athletics have bought outfielder Casper Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays. Wells spent spring training with Seattle but did not make the team. The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers April 10 and he did not play a game before being designated for assignment.