NL East Wrap: Duda, Mets outslug Rangers


Saturday, June 25, 2011
Posted: 7:55 p.m.Updated: June 26, 12:37 a.m.

The Associated Press

Mets 14, Rangers 5


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lucas Duda matched a Mets record with three doubles while going 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Carlos Beltran snapped out of a slump with three hits and New York had season highs for runs and hits in a 14-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

The Mets led 3-0 after four batters against Alexi Ogando (7-3), who lost his third consecutive start without making it past the fifth inning.

Jonathon Niese (7-6) struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings and limited Texas to two runs, those coming on consecutive homers by Adrian Beltre and Michael Young in the fourth. The Mets said the right-hander left the game, which was played with temperatures in the mid-90s, for precautionary reasons because of a rapid heartbeat.

Niese is 5-2 with a 2.36 ERA his last eight starts.

Jose Reyes and Willie Harris had consecutive singles to start the game before a triple by Beltran, who then scored on Daniel Murphy's sacrifice fly. Beltran ended an 0-for-14 slide with the hit.

Duda, who hit .173 with five RBIs in his 23 games before starting Saturday at first base, had a two-run double in the third when the Mets scored three unearned runs. He had another two-run double during New York's highest-scoring inning of the season, eight runs in the sixth.

New York had 17 hits to match its season high while scoring more than nine runs for the first time in 102 games -- since an 18-5 victory at the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 5.

The first eight New York batters reached to start the sixth. Dave Bush allowed four consecutive singles before Michael Kirkman replaced him.

Braves 10, Padres 1


SAN DIEGO -- Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong innings to become the first 10-game winner in the NL and the Atlanta Braves had eight extra-base hits in a 10-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs for Atlanta, which has won five of six and 12 of 17 overall.

Jurrjens (10-3) combined with three relievers on a four-hitter and lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.07. He joined CC Sabathia of the Yankees and Detroit's Justin Verlander as 10-game winners.

Jurrjens has won his last three starts against San Diego, including his first career complete game, an 8-2 victory at Petco Park on April 26. On Saturday night, the right-hander held San Diego to one run and three hits.

The Braves rebounded one night after they were held to four hits in an 11-2 loss to the Padres.

Jason Heyward doubled twice and scored twice, Nate McLouth had two doubles and Chipper Jones had two hits and two RBIs for Atlanta. Uggla capped the scoring with a drive to center with two outs in the ninth off Evan Scribner, his 11th.

Jurrjens' only mistake was allowing a home run to Alberto Gonzalez on the first pitch of the third inning. Gonzalez was starting for the second straight night at third base in place of Chase Headley and went deep for the first time since April 16, 2009, for Washington against Philadelphia.

It was Jurrjens' 14th start. The last Braves pitcher to win 10 games in 14 or fewer starts was Tom Glavine in 2002, in his 14th start.

Marlins 4, Mariners 2


SEATTLE -- Chris Volstad drove in a run in an AL ballpark and pitched into the seventh inning and won for the first time since April and the Florida Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Saturday night.

In the game moved from Miami because of an upcoming concert at the Marlins' stadium, Volstad (3-7) batted for himself because the game was played under NL rules.

He also kept the ice-cold Mariners to two runs on five hits before leaving with two outs in the seventh.

It was Volstad's first victory since April 26 and only the third Florida victory in the month of June.

Leo Nunez pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 21st save of the season.

Jason Vargas (5-5) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings for Seattle.

Volstad hit his RBI single in the sixth inning to score John Buck from second and make it 4-1.

In the bottom half, Chone Figgins hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded that ended Volstad's night.

Randy Choate loaded them again when he hit his first batter, pinch-hitter Justin Smoak, with a pitch. But Suzuki hit a meek chopper to third base to end the inning.

White Sox 3, Nationals 0


CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy threw four dominant innings in his first career relief appearance and the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Saturday.

Washington, which won 12 of its previous 13, is on the verge of hiring Davey Johnson as its new manager. General manager Mike Rizzo told Fox that Johnson has agreed to terms but there are still contract details to be worked out before an announcement can be made.

Peavy (4-1) gave up a hit and struck out seven, combining with starter John Danks, Brian Bruney and closer Sergio Santos on a two-hitter that snapped Washington's five-game winning streak. White Sox pitchers also combined for 13 strikeouts.

The White Sox scored their runs on Carlos Quentin's sacrifice fly in the first and Ramon Castro's two-run single in the eighth. Brent Morel had three hits for Chicago.

Danks left with two outs in the second inning because on a strained right oblique. Bruney gave up a hit in 2 1-3 innings, and Santos followed Peavy by getting the last three outs for his 15th save.

Peavy, who threw 104 pitches in his last start on Wednesday, made 55 pitches in his first appearance out of the bullpen after 238 career starts.

Chicago native and former Cub Tom Gorzelanny (2-6) matched his longest outing of the season with seven innings, allowing one run and seven hits while striking out eight.

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