NL East Wrap: McCann's shot lifts Braves in 10


Saturday, June 11, 2011
Posted: 4:37 p.m.Updated: 11:08 p.m.

The Associated Press

Braves 6, Astros 3


HOUSTON -- Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight win, 6-3 over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

McCann's shot to right field off Brandon Lyon scored Jordan Schafer and Dan Uggla to give him 501 career RBIs and put Atlanta on top 5-2. Schafer singled before Uggla walked.

The Astros have lost seven of eight.

Lyon (3-3) struggled to throw strikes in his second appearance since coming off the disabled list this week. He also gave up a homer in Friday's loss to the Braves.

Chipper Jones hit his second double after McCann's homer to chase Lyon and scored on a two-out single by Eric Hinske to make it 6-2.

Hinske homered for the second straight game to tie it in the fourth inning and Jones drove in a run in the third.

Houston's Hunter Pence had two hits including an RBI double in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 22 games, which is the longest current streak in the majors.

Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel allowed two hits and a run in the 10th inning.

Houston rookie Jordan Lyles, who at 20 years old is the youngest player in the majors, allowed eight hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings in his third start overall and first at Minute Maid Park.

Braves starter Mike Minor yielded four hits and two runs with four strikeouts in six innings.

Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 5


MIAMI -- Kelly Johnson's three-run double highlighted a six-run fourthinning that helped the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat Florida 9-5 onSaturday night, sending the slumping Marlins to their ninth loss in 10games.

Ryan Roberts and Stephen Drew each hit a solo homer in support of IanKennedy (7-2), who gave up five runs and eight hits in eight innings.

Chris Coghlan, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton homered for Florida.

Javier Vazquez (3-6) was chased in the fourth -- an inning afterstriking out the side -- when Arizona sent 10 batters to the plate andscored six runs.

Drew began the fourth by hitting his fourth homer to tie it at 2.

Singles by Miguel Montero and Xavier Nady put runners on first andthird with one out. Vazquez retired Gerardo Parra on a liner to secondbut walked Kennedy on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases.

Arizona went ahead when Roberts walked to force in a run, then took a6-2 lead when Johnson doubled over the head of Coghlan in center field.Justin Upton doubled to right-center to make it 7-2 and finish Vazquez.

The right-hander allowed seven runs, seven hits and three walks (one intentional). He struck out six.

Pirates 3, Mets 2


PITTSBURGH -- James McDonald allowed two runs in six effective innings, Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Saturday night.

Jose Tabata and Josh Harrison each had two hits and a scored a run against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Garrett Jones had an RBI double among his two hits for Pittsburgh, which had lost its previous two.

Baseball's leading hitter, Jose Reyes had two hits and Ruben Tejada and Carlos Beltran each also had two hits for the Mets. New York lost for the second time in seven games.

Drawn partly by a postgame fireworks show and Huey Lewis concert, the Pirates drew 39,273, their fourth sellout of the season and third-largest crowd in PNC Park's 11-year history.

McDonald (4-4) allowed eight hits and three walks. Tim Wood pitched a scoreless seventh, Jose Veras struck out Ronny Paulino looking with runners on second and third to end the eighth and Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save in as many opportunities.

Nationals 2, Padres 1


SAN DIEGO -- John Lannan pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals won consecutive road games for the first time in a month with a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Lannan (4-5) allowed a home run to highly touted rookie Anthony Rizzo and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. The left-hander gave up six hits.

Washington scored twice in the first on Danny Espinosa's RBI double and Wilson Ramos' run-scoring single.

The Nationals, with the NL's second-worst road record at 15-24, won consecutive road games for the first time since May 10-11. They had dropped 13 of 18 away from home.

The club also won successive games at San Diego for the first time September 1999, when the franchise was located in Montreal.

The Nationals, who finished with five hits, won despite having only one hit and two baserunners after the second inning. Washington also won 2-1 on Friday night when it had just four hits.

Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

Clayton Richard (2-8) threw seven solid innings for San Diego, giving up two runs and five hits. Richard has lost three straight starts despite allowing just six earned runs. The Padres have scored only three runs for him while he was in the game over his last four starts.

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