NL East Wrap: Braves fall in 10; Mets top Angels


Saturday, June 18, 2011
Posted: 9:31 p.m.Updated: 10:51 p.m.

The Associated Press
Rangers 5, Braves 4


ATLANTA -- Adrian Beltre drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Saturday for a rare one-run road win.

The Rangers were previously 1-11 in one-run road games before winning this one after blowing an early 4-0 lead.

There was a rain delay of 2 hours, 16 minutes in the fifth inning.

Ian Kinsler led off the 10th with a double off Scott Proctor (1-1), who was pitching in his third straight game. Kinsler stayed at second on a groundout by Elvis Andrus, who had three hits. Proctor issued an intentional walk to Josh Hamilton before Beltre lined the run-scoring single to center.

Mark Lowe (2-1) struck out the side in the ninth. Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect 10th for his 14th save.

The Rangers' only other road win in a one-run game this season was a 5-4 decision in 11 innings at Kansas City on May 18.

The Braves have lost five of six, including the first two games of the series.

Matt Harrison, making his first appearance against Atlanta after he was drafted by the Braves in 2003 and traded to Texas in 2007, was denied the win even after waiting through the rain delay to remain in the game.

Harrison gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He left with a 4-3 lead.

The Braves tied it in the eighth. Left-hander Darren Oliver made a wild throw to first for an error after fielding Jordan Schafer's bunt, allowing Schafer to race to second.

Mets 6, Angels 1


NEW YORK -- Mike Pelfrey pitched his first complete game in nearly three years, Carlos Beltran hit a mammoth home run and the New York Mets handed Dan Haren a rare beating Saturday night in a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

National League batting leader Jose Reyes sparked the offense with his latest big game from the leadoff spot and Jason Bay showed more signs of breaking out of his season-long slump.

Pelfrey (4-5) gave up five hits in his first win since May 10 at Colorado. He entered 0-2 in his previous six outings, though he pitched well in most of those.

The big right-hander struck out five and did not walk a batter for the third consecutive start. He threw a season-high 123 pitches in his third career complete game -- the last one was Aug. 25, 2008, against Houston.

The only blemish was Mark Trumbo's one-out homer in the sixth, and Pelfrey cruised home from there for New York's third complete game of the year.

With the cheering crowd of 31,538 on its feet, Pelfrey retired Vernon Wells on an infield popup to end it.

Rays 7, Marlins 4


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Johnny Damon hit his 500th double and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the sliding Florida Marlins 7-4 on Saturday night.

Cobb (2-0) gave up two runs, scattered three hits, walked two and struck out two in 6 1-3 innings. The rookie right-hander has been filling for the injured Jeff Niemann, who is scheduled to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list to start Monday night's game at Milwaukee.

Damon, with an opposite-field bloop double to left in the first, became just the 11th player all-time to have 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers, and 2,500 hits.

All of the other players accomplishing the feat -- George Brett, Lou Gehrig, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons and Robin Yount -- are in baseball's Hall of Fame.

Logan Morrison had two RBIs for the Marlins, who have lost nine straight and dropped to 1-17 in June.

Sam Fuld hit a run-scoring single and Reid Brignac drove in run with a double off Ricky Nolasco (4-3) during the second as the Rays went ahead 3-1. Casey Kotchman's third-inning RBI double made it 4-1.

Florida took the lead in the first on Morrison's RBI grounder. The Rays tied it at 1 in the bottom half when Damon hit his 500th double and later scored on Matt Joyce's sacrifice fly.

Damon singled in the fifth to tie Jimmie Foxx for 72nd place on the career hits list with 2,646.

Nationals 4, Orioles 2

MichaelMorse's sixth-inning homer lifted the Nationals over Baltimore andextended the Nationals' win streak to eight. Ryan Zimmerman, five gamesremoved from the disabled list, contributed with a home run and adouble.

Jordan Zimmerman pitched 6.1 innings allowing eight hitsand two runs before handing the ball over to Henry Rodriquez. DrewStoren earned his 17th save of the season.

With the win, the Nationals improve to 35-36 and a half game lead on the Mets for third place in the division.

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