MLB ROUNDUP
April 21, 2013 1:30 AM

Bryce Harper launched two long home runs, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning, and also doubled Saturday to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 7-6.

Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals on Bark in the Park day at Citi Field. Fans paid $35 for tickets in the second deck in right field and brought their dogs for $10.

After the game, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was being placed on the 15-day disabled list because of persistent tightness in his left hamstring.

Harper hit a two-run homer to right-center in the third. He then hit the first pitch from Josh Edgin (0-1) in the eighth even farther and harder to right-center for his seventh home run.

Tyler Clippard (1-0) got four outs for the win and Rafael Soriano closed for his sixth save.

 

GIANTS 2, PADRES 0: Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer and Tim Lincecum struck out a season-best eight batters as San Francisco beat San Diego.

Lincecum (2-0) pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings, providing a steady presence on the mound after he had allowed four or more runs in a single inning in two of his previous three starts this year.

Sandoval’s third home run of the season landed in the elevated right-field arcade for a 2-0 lead in the fourth that held up. The Giants are 8-1 this season when scoring first.

Sandoval delivered the key hit against Andrew Cashner (0-1) a night after Angel Pagan’s winning, one-out double in the ninth lifted the Giants to a 3-2 win in the series opener.

 

ROCKIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3: Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings of two-hit ball, Michael Cuddyer homered, and Colorado won its season-high eighth in a row by beating Arizona.

De La Rosa (2-1) won for the first time at Coors Field since returning late last year from reconstructive surgery on his pitching (left) elbow. And he resumed his mastery at home of the Diamondbacks, improving to 7-0 with a 1.38 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona at Coors Field.

He struck out four and walked two and didn’t allow a run in a second consecutive six-inning outing as the Rockies ran their home record to 8-0. Colorado is the only team in the majors without a loss at home.

Cuddyer connected for his fourth homer of the season in the sixth, driving the first offering from Trevor Cahill (0-3) into the left field bleachers.

 

REDS 3, MARLINS 2: Brandon Phillips had a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 13th inning, giving Cincinnati a victory over Miami.

Facing Steve Cishek (1-2), Miami’s seventh pitcher of the game, Shin-Soo Choo led off the 13th with an opposite-field double down the left field line, his sixth time on base in seven plate appearances — he walked three times. Zack Cozart sustained an apparent right-hand injury while trying to bunt, and pinch-hitter Cesar Izturis moved Choo to third with a fly ball to center field. Joey Votto was intentionally walked, and Phillips — on his bobblehead day — lofted the fly to center field.

Alfredo Simon (1-1) retired the Marlins in order to get the win.

Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-5 with a run scored for the Reds.

 

CARDINALS 5, PHILLIES 0: Lance Lynn threw one-hit ball for seven innings, and Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game to lead St. Louis over Philadelphia.

Lynn (3-0) did not allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr., led off the fifth with a double. Lynn struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing of the season.

Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs each tossed a scoreless inning to combine for St. Louis’ fourth shutout of the season.

Beltran’s solo shot off Cliff Lee (2-1) in the fifth inning gave him homers in the first three games of the four-game series. Allen Craig had a two-run single in a four-run third for the Cards.

Lee easily had his worst start of the year. After walking one batter in 23 2-3 innings this year, he walked the bases loaded in the third that led to St. Louis’ big inning.

 

BREWERS 5, CUBS 1: Jonathan Lucroy homered, Hiram Burgos pitched five innings in his major league debut, and Milwaukee took advantage of shoddy fielding by Chicago.

Burgos (1-0) held the Cubs to one run and five hits with a strikeout and no walks to help the Brewers win their sixth straight game.

The Brewers scored first when Lucroy hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot to left center field in the second inning off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (0-3). Jackson lost to the Brewers for the second time this season.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RED SOX 4, ROYALS 3: After honoring the victims and the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox kept on with their best start in 11 years by beating Kansas City as David Ortiz played his first game since last summer and Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) in the eighth inning.

The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with “Boston” on the front instead of the customary “Red Sox.” The shirts will be auctioned off for a fund to support victims of the bombing.

Kansas City players and staff wore a “B Strong” patch on the front of their jerseys. Neil Diamond sang Red Sox favorite “Sweet Caroline” before the bottom of the eighth.

Following the emotional pregame ceremony, the Red Sox won their sixth straight game — four since Monday’s bombings at the marathon finish line.

Clay Buchholz (4-0) allowed eight hits in eight innings.

 

YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup had a two-run throwing error in the 11th inning, and New York beat Toronto for their ninth win in 11 games.

Shawn Kelley (1-0) got two outs in the 10th for the win and Mariano Rivera finished for his fifth save.

Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli singled off Loup (1-1) to begin the 11th, and Ichiro Suzuki followed with a bunt to the third base side of the mound that Loup and third basemen Brett Lawrie both charged. Loup fielded it and wheeled to throw to third. But with Lawrie out of position as he retreated back to the bag, the ball sailed into foul territory and down the left field line, allowing both runners to score.

 

ANGELS 10, TIGERS 0: Mike Trout capped a nine-run first inning against Rick Porcello with his first career grand slam, Garrett Richards pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, and Los Angeles routed Detroits.

Richards (1-0) struck out eight and walked none. Prince Fielder’s leadoff single in the second and Miguel Cabrera’s leadoff double in the seventh were the only hits off the right-hander.

Porcello (0-2) faced 11 batters, threw 47 pitches and got only two outs — on a double-play grounder by Chris Iannetta.

 

TWINS 2, WHITE SOX 1: Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez’s throwing error, and Minnesota beat Chicago.

Doumit led off with a double off Hector Santiago (0-1). After Aaron Hicks popped up a bunt attempt, Eduardo Escobar hit a slow grounder that shortstop Ramirez fielded cleanly but bounced his throw to first base. Escobar was safe on an infield hit and Doumit scored to help Minnesota snap a four-game skid against the White Sox.

Vance Worley pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run and five hits. Casey Fien (1-1) got one out for the win.

White Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked four in seven innings.

 

RAYS 1, ATHLETICS 0: Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven impressive innings and Matt Joyce homered to help Tampa Bay beat Oakland.

Hellickson (1-1) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six to win for the first time in four starts this season. Joyce homered off Jarrod Parker (0-3) leading off the second inning.

Joel Peralta pitched the eighth for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight over the AL West-leading A’s after dropping seven of nine of a road trip that ended Thursday night.

Fernando Rodney worked the ninth, finishing the three-hit shutout and earning his second save in three opportunities.

 

RANGERS 5, MARINERS 0: Derek Lowe pitched four hitless innings in relief of injured starter Nick Tepesch, A.J. Pierzynski and David Murphy each hit solo homers, and Texas beat Seattle.

Lowe (1-0) came out of the bullpen in the second inning after Tepesch was hit just above the right wrist by a line drive, sustaining a bruise. The 39-year-old right-hander allowed only one Seattle batter to reach when he hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch leading off the third.

Tepesch left with two outs in the second inning when Jesus Montero’s liner caromed off the right-hander’s wrist and into shallow right field.

The 24-year-old Tepesch, who appeared to be bleeding just above his wrist, began immediately shaking his arm after he was struck. He threw a couple of warm-up pitches, but the Rangers opted to bring reliever Lowe into the game.

 

INDIANS 19, ASTROS 6: Jason Giambi, Mark Reynolds and Carlos Santana homered, and Cleveland routed Houston.

Giambi had five RBIs and Reynolds drove in four runs, but Scott Kazmir was unable to get the win in his first major league appearance since he recorded five outs in a start for the Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City on April 3, 2011. The left-hander allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Cleveland roughed up Philip Humber (0-4) and finished with 22 hits while stopping a five-game slide. It was the highest-scoring game for the Indians since a 19-1 victory at Kansas City on May 16, 2011, and their most hits since they had 25 in a 22-4 win at the New York Yankees on April 18, 2009.

Humber (0-4) recorded just one out on the eve of the anniversary of his perfect game. He was charged with eight runs and eight hits.

The Indians managed just 11 runs and 33 hits during their losing streak. Giambi, 42, was 1-for-12 for a .083 batting average coming into the game. His big day raised his average to .188.

Corey Kluber (1-0) pitched four innings of two-hit ball to get the win.

 

INTERLEAGUE

ORIOLES 7-6, DODGERS 5-1: Wei-Yin Chen pitched six innings of three-hit ball, Chris Davis and Manny Machado homered and Baltimore beat Los Angeles to complete a doubleheader sweep.

The Orioles won the opener 7-5, rallying from a four-run deficit behind Nolan Reimold, who homered and hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning.

Los Angeles has lost six straight, its longest skid since a seven-game slide last June.

Chen (1-2) allowed one run, walked four and struck out two to end a six-game losing streak dating to Aug. 19, 2012.

Tommy Hunter pitched the final three innings for his first career save.

Davis hit a solo homer in the second inning and the 20-year-old Machado made it 6-1 with a three-run drive off Josh Beckett (0-3) in the sixth.

In the opener — a makeup of Friday’s rainout — Los Angeles took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. But South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn’t hold the advantage.

With the score tied at 5 in the eighth, Davis hit a one-out double off Paco Rodriguez (0-1) and Ronald Belisario walked J.J. Hardy on four pitches. After a passed ball and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Reimold sliced an opposite-field liner down the right field line.

Darren O’Day (2-0) got two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

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