B.J. Upton and his brother Justin hit back-to-back homers for the first time, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 10-2 Tuesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep that began with the coldest game at Coors Field.
It was the 27th time in major league history that brothers homered in the same game, but only the second time they went deep in consecutive at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates also accomplished the feat on Sept. 15, 1938.
In the first game, Justin Upton, Dan Uggla and rookie Evan Gattis homered in support of a solid outing by Mike Minor (3-1) as the Braves won 4-3 in a game that began in 23-degree weather. It was the coldest game-time temperature in the majors since such data collection began in 1991, according to STATS.
The temperature warmed up for the night game — but only a bit. It was 30 degrees at first pitch.
In the nightcap, B.J. Upton homered off Jon Garland (2-1) to start the fifth inning, his third of the season. Justin Upton drove Garland’s next pitch to center for his major league-leading 11th home run. The Uptons have homered in the same game three times this season.
Ground crews began working around 6 a.m. to clear several inches of snow from the playing surface at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.
CARDINALS 2, NATIONALS 0: Adam Wainwright extended his sterling start to the season by coming within two outs of his second shutout for St. Louis. Wainwright (4-1) lowered his ERA to 1.93 by allowing five hits in 8 1-3 innings. Edward Mujica got two outs for his third save.
Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran drove in runs in the fourth off Ross Detwiler (1-1), who gave up eight hits across six innings.
BREWERS 6, PADRES 3: Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning and Milwaukee rode an early offensive outburst against San Diego to its ninth consecutive victory. The winning streak is Milwaukee’s longest since it won 10 straight in August 2003. The Brewers started 2-8 this season.
Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double in the Brewers’ five-run second.
Tom Gorzelanny escaped a bases-loaded threat in the seventh and Jim Henderson earned his fifth save.
Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-2) gave up six runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings.
CUBS 4, REDS 2: Carlos Marmol blew a lead in the ninth inning before Darwin Barney bailed him out with a homer in the 10th that lifted Chicago over Cincinnati.
Chicago ended its four-game losing streak after squandering a late lead for the second straight day. The Cubs let a two-run lead get away in the 13th inning of a 5-4 loss Monday night.
Barney connected off left-hander Manny Parra (0-1), and Dave Sappelt added an RBI single.
Marmol (2-1), who lost the closer’s job after a rough opening week, came on with a runner on second and one out in the ninth to face Joey Votto, who was 1 for 15 in his career against the reliever with nine strikeouts. Votto singled up the middle to tie it.
Marmol escaped a bases-loaded threat to keep it tied. Kevin Gregg fanned Votto with two aboard in the 10th to get his first save.
DODGERS 7, METS 2: Mark Ellis lined two home runs and hit a hard grounder that sent Mets starter Jonathon Niese limping off for X-rays, leading Los Angeles over New York. Ellis got four hits and drove in four runs. He hit his 100th career homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a tiebreaking, three-run shot with two outs in the seventh.
Los Angeles won despite an uneven outing by ace Clayton Kershaw. With Dodgers great Sandy Koufax watching at Citi Field, Kershaw walked four and struck out five in five innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, GIANTS 4: Didi Gregorius scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning and Arizona beat San Francisco after blowing a late four-run lead.
Gregorius hustled for a one-out double off Santiago Casilla (2-2), and pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte reached on an error by first baseman Brandon Belt. Casilla then threw a wild pitch that allowed Gregorius to score.
Gerardo Parra followed with an RBI double to make it 6-4.
San Francisco also put two on in the 10th but failed to score when Pablo Sandoval was thrown out at home plate.
YANKEES 4, RAYS 3: Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning to lead New York.
Robinson Cano ended AL Cy Young Award winner David Price’s night with a leadoff single in the ninth. Tampa Bay is winless in all five of Price’s starts this year. The left-hander (0-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over eight-plus innings.
After Cano stole second on a pitch by Fernando Rodney that struck out Vernon Wells, pinch-hitter Travis Hafner was intentionally walked and Lyle Overbay walked to load the bases.
First baseman James Loney helped Rodney by making a sliding catch on Chris Stewart’s foul ball, but Suzuki then drove in two for a 4-2 lead on a liner to center.
ANGELS 5, RANGERS 4: Howie Kendrick hit his second home run of the game in the 11th inning and finished with four RBIs, leading Los Angeles over Texas. Kendrick, who hit a two-run shot in the sixth off Alexi Ogando and an RBI single in the first, drove a 1-1 pitch to left-center against rookie Joe Ortiz (2-1) for his third homer of the season.
Dane De La Rosa (1-0) pitched two perfect innings for his first major league win.
ORIOLES 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Manny Machado had two hits and two RBIs, and Baltimore used a four-run second inning to beat R.A. Dickey.
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the Orioles, who have won nine of 13.
It was the 100th consecutive game the Orioles have won when leading after seven innings, a streak that began in August 2011.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer for the last-place Blue Jays.
ATHLETICS 13, RED SOX 0: Bartolo Colon allowed three hits and Oakland capitalized on eight walks, two balks and two errors to beat Boston in a rain-shortened game.
The A’s broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the third when Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, then added two in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth to snap a four-game skid.
Colon (3-0) pitched all seven innings and had little trouble, striking out seven while issuing his first walk this season in 25 innings.
ASTROS 3, MARINERS 2: Marwin Gonzalez homered, Bud Norris rebounded from a tough start last time out and Houston snapped a three-game skid.
The game was tied at 1 when Gonzalez launched his homer to start Houston’s third. Gonzalez, who bats ninth, hit just four home runs in 80 games last season and has three in 16 this year.
TWINS 4-5, MARLINS 3-8: Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia gave up two runs in seven innings, leading Minnesota over Miami in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
The Marlins’ offense finally showed some life in the nightcap with a victory.
Arcia’s three-run homer in the fourth backed Correia (2-1), who allowed five hits and struck out five in the opener.
In the second game, Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs for Miami.
Brantly had two doubles and Ricky Nolasco (1-2) allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings for the Marlins, who won for just the fifth time this season.