MLB: Braves' Harang leaves with no-hitter intact
Atlanta’s Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and New York reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright’s two-out single in the eighth as the Braves beat the Mets 6-0 Friday night.
As Harang’s pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang worked around six walks, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh.
Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. He was never in the on-deck circle — the decision had already been made that he was done.
Jordan Walden completed the combined one-hitter.
Harang lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70 ERA.
Jonathan Niese (0-2) took the loss.
REDS 4, CUBS 1: Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and Cincinnati won for the 16th time in its last 17 games at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss. Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless ninth for his second save, completing a six-hitter as the Reds stretched their winning streak to a season-best three.
Jeff Samardzija (0-2) gave up three runs — one earned — and six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 2: Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered to lead Arizona past Los Angeles.
Chris Perez (0-1), beginning his second inning of relief, gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollock in the 12th and plunked pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington on the left foot with a pitch as he squared to bunt. Gerardo Parra advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Hill lined an 0-1 pitch to right-center to break the tie.
Joe Thatcher (0-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory, and six-year veteran Trevor Cahill got three outs for his first major league save. Cahill was 0-4 with a 9.17 ERA in four starts before he was demoted to the bullpen.
NATIONALS 3, CARDINALS 1: St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina’s throwing error combined with Michael Wacha’s wild pitch to allow two unearned runs in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and helping Gio Gonzalez and Washington get the win.
Gonzalez (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, retiring the last 11 batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts and one walk as the Nationals ended an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis that dated to Game 5 of the 2012 NL division series.
Wacha (2-1) gave up five hits and one earned run.
PADRES 2, GIANTS 1: Tyson Ross held San Francisco to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and San Diego handed Matt Cain his third straight loss.
Ross (2-2) beat Cain (0-3) five days after topping AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers.
ROCKIES 12, PHILLIES 1: Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run home run after No. 3 hitter Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked in front of him, Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings for his first win of the season, and Colorado routed Philadelphia.
Tulowitzki went 3-for-3, drove in five runs and drew a walk during the Rockies’ four-run first inning. Drew Stubbs and Charlie Blackmon added three hits each.
Chatwood (1-0), who missed the first two weeks of the season with a hamstring strain, allowed one unearned run on two hits in his second start of the season.
ANGELS 11, TIGERS 6: Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead Los Angeles over Detroit.
The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1) after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases.
Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to make it 11-1.
Jered Weaver (1-2) allowed a run and three hits in six innings.
The Angels have won 10 straight against the Tigers, the longest active streak in the majors by one team over another.
RAYS 11, YANKEES 5: James Loney drove in four runs and Tampa Bay overcame a four-run deficit to beat New York and stop a four-game skid.
Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney’s two-run single off Adam Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning gave the Rays a 6-5 lead.
Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5.
Yankees reliever Cesar Cabral was ejected by plate umpire Joe West after hitting his third batter, Logan Forsythe, in the eighth after Myers’ hit.
Evan Longoria had three hits and reached base in all five plate appearances. Jake McGee (1-0) got the win.
ORIOLES 8, RED SOX 4: Jonathan Schoop went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs as Baltimore roughed up Boston starter John Lackey.
Every Orioles starter except for Chris Davis had at least one hit.
Lackey (2-2) allowed 10 hits and six earned runs over 5 1-3 innings. It was the second straight start in which Lackey gave up six runs and failed to make it out of the sixth inning.
The first four-hit game of Schoop’s career extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman (2-1) labored through five innings. Darren O’Day got four outs for his first save of the season.
RANGERS 12, WHITE SOX 0: Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs, and Texas routed Chicago.
Martin homered and was one of four Rangers with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep.
Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez has thrown 17 straight scoreless innings after he went eight in a 1-0 win over Houston.
Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez extended a franchise record by getting a hit in his 17th straight game to start the season. He extended his streak to 21 games going back to last season.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 0: Jason Vargas pitched seven sharp innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer, and Kansas City romped over Minnesota.
Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won four straight.
Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Twins.
Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, lowered his ERA to 1.24.
BLUE JAYS 3, INDIANS 2: Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion’s single, and Toronto held on to beat Cleveland.
Toronto trailed 2-1 in the seventh before Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI single off reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1). Encarnacion delivered against Cody Allen.
Steve Delabar (1-0) got the win in relief.
Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Indians.
ATHLETICS 11, ASTROS 3: Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and Oakland scored seven times in the first inning against Houston to back Sonny Gray.
Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp each added a two-run shot for the Athletics, who have won 9 of 11. Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer in the second inning to follow up his two-run single in the first against Jarred Cosart (1-2).
Gray (3-0) allowed three runs in six innings, the first time this season he has given up more than one earned run.
MARLINS 8, MARINERS 4: Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam with none out in the ninth inning, and Miami took advantage of an overturned call on a replay review to beat Seattle.
Reed Johnson was called out on a force play following a bunt, but the umpires reviewed the ruling and determined third baseman Kyle Seager had juggled the ball. The Mariners then deployed five infielders, and Stanton cleared them all with a towering homer.
Stanton had five RBIs to increase his total to 26, most in the majors.
Steve Cishek (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth.