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Padres Take Series From Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier throws to first to complete the double play as San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth slides at second during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in San Diego. Fernando Tatis Jr. was out at first. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jake Cronenworth hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Wednesday night to take two of three.

Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his big league-leading 11th save in 11 chances. Craig Stammen (2-1) got the final out of the sixth for the win in relief of Yu Darvish.

Cronenworth’s go-ahead hit came a half inning after Darvish surrendered a two-run lead and was chased with the score tied at 2. Darvish didn’t factor in the decision but struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings while allowing six hits and one walk.

Victor Caratini, Darvish’s personal catcher, homered in the third. Caratini opened the sixth by reaching on third baseman Erik Gonzalez’s third error of the night and took third on pinch-hitter Trent Grisham’s double to left off Duane Underwood Jr. (1-1).

After Tommy Pham struck out for the third straight time, Cronenworth singled to right to give the Padres the lead.

Darvish lost his lead in the span of five batters in the sixth. Bryan Reynolds hit a leadoff home run to left, his his third. After Darvish allowed consecutive singles followed by a strikeout, Ka’ai Tom hit a sacrifice fly to tie it. Darvish hit rookie Hunter Owen with a pitch and was lifted for Stammen (2-1).

Kevin Newman, who grew up in suburban Poway, hit an inning-ending groundout.

Darvish had struck out the side in the fifth. He was coming off an excellent outing against San Francisco in which he struck out 12 and allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Caratini hit a leadoff homer in the third off JT Brubaker, his second. Brubaker allowed three straight Padres to reach with one out in the fifth, with Fernando Tatis Jr. scoring on Wil Myers’ single.

Brubaker allowed two runs and six hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked one.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Manager Jayce Tingler said RHP Dinelson Lamet and LHP Ryan Weathers were feeling well after their outings in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night. Lamet, who had been on the injured list with right forearm inflammation, started and went two innings and Weathers, who came out of his previous outing with a sore left arm, went three innings. Tingler says the next steps for each pitcher are to be determined.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 7.40 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday in the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago Cubs, who will counter with RHP Zach Davies (1-2, 8.22).

Padres: LHP Blake Snell (1-0, 3.51) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco, which will counter with RHP Anthony DeSclafani (2-1, 2.00).

INDIANS 5, ROYALS 4

KANSAS CITY — Jose Ramirez hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Josh Naylor delivered the go-ahead blast in the top of the ninth as the Indians defeated the Royals for the third straight night.

The win moves Cleveland into a tie for first place in the American League Central.

Shane Bieber wasn’t at his best but he still managed nine strikeouts and just one walk in six innings.

REDS 1, WHITE SOX 0, 10 INNNGS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s Joey Votto fractured his left thumb in the Reds’ victory over Chicago.

Votto was hit by Dallas Keuchel’s pitch in the fourth inning. Votto remained in the game, but in the sixth was replaced at first base by Kyle Farmer. Votto is not expected to need surgery, but could miss up to a month.

Jesse Winker hit a winning single in the 10th inning after Chicago’s Leury Garcia was caught stealing in the top half.

Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray and Keuchel both pitched shutout ball, allowing two hits each in seven innings.

Liam Hendriks (1-1) lost for the first time since signing a $54 million, four-year contract with the White Sox as a free agent. Lucas Sims (1-1) got the victory.

YANKEES 6, ASTROS 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered again and knocked in four runs, Aaron Hicks hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and New York beat Houston for its fifth straight victory.

With fans in the Bronx chanting curses at Jose Altuve and several other Astros for the second consecutive night, the Yankees (16-14) got three innings of scoreless relief from their major league-best bullpen and won for the 10th time in 13 games to move two games above .500 for the first time this season.

New York will try for a three-game sweep Thursday afternoon, with ace Gerrit Cole facing Houston for the first time since leaving the Astros for a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees before the 2020 season.

Jonathan Loaisiga (3-1) pitched a hitless eighth and Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his seventh save. Brooks Raley (0-2) was the loser.

CARDINALS 4, METS 1, 1ST GAME

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer, Paul Goldschmidt added a solo shot off Marcus Stroman and St. Louis beat New York in a doubleheader opener for its sixth straight victory.

Kwang Hyun Kim pitched four innings, combining with Ryan Hemsley (3-0), Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes (ninth save in nine chances) on a two-hitter.

While the Mets received uplifting news earlier in the day when manager Luis Rojas said ace Jacob deGrom could return to the rotation on Sunday, skidding New York did little at the plate in its first game after hitting coach Chili Davis was fired and replaced by Hugh Quattlebaum.

Stroman dropped to 3-3.

BRAVES 5, NATIONALS 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit Atlanta’s third grand slam in four games, Max Fried pitched five strong innings in his return from the injured list and the Braves beat Washington.

Fried (1-1) allowed one run and four hits, struck out six and walked one, lowering his ERA from 11.45 to 8.44. He had been sidelined since April 14 with a strained right hamstring.

Rookie William Contreras hit his first career homer for the Braves in his third start, replacing the injured Travis d’Arnaud at catcher.

Washington’s Trea Turner hit his team-leading seventh homer, a two-run drive in the eighth inning off Josh Tomlin. A.J. Minter loaded the bases with two outs but got Victor Robles to pop out, and Will Smith worked the ninth for his sixth save in six opportunities.

Erick Fedde (2-3) was the loser.

ROCKIES 6, GIANTS 5

DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray tossed six strong innings and helped himself with an RBI single in Colorado’s victory over San Francisco.

Gray (4-2) allowed two runs and four hits. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two while improving to 4-0 in five home starts. Daniel Bard worked a shaky ninth for his third save.

Brandon Crawford continued his hot hitting against the Rockies with a two-run homer in the second inning. Crawford is 10 for 23 with four homers, six walks and 10 RBIs in eight games against Colorado this season.

Giants starter Logan Webb (1-3) was the loser.

Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer for San Francisco.

PHILLIES 5, BREWERS 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Didi Gregorius hit his eighth career grand slam and Philadelphia beat Milwaukee for its third straight victory.

The Phillies won three straight games for the first time since opening 4-0.

Enyel De Los Santos left two runners stranded to end the eighth. Jose Alvarado returned from a two-game suspension for triggering a bench-clearing incident and worked a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Brandon Kintzler (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Gregorius’ slam off Freddy Peralta (3-1) highlighted a five-run first inning, and six pitchers preserved the win. Gregorius has three grand slams in 86 career games with the Phillies.

MARLINS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 0

MIAMI (AP) — Adam Duvall hit his fifth home run and finished with four RBIs, Miguel Rojas scored three times and five Miami pitchers scattered five hits to lead the Marlins over Arizona.

Duvall connected for a three-run homer in a four-run second off Luke Weaver (1-3), Duvall’s first home run in 19 games.

Rojas was 2 for 3 and drove in two runs for Miami, which remained under .500 at 13-16 but is the only team in the NL East to have outscored opponents. Of the Marlins’ plus-18 differential, 14 was in the two games of this series, which began with 9-3 victory.

Jordan Holloway (1-0), the second Marlins pitcher in a bullpen game, allowed two hits and struck out three in three innings.

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