Gonzalez belts three HRs in Colorado win
CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez tied his career high with three of Colorado's six homers, and Troy Tulowitzki went 5 for 5 with a pair of homers Wednesday night, powering the Rockies to a 12-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Rockies hadn't hit six homers in a game since they had that many against the Marlins on July 4, 2008, according to STATS LLC.
Gonzalez got Colorado's splurge going with a solo shot and a three-run drive off Pedro Villarreal (0-1), who was roughed up by one of the NL's top offenses in his first big league start. Tulowitzki tied his career high with five hits, including a two-run homer and a solo shot.
Todd Helton also homered as the Rockies piled up a season-high 20 hits, the most allowed by Cincinnati since 2009. The Reds came in with the second-best earned run average in the NL.
Jon Garland (4-6) gave up four runs — all in the first — and lasted six innings.
The Rockies took the last two games of their series, ending a streak of six straight losses against Cincinnati.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, CARDINALS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his second grand slam in five days for Arizona, and Wade Miley bounced back from his two worst outings of the season.
Arizona has won four of five. St. Louis, with the best record in the majors, dropped back-to-back games for the first time since April 28-29.
Goldschmidt became the first Arizona player with two slams on the same road trip. He hit one in a 12-4 win at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Miley (4-5) gave up three runs and 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings. He had given up seven earned runs in each of his previous two starts.
St. Louis' Joe Kelly (0-3), making his first start of the season, gave up one earned run in 5 2-3 innings. Matt Carpenter had four hits for the Cardinals and pushed his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.
BRAVES 5, PIRATES 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Teheran carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, leading Atlanta to the win.
Pinch hitter Brandon Inge singled to left with two outs in the eighth for Pittsburgh's only hit of the game. Teheran then received an ovation from Braves fans, who also cheered after the inning ended on Starling Marte's popup.
Teheran (4-2) set a career high with 11 strikeouts in eight innings in the Braves' fifth straight win, including a sweep of the three-game series. David Carpenter pitched a perfect ninth.
Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird hit back-to-back homers in the sixth.
Pittsburgh's Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) left with tightness in his left forearm after recording only one out in the first inning. He gave up two hits and a run and hit Freddie Freeman with his 14th and final pitch.
The Pirates have lost three straight and five of six.
PADRES 6, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Marquis took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Padres rebounded after dropping the first two games of the series.
Marquis (7-2) had his no-hitter broken up when Skip Schumaker doubled to deep center field with two outs in the sixth. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a RBI single that trimmed San Diego's lead to 3-1.
Earlier in the inning, Padres right fielder Kyle Blanks temporarily preserved Marquis' no-hit bid with a diving catch and slide on his belly that robbed pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston Jr.
Marquis left after Scott Van Slyke homered with one out in the seventh. The right-hander allowed three hits, struck out six and walked two while improving to 6-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his last eight starts.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (5-4) struck out nine over six innings and was charged with three runs and seven hits. The left-hander gave up at least one hit in each of his innings.
Jedd Gyorko hit a solo homer and a sacrifice fly for San Diego.
PHILLIES 6, MARLINS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels had a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven dominant innings, Domonic Brown hit another homer and the Phillies completed a three-game series sweep.
Hamels (2-9) allowed one run and four hits to snap a personal six-game losing streak.
Jimmy Rollins hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the seventh off A.J. Ramos (0-2). Ryan Howard followed with a two-run triple, diving headfirst into third.
Then Brown went downtown to make it 6-1. Brown has 10 homers in the last 12 games and leads the NL with 18.
The Phillies (30-30) have their first four-game winning streak and will try to go above .500 for the first time when they open a four-game series at Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Marlins starter Jacob Turner allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
METS 10, NATIONALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marlon Byrd maintained his mastery of Dan Haren with a pair of home runs, and the Mets snapped a four-game losing streak.
The win put the Mets above .400 and the Nationals below .500 — a succinct reflection of the mixed fortunes of both clubs — and also dropped preseason favorite Washington to third place behind Philadelphia in the NL East. The Nationals trail division-leading Atlanta by eight games.
Byrd hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the third, making him 10 for 18 in his career against Haren (4-7).
New York's Dillon Gee (4-6) allowed one run and nine hits over seven innings in his second consecutive solid start after his spot in the rotation had been put in doubt by a series of short outings.
David Wright, in a 1-for-18 slump entering the game, also homered for the Mets in the third inning.
ATHLETICS 6, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bartolo Colon won his fourth straight start and Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer to power the Athletics to the victory.
Oakland has won 16 of its last 19 games. Colon (7-2) gave up a run and eight hits in seven innings.
Colon is among more than a dozen players whose names have been tied to a now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball. The right-hander missed the end of last season when he was suspended 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone.
Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, who has also been linked to the clinic, did not play because of a lingering thumb problem.
Yovani Gallardo (4-6) allowed five runs and six hits in six-plus innings to lose for the fifth time in his last six starts.
BLUE JAYS 4, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — R.A. Dickey allowed two hits in 8 1-3 innings and sparked a four-run fifth inning with an RBI double, helping Toronto to a split of the two-game series.
Mark DeRosa added a two-run single and Adam Lind had three hits for his eighth multihit performance in the past 12 games.
Barry Zito (4-4) was done in by the one big inning and lost at home for the first time since last August. The defending World Series champion Giants have lost 11 of 18 games heading into a nine-game road trip.
Dickey (5-7) bounced back from a pair of rough starts in which he allowed six runs each to Baltimore and Atlanta. He shut down the Giants thanks to his dancing knuckleball that helped him record five strikeouts.
Zito allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings to lose at home for the first time since Aug. 2, 2012, against the Mets.