MLB Wrap: Braves improve to MLB-best 13-2

MLB Wrap: Braves improve to MLB-best 13-2
April 19, 2013, 12:45 am
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PITTSBURGH -- The Evan Gattis story just keeps getting better.

So do the Atlanta Braves.

The rookie catcher hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth to lift the Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Gattis turned on a sinker from Pittsburgh reliever Jared Hughes (1-1) and drilled it down the line to continue his remarkable emergence.

"I was a little surprised," Gattis said. "I didn't think I hit it hard enough. It started hooking and I'm glad it did because I don't think it would have gone out otherwise," (see full recap).

Rockies smash Mets in chilly weather
DENVER -- Despite throwing in 28-degree weather, Jon Garland was surprised how quickly his pitching hand got cold.

That didn't prevent him from throwing a biting curveball, along with some heaters.

Garland worked seven solid innings to give the Colorado Rockies an 11-3 win over the New York Mets in the wrap-up of a wintry series at Coors Field on Thursday.

"I was surprised at how fast my hand got cold, because it didn't seem that cold out there with the sun," Garland said.

"But besides that, my body felt fine. I was throwing curveballs, sliders, a lot of offspeed. I think the key was early on the curveball was being called for a strike. So, guys couldn't just take it. They had to respect it, and I threw enough fastballs in there for strikes to keep them off balance," (see full recap).

Reds take care of struggling Marlins
CINCINNATI -- Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping left-hander Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the Miami Marlins 11-1 on Thursday night.

The Reds' winning streak has featured stingy starting pitching. The 23-year-old Cingrani needed a lot of pitches, but kept up the trend. The left-hander gave up five hits, including Justin Ruggiano's solo homer, in five innings, striking out eight and throwing 102 pitches.

He got the better of a matchup of two up-and-coming starters. Right-hander Jose Fernandez (0-1) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits while taking his first big league loss.

Miami fell to 3-13, worst in the majors (see full recap).

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