MLB Wrap: Braves rally to top Dodgers

MLB Wrap: Braves rally to top Dodgers
May 19, 2013, 8:45 pm
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In the ninth inning on Sunday, Cliff Lee got picked off first, Erik Kratz tied the game with a homer and Freddy Galvis hit one of his own to cap a thrilling, 3-2, Phillies walk-off win (see story).

It wasn't all great news, though, for the Phillies on Sunday. Carlos Ruiz (hamstring strain) and Ryan Howard (knee soreness) will both have MRIs on Monday (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Sunday's action around baseball:

Four-run eighth inning lifts Braves
ATLANTA -- Ramiro Pena had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth inning, Jordan Schafer drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves rallied against the Los Angeles Dodgers' beleaguered bullpen for a 5-2 victory on a rain-soaked Sunday.

Kenley Jansen (1-3) was the loser for the second straight game, this time allowing one hit, two runs and a walk while getting just one out in a game twice delayed by rain for a total of 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Jansen began the eighth by allowing a single to Freddie Freeman and walking Brian McCann. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly brought in closer Brandon League for the first time in the series, but he fared no better than his teammate.

After Atlanta loaded the bases when third baseman Juan Uribe was charged with a fielding error on Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice bunt attempt, League gave up a tying RBI single to pinch-hitter Gerald Laird to make it 2-all. Pinch-runner B.J. Upton scored Pena's fly.

The Braves added two more runs off League on Chris Johnson's RBI single and a sacrifice bunt by Schafer (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Padres pound Haren, Nationals
SAN DIEGO -- After losing to Stephen Strasburg on Thursday night and then blowing an extra-inning game Friday night, the San Diego Padres righted themselves rather nicely against the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals.

Andrew Cashner pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and Kyle Blanks and Will Venable homered off Dan Haren to lead the Padres to a 13-4 victory Sunday and a split of their four-game series.

"It's huge. They have probably one of the best rotations in baseball, let alone lineups," Cashner said. `'That's a really, really good team over there. After we lost the first two we definitely played better the last two games."

After Eric Stults outpitched Jordan Zimmermann on Saturday night, the Padres got to Haren early on Sunday. The Padres tied their season high in runs and their 15 hits against four Nationals pitchers were two short of their season high (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Rays win, Moore improves to 8-0
BALTIMORE -- Matt Moore isn't only breaking records set by Cy Young winner David Price, he's performing at a level that's drawing comparisons to a pretty good southpaw named Babe Ruth.

Moore pitched seven innings of five-hit ball to stay unbeaten, Luke Scott and Matt Joyce homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Moore (8-0) gave up one run, struck out three and walked one to become the first eight-game winner in the majors. The left-hander has won nine straight decisions, breaking the franchise record of eight set last year by Price (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

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