ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman heard fans calling his name and, with dark clouds moving in, he knew the grounds crew had just removed the cover from the infield tarp.
What better time for a game-winning hit?
Freeman's single to the center-field wall scored Jason Heyward from second base with two outs in the 10th inning on Sunday, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
"You live for moments like that when you want to be a big league player," Freeman said. "You hear the crowd chanting your name and you want to come through. So it was a pretty cool moment," (see full recap).
Abreu sets record in White Sox's win
CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu says he didn't expect this much success, especially in cold weather.
Yet he set another rookie record on Sunday.
Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.
Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs to lead the majors. Albert Pujols had the previous rookie RBI mark of 27 in 2001 (see full recap).
Mets top Marlins behind gem from Gee
NEW YORK -- For a pitcher with little buzz, Dillon Gee has transformed into a top starter.
He nearly came away with his first professional shutout Sunday, limiting the Miami Marlins to three singles over eight innings in the New York Mets' 4-0 victory.
"I'm not sure if Dillon is all that sexy of a pitcher," Mets captain David Wright said. "He just goes out there and gets the job done," (see full recap).
Wainwright earns 5th win in Cards' victory
ST. LOUIS -- Jhonny Peralta went deep twice, ending the St. Louis Cardinals' 366 at-bat homerless drought.
The first would have been plenty for Adam Wainwright.
Wainwright became the majors' first five-game winner and Peralta had two home runs and four RBIs in a 7-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
"I'm really having more fun pitching right now than I ever have," Wainwright said. "It's just such a chess match," (see full recap).