MLB Wrap: Braves win 3 in row; Nats do opposite

MLB Wrap: Braves win 3 in row; Nats do opposite
May 11, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons celebrate the Braves' win over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. (USA Today Images)

ATLANTA -- Aaron Harang realizes his struggles in 2013 were a sign to some that he no longer could be a winning pitcher.

Through eight starts in 2014, Harang is proving he's still on top of his game.

Two days after his 36th birthday, Harang pitched six strong innings and, backed by home runs from Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward, led the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 win and a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday (see full recap).

Athletics sweep Nationals
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Norris wasn't too surprised to hit a three-run home run on a 3-0 count in the first inning.

The Athletics catcher was only mildly shocked when he did the same thing the next inning, in nearly the exact same situation with the same count and on the same pitch.

Norris hit a pair of three-run home runs off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez to back Scott Kazmir's fifth win and Oakland beat Washington 9-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep (see full recap).

Chapman fires heat in return, Reds' win
CINCINNATI -- Aroldis Chapman let baseball know in his own way that his long journey back from an scary injury was complete: with a 100 mph strike to the game's hottest hitter.

Chapman made his first major league appearance since being hit above the eye by a line drive during spring training, striking out the side in the ninth with his 100 mph fastball to close out the Cincinnati Reds' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies 4-1 Sunday.

"I am really happy to get out there for the first time," said Chapman through a translator. "They are a good team but I was mentally prepared to face them. Facing those type of hitters make you feel better, than if you just break the ice," (see full recap).

Giants bail out Romo in win over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez hit RBI singles in the 10th inning, and the San Francisco Giants recovered to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Sunday after closer Sergio Romo gave up a tying homer to Hanley Ramirez.

Brandon Hicks hit a two-run shot off Clayton Kershaw, and Buster Posey had an RBI single for the NL West leaders, who beat the defending division champions for the seventh time in 10 meetings this season.

The Giants finished their road trip 7-3 and played errorless ball over the last five games (see full recap).

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