MLB Wrap: Freeman lifts Braves past Mets

MLB Wrap: Freeman lifts Braves past Mets
May 5, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Roy Halladay allowed nine earned runs and lasted just 2 1/3 innings before being removed from the Phillies' 14-2 loss to the Marlins on Sunday (see Instant Replay).

Now, here's a quick look at some of Sunday's MLB action:

Freeman powers Braves past Mets
ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, Tim Hudson pitched into the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 9-4 on Sunday.

Reed Johnson also had three RBIs for the Braves. Freeman, who finished with three hits, smacked a two-run double off left-hander Jonathon Niese in a five-run third and added a sixth-inning homer off reliever Jeurys Familia.

David Wright hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Hudson (4-1), who gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings.

Niese (2-3) matched his career high with six walks while allowing seven runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. His ERA rose from 3.31 to 4.66 (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Moore, Espinosa help Nationals beat Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Tyler Moore hit a three-run homer and Danny Espinosa homered and drove in three runs, leading Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Sunday.

Moore homered in the eighth inning off rookie reliever Bryan Morris and broke open a 3-2 game. Moore homered for the first time this year after hitting 10 in 75 games last season as a rookie.

Nationals star Bryce Harper was ejected in the first inning for disputing a checked-swing third strike. He tried to hold up on a 2-2 pitch from Wandy Rodriguez and home plate umpire Bob Davidson pointed to third base ump John Hirschbeck for help. Hirschbeck ruled that Harper had swung.

Harper stood outside the batter's box, stared at Hirschbeck for a few moments and dropped his bat. Hirschbeck then tossed last season's NL Rookie of the Year. It was the first ejection this year for Harper and second of his career (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Garcia pitches Cardinals past Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Jaime Garcia pitched eight innings and Allen Craig drove in four runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-1 win over Milwaukee and the franchise's first four-game sweep of the Brewers.

Matt Holliday also homered for the Cardinals, who have won six straight, their most since taking eight in a row from July 11-21, 2010. It was the first time the Cardinals have four in a row from the Brewers, who moved to the NL and have been in the Cardinals' division since the 1998 season.

Garcia (4-1), who won his third straight game, gave up one run on eight hits. He had three strikeouts and only one walk.

Marco Estrada (2-2) lasted 3 1-3 innings for the Brewers, who have lost five in a row. He gave up eight runs on six hits and had a career high six walks (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

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