MLB Wrap: Justin Upton homers again in Braves' win

MLB Wrap: Justin Upton homers again in Braves' win
April 9, 2013, 1:15 am
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Roy Halladay has fallen on rough times. Not just physically, but emotionally, as well.

The righty was knocked around by the Mets in the Phillies' 7-2 loss, and afterwards, he opened up a bit (see story).

Now, here's a look at what happened Monday around baseball:

Justin Upton stays hot, Braves win
MIAMI -- Justin Upton is hitting enough for an entire team.

The slugging outfielder went 4 for 4, including his sixth home run, and Paul Maholm allowed one hit in seven innings to help the Atlanta Braves spoil the Miami Marlins' home opener Monday night by winning 2-0.

Upton scored both runs and doubled the Marlins' hit total. The Braves won despite going 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

"We've only got about three guys hitting on all cylinders," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We won today with Justin doing all the damage," (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Reds erupt late to down Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- Shin-Soo Choo is way off the hook.

The new Cincinnati center fielder made amends for two botched fly balls, drawing a leadoff walk in a nine-run ninth inning and later delivering a three-run double as the Reds spoiled the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener with a 13-4 victory on Monday.

"I almost died and my teammates gave me another life," Choo said. "I really appreciate my teammates, coming over to me and saying everybody makes mistakes.

"I missed two fly balls and in my mind I had to do something to help the team," (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Rangers beat Rays on controversial call
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive home runs off birthday boy Jeremy Hellickson and the Texas Rangers held on for a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay when Joe Nathan got his 300th career save on a disputed game-ending strike.

After Ben Zobrist took a full-count pitch, a breaking ball that appeared to be low and outside, he started toward first base and even Nathan appeared to anticipate a ball being called. But home plate umpire Marty Foster then called strike three, though he later admitted he was wrong.

"I saw the pitch and of course don't have the chance to do it again," Foster told a pool reporter after the game. "But had I had a chance to do it again, I wouldn't call that pitch a strike."

Zobrist put both hands on his helmet and took it off in disbelief. Manager Joe Maddon argued with Foster and the other umpires for several minutes after the game ended (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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